December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
13475 Proctor Road
PA 19116

Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal ® Retreat at Cranaleith Spiritual Center

Create The Work You Love.

Now is the time to honor your life’s calling and create a self-sustaining career that resonates with your deepest levels of integrity, passion, and purpose. Become the best version of you. Transform your thinking about life purpose and meaning, about your work. In this deep dive, you’ll explore how your values align with your work, your soul, and role.

What You’ll Learn in this Retreat…

Envision a self-sustaining career that resonates with your deepest levels of integrity, passion, and purpose

Imagine how your life would change if you honored your life’s calling rather than settling for yet another job

Explore vocational transition through a lens of fullness and abundance

Our Venue: 

Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center, an oasis of natural beauty, a ‘Sanctuary of Trees’, a place to ‘get-away-from-it-all’, is located in Philadelphia, and is easily accessible by mass transit.  Focused on promoting health and well being, Cranaleith serves nutritionally balanced meals with a sense of joy and good taste.

What’s Included:

Retreat facilitation, using the Courage & Renewal® Approach

All materials

Gourmet, locally grown, and mainly organic hot and cold buffet breakfast and lunch

Afternoon refreshments

Day use of Cranaleith’s park-like grounds

What People Are Saying…

“This is one of those “antidotes to the modern world” kind of things. I found this space to be revolutionary in its spaciousness, collectivity, and opportunity for introspection.”

Register now. Space is limited.



Includes a light breakfast, gourmet lunch, refreshments, retreat materials, facilitation, and day use of Cranaleith Spiritual Center grounds.

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Retreats & Facilitation Services

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Conflict Resolution & Mediation Services

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.