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15 October, 2020
3:00 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0

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October 15 – October 17, 2020 Thursday 3:00 PM – Saturday 1:30 PM

Acceptance to this program is based on an application process. Please fill out the application form in advance of the deadline.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

Are you actively engaged in creating a more just, peaceful, and ecologically responsible world?   Are you passionate about your vocation or cause, but trying to sustain yourself in the midst of heavy demands and the urgency you feel about making a difference? This retreat is a rare opportunity for renewaldeeper connection with kindred spirits and committed peers, and the chance to explore questions of importance to you.

Courage & Renewal retreats help you become a more self-aware, wholehearted leader. You’ll experience the time and space to renew, reflect, and to:

  • Pause, be still, and disconnect from technology and the demanding pace of a leader’s life.
  • Seek clarity in your vocation and sense of purpose.
  • Honour both successes and struggles in your professional and personal life
  • Witness and be witnessed, listen and be listened to – without performance evaluation, statusizing, or ego.
  • Strengthen your capacity to ask open-ended questions, hold tensions, and rejoin soul and role

At the retreat, thirty young leaders and activists (ages 25-40) will journey together by engaging in large-and small-group dialogues focused on evocative texts and questions. Over the course of three days, there will be opportunities to explore the intersection of your inner capacity and authenticity as it relates to life, leadership, and activism. There will be time for stillness, solitude, and journaling for reflection, to help unearth clarity and courage and bring meaning and resiliency to your life and leadership.

This retreat is modeled on the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. For the past six years, these Young Leaders and Activists retreats have been offered in the United States drawing international cohorts. Tatamagouche Centre is pleased to partner with the Center for Courage & Renewal to host the retreat in Canada.  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.

Acceptance to this program is based on an application process. Please fill out the application form in advance of the deadline.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2020

Program Cost:

Full Program Cost – $590 (including tuition, meals, and shared accommodations).

A request for a single room adds $50 to the total.

Can’t afford it?

Please register as normal and indicate “partial bursary” or “full bursary” in the payment options and fill out the online Bursary Application Form.

Leadership – Brian Braganza

Brian Braganza is a facilitator and experiential educator specializing in Leadership, Community Youth Development, and Masculinity. He was prepared by Parker J. Palmer and the Centre for Courage & Renewal as a facilitator in 2014 and has led retreats in Nova Scotia and the U.S. Brian has a 25-year history with the Tatamagouche Centre and with HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development. Brian delivers experiential programs for boys and men and co-designed T.O.N.E., Therapy Outside Normal Environments, a unique men’s therapeutic project, which builds men’s abilities to connect authentically and live into their wholeness. Brian lives with his wife Tara and their daughter near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He is also a wilderness traveler, writer and musician.

Leadership – Tara Reynolds 

Tara Reynolds is a community organizer with a passion for building trust in relationships and organizations. Tara is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and an alumnae of the Vermont Leadership Institute. She is a Co-Founder and Associate of WholeHeart, Inc., whose mission is to support inner transformation that leads to social transformation. She has had the privilege of working with young leaders and activists, PhD scholars, school administrators, CEOs and philanthropists seeking to lead lives of greater integrity and purpose.  Tara finds joy in the wisdom of children, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of a good open and honest question.  She and her daughter recently became permanent residents in Canada and are grateful to live in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw people.  Tara enjoys working and learning with her husband, Brian Braganza, who is also a certified Courage & Renewal Facilitator.