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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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Courage to Lead for Young Leaders and Activists

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


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

~Howard Thurman

Are you actively engaged in creating more just, peaceful, and ecologically responsible communities?   Are you passionate about your vocation or cause and trying to sustain yourself while facing the urgency you feel about making a difference in these complex times?  

Courageous leadership is needed like never before.  The intersection of ecological, public health and humanitarian crises is a reality we cannot dismiss. In the midst of heartbreak and uncertainty, people are continuing to commit themselves to building new systems and structures that work for all.   

 Courage to Lead for Young Leaders and Activists is a rare opportunity for renewal and deeper connection with kindred spirits and committed peers. This event will support courageous leaders in understanding how their unique gifts can meet the needs of their communities while exploring questions of importance in their life and leadership.  

Courage & Renewal retreats help you become a more self-aware, wholehearted leader. You’ll experience the time and space 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
  • Move beyond either-or thinking into holding paradox and complexity in life-giving ways

At the retreat, young leaders and activists (ages 25-40) will journey together by engaging in large-and small-group dialogues. Over the course of three days, there will be opportunities to explore the intersection of your inner capacity and authenticity as it relates to your life, leadership, and activism. There will be time for stillness, solitude, time on the land, 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. These Young Leaders and Activists retreats have been offered in the United States for seven years, and for the first time in Canada in 2018 at the Tatamagouche Centre.  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.


Program Cost

We acknowledge that there are systemic barriers that make it difficult to participate and access programs. We work to support those who are unable to pay the full cost of programs, while providing a living wage for facilitators and covering the costs of learning programs.

We name the true program fee to allow those who are able to pay this cost to do so. We don’t want financial barriers to prevent anyone from participating in a learning program so we also offer a subsidized program fee, 20% of the program total, deposit only. Indicate your preference in the registration process. Those able to pay more, please consider offering an additional donation. This helps to subsidize others to participate.

True Program fee – $590 (including tuition, meals & shared lodging only in your bubble). $640 (including tuition, meals & private lodging). Commuter price – $510 (tuition, meals without overnight lodging).

Registration Deadline: October 8, 2020

Tatamagouche Centre is grateful for funding to support youth, BIPOC applicants, LGTBQIA2S+, applicants with disabilities, mental health barriers to participate in learning programs.

Please read our Covid-19 protocols for our onsite gatherings.


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.