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Courage to Lead


  • 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 to explore and deepen your experience of the truth that 

“Who I am is key to what I do.”

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Courage to Lead: Nurturing Wholehearted Leaders

A Circle of Trust Retreat for Engaged Leaders

March 15th - 17th, 2019 | 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 in-full by January 15th, 2019

$495.00 (double occupancy) | $595.00 (single occupancy)

If register and/or pay in-full after January 15th, 2019

$535.00 (double occupancy) | $635.00 (single occupancy)

SCECH’s available for this retreat.

Courage & Renewal® Retreat Leadership | Sarah Hescheles & Monique Beels

Registration cost includes: program facilitation and materials, snacks, handmade journal, 2 nights in a double occupancy room, meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.

Participation limited to 24 retreatants. Registration before event required.


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 www.couragerenewal.org/approach or in Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.


Questions, please contact:

Sarah Hescheles | sarah@restoringwatersconsulting.com

Monique Beels | moniquebeels@me.com

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Monique Beels

Monique has recently retired after working in education for the past 30 years, most recently as a K-12 school superintendent. Currently, Monique is a part of the Courage and Renewal Facilitator Preparation program, cohort 2018. For the past 9 years Monique has participated in Courage and Renewal programs (Courage to Teach and Courage to Lead) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. These programs have changed her life, by connecting her soul and role to bring balance to her world and work. Meditation has also become a part of her being, along with running. She has completed marathons, but half-marathons are her runs of choice. Monique finds opportunities for growth, learning and love in the daily practice of reading, journaling, writing, running and cooking.


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: February 7
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Later Event: April 11
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