Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat® Two-Part Series

May 18, 2015 - May 24, 2015


Workshop ID: G15CDS531

Dates: May 18, 2015 – May 24, 2015 Price: $1,85.00 – $2,350.00

Based on the work of author Parker J. Palmer, this Courage & Renewal® retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, life passion, purpose, meaning, aging, direction, and underlying life patterns, to live in alignment with one’s deepest values. In a safe, quiet, nurturing, and confidential environment, the retreat promotes reflection and clarity, and uses poetry, prose, music, movement and the stunning beauty of the high desert.

Savor daily contemplative practices. Enjoy periods of quiet time, journaling and self-reflection, and large and small group discussions. Clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment, is the capstone of the retreat. Off-ranch trips are planned. Exhale deeply and relax at a nearby mineral springs (at an extra fee), enjoy an afternoon of Gregorian chant at Christ in the Desert Monastery and visit the weavers of Medanales to explore local culture. Limit 15. Participants register for the full series, commit to being present for both weeks and complete a questionnaire about registration. 2nd Week is Monday-Sunday, Oct. 5-11, 2015. Includes 6 nights lodging, meals, course tuition and fee for BOTH sessions/weeks Private Bath: $2,350, Semi-Private Bath: $1,850

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ValerieBrown_015squareValerie Brown is a leadership coach, leadership educator, and retreat leader and the Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC.  She trained at the national Center for Transformational Leadership, Center for Courage & Renewal, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society. She is the author of The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012), and several publications on mindfulness, including Living from the Center: Mindfulness Meditation and Centering for Friends, The Mindful Quaker, and Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond. Her work and writing point toward powerful transformation through mindful awareness and her passion is for creating greater trust among people. She is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (Quaker). She can be reached at www. leadsmartcoaching. com

kirsten olson_crop3Kirsten Olson is the author of the bestselling Wounded By School and is Chief Listening Officer of Old Sow Consulting, in Brookline MA, which focuses on mindful, compassionate and creative leadership training for educators and others in the helping professions. Based on the principals of the Center for Courage and Renewal©, Kirsten is a trained Courage and Renewal facilitator.

Please note that our 2015 workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified.

Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability).

For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar’s Office at either 505.685.1001 or 505.685.685.1017 Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. (MST).

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
  2. Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. MST.
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