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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 throughout the seasons for a time to explore and deepen your experience of the truth that 

“Who I am is key to what I do.”

This series will engage a specific topic drawing inspiration from Parker J. Palmer’s book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy” and the Habits of the Heart he identifies. The retreats will focus on:

November 2019

Theme | Seeds of True Self: Exploring Voice and Agency

Habit of the Heart | 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 | An appreciation of the value of otherness.

March 2020

Theme | Equinox Energy: Growing an Understanding We’re All In This Together

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

May 2020

Theme | On Living and Leading in the Power of Paradox

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

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Courage to Lead: Nurturing Wholehearted Leaders

A Circle of Trust Four Retreat Series for Engaged 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

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.

Using themes drawn from autumn, winter, the equinox, and spring as inspiration and guide, together, in solitary reflection, small group engagement, and community exploration, we will seek to restore and reconnect ourselves with the dreams and visions we held embarking out on life’s personal and professional journeys. 

Courage to Lead® focuses on

  • Inviting leaders to process personal and professional experiences. 

  • Welcoming all people in the fullness of their lives to co-create a diverse, compassionate community dedicated to sharing and holding our stories.

  • Honoring each leader’s gifts, strengths, and limits which equips them to lead with increasing authenticity and courage.

  • Renewing, reuniting, and recovering the intersection of heart, mind, and spirit as leaders explore the inner landscape of their lives.

You are invited to increase your capacity to listen to yourself and others more deeply and to reconnect your inner passion with your outer work, to show up and lead joyfully and wholeheartedly.

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
Aging with Courage
Later Event: January 31
Courage to Lead