Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series


Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this four-part seasonal retreat series combines opportunities to explore within community what matters most to you and to savor rest and renewal. Through deep listening with peers, gain clarity to live in alignment with your deepest values and the courage to act with integrity and authenticity in a world that needs more awakened and alive people.

This retreat series is designed for you:

Are you seeking a time set-aside just for you from the busyness of daily stress to focus on what matters most to you?

Are you in transition and asking yourself: ‘What’s next?’ And, do you want the space to listen to your own inner wisdom?

Are you seeking support to build ongoing practices and a community to help you integrate your deepest intentions into your life and work?

Have you been deeply moved by the writing of Parker J. Palmer and the Circle of Trust® and want to know more?


September 13-15, 2019 – Seeds of the True Self
December 6-8, 2019 – Dwelling in Darkness
March 13-15, 2020 – Embracing the Power of Paradox
May 15-17, 2020 – Living with Abundance & Gratitude

What People Are Saying…

“I am surprised by the depth of the relationships that I formed in this program. This is transformative.”

“I made friendships and connections in the Journey Toward Wholeness that will last and deepen for many years to come.  My life has been completely transformed.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

“The Journey Toward Wholeness introduced me to me, and there I found the love, joy, acceptance and wisdom I spent decades chasing.”

Cost and Registration:

$2365/private room; $2210/shared room; $1650/commuter for the 4-weekend series. Register early.

About the Venue:

Pendle Hill is Quaker, retreat and educational conference center, and community, situated on 24-bucolic acres just outside Philadelphia that is dedicated to fostering peace and social justice through transforming lives.

Meet the Teachers

Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. A consultant and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training, Valerie is a popular coach, retreat and pilgrimage leader, and author. She has written four Pendle Hill pamphlets, the latest of which is Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committees. Her most recent book is The Mindful School Leader. For more information about Valerie, visit

John Baird is a Courage and Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal. John has been a teacher and leader in Friends education for more than 35 years. He has facilitated retreats in schools, meetings, and Quaker conference centers, developed reflective practices, mentored and nurtured leaders, and helped individuals and groups to discern and respond to their sense of vocation. He is a member of Durham, NC Monthly Meeting, has a degree in Religious Studies, and enjoys, writing, painting, singing, and walking in nature.


Sep 13 2019 - May 17 2020


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Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086