The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to hold them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.
In the middle of winter, when darkness is the heaviest on the northern hemisphere we will turn our attention to the world of paradox. Throughout our lives we are asked to hold many paradoxes. Over the course of this weekend we will ponder the challenges and the gifts of everything not fitting neatly into a box or yes/no answers.
As a circle, we will create space for questions to emerge and use the gifts of time, place, solitude and community to listen deeply to the deep conversations within ourselves. In a community of trusted companions, we will explore the intersection of paradox making use of stories from our own journeys, insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.
*If you are planning on commuting, please call Janet Lewis at 610-588-1793 for commuter rates.
We will create a Circle of Trust®, honor the “principles and practices” of Courage and Renewal® work and engage in the historic practice of “clearness committees.”
This retreat will be led by Jean Richardson and Pat Mulroy who are both skilled facilitators prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal®. They will facilitate us in forming 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 voice emerge from our inner selves.
Dr. Patricia (Pat) Mulroy is a curious learner, life-long educator, explorer, and creative optimist. She hopes to bring Courage and Renewal® work to a variety of communities by helping both schools and organizations provide models, experiences and programs that promote both staff and learner engagement, efficacy, as well as engaged citizens.
Dr. Jean M. Richardson for the past two decades has found herself working as a professional in retreat settings. Jean is a trained facilitator of the Center for Courage and Renewal®, an ordained Presbyterian minister and an experienced program and workshop facilitator.