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Courage to Lead Retreat Series

  • Lake Huron Retreat Center 8794 Lakeshore Road Burtchville, MI, 48059 United States (map)

"Before we have the courage to lead others, we need to have the heart to lead our inner soul."

~ past Courage to Lead participant

Do you want to explore your heart’s habits?

Do you want to cultivate your capacity to grow habits which nurture life-giving relationships?

Do you want to live and lead with increasing integrity and courage? 

You are invited to the shores of Lake Huron for a time set apart to deepen your experience of:

My habits form my leadership.

You are invited to join Courage to Lead! Each retreat which will use one of the “Habits of the Heart” (HOH) Parker J. Palmer identifies in his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy as a catalyst for exploring and reflecting on the flow of our inner lives, external presence, and social engagment.

You may attend any or all retreats.

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Each retreat will use the season as inspiration and guide combined with one of the “Habits of the Heart” (HOH) Parker J. Palmer identifies in Healing the Heart of Democracy, as the catalysts for exploring your heart’s habits, cultivating your capacity to practice habits which nurture life-giving relationships, and living and leading with increasing integrity and courage. Exploring our habits will also invite us to restore and reconnect ourselves with the dreams and visions we held embarking out on life’s personal and professional journeys.

Harvesting and Planting Seeds of True Self

November 15-17, 2019

Habit of the Heart | Generate a sense of personal voice and agency.

Dwelling in Fear and Love: Valuing Ourselves, Valuing All People

January 31 - February 2, 2020

Habit of the Heart | Develop an appreciation of the value of “otherness.”

Equinox Energy: Interconnected Lives Growing Together

March 20-22, 2020

Habit of the Heart | Understand that we’re all in this together.

Entering into the Power of Paradox

May 15-17, 2020

Habit of the Heart | Cultivate the ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.

Retreat Leadership Courage & Renewal® Facilitator, Sarah Hescheles

Using the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, together, we will co-create space for leaders to identify and experience how their soul is formed by practices of their heart and how their heart forms their leadership. Leaders will grow an aptitude and appreciation for turning inside to lead outside. Attending to and fostering “habits of the heart” combined with an intention to practice wholehearted leadership develops a leader’s capacity for self-awareness, self-management, deep listening, living and leading from core values, and co-creating community with passion and joy!


Are you ready to grow your capacity to live and lead with increasing “chutzpah and humility(Parker J. Palmer), authenticity, and courage through exploring and practicing one of the “habits of the heart” in each retreat?

Courage to Lead® focuses on

  • Inviting leaders to examine personal and professional experiences by listening deeply to their “inner wisdom”.

  • Welcoming all people to co-create a compassionate community dedicated to sharing and holding our stories.

  • Honoring each leader’s gifts, strength, and limits in a way which encourages them to explore the inner landscape of their lives and uncover the interconnection of their life patterns and leadership.

  • Encouraging leaders to see themselves whole, clarify their voice, speak their convictions, and receive the truths of all people.

  • Renewing, reuniting, and recovering the intersection of heart, mind, and spirit as leaders explore the habit(s) of their heart and how they influence their leadership.

Wholeness seemed elusive, a bit out of reach, until I participated in a Circle of Trust® retreat. Now, I am living more authentically from a place my soul hungered and longed for, but kept missing. That place is where I encounter the fullness of my life when given time and safety to listen deeply and attentively to my inner wisdom - my “hidden wholeness.” Today, I live, lead, and serve with greater confidence and courage, as I journey toward living a wholehearted life.
— past participant in Courage to Lead

Questions, please contact:

Sarah Hescheles |

Retreat Venue

Littleton Lodge & Ragland Lodge

Lake Huron Retreat Center

Burtchville, Michigan

(14 miles north of Port Huron, Michigan)

Courage & Renewal® in Michigan
Since 1995, thousands of leaders in varied fields have participated in Courage to Teach®, Courage to Lead®, and Circle of Trust® introductory retreats and retreat series. This internationally recognized work was developed over 25 years ago in Southwest Michigan with the support of The Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI. 

Earlier Event: July 31
Aging with Courage
Later Event: January 31
Courage to Lead