The Examined Life Project: Defining Your Vocation and Life Purpose, Healing from the Internalized ‘Inner Critic’
a Courage & Renewal® Retreat at Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, PA
November 23, 2019
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Are you facing retirement and wondering what’s next?
Are traditional career paths or ways of working not working for you?
Are you feeling called to be of service, to ‘give back’ to others but not sure how or what?
Are you facing shifts in relationships and want support?
About The Examined Life Project
Life transitions offer a bridge to explore who you are most authentically, your identity, your life passion, purpose, and meaning. These transitions come in many ways: retirement, career change, job loss, a promotion, relationship change, a birth, death, and more.
The Examined Life Project is a unique program, consisting of private leadership coaching combined with peer group support, and a day-long retreat, designed to support you in the ‘inner work’ of life transitions and to help you create a life that aligns with your deepest values and to promote healing, peace, love, and justice in the world.
Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, life passion, purpose, meaning, direction, aging, relationships, and underlying life patterns, to live in alignment with your deepest values and the courage to act with integrity and authenticity. In a safe, quiet, nurturing, and confidential environment, this retreat promotes reflection, clarity and insight. Guided by core principles and practices, which include the belief that everyone has an inner teacher, an inner source of truth, you will engage in contemplative practices to support personal and societal transformation.
What You Will Learn:
Discover the “inner teacher’ within you through reflection using the Courage & Renewal® Approach
Explore where your life may be ‘off course’ and how you might create new paradigms for your life and work
Understand your personal ‘roadblocks’ to creating the life and work you want to what to do about it
Explore personal healing and transformation toward greater societal transformation
Design your unique roadmap of healing and ‘wholeness’
Engage mindfulness and somatic practices to support healing and ‘wholeness’
Pre-retreat Comprehensive Well-Being Assessment
Two 60-minute private leadership coaching sessions pre- and post-retreat
Day-long retreat at Cranaleith Spiritual Center, including gourmet breakfast, lunch, healthy snacks, and drinks
Community, peer support
Small and large group dialogue and reflection
What’s not included:
Transportation to and from the retreat center
Sample Retreat Schedule
8:30-9:00am Registration & Gourmet Breakfast
9:00-noon Focus: Reclaiming True Self: Opening: Welcome/Overview/Community Guideline Review: Touchstones Review/Courage & Renewal Approach/Introduction
Noon-1:00 pm Gourmet Lunch & Respite
2:00-4:30pm Focus: Closing: Designing Your Life: Next Steps & Gratitude
$995.00 per person. Payment in full is required to secure your place in the retreat. See our Cancellation Policy for details. Minimum persons: 8; Maximum persons: 15.
How to Register:
There are two easy steps to register for this retreat: (1) Complete the Confidential Registration Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org and (2) Make payment by check or by Pay Pal, following the payment options listed in the registration form. It’s that simple!
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center is an oasis of natural beauty, a ‘Sanctuary of Trees’, a hidden gem located just outside Center City, Philadelphia, easily accessible by mass transit. It is a place to ‘get-away-from-it-all’, to savor respite, reinvigorate your values, what matters most deeply, refocus, restore, and refresh your body and spirit. Operated by the Sisters of Mercy, Cranaleith is committed to stewardship of a safe and sheltering place accessible to all, and “especially to persons who are poor and those who work in solidarity with them.” Focused on promoting health and well being, Cranaleith serves nutritionally balanced meals with a sense of joy and good taste. Most foods are made in-house with local and organic produce or sourced from Cranaleith’s garden. Meals are varied, including vegetarian options from organic grains, beans, cheeses, and fresh eggs from their chicken coop. Gluten free options are also available upon request.
All cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be issued due to late arrival, early departure, or any unused portion of the retreat. The Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver form must be signed and completed upon registration. Cancellations received 90 days or less prior to retreat start date, no refund is permitted. Cancellations prior to this will receive a refund of 50% of the cost of the retreat. Lead Smart Coaching, LLC reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel the retreat prior to the start for any reason, including lack of participants or acts of nature and/or circumstances beyond our control. In this case, any payments received will be refunded in full, and this will constitute full settlement. Lead Smart Coaching, LLC is not responsible for any additional expenses due to a cancelled retreat, such as the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets. Lead Smart Coaching, LLC reserves the right to accept, refuse, or decline any participation at any time for any reason of any person. In such a case, Lead Smart Coaching, LLC liability is limited to the actual cost of the unused services.
About Your Retreat Leader
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC www.leadsmartcoaching.com
Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy, compassionate, and authentic connections. She is an accredited leadership coach, international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. Her books include, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014). Valerie’s extensive training includes, the Center for Courage Renewal and Parker J. Palmer, the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the Ojai Foundation, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology (NYC), Chestnut Hill College (PA) Certificate in Holistic Spirituality, and The Leadership Circle Profile™. Valerie is an ordained Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition founded by Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). As certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she helps leaders discover the wisdom of the body. She leads an annual transformational pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain, to celebrate the power of sacred places.