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The Way of Clearness: Cultivating Clarity, Insight, and Action in Challenging Times through the Quaker Clearness Committee

Dec 1, 2, and 4, 2021

With Valerie Brown and John Baird
December 1, 6-8pm, December 2, 6-8pm and December 4, 9:30am-12:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom.
Cap of 23 participants.

Price: flat cost of $225 with financial aid available. 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.

NB: This workshop is AT CAPACITY. If you wish to register, please call the Registration Office at ext. 137 to be placed on the waiting list.

The Way of Clearness

Are you seeking clarity about life transition, purpose, direction, or meaning? Are you facing an ambiguous or complex concern and wanting to listen to the depths of your own inner wisdom within a caring community? Are you looking to engage in deep, soulful listening that supports deep connection with the Living Spirit?

The Quaker Clearness Committee is a process of individual and communal spiritual discernment. In this retreat, you will learn a radically energized version of the Clearness Committee based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Leave the retreat with a deeper understanding of the Clearness Committee to support your own spiritual discernment, your meeting, your community.

Participants registered for this retreat are encouraged to explore these recommended readings:

Spiritual Discernment: The Context and Goal of the Clearness Committee by Patricia Loring, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #305

Coming to the Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committee by Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #446

A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer


Valerie 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 Monthly Meeting in North Carolina, has a degree in Religious Studies, and enjoys writing, painting, singing, and walking in nature.

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.

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