Courage & Renewal® Retreat: Deep Growth in Winter

February 24, 2014 - February 26, 2014
Offered by Five Oaks Centre


Courage & Renewal® Retreats

For details of upcoming Courage & Renewal® programs at Five Oaks please go the bottom of the page.

Over the past decade under the guidance of Parker J. Palmer, highly skilled facilitators have created a unique retreat-based approach to renewing personal identity, professional integrity and vocational vitality. Participants seeking personal and professional renewal will expand their capacity to listen and be present, improve their ability to build trustworthy relationships, and find the courage to live authentically.

Courage & Renewal® work is framed by such questions as, “How can I maintain a strong connection between who I am and what I do?” “What practices will help me align my soul and my role?” “When pulled in so many directions that I feel dis-membered, how can I re-member myself and stay connected to the heart of my vocation?” In large-group, small-group and solitary settings, we will share our inner journeys via personal story-telling, poetry and teaching tales from various wisdom traditions.

Guided by skilled facilitators, participants will be invited to speak honestly about their lives and work and to listen and respond to each other—and to themselves—with encouragement and compassion. Courage and Renewal® retreats support spiritual formation by providing opportunity for:

  • renewing heart, mind, and spirit by exploring the inner landscape of the leader’s life;
  • reconnecting personal identity and professional integrity, honoring gifts and acknowledging the power of limits;
  • creating a community of mutual respect and caring that welcomes the soul and honors diversity;
  • participating in the Clearness Committee discernment process and deepening skills to ask open and honest questions; 


Mardi Tindal has facilitated leadership formation with people of all kinds of vocations and organizations. She is a facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal and with the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She is also Immediate Past Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

Fred Monteith is a Courage and Renewal facilitator. He served for fifteen years on the staff of Hamilton Conference of the United Church as Minister of Congregational Support and Executive Secretary. Fred has many years experience and training in group processes and facilitation.

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Courage & Renewal® Retreat: Deep Growth in Winter

Start: Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:00 PM
End: Feb 26, 2014 @ 2:00 PM
Cost: $435.00

includes meals and accommodation.

When you regsiter for this program please submit a ‘personal statement’ (no more than 600 words) in a separate document to let us know why you are interested in attending this retreat program and how you hope to benefit. Briefly describe the setting in which you do your work and a question you may be holding.

 Registrations are processed only once we have received your payment – either a deposit or the full amount. After you fill out the online registration form you will be directed to pay through paypal. If this payment does not go through, please contact our office at 519-442-3212 to complete the registration process. You will receive a letter from our Registrar confirming your registration within the week. 

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