Journey Toward Wholeness: A Circle of Trust® Retreat is a five-session retreat series on Zoom, which introduces the Courage & Renewal® approach, culminating in a clearness committee.
Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.
– Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness
The times are urgent; let’s slow down.
— Bayo Okomolafe at https://bayoakomolafe.net/
As we live in deep winter or summer, depending on the hemisphere in which you live, how are you faring both inwardly and outwardly? How do you embrace brokenness to move toward the reality of wholeness as challenges deepen in very 21st century ways? How are you staying connected to self, family, friends, community, and the larger earth community as we live with the aftermath or present reality of a global pandemic; the relentless brutality of racism – head-on for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color – and other forms of hatred and othering; uncertainty in many shapes and sizes; and global climate derangement, causing suffering for many on our yet resilient planet. How do we resist turning away from the suffering, and with what frame of heart do we turn towards it? How do we find the courage to live with awe, joy, and delight at this transformational time?
More questions want to be spoken and considered. Who am I? What is the earth asking of me? What are my gifts to offer? How can what breaks our hearts steer us toward wholeheartedly serving the world as we also care for ourselves and our families? How can my identity and integrity align, so I can serve in the way I am meant to, now, in these times? How do I stay hopeful and realistic, neither falling into fantasy or cynicism, both detours on the journey toward a new way of living within myself and together on this planet, toward the beloved community of all beings?
We can’t do this work alone; I know I can’t. I invite you to join me on Zoom for four sessions with screen-free breaks and movement. We will embark on a journey, guided by the Courage & Renewal® approach, and together create a sacred, confidential space in which to do our own inner work in solitude and community. In all four sessions, we will have the opportunity to listen generously to our inner teacher (soul, spirit, still small voice, inner voice, identity and integrity) and to one another in small groups and the whole group, speaking from the heart. Since a Circle of Trust® is enriched by metaphors, we will reflect on “third things”: poetry, prose, images, video, and song. The quality of the space is shaped by the practices that everything we do is invitational, and there is no fixing, changing, advising, saving, or correcting. Instead listening generously and learning to ask open, honest questions open new doors in our relationships with self and others as we journey toward wholeness.
In the culminating session, we will experience clearness committees, a powerful 1.5-hour discernment process from the Quaker tradition, adapted for Circle of Trust retreats on Zoom. One person who wishes to think more deeply about an issue – transitional, vocational, relational, or spiritual – has an opportunity to be the “focus person” while a “committee” of three to six others listens and asks open, honest questions for an hour and a half. Both focus person and committee members alike have a profound experience in this unique way of supporting another human being together in community.
This retreat is based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. The Courage & Renewal approach, described in Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness, focuses on cultivating our inner capacity to live a more authentic, meaningful, and engaged life. As it should be, retreats on Zoom are necessarily different to being together in person. Yet my experience has been that, informed by Courage & Renewal principles, practices, and touchstones, we can create a trustworthy, brave space with our attention, imagination, and confidential conversations. Over the course of four sessions, we are able to create a Circle of Trust.
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Saturday, January 28th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Saturday, February 11th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Saturday, February 25th 10:00 am – 3:30 pm ET
Saturday, March 11th 12:00 pm- 5:30 pm ET with clearness committees
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Every session includes centering, a short opening circle, reflecting in solitude, moving into small groups to share, listen, and ask honest, open questions, and then sharing in the large circle. Movement is included.
Online through Zoom
Space is limited to 23 participants. When you say “yes” to this retreat, you say “yes” to a group of us committing to attend the whole retreat series.
This offering is my gift; your presence is yours. As an extension of your gift, I invite you to support my work, as you are able, out of a spirit of gratitude, generosity, and reciprocity by paying through Venmo @Cat-Greenstreet or PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a check to Cat Greenstreet, P.O. Box 927, Millbrook, NY 12545. I thank you in advance. Every amount, no matter how small or large, is valued.
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