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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series

November 9-11, 2018; January 11-13, 2019; March 8-10, 2019; and May 3-5, 2019

Facilitated by Valerie Brown and John Baird
$2210/shared room; $2365/private room; $1650/commuter for the 4-weekend series.

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

Registrants must commit to participating in all four retreats and to completing a pre-series questionnaire. Payment in full is expected at registration.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this four-part seasonal retreat series combines opportunities to explore within community what matters most to you and to savor rest and renewal. Through deep listening with peers, gain clarity to live in alignment with your deepest values and the courage to act with integrity and authenticity in a world that needs more awakened and alive people.

This retreat series is designed for you:

  • Are you seeking a time set-aside just for you from the busyness of daily stress to focus on what matters most to you?
  • Are you in transition and asking yourself: ‘What’s next?’ And, do you want the space to listen to your own inner wisdom?
  • Are you seeking support to build ongoing practices and a community to help you integrate your deepest intentions into your life and work?
  • Have you been deeply moved by the writing of Parker J. Palmer and the Circle of Trust® and want to know more?

November 9-11, 2018Seeds of the True Self
January 11-13, 2019Dwelling in Darkness
March 8-10, 2019Embracing the Power of Paradox
May 3-5, 2019Living with Abundance & Gratitude

NB: The Journey Toward Wholeness series counts as FOUR retreats for Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator Preparation.

Praise for Journey Toward Wholeness from 2018 Participants

“I am surprised by the depth of the relationships that I formed in this program. This is transformative.”

“I made friendships and connections in the Journey Toward Wholeness that will last and deepen for many years to come.  My life has been completely transformed.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

“The Journey Toward Wholeness introduced me to me, and there I found the love, joy, acceptance and wisdom I spent decades chasing.”

“The clearness committee is a way of engaging with each other that is revolutionary and needed for the world.”

“Journey Toward Wholeness is an experience of a lifetime; a deep, caring, wonderful, moving experience of inner transformation, love and joy!”

“The Journey Toward Wholeness four-weekend series teaches skills of deep listening and open questioning for discernment, but more importantly, you are held in a space in which your soul appears, speaks, rejoices.  The connection with others is blessed.”

“The four-part Journey Toward Wholeness Retreat series invited my soul to wake up in a safe and sacred space.”

“The retreat series is all one could expect. It delivers on all fronts. I am very grateful and feel whole. This is an experience of a lifetime, one that will transform you, and stay with you.”

“A healing, loving, supportive baptism into community that changed my life for good and forever!”

“The retreat series has been a gift with no strings attached other than the hope for participants to spread this material and “message” to our communities.  I’m inspired and committed to do it, and practice living it.”


PHP #446Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. A consultant and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training, Valerie is a popular coach, retreat and pilgrimage leader, and author. She has written four Pendle Hill pamphlets, the latest of which is Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committees. Her most recent book is The Mindful School Leader. For more information about Valerie, visit

John BairdJohn Baird is a Courage and Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal. John has been a teacher and leader in Friends education for more than 35 years. He has facilitated retreats in schools, meetings, and Quaker conference centers, developed reflective practices, mentored and nurtured leaders, and helped individuals and groups to discern and respond to their sense of vocation. He is a member of Durham, NC Monthly Meeting, has a degree in Religious Studies, and enjoys, writing, painting, singing, and walking in nature.

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