Developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this retreat series explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction, and underlying life patterns in order to help us live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do.
In a safe and nurturing environment, we let the noise around us subside and listen for our own inner voice. Using the rhythms of the seasons to guide us, we explore the wholeness of our lives, engaging poetry and prose, nature, small and large group discussion, personal reflection, journaling, and mindfulness practices to foster renewal, courage, and trust. At each retreat, we offer clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment.
Journey Toward Wholeness is designed as an integrated four-part Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series, in which participants build a community of trust that encourages everyone to explore life issues deeply. Commitment to participate in all four of the following weekend retreats is required.
November 10-12, 2017 – Seeds of the True Self (Firbank Library)
February 23-25, 2018 – Dwelling in Darkness
April 27-29, 2018 – Embracing the Power of Paradox
June 15-17, 2018 – Living with Abundance and Gratitude
Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. A consultant and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training, Valerie is a popular coach, retreat and pilgrimage leader, and author. She wrote three Pendle Hill pamphlets, and her most recent book is The Mindful School Leader. Visit leadsmartcoaching.com for more information about Valerie and her work.