• 08 - 11 Aug 2023
  • Near Bangor, PA

Listening to Wild Earth: A Mosaic of Community

LISTENING TO WILD EARTH - A call across the generations to nature-based community leaders: to explore the edges of our human innovative capacities to be true kin - in listening to the land, to de-center the human, and experience the underlying mosaic of greater community.

*A Retreat especially for Facilitators*

Set aside four days and three nights to soul-adventure: to move together through our carefully crafted, trustworthy human circles into our unique belonging as earthlings, as part of the greater whole.

An opportunity for enlivening cross-pollination: if you are a seasoned group facilitator, you are strongly encouraged to not come alone, please bring a younger community member. We anticipate building ‘a nest of live encounter’ out of our visceral need for inter-generational connection and mutuality across all our boundaries.

Expansive time on the sacred land of Kirkridge Retreat Center on the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania. A call to slow down and listen to the Earth’s heart speak and trust the emergence of a mosaic of voices to whisper through the earth of our bodies.

A wild group of Earth-loving facilitators will guide this experiential program: practicing on the cusp of our gifts and learnings as facilitators from our own Earth longings and callings, using the core principles and practices of the Courage & Renewal approach. Clearness circles and an optional overnight camping solo in the woods will be offered.

This program is intentionally for community leaders and group facilitators.


Courage and Renewal Facilitators Cat Greenstreet, Karen Harding, Carol Kortsch and Susan Nordurft will be joined by Jeff Hood who has made a career guiding groups through the wilds of planet earth in search of our own essential wildness.



Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center
Coming back to nature often means coming back to ourselves. The first thing you will notice at Kirkridge is the wide expanse of vista and open space of land to explore. Located on the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian mountain range, our location offers the perfect place to walk, hike, or just sit and observe the sky.

From our scenic overlooks, birdwatchers can delight in the flight of red-tailed hawks, an occasional bald eagle, or even an owl. Photographers will love the autumn foliage, walking in the woods as spring breaks forth or the shadows of the winter sun. Hikers will enjoy the numerous trails around the mountain, many of which interconnect with the Appalachian trail.

For a meditative experience, all guests may walk the outdoor meditation labyrinth, enjoy a quiet walk around the Kirkridge tarn, or visit our neighboring megalith park known as Columcille.
This retreat will be held in the Farmhouse and Barn, and our gathering circles will be mostly outdoors.


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