• 24 - 26 Oct 2022
  • West Lexham, King's Lynn, UK

Navigating the River of Whole-Heartedness: A Courage to Teach® Retreat

Through conversation, creative process, and deep listening we invite you on a journey to (re)discover the inner wisdom that guides us as we teach.

“The human heart is the source of good teaching.”
~ Parker J. Palmer

Whether a teacher in an education or healthcare setting we are called to this work for reasons of the heart, by deep compassion for the growth of others. But navigating these waters of unprecedented stress and change, we may find ourselves losing heart. How do we sustain ourselves amidst all these twists and turns of the “river”?

While the forces that challenge us are largely external, much of what can help us may be found within. Come join others like yourself to explore new ways of navigating the river of change while sustaining our courage to do our work. Discover a unique kind of professional development, a Circle of Trust Ⓡ — that offers time for contemplative self-reflection with a supportive community of congruence.

Courage to Teach® retreats model skills and practices in community for exploring how we may sustain wholehearted engagement in one’s work, employing deeper listening and building trustworthy relationships.  Through such practices, you can find renewed clarity and commitment to your profession along with the courage to act with integrity on what matters most to you.

What to expect:

Based on the principles and practices of the Center for Courage & Renewal and guided by Circle of Trust Touchstones®, through conversation, creative process, and deep listening, we will create an accepting and protected space together where we can navigate authenticity in our role and in our relationships with those we teach.

The sessions will draw upon the Courage to Teach® by Parker J. Palmer, a writer, teacher, and activist whose numerous publications explore issues of education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change.  Like Parker Palmer, we believe “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”

The Retreat focus is on renewing heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of one’s life by:

  • Creating a context for careful listening and deep connection that also acknowledges diversity in person and profession.
  • Reconnecting to one’s identity and integrity.
  • Identifying and honouring gifts and strengths and acknowledging our limits.
  • Helping participants create trustworthy spaces for teaching, leading, and working.
  • Renewing vocational vitality and deepening professional practice.

Who Should Attend?

All those involved in teaching who are seeking opportunities for reflection and renewal as a means of enhancing their own leadership and teaching practice.

During registration we will request some information about you and your needs:

  • How you learned about this retreat
  • Your role and work setting
  • A question you are holding about your role
  • What you hope to get from the retreat
  • Anything else you would like us to be aware of

October 24, 2022  3:00 PM – October 26, 2022  1:00 PM

The retreat begins Monday 24th October with check-in available at 3:00 pm. and the initial gathering at 4:00 pm.
Farewell lunch will be provided at 12:00 pm on Wednesday 27th October 2022.
The retreat is residential for all participants who should arrive in time to settle in before the first session.

West Lexham Retreat

Located in East Anglia, near the coast, on 21 acres of rolling South Norfolk brecks, by a meandering chalk stream with wild meadows, woodlands, and beautifully landscaped gardens and a natural lake. Comfortable accommodations amongst old heritage buildings, and delicious seasonal, organic plant-based food.

West Lexham Retreat, Nr Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2QN.  https://westlexham.org/

What to bring:

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and walking shoes, toiletries, personal items and a journal.Cost: Includes accommodation, meals, retreat facilitation and materials.


Registration: £480 based on shared twin rooms. (An individual room may be available on a first come first serve basis for an additional £100. This is basic cabin accommodation located away from the main retreat space).

Deposit: £95 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Participants will be asked to submit payment no later than 30th September, 2022.

Payment can be made by credit or debit card.

In the unlikely event that the retreat is cancelled by us, your fee will be refunded. Our liability does not cover cancelled travel or other expenses.

Full Refunds for cancellations (less a £95 deposit) will be made up to 30th September 2022. No refunds can be made after that time.


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