• 08 - 10 Mar 2024
  • Auckland, New Zealand

Growing Edges: Tending the inner ground of our life & work – a Courage & Renewal® weekend retreat

"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin. Rekindle your courage and energy, as you explore the growing edges of your life and work, and the challenges and possibilities they bring.

What growing edges are you facing in your life and work?

Perhaps you’re wanting to stretch yourself and step into new learning or leadership opportunities. Maybe you’re seeking a deeper sense of meaning and purpose in your life, desiring closer alignment between your inner values and your outer work. Or perhaps an unexpected change in circumstances at work or home has brought you to the edge of new and unknown territory.

It takes courage to step into this ‘zone of discomfort’, where we must let go of the familiar and face the fear of ‘not knowing’ and the fear of failure. The paradox is that our growing edges might be scary places, but they’re also rich with new life and possibility.

This Circle of Trust® retreat offers you the opportunity to step out of the demands and busyness of your daily life to spend time in personal and shared reflection as you explore the growing edges of your life and work and the challenges and possibilities they bring, and to connect with your inner wisdom and values that help you navigate new territory with courage and integrity.

Based on the Courage & Renewal® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, this retreat offers a unique kind of professional development that deepens self-awareness and interpersonal skills and renews personal energy and vitality.

Going on retreat:

We use the word ‘retreat’ not to suggest escape or withdrawal, but rather as an opportunity to consciously engage at a deeper level with your life and work – time and space to pay attention to your identity and to embrace the various roles and responsibilities that fill your life.  It is about engaging fully with yourself and the work you do.

Program description:
A Circle of Trust® retreat offers quiet and focused space to help still the noise within and around us so we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In solitary, small, and large group settings, our personal reflections will be guided by metaphor and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions, as well as shared stories of our own experiences.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Focus, without distraction on what matters to you, especially your values and vision, challenges and fears
  • Learn Circle of Trust principles and practices that can be applied in your daily life and work, helping you stay true to yourself even in tough times
  • Connect with others seeking similar insights, who listen deeply with ‘no fixing allowed’, and who honour each other’s differences
  • Experience the Clearness Committee process, a profound process of personal discernment, where we learn to listen deeply and ask insightful questions

St Francis Retreat Centre is located at Hillsborough, about 20 minutes from Auckland Airport. Set in three hectares of peaceful park-like grounds, it offers an ideal retreat setting.  Accommodation is in single rooms, each with its own hand basin.  Linen and towels are provided.  Bathrooms and toilets are shared.

$545.00 Early bird registration (by 31 January 2024). $605.00 full registration.

Includes accommodation in single rooms with shared bathrooms and all meals.

(Non-residential option available.)


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