When:
December 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am – January 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
2018-12-28T09:00:00-05:00
2019-01-01T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Rd
Wallingford
PA 19086

Open Heart, Peaceful Mind:  A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Rest & Reflection at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA (near Philadelphia)

Exhale deeply. Savor space and time to reflect on your life. Rest and renew; make new connections. Start the new year grounded in body, mind, and spirit. This annual retreat includes a New Year’s Eve Celebration of the senses, delicious and inspired local and organic meals, a live concert, ice cream social, candlelight meeting for worship, and much more.


What People Are Saying…

“I had no idea what to expect and I am leaving with more than I could ever imagine.  I have a toolbox filled with tools to live fully and to know joy.”       

Register now. Space is limited.

Registration Information:

IF YOU REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 15:
$820/private; $685/shared; $520/commuter

IF YOU REGISTER AFTER SEPTEMBER 15:
$860/private; $720/shared; $545/commuter

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

Enjoy an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, with hors d’oeuvres reception and home-cooked dinner, lively concert in the Barn, ice cream social, and midnight candlelight Meeting for Worship.

Relax into a time of serene rest and renewal. Open to the new year’s unfolding with a retreat that honors your heart, mind, and soul. Practice mindful meditation in the rhythms of daily life with sitting, walking, and eating meditation, as well as mindful dialogue. Savor sustained periods of silence, quiet reflection with poetry and stories by the fireplace, small and large group discussion, an afternoon in the art studio, laughter, a labyrinth walk, and deep relaxation. Restore your spirit and enter the new year with greater calm, clarity, and energy — and ways to sustain yourself in the coming year. Limit 20.

What People Are Saying…

“I loved the schedule, the way all the facets were integrated thoroughly and thoughtfully with spontaneous combustions of positivity.”

“Outstanding opportunity to grow in ways you cannot imagine.”

“I had no idea what to expect and I am leaving with more than I could ever imagine.  I have a toolbox filled with tools to live fully and to know joy.”

About Your Leader: 

Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. A consultant and principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training, she is a popular retreat leader and author. She has written several books and four Pendle Hill pamphlets, most recently, Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committee (PHP #446). Ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Tien Hiep Order, she is also a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA) and a certified yoga instructor.

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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.