...Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?
– Mary Oliver from “A Summer Day,” House of Light (1990)
Retreats and workshops are offered on various themes and can be adapted for the needs of your school, business, or community.
· Cross-Professional Seasonal Retreats. Retreats or workshops using the Circle of Trust approach, welcoming adults of all ages in any profession. When possible I have been holding most of one day of a two-day retreat in the spring and autumn at Innisfree Garden (www.innisfreegarden.org).
· The Third Stage Of Life. Retreats or workshops using the Circle of Trust approach with themes significant to those in the third stage of life: transitioning to “retirement,” life after retirement, becoming an elder, facing one’s own and loved ones’ mortality.
· Healing Habits of the Heart for Self, Work, and Community or Healing the Heart of Democracy® Circles. In Parker Palmer’s 2011 book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: the Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, he invites us to explore our “soul and role” as citizens in a democracy. This retreat or workshop can have deep meaning in the context of schools, churches, activist groups, and other civic organizations that recognize the need to cultivate habits of the heart that foster the invisible infrastructure of our democracy. See “Healing the Heart of Democracy Circles.”
· Courage To Teach®. Inspired by Parker J. Palmer’s groundbreaking book, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, Courage to Teach (CTT) workshops and retreats are rooted in the belief that good teaching flows from the identity and integrity of the teacher. CTT focuses neither on technique, nor on school reform, but on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education. CTT provides educators opportunities, individually and in community, for personal and professional insight and growth.
· Courage to Lead®. Seasonal metaphors become gateways to deep reflection on self and its dynamic intersection with the many roles one has when serving as a leader. Retreats can focus on building trust, creating trust-worthy spaces that foster reflection, or exploring the paradoxes inherent in being the kind of leader one wants to be. We are always enthusiastic to collaborate and can design a retreat according to your ideas of what is needed in your workplace.
· A Journey Toward Wholeness. A Circle of Trust focused on our journey toward integration and wholeness, often cross-professional.