Courage to Lead©: An Event for Helping Professionals 2012

November 23, 2012 - November 25, 2012

Courage to Lead©: An Event for Helping Professionals 2012

Nov 23 – Nov 25, 2012

Fri 7:00 PM – Sun 3:30 PM


Please note a date change!

New dates are November 23-25, 2012!

“I’ve never seen a process that inspires and restores leaders’ sense of inner strength, courage and integrity better than Courage to Lead Circles of Trust.” Mardi Tindal, Moderator, United Church of Canada

“Participation in the Courage to Lead series has made a tremendous impact on my personal and professional life. The process and community have enabled me to achieve a deeper understanding of self. It has led me to a more integrated life and given me an opportunity to begin the process of uniting role and soul… CTL is an extraordinary and particular means to achieving personal and professional integrity that I have never experienced before anywhere else. Its particularity comes from the countercultural nature; the touchstones and the intentional practice of deep listening without fixing, advising or setting straight. The context is genuinely transformative and nurturing.” Participant in Courage to Lead series, Five Oaks Centre, Paris, ON.

This highly acclaimed program for helping professionals is based on the work and writings of respected educator Parker Palmer (A Hidden Wholeness, Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak). This program is designed for anyone seeking renewal of personal identity, professional integrity and vocational vitality. In this retreat, skilled facilitators help create a quiet, focused and disciplined space – a circle of trust – in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. 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 to Lead 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?” 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 to Lead retreats support spiritual formation by providing opportunity for:

•renewal of heart, mind, and spirit by exploring the inner landscape of the leader’s life;

•reconnecting personal identity and professional integrity, honouring gifts and acknowledging the power of limits;

•creating a community of mutual respect and caring that welcomes the soul and honours diversity;

•participation in the Clearness Committee, a communal process of discernment around an important life or vocational issue or question.

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Program Cost: $395 ($235 tuition+$160 meals/accommodations double occupancy)

$445 for single rooms

Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your spot in this program.


Mardi Tindal

Mardi Tindal is current Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Before her election, she was Executive Director of Five Oaks, a sister centre to Tatamagouche Centre, and co-host of Vision TVs, Spirit Connection. In her work she has consulted widely with government, private-sector, church, and voluntary organizations in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain.

Becky McKenna

Becky McKenna, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator. Becky is a spiritual guide, teacher of Contemplative practice, and former Retreat Coordinator at Tatamagouche Centre. She is a Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a writer and theologian.

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Categories: Leadership  |  Personal Development  |  Retreats