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Hidden In Plain View

  • Kirkridge Retreat Center 2495 Fox Gap Road Bangor, PA (map)

Hidden In Plain View

A Circle of Trust® for Women Who Seek To Let Our Lives Speak and Reimagine Who We Are 

A Retreat in the Pocono Mountains at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Circle of Trust® facilitators, Sarah Hescheles and Megan LeBoutillier, invite you to join them on this unique retreat for women.  Parker J. Palmer’s Circle of Trust® approach, Sarah’s work in architecture, ministry, and non-profit leadership, and her love of nature, combine with Megan’s creative curiosity, dedication to personal growth and attention to the details of life to  co-create a sacred space and weave community for this women’s retreat.

Here is one way to understand the relationships in a Circle of Trust: they combine unconditional love, or regard, with hopeful expectancy, creating a space that both safeguards and encourages the inner journey. In such a space, we are freed to hear our own truth, touch what brings us joy, become self-critical about our faults, and take risky steps toward change.
— Parker J. Palmer

As our lives try to speak to us over the noises of our inner and outer worlds, questions emerge and re-emerge. Life’s questions emerge differently depending on our individual experiences.  Perhaps you:

  •  Feel a gentle nudging welling up from someplace deep within you—a sense that life as you understand it today is changing, that you are on the threshold of something different.

  • Are experiencing a consistent restlessness in life.

  • Are feeling burned out.

  • Are seeking something which is life-giving and fills you with purpose and passion.

  • Are searching for a way to enrich an already satisfying life journey.

  • Are wondering where do I go from here?

From these places of deep uncertainty, questioning, and restlessness comes great possibility and energy.  The future is awaiting the gifts and strengths we each possess.

The time to let your life speak and (re)ignite the sparks of your dreams is now!

If you feel stuck and have the sense that it’s time for a change; if you are feeling divided between what you do and who you are then consider joining us at Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center.  This retreat is a creative endeavor that asks us to reclaim our spark, to hear our inner voice and to let our lives speak. Our lives are not merely our experiences, but how we make meaning from our experiences.  The more passionate we are about our work and our lives, the more vital it is that we take time to renew our spirits.

The safe space of this retreat offers you the opportunity to glimpse your hidden wholeness, to rejoin soul and role, to reconnect who you are with what you do.  In this retreat the skilled facilitators will help create a quiet, focused, respectful space in which the noise within us and around us can subside. In large group, small group and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, insights from poets, storytellers and various wisdom traditions.  We will invite creativity to surround and inform us.

Lift up your eyes upon the day breaking for you. Give birth again to the dream.
— Maya Angelou


  • Monday, October 14th, the retreat will begin with an opening circle at 4:30 pm.

  • Wednesday, October 16th, the retreat will conclude about 2:00 pm with lunch following the closing circle.


  • $585 (includes program, materials, room, and meals) A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available for an additional $100.00. Full payment required at time of registration.

  • We do not want the cost to keep anyone away.  So, if a partial scholarship would make a difference, please reach out to:

         Sarah at

         Megan at


Kirkridge is a place to be, and to become a people of home, compassion, justice, and service.  Since 1942, Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center has provided a place for rest and renewal to pilgrims along life’s journey.  Located on a ridge of the beautiful Kittantinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Retreat Leadership


Sarah Hescheles, S.T.M., M.Div., enjoys reading in front of a roaring fire, continually learning and growing, and co-creating sacred space to nurture individual wholeness and weave life-giving community.  She earned her Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, her Master of Divinity from Duke University, and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Michigan—Ann Arbor.  She is principal and owner of Restoring Waters Consulting, llc and was prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal to facilitate Circles of Trust.  When not working, she delights in spending time hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, skiing, photographing landscapes and wildlife, writing and spending time with family and friends.


Megan LeBoutillier, Ph.D., is an artist and a writer who has been involved with Circle of Trust from their inception in 1996. She was prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal to facilitate Circles of Trust in 1999.  Megan enjoys making things with her hands and playing with color.  She is a weaver, bookbinder, quilter and painter.  Megan hikes daily with a large dog, kayaks when weather permits and gardens as often as possible.  Megan has been a Kirkridge Courage Fellow since 2015 and is a member of the Kirkridge Courage Faculty.  Megan has a Ph.D. in Creative Nonfiction and is one of the two story catchers for Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do: Stories of Living Divided No More,and Thin Place: Seeking the Courage to Live in a Divided World.

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