March 19, 2016 all-day
Stonehaven Commons

Homecoming: Welcoming the Beloved Community, Finding Center:  A Courage & Renewal® Alumni Day-Long Retreat

Date:   March 19, 2016

Location:  Stonehaven Commons, Radnor, PA

Retreat Overview

Discover greater inner integrity, intention, passion and purpose and the power of the Beloved Community of this Courage & Renewal alumni retreat.    Listen to your own inner wisdom to deepen personal and professional expression from within to support your values and goals. Learn the art of courageous conversations to foster greater understanding, connection, trust, and transformation.    Experience clarity and support around difficult dilemmas and life decisions, especially in times of transition through Quaker clearness committee triads.  Leave this day-long retreat with a Spirit-led vision for yourself and for your work in the world.

About Stonehaven Commons…

This historic 2.5 acre-property, with deep Quaker roots, is located in Radnor, PA, near Philadelphia and consists of large mature trees, well-tended perennial and water gardens, and field-stone patios overlooking forests, slopping into Gulph Creek.  This registered historic property includes an old stone bridge, a suspension bridge, and a spring-house cave.    Zoned as an educational institution, the classic Pennsylvania field-stone farmhouse was built originally in the 1700’s has wood burning and gas fireplaces and retains its original wide-plank heart pine and brick flooring.

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Named one of the best courageous books of 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal, this book is for educational leaders who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted, and offers explicit practices to help readers avoid burnout and become the mindful, poised, effective leaders they were meant to be. Loaded with real-time encouragement with portraits of educational leaders who are incorporating mindfulness practices, like attentive breathing, mindful walking about the school building, or calming pauses in the office throughout the school day, this book is a must-have guide.

Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson. Corwin, December 2014. 344 pages.

The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel.

Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world’s great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author’s reflections on the lessons she learned from them. Read this book to discover how travel can be transformational, how to be more mindful while traveling and every day, the adventures of traveling alone, the delights of encountering new people and places, ancient pilgrimage journeys and sacred travel worldwide.

Valerie Brown. QuakerBridge Media, 2012, 152 pages. Also available from QuakerBooks.

Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond Valerie

Valerie Brown guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions”—What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive?—and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.

Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421.

Quakers are advised to begin worship by “centering down.” This is the first step in a Friend’s intention to wait in “holy expectancy,” to be drawn by the Light into communion with God. Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and “centering” describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called “mindfulness.” Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our precious, elusive, mysterious, and simple practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.

Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #407. 2014.