Schedule of Events

The Wisdom of Winter: Finding the Roots of Compassion

A Courage & Renewal Retreat Sunday, January 7, 2018, 8:30-4:30

“Compassion is a necessity, not luxury”
~The Dalai Lama

Finding the Roots of Compassion is a one-day retreat designed to give you the time and space to pause and explore the nature of compassion in yourself, your relationships, and your community. Our world is in the midst of great suffering, and is in need of great compassion. Fortunately, humans are wired for compassion. Recent brain research teaches us that compassionate acts are also self-rewarding, as we help others our brain chemistry induces positive feelings in ourselves. But when discussing compassion, we tend to focus almost exclusively on others. We too often overlook self-compassion. Many of us struggle for a deeper understanding of and comfort with who we are. Self-criticism, self-isolation and self-absorption can stifle self-compassion. This retreat is intended to help you consider compassion for others, and for yourself.

What to Expect Parker Palmer reminds us that the heart is where we integrate our knowledge and become more fully human. So what does your heart tell you about compassion? The heart can guide us, but the heart whispers. To hear it, you must quiet the noise around and within. David Sadker, an experienced Courage & Renewal facilitator, will create such a space, a quiet, focused, and disciplined circle of trust. In our circle, there will be a mix of time spent in large group, small group, and individual reflection. There will be poetry, art, stories, shared conversations and opportunities for solitude. This retreat also will include the skills of deep listening and asking truly “open and honest” questions, offering an opportunity to explore compassion for others, and for yourself.

Whether you are new to Courage and Renewal or a returning participant, you are invited to be part of our Courage and Renewal Circle of Trust, joining in community to (re)discover what living with compassion means to you.

We will gather at a serene and welcoming Tucson location. Lunch, snacks, and materials will be provided.

Give yourself a compassionate gift of renewing mind, body, and soul. We look forward to being together.

Click Here for The Wisdom of Winter Registration Form (PDF)
 


A Jewish Journey toward an Undivided Life

Saturday, March 18, 2017 1-5 PM

Life has a way of pulling us from our essence, our center. Sometimes it is simply everyday routines and distractions that grind us down, taking us on a path we do not want to travel. When this happens, we may feel a bit lost, aimless, overwhelmed, or even “burned out.” At more intense times, illness, loss of friends and family, job or career fatigue, relationship setbacks, divorce or empty nest syndrome can pull us from our center. Too often we choose to ignore the gap between who we have become, and who we intended to be. Ignoring this rift between role and soul creates a potential risk to our health, well-being, and ideals. This need not be the case.

What participants say about Courage & Renewal retreats:
An opportunity for me to explore honestly what my soul wants and needs in a safe, caring environment. I discovered insights into what will rejuvenate my soul and re-ignite my inner fire.

Our Jewish Courage & Renewal retreat offers individuals time away from daily pressures to reflect and grow. Rather than focus on specific techniques or strategies to “improve yourself”, we see meaningful change as one that comes from within. This retreat will help you:

  • Resolve to live closer to your core commitments.
  • Create a caring community that welcomes the soul and honors diversity.
  • Explore Jewish practices that renew heart (lev), mind (sechel), and spirit (ruach).
  • Discover principles and practices from our Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work.

What to Expect
A skilled facilitator will create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space—a circle of trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys and insights from poets, storytellers, and Jewish traditions.
Are you ready to give yourself the time and space to engage in your life questions with clarity and intention? Then join us for this one day gift to yourself.

Registration Form (PDF)


There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.

Howard Thurman

Living Life on Purpose: Journey toward an Undivided Life

Who is the real you? Who is the genuine you who wakes you up in the middle of the night for a heart-to-heart chat? Not the inner critic, not one of the many voices that chatter in your head. But the calm, still inner voice you can trust. The most basic tenant of Courage & Renewal is that everyone has an inner teacher. We believe that every person has access to an inner source of truth, named in various wisdom traditions as identity, true self, heart, spirit or soul. The inner teacher is a source of guidance and strength that helps us find our way through life’s complexities and challenges. If we are to maintain our personal well-being, social commitment, and individual integrity, we need to find a place that allows us to hear our own inner voice, to rediscover and cherish our sense of purpose, and to be discerning in our life choices. Courage & Renewal retreats offer such a place.

In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. During our time together, you will have unique opportunities to:

  • Resolve to live closer to your core commitments.
  • Explore practices that renew heart, mind, and spirit.
  • Create a caring community that welcomes the soul and honors diversity.
  • Learn from and reconnect with nature.
  • Discover principles and practices from our Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work.

Whether you are new to Courage and Renewal or a renewing participant, you are invited to be part of a Courage and Renewal Circle of Trust, joining in community to (re)discover what brings your life meaning, and to identify obstacles that deplete your energy. Please consider joining us.

Courage & Renewal Retreat Opportunities in Tucson

A Winter Pause

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:00–1:00 pm

A Spring Pause

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00–1:00 pm

A Jewish Journey toward an Undivided Life

Saturday, March 18, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 pm

Questions? Contact David Sadker at 520-297-2319 or dsadker@gmail.com

All sessions are at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 East River Road (River and Swan)

Cost is $60 a session.  Winter and Spring together is $100.  Registration includes materials and refreshments.

Click here for Registration Form for Spring and/or Winter Pause
Click here for Registration Form for A Jewish Journey toward an Undivided Life
[Previously scheduled retreats]

Taking an inner journey toward rejoining soul and role requires authentic relationships, a rare but real form of community that I call a “circle of trust”.

Parker J. Palmer

Courage & Renewal® programs can be offered in a variety of formats,

from two hours to weekend retreats.

Questions? Contact David Sadker at 520-297-2319 or dsadker@gmail.com