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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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On Living and Leading in the Power of Paradox

A Spring Circle of Trust Retreat for Engaged Leaders

This retreat will engage the theme, On Living and Leading in the Power of Paradox, drawing inspiration from Parker J. Palmer’s book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy” and one of the five Habits of the Heart he identifies: An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways.

May 15-17, 2020, 2020

A $100.00 deposit will hold your place.

If register and pay in-full by March 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 March 15th, 2020 | $635.00

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 accommodation, meals Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.

Participation limited to 24 retreatants. Registration before event required.

Using springtime 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: March 20
Courage to Lead