• 10 - 12 Jul 2022

Liberatory Leadership: Building Resilience Together, A Courage to Lead Intensive for Women & Non-Binary Leaders

This three-day intensive is designed for leaders who wish to imagine the highest possibilities and results for our leadership, organizations and communities.

Sometimes at the ragged edges of an unruly world when life feels undone, there is a quiet centerpoint in which to dance your unbound prayers. -Molly Remer

This three-day intensive is designed for leaders who wish to imagine the highest possibilities and results for our leadership, organizations and communities. With courage, compassion and creativity we will develop practices to hold our current realities, wherever we find ourselves. Together we will…

  • explore the inner sources of leadership and transform our concept of self and others
  • recognize justice, equity and inclusion as organizational essentials
  • reduce isolation and build communities of care that “hold us accountable, provide supportin hard times and act as containers for liberatory innovations”
  • identify reflective practices that increase personal and professional resilience
  • consider emergent strategy as a way of imagining and charting our course toward
    the future we long for
  • learn and participate in a Clearness Committee, designed after a powerful problem-solving
    model from the 1600’s.

We invite you to join us in this retreat grounded in the Circle of Trust® approach, designed to build a trustworthy space for telling our truths and listening to the truths of others.

The guiding principles and wisdom teachers for our work together will include:

Liberatory Leadership – Jardana Peacock
Emergent Strategy – Adrienne Maree Brown
Theory U – Otto Scharmer
The Art of Holding Space – Heather Plett
Active Hope – Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone
The Four Fold Way – Angeles Arrien
My Grandmother’s Hands: Healing Racialized Trauma – Resmaa Menakem
A Hidden Wholeness and
The Five Habits from Healing of the Heart of Democracy – Parker J. Palmer


This program is co-facilitated by Courage & Renewal Facilitator Dawn Montgomery alongside Shauna Adams, LCSW, an educator and social worker who provides leadership consultation, professional development and strategic planning for schools, businesses, and human service providers.

Menucha is located on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge, in Corbett, Oregon inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Menucha is 30-40 minutes from Portland and Vancouver’s air, bus, and train terminals. Freeways I-84 and I-205 provide easy access by car from all directions.

“Past the stone entry, a forest embraces travelers along a serpentine road. The destination: a one hundred acre sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge. 700 feet above one of the nation’s epic rivers, this is a place where bald eagles float their shadows across old growth conifers; where trails may lead to heirloom gardens or perennial springs. Menucha’s landscapes are marked by the currents of history, which have carried both aboriginal peoples and homesteaders through its woods and meadows. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery journeyed by Menucha. Presidents walked its paths. And, over the last half-century, tens of thousands of people from around the world have found their way here. They come for purposeful work; they find a staff whose mission is to offer the gift of hospitality, food, lodging and graceful engagement.”

38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019  |  https://menucha.org

The registration fee is $450 inclusive of:
five meals, beginning with dinner on the evening of July 10th, and concluding with breakfast on July 12th, two nights of lodging, all supplies, facilitation, snacks and beverages.

A non-refundable $200 deposit is required to hold your reservation and is due no later than 5:00pm on May 27, 2022.

Deposits checks can be mailed to our fiscal agent, Our Children Oregon, at P.O. Box 14694 Portland, OR 97293 with “Courage Retreat” in the Memo.  Or submit to the retreat coordinator, Jenifer Wagley, via Venmo @Jenifer-Wagley.  For inquiries regarding payment or fee reduction please contact Jenifer at jenifer@ourchildrenoregon.org.

The remaining balance will be due July 1, 2022.


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