Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series

November 1, 2013 - July 20, 2014
Offered by Pendle Hill
Wallingford PA


Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series

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From last session of 4-part series Journey Toward an Undivided Life:

“This series is simply transformative. I didn’t know what to expect. This so exceeded my expectations, and the four-time meeting format was simply life-changing. “ Something that worked well for me was “that it was offered during a year in a 4x format worked beautifully to structure my sabbatical year. That Valerie is, like Parker Palmer, someone who followed a call out of a high-powered profession helped me see a whole other life path and how it works.”

“When I first heard about the series, I was intrigued but uncertain. This was a large commitment of time and money.  It turned out to be more than worth it.”

“Valerie is specially gifted as a facilitator. I could not have imagined such a soulful outcome as I’ve experienced here.”

“It’s a wonderful series – coming back multiple times makes a big difference.” I am taking away “transformation in process – big changes in my life – in part facilitated by what happened in Circles of Trust.”

I am coming away with “a renewed sense of purpose with my work, deeply need changes are happening a feeling and experience of community, which hopefully will continue.”


ValerieBrown2 Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal®. She is a leadership coach and educator trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society and the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. A certified Kundalini yoga teacher, Valerie is a popular retreat leader and author. She wrote three Pendle Hill pamphlets, including most recently, Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond (February 2013). Ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and a practicing Buddhist, Valerie is also a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA). See for more information about Valerie and her work.

CarolKortsch Carol Kortsch was born in Canada and raised and educated in Africa. She worked internationally for 20 years establishing live-in rehabilitation, counseling, and training communities before moving to Radnor (PA). With a lifelong passion for leading and teaching in diverse communities, she is now a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal.



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Prices for overnight programs include room, board, and tuition.

Private room

These quiet, single rooms are perfect for those who want a real retreat, and are simply decorated with a twin bed and desk.

Shared room

For those who elect to share a room with a guest or another participant, these offer comfort at a modest price.


Commuter rates include lunch and dinner during the program.

Private rooms are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration given to those with special needs.

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 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 allow the noise around us to subside to hear our own inner voice. Using seasonal metaphors, 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. Retreatants are invited to participate in clearness committees, a Quaker communal process that helps individuals reach clarity around difficult life decisions.

Journey Toward Wholeness is designed as a four-part Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series, in which participants build a community of trust that encourages everyone to explore life issues deeply. To accomplish this, participants register for the entire series and commit to being present for each of the four seasonal retreats.

November 1-3, 2013 – Seeds of the True Self

January 31-February 2, 2014 – Dwelling in Darkness

April 4-6, 2014 – Embracing the Power of Paradox

July 18-20, 2014 – Living with Abundance and Gratitude

$1860/shared room; $2160/private room; $1520/commuter for the series of 4 retreats

Register by August 31 and get a 10% discount.

Categories: Lifelong Learning  |  Retreats