Leaf Falling, Bud Forming – Coming Home to the Paradoxes of Autumn | A Circle of Trust Retreat

Retreat begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 17, 2015, and ends 12:00 pm on Saturday, September 19.


If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot embrace it alone—at least, not for long: we need trustworthy relationships to sustain us, tenacious communities of support, to sustain the journey toward an undivided life. Taking an inner journey toward rejoining soul and role requires a rare but real form of community that I call a “circle of trust.”

—Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness (adapted)

Autumn is a time of incredible activity in the natural world that helps frame important cycles and questions in our own lives.  As leaves fall away, leaving trees bare through the winter season, buds of new growth are often already formed. These and other autumn realities will shape our exploration of our own personal themes of transition, new growth, living in or preparing for dark times, and the powerful growth that occurs in seasons of our lives that seem more dead than alive. We’ll explore using poetry, journaling, reflective time in nature, communal song, shared conversation and silence. 

For educators, clergy, community leaders, activists, artists, people of faith and seekers of all kinds, this retreat combines the principles and practices of Circles of Trust and the power of music to help us understand and live into our lives. Developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, The Circle of Trust® approach creates a process of shared exploration where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.


Winton Boyd:  Senior Pastor at Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison, Wisconsin, and a Courage & Renewal Facilitator for 9 years, Winton has found that the power of open and honest questions in our relationships and in our own inner life have the potential to reveal new and transformative understandings.  



Paula J. Pedersen: A Courage & Renewal Facilitator-in-Preparation, Paula is a Psychology professor and Faculty Fellow for Intercultural Initiatives at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Whether singing, teaching, training or tending her garden, she strives to facilitate understanding of the complexity of multiple perspectives.



Sara Thomsen: Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen’s work. She is the founder and director of the Echoes of Peace Choir, a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota. In 2012 she founded the Echoes of Peace non-profit to expand the work of examining critical social issues using music and the arts as a means to build and bridge informed, engaged, and caring communities.

When: Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm through Saturday, September 19, 12:00 pm

*The retreat will be held at the Carondelet Center with on-site lodging at the Provincial House.

Cost: $335.00 for 3 day/2 night retreat includes registration, lodging, meals, and materials.

Event registration full. If you have questions about registration, please call 651.696.2788.