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Events & Resources

Upcoming Events

2014 Events

Unity Amidst Diversity: Courageous Conversations, a Circle of Trust ® Approach for Buckingham Friends School

Unity Amidst Diversity: Courageous Conversations, a Circle of Trust ® Approach is a highly experiential retreat designed to encourage reflective listening and open, honest conversations on diversity to expand and support a safe and trustworthy environment within Buckingham Friends School.

This retreat series, beginning on December 11, 2013 and continuing into 2015, is closed to the public.

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Mindfulness & Leadership for People of Color: Generating Happiness, Cultivating Purposeful Action

May 8, 2014, Location in New York City, Venue: TBD

This experiential and interactive two-hour workshop is designed to introduce Black Ivy members to the basics of mindfulness, the cultivation of non-judgmental awareness of the present moment, to promote happiness, calm, focused attention, self-awareness and self-regulation, critical leadership skills.

This workshop is open to The Black Ivy Alumni League members only. The Black Ivy Alumni League is a premier advocacy organization representing over 50,000 alumni of African descent of the eight Ivy League institutions: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

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A Mindfulness Retreat for People of Color in the Tradition of Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh

June 4-8, 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York

Through the daily practices of mindful living offered during the retreat, we will have the opportunity to reconnect with the beautiful sources of joy and peace within ourselves. Practicing to stop, rest, and listen deeply to our body and mind, we can rediscover and nurture the deepest roots of solid living. At the same time, we will also learn concrete ways to embrace and take care of our difficulties and suffering in order to open the path to healing and growth.

Our eighth retreat is open to people of color of Native-American, African, Latina/o, Asian Pacific Islander, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern Ancestry

For further information about this retreat, please contact Blue Cliff Monastery at office@bluecliffmonastery.org

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Core Leadership: Mindfulness and Leadership Training for High School Students and Young Adults

June 22 to July 6, 2014 at the Hotchkiss School Lakeville, CT

For more information contact www.hotchkiss.org and Cornelia Holden, Program Director.

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Happy Educators Change the World: A Mindfulness Course for Educators in the Tradition of Ven. Master Thich Nhat Hanh

July 23-27, 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York

This course offers mindfulness practice to counteract the stress educators and their students so often experience. Mindfulness promotes awareness of feelings and thoughts, alleviates personal suffering, fosters tolerance, and helps resolve confict. Participants will learn new ways to take care of themselves, and by doing so, to take better care of their students. They will also learn effective methods to enhance focus, attention, and concentration inside and outside the classroom and learn relaxation practices that can be helpful to both them and their students.

Information and registration available at www.bluecliffmonastery.org (Starting Early 2014)
Information about the Wake Up Schools Program available at www.wakeupschools.org

Please click here for more details.

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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat ®

August 4-10, 2014 at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Based on the work of author Parker J. Palmer, this Courage & Renewal® retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, life passion, purpose, meaning, aging, direction, and underlying life patterns, to live in alignment with one’s deepest values. In a safe, quiet, nurturing, and confidential environment, the retreat promotes reflection and clarity, and uses poetry, prose, music, mindfulness practices, and the stunning beauty of the high desert. Savor daily contemplative practices. Enjoy periods of quiet time, journaling and self-reflection, and large and small group discussions. Clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment, is the capstone the retreat. Three off-ranch trips are planned. Exhale deeply and relax at a nearby mineral spa (at an extra fee), visit a local weaver, and enjoy an afternoon of Gregorian chant at Christ in the Desert Monastery.

Register at www.ghostranch.org

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Sacred Steps: El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage, Spain

September 29 to October 10, 2014

Join us as we walk along the Camino de Santiago, Spain’s 1,000 year old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. This section of the Camino takes us along the most beautiful footpaths of green Galicia, exploring farm villages and tiny hamlets where time has stood still. Walking the final 113 kilometers (70 miles) will allow us to receive the Compostela—the official certificate of completion for this epic journey. Full van support with healthy snacks will be provided. Most meals included. Daily maps and historical information will be given out everyday, as well as comprehensive pre-departure materials and group support calls. Expert leadership and guides. Post-Camino stay at an oceanside guesthouse for rest and renewal.

