These retreats are designed to rest, renew, restore, and reconnect the body, mind and spirit.  They are extraordinary personal growth and learning opportunities, and cultivate societal transformation.

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Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat 9:00 am
Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat @ Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Leap of Faith:  Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat @ Cranaleith Spiritual Center
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[...]
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Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: A Mindfulness Retreat for Social Activists with Marisela Gomez
Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: A Mindfulness Retreat for Social Activists with Marisela Gomez @ BBMC Retreat
Dec 14 – Dec 16 all-day
Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: A Mindfulness Retreat for Social Activists with Marisela Gomez @ BBMC Retreat
Healing Ourselves, Healing the World: A Mindfulness Retreat for Social Activists with Marisela Gomez   In a safe and joyful environment of fellowship, this weekend retreat designed for social activists supports mindfulness practices, rest, reflection,[...]
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Open Heart, Peaceful Mind: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Rest & Reflection 9:00 am
Open Heart, Peaceful Mind: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Rest & Reflection @ Pendle Hill
Dec 28 2018 @ 9:00 am – Jan 1 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Open Heart, Peaceful Mind:  A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Rest & Reflection @  Pendle Hill
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[...]
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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.