• 11 - 15 Aug 2024
  • Montgomery and Selma, Alabama

Searching For The Soul of Justice in Sacred & Storied Places

Join us for this inspirational Circle of Trust Retreat, one that opens a door to history and an opportunity to engage in deep conversations about justice and humanity. Be part of an experience that invites us to share our lived-experiences, listen to the voices and stories of those who came before us, providing a unique space for questioning and understanding, and creating a path toward healing and building benevolent community.

“Our narratives speak to our souls and guide our hearts.”

Welcome – We invite you to take a meaningful journey with us to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. Places that hold memories of the many souls whose stories linger in the air and upon the earth. It is said that, “When we walk the sacred places of our past, we begin to feel the significance that our history holds in the present.”

Searching for the Soul of Justice in Sacred and Storied Places is an experiential Circle of Trust© Retreat that enlists history and historical sites as a third thing with an invitation to engage in conversations about narratives, meaning-making, generational trauma, humanity and community. This retreat is planned with a healing justice and self-care lens – one that uses a five fold path to understanding trauma created by Dave Ellis, a nationally recognized expert in his field, and co-facilitator for this retreat. He and Lori Yadin, a trained facilitator in both the Courage & Renewal© approach, and trauma-informed facilitation join to host this experience with the understanding of the weight that the historical sites and museums we will visit together hold. It is with the utmost respect for every retreat participant’s journey and healing process that we provide this foundation so that the experience is one that is supported as we visit these important sacred places that embody the history of the African American experience in the U.S., from enslavement to the civil rights movement and the New Jim Crow era. Dave and I are dedicated to providing a positive and warm retreat environment – and we are excited to be with you in Montgomery and Selma for our 5th Sacred and Storied Places Retreat.

Our time together will include:

  • Visits to significant sites with local vibrant and knowledgeable historians
  • Daily Community Circle of Trust© time using poems, quotes and music as an invitation to sharing our feelings, impressions, open-honest questions and reflections
  • A  daily self-care break
  • Communal Meals from Sunday dinner – Thursday breakfast

The retreat will begin on Sunday, August 11th at 5:00 pm, and will conclude on Thursday, August 15 at noon. Every participant will need to make their own travel arrangements to Montgomery, Alabama and we kindly ask that you please make travel plans so be able to arrive in time for our opening Circle on Sunday, and give travel space so to be present at our closing circle on Thursday. Travel costs are not included in the retreat fee.

For those traveling by air – there is a regional airport in Montgomery. Another option is to fly into Atlanta and rent a car – it is a 2 hour drive from Atlanta to Montgomery. If you are driving, the hotel does have a parking lot (there is a daily parking fee).

The Retreat Fee includes:

  • 4 nights of Accommodations
  • All Meals beginning with Sunday Dinner thru Thursday Breakfast
  • All Bus Tour  Travel in Montgomery and Selma Sites
  • Tours with Local Historians in Montgomery and Selma
  • All Museum fees
  • Retreat Facilitation and Materials

It is important to both Dave and I that we create a safe and engaging environment. To reach this goal we hold our retreats to a maximum of 15 participants, so please register early.

To register for this retreat or to ask any questions please reach out by emailing Lori at 4hoping@gmail.com. I will respond with a registration form or response.

We look forward to being with you in Montgomery!


Retreat Schedule:

Sunday, August 11- Retreat Begins at 5 pm
Monday, August 12-  Morning Circle (The Work Before The Work), Afternoon Tour of Montgomery, Self-Care Break, Evening Circle
Tuesday, August 13 – Tour of Selma, Alabama, Self-Care Break, Evening Circle
Wednesday, August 14- EJI National Memorial for Peace and Justice, EJI Legacy Museum, Self-Care Break, Evening Circle
Thursday, August 15 – Closing Circle – Depart at Noon

Our venue for this retreat is the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Spa at The Convention Center, a beautiful Marriott property located in the heart of downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

Every retreat participant will receive breakfast vouchers for a scrumptious hot and cold buffet that includes an omelet and waffle station, and a variety of breakfast fruits, yogurts, breads, hot and cold cereals, meats and beverages.

Hotel Rooms are single occupancy – but can be shared by couples or friends. With advanced notice we can request a room with 2 queen beds.

While in Retreat we will have our own dedicated conference room.

We appreciate that life happens. With this understanding we review cancellations on a case by case basis. As we are held to contracted costs we will do our very best to fill your space so to return your fee, but as we get within a month of the retreat we cannot promise that this will be possible. We suggest that folks look into travel insurance as a safety measure.


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