Space is limited to 18. Register and more information and pricing: http://www.callinglakes.ca/

El Camino Pilgrimage Flyer

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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal ® Retreat Series

Begins October 31 to November 2, 2015 at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA. Other dates are: January 30 to February 1, 2015, April 10-12 2015, and July 17-19, 2015.

Developed by Parker J. Palmer (photographed above) and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this retreat series offers the gentle yet powerful experience of a year-long Circle of Trust® process. We will explore issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction, and underlying life patterns to live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do.
The facilitators create a safe place for participants to slow down and listen to their own hearts and inner wisdom in a quiet, focused, and disciplined space where the noise around and within can subside. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we invite and reclaim our own power by exploring the intersection of our personal and professional lives, uncovering our own stories, as well as gaining insight from journaling, mindfulness practices, poetry, music, and various wisdom traditions. Steeped in the beautiful natural setting of Pendle Hill, each session offers metaphor and experience to engage the wholeness of our lives, to foster renewal, courage, and trust. Clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment, are offered at each retreat.

Register at www.pendlehill.org

®, John Meyer, Parker J. Palmer and Valerie Brown at Pendle Hill’s 80th Anniversary

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Open Heart, Peaceful Mind: A Retreat for Rest & Reflection

December 28 to January 1, 2015 at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA

Relax into the nourishing, healing setting of this retreat and consider the gifts of the new year. Sustained periods of silence and mindfulness meditation will quiet the mind. Prayer and reflection will open the heart, and small group discussions will build community. Gentle Kundalini yoga will help us develop mindfulness of the body and support our healing. There will be opportunities to journal, explore your creativity in the art studio, share laughter, and rest deeply. Participants might choose to do all or part of the retreat in silence. Through these experiences, we will reclaim our true spirit, restore balance in our lives, and nurture awareness of the many gifts of the present moment. You will take home new tools to create peace and happiness in your everyday life.

Register at www.pendlehill.org

2013 Events

Sacred Journey, Sacred Time: A Kirkridge Pilgrimage to India with Valerie Brown and Sharon Miller

February 11-27, 2013


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India, steeped in spirituality and religion, is one of the most religiously diverse and vibrant countries in the world. In this Kirkridge pilgrimage, we explore the sacred sites of North India in order to create greater interfaith understanding and to build a deeper appreciation for both our own faith traditions and that of others. Most days will include time for meditation and reflection.

OPTIONAL 3-DAY EXTENSTION TRIP—To Tamil Nadu, in South India to visit a micro-finance project sponsored by Right Sharing of World Resources, www.rswr.org

For more information contact:

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center
2459 Fox Gap Road Bangor, PA 18013
610-588-1793
www.kirkridge.org

Living from the Center®: A Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at Calling Lakes Retreat Centre March 8-10, 2013

Slow down and savor the deep connection that comes with centered awareness of the present moment. This weekend retreat weaves mindfulness throughout daily activity, including periods of guided sitting, walking and eating meditation practice, mindful small and large group discussion, guided deep relaxation, personal reflection, as well as mindful Kundalini yoga, and Dharma Talks. Delve into what it means to be fully alive, fully centered. Reveal your wise, loving and compassionate nature through nonjudgmental awareness. Cultivate trust and clear insight. Return home rested, refreshed, renewed and resilient.

About Calling Lakes Retreat Centre:

Calling Lakes Centre is a fully accredited education and retreat centre of The United Church of Canada which nurtures growth in individuals, congregations, and communities through programs, retreats, and hospitality. Located on the north shore of Echo Lake in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, the Centre provides a peaceful yet accessible “getaway” for retreats, workshops, and conferences.

