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Courage to Lead Retreat Series

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

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

“My habits form my leadership.”

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.

November 2019

Theme | Harvesting and Planting Seeds of True Self

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

January/February 2020

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

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

March 2020

Theme | Equinox Energy: Interconnected Lives Growing Together

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

May 2020

Theme | Entering into the Power of Paradox

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

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Courage to Lead: Nurturing “Habits of the Heart” for Wholehearted Leadership

A Circle of Trust Four Retreat Series for Leaders

November 15-17, 2019 | January 31 - February 2, 2020 | March 20-22, 2020 | May 15-17, 2020

All retreats are Friday at 6:30 pm - Sunday at noon

Lake Huron Retreat Center | Littleton Lodge & Ragland Lodge

(14 miles north of Port Huron, Michigan)

If register and pay deposit by October 1st, 2019 | Retreat Series Cost: $2,000.00

$400.00 deposit | $400.00 per each retreat

If you would like to bring a friend and share a room, you will each receive a $100.00 discount per retreat.

If register after October 1st, 2019 | Retreat Series Cost: $2,540.00

$400.00 deposit | $535.00 per each retreat

Limited Scholarship funds are available. Please contact Sarah for more information.

Continuing education credit may be available for these retreats.

Courage & Renewal® Retreat Leadership | Sarah Hescheles

Registration cost includes: program facilitation and materials, snacks, handmade journal, 2 nights private accommodation, meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.

This retreat series will include retreatants choosing to participate in the retreat series, each retreat individually, and/or more than one retreat throughout the seasons.

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.

In solitary reflection, small group engagement, and community exploration, the circle 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. Attend to and fostering “habits of the heart” combined with an intention to practice wholehearted leadership developed 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!

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

This Courage to Lead retreat is modeled on the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. You can learn more about “Circles of Trust” at or in Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.

Questions, please contact:

Sarah Hescheles |

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. 

Retreat Venue

Littleton Lodge & Ragland Lodge

Lake Huron Retreat Center

Burtchville, Michigan

(14 miles north of Port Huron, Michigan)

Earlier Event: July 31
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Later Event: January 31
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