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

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October 19 to October 21, 2020 Mon 3:00 PM – Wed 2:00 PM

Deadline to register for this program is October 5, 2020.

Soulful Aging: A Circle of Trust® Retreat

This retreat provides a special opportunity for those who want to age mindfully, seek new insights and find fresh, life-giving ways to engage with the world. Based on Parker J. Palmer’s recent book “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Older”, we will use a Circle of Trust® approach, inviting reflection on inner and outer life and using practices developed by the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Anyone of any age or spiritual path wishing to explore the meaning and experience of getting older is welcome.

Over the three days together we explore themes such as:

  • Generativity, legacy and harvesting our lives;
  • The realities and possibilities of our lives as we age;
  • Staying engaged with our own soul and with the world.

Participants will engage in an invitational process involving input and personal reflection as well as small and large group exploration of themes.

Program Cost:

We work hard to make our programs accessible, while ensuring that the true costs are covered. When we receive grant funding towards our programs, we name the true cost of the program in order to allow those who are able to pay this cost. If you need financial support, we really would like to receive your application as early as possible.

Program Pricing:

A request for a single room adds $50 to the overall program cost. No accommodation required (if you are staying nearby) reduces the overall program cost by $80. 

True Program Cost: $626 (includes tuition, meals & accommodation in double occupancy).

Commuter Price: $546 (Tuition, meals – without overnight)

Can’t afford it? Fill out the Bursary Form! Bursary deadline is September 21st!

Ride-sharing support available.

Deadline to register for this program is October 5, 2020.


Leadership – Mardi Tindal

Mardi Tindal, M.A. is a former Moderator (elected spiritual leader) of the United Church of Canada. She facilitates Courage & Renewal programs with people of a variety of ages, backgrounds and vocational paths and also enjoys mentoring younger leaders, including those in preparation to become Circle of Trust® facilitators with the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Leadership – Dr. Jean M. Richardson

Dr. Jean M. Richardson has spent her past two decades working in retreat centers and is the Executive Director of Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center. Jean is also a trained facilitator of the Center for Courage and Renewal, an ordained Presbyterian minister, and an experienced program and workshop facilitator.


Program Resource Volunteer – Wilf Bean is a retired adult educator with a continuing interest in personal and social transformation. A former staff member of Coady International Institute, St FXU Antigonish, Wilf later worked at Tatamagouche Centre.  He is presently involved in efforts to resist gold exploration in the Tatamagouche watershed. He has been a member of a local men’s group for well over a decade and is also co-leading a study on new perspectives on Christianity.

We gratefully acknowledge The Watkins Fund for Innovative Ministries with Senior Adults at The United Church of Canada Foundation for the bursary funds available to seniors for this program!