• 21 Jul - 13 Oct 2024
  • hybrid

Courage & Renewal Practicum – Onsite – (July 2024)

Deepen your engagement with the values, principles, and practices of the Courage & Renewal approach, gaining knowledge and insights on how to bring these ways of being and perceiving more fully into your own life while expanding your capacity to influence and transform the communities and institutions you care about.

Building on knowledge gained in the Foundations program, the Courage & Renewal Practicum invites you to deepen your engagement with the Courage & Renewal approach and integrate these ways of being more fully in your life and relationships. Alongside a supportive learning community, you’ll gain knowledge and insights on how to bring these ways of being and perceiving more fully into your life, expanding your capacity to influence and transform the communities and institutions you care about.

Through our deeper engagement with the core values, principles and practices in the Practicum, we kindle our ongoing formation and commitment to live as fully as possible out of our own identity and integrity in the many different aspects of our lives, while honoring the same in others.


Program Structure & Content

The Courage & Renewal Practicum is a 3-month program that includes a retreat, small online group sessions called peer learning circles, and an online closing gathering.

During a 4-day onsite retreat you are invited to take a deeper dive into the Courage & Renewal approach through a focused exploration of its concepts and practices and how they interface with your life and work.

How might you use the Courage & Renewal approach as a lens through which you view the world and your life in it? How might the practices and values of Courage & Renewal meaningfully impact your relationships, communities, and/or workplaces?

Together during the retreat we will delve into questions and insights about:

  • Strengthening the connection between our inner and outer lives
  • Developing deep listening practices that enable connection with our inner teacher and help us support others in seeking their own clarity
  • Recognizing the value and honing the skills of using open, honest questions
  • Exploring different modes of reflection that invite new insights
  • Living the Courage & Renewal approach as a path towards life-giving liberation, and alternative to cultures of oppression and violence
  • Integrating these practical tools and ways of being that cultivate trustworthy relationships and acknowledge others’ identity and integrity in ways that support their wholeness

Upon completion of the Practicum retreat, participants will participate in an online Peer Learning Circle facilitated by a member of the leadership team. Peer Learning Circles provide a community of practice to support participants in their on-going learning goals. PLCs allow you to think and reflect more deeply about what it’s been like to bring Courage & Renewal practices and values into your personal and/or professional life. PLCs offer space and time to dig into the practicality of what we focused on during the retreat. Participants can expect to participate in two PLC gatherings in the couple of months following the retreat.

The Practicum program concludes with an online Closing Gathering in which all of the participants come back together for a final 3-hour session to make connections about their learnings and insights and explore what carrying Courage & Renewal principles and practices looks like for them moving forward.

Practicum participants will also be invited to join the Practitioner Learning Community – a community of practice for Practicum alumni who wish to continue supporting one another in further learning and growth.

The Practicum is open to those who have completed the Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach program. More information about the Practicum application process, scholarships, and prerequisites to participate in this program is detailed below.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Taylor Culliver at taylor@couragerenewal.org.

Completion of the Practicum is a prerequisite for application to the Courage & Renewal Facilitator Preparation ProgramThe Facilitator Preparation Program focuses on creating space for others to engage in these principles and practices. Applications for the Facilitator Preparation Program will be available to those who are interested following the Practicum.

The welcoming community of Siena Retreat Center provides retreats and programs that renew lives and deepen holistic spirituality in an environment of peace, joy, and beauty. In the spirit of the Racine Dominicans, we seek to be a catalyst for a more just and compassionate world.

Siena Retreat Center is a sponsored ministry of the Racine Dominicans whose mission is shaped by the pursuit of truth and a dedication to promoting justice. It is named after St. Catherine of Siena, a 14th century Dominican of great religious and spiritual influence.

All guests will have their own private bedroom and bathroom.

You can learn more about Siena Retreat Center here.

Applications for the Courage & Renewal Practicum are made available to those who have completed the Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach program.

If you have completed the Foundations program, you can apply for this Onsite Practicum here: https://couragerenewal.org/onsite-practicum-application/.

Applications for this Practicum are due by April 15, 2024. You will be notified about your application status no later than April 30, 2024.

  • Completion of the Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach Program
  • Recommended, but not required: Previous participation in a Circle of Trust® retreat or other Courage & Renewal Facilitator-led program
  • Required Reading: A Hidden Wholeness by Parker J. Palmer

Scholarship funding is available to help lower financial barriers thanks to generous underwriting from individuals and foundations interested in supporting people’s journey toward wholeness.

We have a limited amount of scholarship funding that we can offer. The amount of financial assistance provided is based on funds available, your requested need, and the requests of other participants. We typically offer assistance to partially offset tuition costs.

We are very intentional about separating the program application review process from the scholarship award determinations. Your financial circumstances are never taken into consideration when deliberating about your acceptance into a program. After you’ve been accepted to the program, we review your scholarship application and consider financial assistance allocations. We will inform you of the scholarship amount provided at least one month before the program start date, and likely earlier depending on the program.

To apply for a scholarship you will need to fill out this separate Scholarship Application after you have applied for the program.

If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, you must do so by sending an email to Taylor Culliver at taylor@couragerenewal.org. If you cancel your registration 30 days or more prior to the program start date you will receive a full refund minus the 10% non-refundable deposit. Between 30 days and 14 days prior to the start date you will receive a 50% refund minus the 10% non-refundable deposit. Refunds will not be granted within 2 weeks of the program start date. Extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All refund requests must be made by you, the registrant.


Send a message to this program facilitator

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.