• 12 - 14 Apr 2024
  • Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada

Courage to Lead–A Circle of Trust® Retreat

Courage to Lead is a rare opportunity to slow down and deepen connections with kindred spirits and committed peers. This event will support courageous change makers to understand how their unique gifts can meet the needs of their communities while exploring questions of importance in their life and leadership.

Are you actively engaged in creating communities rooted in justice, peace and ecological responsibility?  Are you passionate about your vocation or cause and trying to sustain yourself in these complex times? 

While the forces of exhaustion, loneliness, violence, and injustice are real and undeniable, so are the powers of human authenticity, generosity, courage, and community that rise up to meet them.

Courage to Lead is a rare opportunity to slow down and deepen connections with kindred spirits and committed peers. This event will support courageous change makers to understand how their unique gifts can meet the needs of their communities while exploring questions of importance in their life and leadership.  

Circle of Trust retreats help you become a more self-aware, wholehearted leader. You will experience the time and space to:

  • Pause, be still, and disconnect from technology and the demanding pace of life while reconnecting with self, the land and community
  • Seek clarity in your vocation and sense of purpose and cultivate the courage and stamina to rise to today’s challenges
  • Honour both successes and struggles in your professional and personal life
  • Witness and be witnessed, listen and be listened to – without performance evaluation, statusizing, or ego 
  • Recognize and value the genuine in yourself and others
  • Strengthen your skill to ask open-ended questions that help others uncover their own inner wisdom
  • Expanded capacity to be fully present to others in ways that affirm and heal
  • Greater confidence to seek or create communities of support
  • Move beyond either-or thinking into holding opposing truths and complexity 
  • Stay grounded in your own integrity and inherent worth

The Courage & Renewal approach helps us actively and intentionally choose to nurture ways of being with ourselves and one another that move against the violent, oppressive forces that create personal and societal division. Instead, we choose to embody core values and practices that move us towards personal and societal wholeness, embracing the genuine within us, and honouring the inherent worth and dignity of every being. These are not choices we make just once, but ones that must be made time and again–for ourselves and our community.

In Circle of Trust® retreats, skilled facilitators help create a trustworthy and intentional space—a circle of trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside, where introspection becomes possible.  This allows us to shift from a dominant perspective of leadership that prioritizes external authorities and helps us lead from within.  In large groups, small groups, and solitary settings, we will explore the many intersections of life and leadership. Using multiple ways of knowing and being, we will reflect on our leadership experiences with insights from poets, storytellers, artists, various wisdom traditions, and time on the land.

During the retreat, we’ll have valuable time to focus, without distraction, on what matters, especially our values and vision, challenges and fears. We’ll learn principles and practices from the Courage & Renewal approach that can be applied to life and leadership, helping us stay true to who we are even in the tough times. And we’ll connect with others seeking similar insights, who listen fiercely and honour each other’s identity and integrity.

We can return to Circle of Trust® retreats again and again; each experience offering new possibilities, helping us discover what brings true meaning to our lives.


“Courage to Lead was by far one of the best professional development experiences I have had. The skills I learned have helped me in my workplace, in work I do in the community, and in my personal life.”  –Past participant, Courage to Lead 

“We reflected on how to contribute to an increasingly fractured world without getting lost in hopelessness at the magnitude of the issues facing us. It is this practice of resiliency that I feel is so essential for young leaders and activists to develop “  -Past participant, Courage to Lead

“This teaching reminds me to tend to myself and my health first so that I can be my best professional self. Through tending to our own inner selves and concentrating on what we can influence and control–how we see, speak, and move throughout the world–we can create an unquantifiable ripple of change and influence.” –Past participant, Courage to Lead 

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 3:00 PM – Sunday, Apr 14, 2024 12:30 PM ADT

For over 60 years, Tatamagouche Centre has been a place of learning, gathering and rest for those doing the inner and collective work of building a more just and loving world.

Tatamagouche Centre is located in Mi’kma’ki (MEEG-MA-GEE), the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Tatamagouche is a historical and contemporary gathering place for the Mi’kmaq, and the name Tatamagouche is derived from a Mi’kmaq word which roughly translates to “the place where the water is barred by sand.”

Tatamagouche Centre offers a living welcome and joyfully affirms and celebrates human diversity in sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, ability, neuro-diversity, race, religion or lack thereof, age, and other aspects of our identities regardless of economic situation. We recognize that equity is needed to ensure that especially those pushing from the margins are able to bring their full selves without harm.


We acknowledge that there are systemic barriers that make it difficult to participate and access programs. We work to support those who are unable to pay the full cost of programs, while providing a living wage for facilitators and covering the costs of learning programs.

We name the true program fee to allow those who are able to pay this cost to do so. We don’t want financial barriers to prevent anyone from participating in a learning program so we also offer 3 tiers of reduced barrier fees for each registrant to choose. For those who are able to pay more, please consider choosing the “generous” tickets. This helps to subsidize others to participate. If you are a Canadian resident, you will also receive a charitable donation receipt.


Send a message to this program facilitator

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