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Courage to Lead®

2/6/2013 to 2/8/2013

When: February 6-8, 2013
Wednesday 5:00 pm through Friday 12:00 pm
Where: Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center
1601 Alafaya Trail
Oviedo, Florida  32765
United States

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Renews heart, mind, and spirit through exploration of the inner life of leaders.

Provides a rare opportunity to slow down and reflect.

Explores practices that help sustain one's vocational vitality.

Builds a safe and trustworthy community of peers.

What is Courage to Lead®?

Those engaged in leadership, community service, and social change know the challenge of sustaining a commitment to deeply held values and beliefs. The more passionate we are about our work, the more vital it is that we take time to renew our spirits – to reflect on the wellsprings of our service to others – to reconnect who we are to what we do. And in this process, we also benefit from the development of a trusted peer group for support and inspiration. The Courage to Lead® program is designed to provide this type of a nurturing environment for nonprofit leaders.

Process of Courage to Lead®

Courage to Lead® retreats provide space and quiet so that we can begin to hear our inner voice. The practice of reflection, journaling, and deep listening are part of the fabric of our approach. In his book A Hidden Wholeness, Parker J. Palmer describes Courage Work as "creating a space that both safeguards and encourages the inner journey.” Working in such a space, participants gain opportunities to renew personal identity, professional integrity, and vocational vitality. Meeting in retreat with a group of other nonprofit leaders provides the opportunity to build a deep and trusted community of peers.

Participants can expect:·

  • to learn how to engage in deep listening;·
  • to acknowledge conflict in order to achieve meaningful change;·
  • to deepen your understanding of how to navigate between reality (what you know) and possibility (what could and should be);·
  • to increase your ability to embrace the paradoxes or contradictions that you face; ·
  • to be intentional about discovering the opportunity for change and renewal.

Who should apply?

Courage to Lead® was created to nurture and develop executive leaders and decision makers in nonprofit organizations. The program is ideal for those in senior management or broad executive leadership positions.

When and Where:

February 6-8, 2013

Wednesday 5:00 pm through Friday 12:00 pm

The cost for the three-day, two-night residential retreat at the Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center in Oviedo, Florida is $675 for members (Philanthropy Center member organizations can receive up to $400 in scholarship) and $1,075 for nonmembers.  This price includes comfortable lodging in newly renovated private rooms with private bath and fresh, home-made meals enjoyed while overlooking beautiful Lake Gem. Additional amenities include access to canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, and nature trails throughout the 48 wooded acres. It would be difficult to find a more perfect, serene learning environment. Add to this the professional guidance from two highly regarded, quality facilitators, and all accompanying leadership materials, and the value for this caliber of unique training becomes immeasurable.


Sally Z. Hare, Ph.D., is a teacher and a learner. She is the Singleton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Coastal Carolina University, where she served for many years as Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education and was also the founding director of the Center for Education and Community. She has worked with the national Center for Courage and Renewal and facilitated COURAGE TO TEACH®, COURAGE TO LEAD®, and CIRCLE OF TRUST programs and retreats across the country.

Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., has over 30 years of professional experience in leadership, management, and adult education. Rick is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Rollins College. He is a past President of the International Listening Association. He specializes in the development of listening and leadership behaviors. Dr. Bommelje co-authored the book, Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead, and Succeed.

To Apply:

Please complete the contact information and personal statement for review. We will review applications and notify applicants on a rolling basis. Once reviewed, you will be asked to process payment to ensure your seat. Space is limited to 25 nonprofit executive leaders. We will wait-list applicants when the retreat is full.

Personal Statement:

To help us discern how participating will both serve you, and align with the program's intended purposes, please include a personal statement (not more than one page) with your contact information (Name, Title, Organization, Email, and Phone Number).

  • How did you learn about the Courage to Lead® retreat?·
  • Why are you interested in participating in this retreat and how do you hope to benefit personally and/or professionally?
  • Describe the setting in which you currently work.·
  • Provide at least one question you are currently holding about your life or vocation.

Please send completed Personal Statements and Contact Information to Kaia Forget, Program Manager, at For questions about the retreat, please call 407-975-6414.

Please note, this application is NOT a registration form. Once your application is reviewed, you will be asked to complete the online registration and payment process to guarantee your seat.


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