• 19 - 20 Oct 2023
  • Troutdale, OR, USA

Leading for Sustainable Change in our Communities: A Courage to Lead Retreat

Together we will explore the complex challenges facing our leadership today, build our personal resilience, and develop strategies to navigate pathways toward sustainable changes within our families, communities, and organizations.

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of challenge and uncertainty.

Leading for Sustainable Change in our Communities, offers leaders the time and space to reflect and focus on how we can hold the tensions of our world and our leadership, and discover ways to re-engage in our work with a renewed sense of presence and compassion.

Together we will explore social justice-centered tools and resources to build personal resilience amid the challenges we navigate as leaders, and discuss pathways toward sustainable changes within our families, communities, and organizations.

The retreat is based on the Courage & Renewal approach, “intended to create communities of reflection and belonging that help people move toward personal and societal wholeness.”

The retreat will provide time and space for deep reflection, renewal, and the opportunity to:

  • Learn, experience and reflect on the critical elements or “habits of the heart” that support our democracy (from Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create A Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit).
  • Establish antiracist leadership practices and a thoughtful understanding of our leadership challenges with sustainable change (using multiple sources, including How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi and The McKinsey & Company Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lighthouses 2023 Report).
  • Kindle our passion to lead change, resilience and resistance. (Emergent Strategy and Holding Change by adrienne maree brown; Who Do We Choose To Be, Margaret Wheatley).
  • Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories.
  • Build personal and institutional self-care practices to establish and buoy the health and relational trust in our communities and organizations.

Who should attend? Courage to Lead is open to those in leadership roles from diverse fields. Leadership can be reflected in whichever way we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.

Joining Courage & Renewal Facilitator Dawn Montgomery in the facilitation of this retreat will be Shauna Adams, LCSW. Shauna’s career as a clinical social worker, educator, university instructor, equity leadership coach and consultant, has been committed to addressing issues of power, privilege, racism & systemic oppression.




Thursday-Friday, October 19-20, 2023,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Optional Thursday evening activity.

Participants who wish to stay overnight may reserve a room on-site at McMenamin’s Edgefield, or 5 minutes away at Best Western Cascade Inn & Suites. The hotel room is not included in your registration fee.

McMenamin’s Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, OR, 97060

Cost: $165* per night (+ tax): Queen bed guest room (European style, with bathroom separate from guest room), available for arrival on October 18 and departure October 21. Room block name: Lewis & Clark College. Room block deadline: September 1, 2023.
*Subject to change. Book early to secure the best rate.

About: McMenamin’s Edgefield is a historic property, with no televisions or telephones in the guest rooms, and very limited elevator access. If you have accessibility needs including elevator access, a room close to exit for service animals, or an ADA compliant room, please mention this at the time of booking. All rooms are non-smoking.

There are multiple restaurants and other attractions on the property including a spa, winery, golf course, and soaking pool. View more about the the venue, amenities and attractions.

$325, includes 12 PDUs, breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, and all materials. Lodging not included. See venue details for overnight accommodation options. Graduate course credit also available – see registration link.


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