• 08 - 10 Dec 2023
  • Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

Courage to Lead: A Circle of Trust® Retreat

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 helps you become a more self-aware and wholehearted leader, seek clarity in your sense of purpose and leadership, pause from the demanding pace of a leaders life, and honour your successes and struggles.

“Leadership is a concept we often resist. It seems immodest, even self-aggrandizing, to think of ourselves as leaders. But if it is true that we are made for community, then leadership is everyone’s vocation, and it can be an evasion to insist that it is not. When we live in the close-knit ecosystem called community, everyone follows and everyone leads.” – Parker J. Palmer

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?

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 in understanding how their unique gifts can meet the needs of their communities while exploring questions of importance in their life and leadership.

Courage & Renewal 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

● 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 amplify the voices of the ‘inner teacher’. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, you will explore the many intersections of your life and leadership, making use of stories from your own journey, and insights from poets, storytellers, artists, various wisdom traditions and time on the land.

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

You can return to Circle of Trust retreats again and again; each experience offering new possibilities, helping you discover what brings true meaning to your life.

Overlooking beautiful Tatamagouche Bay that joins the French River (beside the Centre) and the Waughs River (other side of Tatamagouche town). Tatamagouche Centre is located on the sacred gathering place used for thousands of years by the M’ikmaq. It was the site of high bush cranberry, sumac, sage, sweetgrass and cedar, fish bones sweetening the soil for planting the three sisters. The area remains the unceded, unsurrendered land of the Mi’kmaq. Takumegooch (pronounced Targe me gooch) means where two rivers met and the current of one crossed the current of the other. Takumegooch was a spiritual hunting and gathering site where Mi’kmaq lived, conducted ceremony and were buried. Sacred Mi’kmaw burial grounds line the edges of the property and are also found on the Island opposite the Centre.  For decades, Tatamagouche Centre has been a meeting place for those who deeply care about spirituality, leadership, and social justice.

True Cost covers tuition, meals and lodging.  Barrier reduced options are available.  See “Get Tickets” on Eventbrite page for more information.


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