• 26 - 30 Mar 2023
  • Montgomery, AL, USA

Searching For The Soul of Social Justice In Sacred & Storied Places

Join us for a Circle of Trust® pilgrimage to sacred and storied places where the history of our nation’s Civil Rights movement lives in the streets, museums, houses of worship, bridges and monuments of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

“When ‘We the People’ re-examine connections to beliefs and communities, it creates an opportunity to heal an ailing society.” ~Parker J. Palmer

Join us for a Circle of Trust® pilgrimage to sacred and storied places where the history of our nation’s Civil Rights movement lives in the streets, museums, houses of worship, bridges and monuments of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. We will consider the journey of Social Justice from the Civil Rights era to today, and contemplate how our past informs our personal relationship to social responsibility. We will reflect on the current climate in our country, and respond to the many questions that we may be holding about our role in answering the courageous voices of yesterday and the calls to action of today.

 

About This Retreat:

This five-day, four night experience will incorporate the principles, practices and touchstones of the Circle of Trust® approach, established by Parker J. Palmer. We will spend time in self-reflection, small group discussion, and group sharing as we travel back into time, stand in the present, and contemplate our future.

Imagine standing at the Capitol Steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed 25,000 people who gathered there at the completion of their march from Selma to Montgomery. Picture visiting the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. King preached. Envision walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where the Selma march took place. Prepare to visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These are some of the places awaiting you as we search for the Soul of Social Justice, our truth and place in the ongoing efforts to respectfully engage with each other, honoring the unalienable rights of every citizen. It seems that this quote by Rabbi Hillel speaks to this moment in time that we all find ourselves…

“If I am not for myself, who is for me?
And when I am for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?”  
~ Rabbi Hillel

We invite participants from all races, genders, sexual orientations, national and ethnic origins, ages, abilities and disabilities, economic classes and religious/spiritual paths. You are welcome in our Circle of Trust®.

Contact Lori Yadin to receive a registration application for this retreat: director@createsafespace.org.

 

Facilitators:
This program is co-facilitated by Courage & Renewal Facilitator Lori Yadin alongside Dave Ellis, a national leader in providing trainings and facilitating conversations on the lasting impacts of ACEs and generational trauma.

Marriott Renaissance Hotel & Spa, Montgomery, Alabama

This lovely hotel is in downtown Montgomery, and is in walking distance to many of the sites. There is a choice of double or single occupancy. Your stay includes breakfast vouchers during your visit for a wonderful buffet meal with made to order omelets. It is a beautiful and comfortable space for our retreat.

Venue Website https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mgmbr-renaissance-montgomery-hotel-and-spa-at-the-convention-center/overview/?scid=45f93f1b-bd77-45c9-8dab-83b6a417f6fe&y_source=1_NzM4NDM4LTQ2Mi1sb2NhdGlvbi53ZWJzaXRl

Contact Lori Yadin to receive a registration application for this retreat: director@createsafespace.org.

Costs Include:
-4 nights – Hotel Accommodations,
-Breakfast voucher for Hotel restaurant Monday – Thursday mornings,
-Lunches for Monday – Wednesday afternoon,
-Dinners for Sunday – Wednesday evening,
-Snacks,
-ALL fees for museums, local historian and guide, transportation while in Montgomery, coach bus transportation from Montgomery to Selma, and retreat materials.

Early Bird Discount for reservations made prior to February 1, 2023: Single Occupancy $2250 // Double Occupancy  $1850

After early registration date (or until Retreat spaces are filled): Single Occupancy $2500 // Double Occupancy $2100

Note: The fee does not include personal transportation costs to and from the retreat.

This retreat is being subsidized by Lori’s social profit (501c3), Create Safe Space, Inc. We are actively working on additional scholarship funds. If you are interested in receiving more information about scholarships, or have any additional questions about the Retreat, please send us an email to: director@createsafespace.org.

We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund minus a $100 non-refundable administrative fee when you notify us at least 6 weeks before the program begins. Other than exceptional emergencies, no refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than 6 weeks before program start date unless we can fill your reserved space as we will have to cover hotel and other fees. If we are able to fill your space then we will refund your fees minus the $100.

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