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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 set apart to deepen your experience of:

“My habits form my leadership.”

This retreat will use images drawn from the equinox 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 and cultivating your capacity to practice habits which nurture life-giving relationships and live and lead 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.

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Equinox Energy: Interconnected Lives Growing Together

An Equinox Circle of Trust® Retreat for Leaders

This retreat will focus upon the “Habit of the Heart”: Understand that we are all in this together.

March 20-22, 2020

Friday at 6:30 pm - Sunday at noon

Lake Huron Retreat Center | Littleton Lodge & Ragland Lodge

(14 miles north of Port Huron, Michigan)

A $100.00 deposit will hold your place.

If register and pay in-full by January 15th, 2020 | $595.00

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

If register after January 15th, 2020 | $635.00

Limited scholarship funds are available. Please contact Sarah.

Continuing education credit may be available for this retreat.

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.

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.

  • 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: January 31
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Later Event: May 15
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