March 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Community School of New Hope-Solebury
New Hope

Pilgrimage: Transformation through Travel, A Courage & Renewal® Workshop

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Community School of New Hope-Solebury – New Hope, PA

March 22, 2017

The Community School of New Hope-Solebury
New Hope, PA

to be determined
(see details below)

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Pilgrimage is a worldwide social phenomenon.  Perhaps one of the most famous is El Camino de Santiago, Spain, The Way of Saint James, which was popularized in the United States by the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen.

camino-new-hope-1Is walking El Camino on your lifetime bucket list?  Are you ‘called’ to pilgrimage and can’t explain how or why?  Are you yearning to learn more about this famous 1000-year old pilgrimage?

Join Valerie Brown for a brief, two-hour Courage & Renewal-style, interactive, workshop, entitled, Pilgrimage: Transformation through Travel.

camino8Learn how to create daily ‘pilgrimage moments’ to live with greater aliveness and in alignment with your deepest values. Connect with your ‘inner pilgrim’.  Discover little-known yet fail proof travel tips,  without leaving home! Enjoy a sneak preview of Valerie’s 2017 El Camino Pilgrimage, Walk in Beauty, September 17-26, 2017.

Meet Your Speaker

Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (www.leadsmartcoaching.com).  She transformed her high-pressure, 21-year career as a lawyer lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections.  Valerie’s 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), named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal®.  She has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003.  Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a certified Kundalini yoga teacher.  Her extensive training includes the Center for Courage & Renewal®, 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, The Leadership Circle™ Profile, and Chestnut Hill College (PA) in Holistic Spirituality.

About Our Venue

This workshop is held at The Community School of New Hope-Solebury located at New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 West Bridge Street, New Hope, PA 18938.

Registration & Fees

Cost:  To be determined.

How to Register: Please contact Nancy Lawson at nancylawson@csnhs.org or 215-297-5000 to register.  Online registration opens soon (http://www.ssreg.com/CSNHS/) as well!

Registration Deadline: March 22, 2017.

Participation: Participation is limited to 30 people.

Cancellation Policy:  Please see website for details.

Questions about this workshop?

Contact Valerie Brown at valeriebrown95@gmail.com

Retreats & Facilitation Services

Coaching & Consulting Services

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.