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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series

Nov 10, 2017 - Jun 17, 2018 (four weekends)

Facilitated by Valerie Brown and John Baird
$2210/shared room; $2365/private room; $1650/commuter for series. The series is limited to 23 participants.

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. To begin the process, click on the "Register Online" button below.

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610-566-4507, ext. 137

NB: This program is AT CAPACITY. For more information, please call the Registration Office at ext. 137.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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 in order 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 let the noise around us subside and listen for our own inner voice. Using the rhythms of the seasons to guide us, 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. At each retreat, we offer clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment.

Journey Toward Wholeness is designed as an integrated four-part Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series, in which participants build a community of trust that encourages everyone to explore life issues deeply. Commitment to participate in all four of the following weekend retreats is required.

November 10-12, 2017 – Seeds of the True Self
February 23-25, 2018 – Dwelling in Darkness
April 27-29, 2018 – Embracing the Power of Paradox
June 15-17, 2018 – Living with Abundance and Gratitude


Pendle Hill pamphlet #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, including August 2017’s Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committees. Her most recent book is The Mindful School Leader. Visit for more information about Valerie and her work.

John BairdJohn Baird is currently in the Facilitator Preparation Program and 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 deepest sense of calling. He has a degree in Religious Studies and enjoys, writing, painting, singing, and walking in nature.


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