Calling Lakes Centre, Box 159, Fort Qu’Appelle SK S0G 1S0
306-332-5691
Fax: 306-332-5264
office@callinglakes.ca

Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Spring and Fall Circle of Trust® at Woolman Hill Retreat Center May 2-5 and October 24-27, 2013

About Woolman Hill:
Woolman Hill, a Quaker retreat and conference center situated on 110 ridge-top acres of meadows and woodlands in western Massachusetts, is dedicated to fostering, developing and strengthening the testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.

Named after John Woolman, an eighteenth-century American Quaker who was a powerful voice for social justice and economic and ecological responsibility, our rustic facilities offer a peaceful atmosphere for conferences, workshops, meetings, family gatherings, individual retreats, and other events.

107 Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342
413-774-3431

www.woolmanhill.org

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Brief Introduction to the Courage and Renewal Approach for Pittsburgh Friends Meeting at Crestfield Camp, Slippery Rock, PA, September 20-22, 2013

Developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, this retreat explores issues of transition, vocation,  life passion, purpose, meaning, and direction, and underlying life patterns to live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do, reconnecting our head with our heart.

 

This retreat is open to members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting.

Journey Toward Wholeness:  A Courage & Renewal Retreat at Ghost Ranch, October 7 to 13, 2013

See the event’s flyer here.

Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, this Courage & Renewal ® Retreat explores the intersection of our personal and professional lives. Using poetry, meditation, dialogue, stories, music, movement, relaxation and journaling, we foster renewal of body and mind. Those in professions such as organizational leadership, education, community service, law and medicine know the challenge of sustaining our values and beliefs. The more passionate we are about our work, the more vital it is to take time to renew our spirit. Three off-Ranch trips planned: to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Christ in the Desert Monastery and exploring local weavers. This retreat coincides with the peak of fall color and artists festivals.

Register at :  http://ghostranch.org/journey-toward-wholeness/

Journey Toward Wholeness:  A Courage & Renewal Retreat Series at Pendle Hill Begins November 1, 2013

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Open Heart, Peaceful Mind:  A Retreat for Rest and Reflection, December 28 to January 1, 2014 @ Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA

Slow down and savor the beauty of the holiday season.  Rest, refresh and renew with mindfulness meditation practices, wonderful meals, insightful group discussions, spacious time in the art studio, laughter, and time for you!

Register by August 31 for a 10% discount. www.pendlehill.org.

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2012 Events

2012 Biennial Conference for Legal Services Managers, October 4 and 5, 2012, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Arlington, VA.  

Valerie is a special guest presenter.  Her plenary session is entitled, “Mindfulness Communication Skills:  Powerful Tools for Building Social Justice and the Greater Good.”

Journey Toward an Undivided Life: An Introductory Circle of Trust® Retreat

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September 10-16, 2012


See the event’s flyer here.

Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, this Circle of Trust ® retreat explores the intersection of our personal and professional lives. Using poetry, meditation, dialogue, stories, music, movement, relaxation and journaling, we foster renewal of body and mind. Those in professions such as organizational leadership, education, community service, law and medicine know the challenge of sustaining our values and beliefs. The more passionate we are about our work, the more vital it is to take time to renew our spirit. Three off-Ranch trips planned: to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Christ in the Desert Monastery and Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu village.

Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Northern New Mexico
Registration $375 + lodging & meals
Additional information, including lodging fees, can be found at www.ghostranch.org or you may call the registrar at 505.685.4333, ext. 4155.

ABOUT GHOST RANCH

Ghost Ranch, 21,000 acres located in northern New Mexico, stands proud as an ecumenical and interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For more than half a century people have come for spiritual development, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to pain and write, to hike and ride horse-back, to research rich and globally renowned archeological and fossil quarries, to see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted or simply to rest and renew their spirits.

Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Circle of Trust® Retreat Series Led by Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch

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See the event’s flyer here.

Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, the Circle of Trust Retreat Series enables professionals to explore issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, direction, and related questions, and to live in alignment with one’s deepest values. The series consists of four retreats – one during each season – using the lens of nature’s cycles to examine vocational and life questions.In a safe, quiet, nurturing, and confidential environment, each retreat presents a variety of tools that promote reflection and clarity, including poetry, prose, music, video, interaction with nature, and movement. Morning meditation and gentle yoga are available to start each day. There will be periods of silence, time for journaling and self-reflection, and large and small group discussions. Clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment, are offered at each retreat.

