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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