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April 4, 2018 - April 6, 2018

Courage to Lead: Living and Leading from Within

Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, “Courage to Lead” is a new model of leadership development known as leader formation. It is based on the belief that effective leadership is rooted in the identity and integrity of the person. This program of five seasonal retreats has been carefully designed to create open and disciplined spaces – circles of trust – where you can move from the "what" and "how" questions of leadership to the "who" question and can discover again the deep connection between who you are and what you do.
Program Description
In this seasonal program you and other participants from the serving professions - education, health care, nonprofits, ministry and other - will be invited and equipped to listen, live and lead with integrity so you can serve the world with courage.
This program is structured as a series of retreats - retreat not as escape or withdrawal but as engagement at a deeper level with you life and your work. It is about paying attention  to the unfolding of your identity and embracing courageously the various roles and responsibilities that fill your life. It is about engaging fully and  wholly with yourself and the work you do.
Participants in “Courage to Lead” will find:
  • • time to re-connect who you are with what you do;
  • opportunities to discern and claim birthright gifts, the gifts that define the distinctive contribution you have to offer to the practice of leadership;
  • • a safe and nurturing space to re-member yourself and reclaim your wholeness;
  • • chances to quiet the noises of the world and listen to your own life speak;
  • en-courage-ment to fully embrace your leadership roles and responsibilities.
Space in this program is limited to 24 persons. Participation in all four retreats is a requirement. For further information and an application for registration, please contact Russ Moxley at
Russ Moxley is an experienced retreat leader prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal to facilitate “Courage to Lead.” He has led formation retreats with health care leaders, nonprofit leaders, educational leaders and clergy leaders from across the southeast. In addition, Russ is an Honorary Senior Fellow and part-time faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. He is the author of Leadership and Spirit, Becoming a Leader is Becoming Yourself, co-editor and co-author of the Center for Creative Leadership Handbook on Leadership Development. Russ and his wife, Jean, make their home in Greensboro, NC and in the mountains of Western NC.
Marjorie Thompson is a Prepared Facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal, who has facilitated “Courage to Lead” retreats for clergy and church leaders of several denominations. Marjorie brings over thirty years of experience in spiritual formation retreats to this work. She is the author of several books, including Soul Feast  and The Gift of Encouragement.. Marjorie lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fee: Anna House:   $495 per person per retreat.  More information regarding room rates and program fees on the registration form.
Register: All registration for this event is handled by Russ Moxley at
April 4-6, 2018 - Seed of True Self and the Winds of Change
July 11-13, 2018 - Moving from Scarcity to Abundance
October 10-12, 2018 - The Gift of Letting Go
January 16 -18, 2019 - Flourishing in the Midst of Muck and Mire 


When: Wednesday 02:00 pm - Friday 01:00 pm

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