Courage to Lead: Healing the Heart of Democracy

09/19/2019 - 5:00pm to 09/21/2019 - 12:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: Professional Development

District/Organization: Lewis & Clark Graduate School - Center for Community Engagement

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty.

Healing the Heart of Democracy is a Courage to Lead retreat offering leaders the time and space to reflect and focus on how we can hold the tensions of our world, and work toward connecting, healing and changing our communities. This retreat will focus on understanding and building the “habits of the heart of democracy”, adapted from Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create A Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.

We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from the fast pace and distractions of daily life, and join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion.

A following retreat, Finding the Light During Dark Times, will be held in December. In this retreat, participants will explore tools and resources to build greater resilience amid the challenges they navigate as leaders. You are able to register for both retreats together at a reduced rate.

Both retreats will provide time and space for deep reflection, renewal, and the opportunity to:
Learn, experience and reflect on the critical elements or “habits of the heart” that support our democracy.
- Build thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges.
- Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance.
- Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories.
- Learn and participate in a Clearness Committee, designed after a beautiful problem-solving model from the 1600’s.

Who should attend?
Courage to Lead is open to those in leadership from diverse fields. Past participants have included school principals, superintendents, higher education administrators, clergy, managers, coaches and leaders from the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Leadership can also be reflected in other ways that we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, September 19-21, 2019. Retreats begin at 5 p.m. and end at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR
Cost: $350-$500. Scholarships, PDUs and Washington Clock Hours available
Facilitators: Dawn Montgomery, EdD; Sherri Carreker, MEd; Kevin Bacon, MEd; Matsya Siosal