Participants must commit to participate in all four weekend retreats and
complete a short questionnaire upon registration. Limit of 20.

Session 1 – The Seed of the True Self, November 9-11, 2012
Session 2 – Dwelling in Darkness, February 22-24, 2013
Session 3 – Embracing the Power of Paradox, April 19-21, 2013
Session 4 – Living with Abundance and Gratitude, July 19-21, 2013

Valerie Brown is a Circle of Trust® facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal and Parker J. Palmer. A member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA) and ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tien Hiep Order, Valerie has written two Pendle Hill pamphlets and is a popular Pendle Hill teacher and retreat leader.

Carol Kortsch was born in Canada, raised and educated in Africa, and worked internationally for 20 years establishing live-in rehabilitation, counseling, and training communities. With a lifelong passion for leading and teaching in diverse communities, Carol is now a group facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Room, board, and tuition for all four sessions:
$1860/shared room ∙ $2160/private room
$1520/commuter
Register online at www.pendlehill.org or
call 610-566-4507 or 800-742-3150

Pendle Hill is a Quaker residential study center grounded in the faith, practices, and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends and rooted in the unifying experience of divine guidance. It seeks to prepare Friends and others for Spirit-led lives of service, leadership, prophetic witness, and right relationship. Perks to build an inclusive community and to foster the spiritual growth of all who join them, and partners with Friends’ and other organizations to work for peace, justice, and spiritual renewal.

Open Heart, Peaceful Mind

A New Year’s Retreat for Rest and Reflection With Valerie Brown

December 28, 2012—January 1, 2013 (Friday—Tuesday)

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Link to flyer here.

Relax into a time of serene rest and renewal. Open to the new year’s unfolding with a retreat that honors your heart, mind, and soul. Practice mindful meditation in the rhythms of daily life with sitting, walking, and eating meditation, as well as mindful dialogue. Savor sustained periods of silence, quiet reflection with poetry and stories
by the fireplace, small and large group discussion, an afternoon in the art studio, laughter, gentle Kundalini yoga, and deep relaxation. Restore your spirit and enter the new year with greater calm, clarity, and energy — and ways to sustain them in the coming year.

Registration
Visit www.pendlehill.org,
or call Ext. 3 at 610-566 4507
or 800-742-3150 (toll-free in US)

Accommodations
Private room $675
Shared room $565
Commute $430

*Register by August 31 and get a 10% discount

Travel
Pendle Hill is just fifteen minutes from Philadelphia International Airport, and twenty minutes outside the city. The campus is a short walk from the Wallingford train station. Take the SEPTA Media/Elwyn line from Philadelphia.

The retreat includes a joyous alcohol-free New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring hors d’oeuvres, a home-cooked dinner with local organic ingredients, a chamber music concert with Maestro Karl Middleman and guest performers, and a candlelight Meeting for Worship to welcome the New Year.

338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
www.pendlehill.org

Resources

 Free Mindfulness Guides

Read these free guides to practicing mindfulness in daily life:

Free Audio Podcasts

Listen to Valerie’s free audio podcasts on:

Publications

  • Together We Are one, Honoring Our Diversity Celebrating Our Connection by Thich Nhat Hanh – read Valerie’s essay on using mindfulness to address difficult relationships
    Order at www.parallax.org
  • Living From the Center, Mindfulness Medication and Centering for Friends – this 36-page pamphlet describes the spiritual process of ‘centering’ and its relationship to mindfulness
    Order at www.pendlehill.org
  • The Mindful Quaker – this 36-page pamphlet describes the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and its relationship to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
    Order at www.pendlehill.org
  • Heartfulness:  Bringing Heart, Mind and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond –  this pamphlet explores recurring questions about retreats: Why take a retreat?  What happens during the retreat?  How do I keep the feeling of well being following a retreat?  Due out February 2013. Order at www.pendehill.org