SEEDS OF TRUE SELF: LIVING AND LEADING WITH COURAGE AND INTEGRITY
A CIRCLE OF TRUST PROFESSIONAL RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 22 & 23, 2018
Based on the Courage to Teach® and Circle of Trust ® programs, this professional development opportunity supports the personal and professional renewal of educators, and those in other helping professions.
This professional retreat does not focus on professional techniques or institutional reform. Rather, it supports the renewal of the self-knowledge and emotional intelligence of participants.
The program offers participants opportunities to reflect on the inner dimensions of their professional lives. Up to 30 participants are invited to engage in honest self-reflection and explore questions about purpose, values, and commitment to challenging work. In doing so, participants are invited to increase a capacity to listen to self and others more deeply, to reconnect their inner passion with their outer work, in order to show up more wholeheartedly. Participation is always by invitation and not demand – attendees participate and share according to their own comfort level.
This retreat will feature the Clearness Committee discernment process to deepen listening skills and explore open, honest questions.
Mardi Tindal and Michael Saver, skilled facilitators certified by the Center for Courage and Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org) founded by esteemed educator, author and activist Parker J. Palmer, work to create a trustworthy space - a circle of trust - within which participants may explore their deepest wisdom to find courage and renewal for their life and work.
Date: Sept. 22 & 23, 2018
Location: The Mary Ward Centre
Cost: $325 includes materials and two lunches
For more information, please contact Michael Saver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courageous Living and Teaching:
A Circle of Trust ®
Professional Retreat Day for Teachers
Monday August 20th
70 St. Mary St., Toronto
What’s this about and what will we do?
As you approach a new school year, this professional retreat offers you the opportunity to examine your own experience as a teacher. What gifts and what challenges are emerging in your teaching? How do you deal with multiple demands, and how do you access resilience? What do you need personally to continue to serve with integrity, and where will you access the support and resources you require?
Our time together will take the form of a professional retreat. This professional retreat does not focus on professional techniques or institutional reform. Rather, it supports the renewal of the self-knowledge and emotional intelligence of participants.
Exploring the deep questions associated with living and teaching with courage and integrity requires a context that is both safe and brave, unconditionally supportive, and encouraging of critical personal reflection and conversation. This community of inquiry has been termed a Circle of Trust. In a Circle of Trust, you are invited to engage in your own unique exploration in a safe and supportive community of peers.
The reflective process is completely invitational. You participate as much, and as deeply, as you choose.
Participants also have the opportunity to learn and practice the skill sets of deep listening, dedicated time and using open, honest questions that support this kind of reflective community.
Who will be our Facilitators?
Michael Saver, OCT and Mardi Tindal M.A. (OISE) are skilled facilitators certified by the Center for Courage and Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org) founded by esteemed educator, author and activist Parker J. Palmer (The Courage to Teach). Facilitators work to create a trustworthy space within which participants may explore their unique experience to find courage and renewal for their life and work.
When & Where?
Monday August 23rd at The Mary Ward Centre at the University of Toronto. The Centre is located in Loretto College at 70 St. Mary Street, Toronto, M5S 1J3. This is west of Bay St. on the north side of the street; St. Mary St. is 2 blocks south of Bloor.
While there is no parking at the facility, there is plenty of parking available nearby – best option may be the Manulife Centre (entrance off Charles St., east of Bay). If coming by transit, the closest subway stations are Bay on Line 2 and Bloor/Yonge on Line One.
The day will begin with coffee, tea and muffins available from 8:30 am, with our program beginning at 9 am sharp. Lunch is included. The cafeteria at the College always has a large salad bar and also vegetarian options.
We will end the day by 4 pm.
What should I bring?
All materials, including personalized journals and pens, will be provided. Please consider bringing a water bottle and/or coffee/tea container with you. Dress comfortably. If you tend to find air conditioning cold you may wish to bring a sweater.
How much does it cost, and how do I register and pay?
The cost for the retreat is $250, which includes facilitation, lunch and snacks on both days, journal and other materials.
To register, please contact Michael Saver by July 20th at: email@example.com
You may pay by cheque made out to Michael Saver Professional Development and Consulting Inc. or by e-transfer sent to the email above using the password circleoftrust (no spaces). Receipts will be provided.
A Canadian Circle of Practice, Support and Discernment
This community is formed to support the discernment of colleagues who wish to deepen their understanding of the principles and practices associated with the Circle of Trust process. Participants are drawn from a number of different professional disciplines, including education, and not-for-profit community organizations (such as Girl Guides of Canada).
The Circle of Trust ® process, developed by Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, and Let Your Life Speak, invites participants to discover their inner capacity to lead more authentic, meaningful and resilient lives, and to learn to listen to the voice of vocation.
The Circle of Trust welcomes all participants, and includes those who would identify their reflective practice in explicitly religious and spiritual terms, as well as those who do not.