Programs and Retreats

Based on the Circle of Trust® approach, our programs and retreats help you discover the clarity and courage to bring your true self to your life’s work. See list of all events.

Courage & Renewal can help you find a deepened sense of purpose and meaning, expanded capacity to listen and be present, an improved ability to build trustworthy relationships, more courage to live authentically, renewed passion for work and a deeper commitment to serving others.

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White to White Conversations – Introduction to having racial conversations – a four part series

Start date: July 21, 2020

End date: August 11, 2020

Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm

Location: ZOOM


Tuesdays, July 21st to August 11th
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Zoom gathering

Lead by Susan Kaplan, MSW, MPA, RYT
Courage & Renewal Facilitator®
Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer®
Member of WWAG – white women accountability group

This is an invitation for you to take the next step. Come learn ideas on how to prepare for and stay in white to white racial conversations. The who, what, when, where, and how about dialogue – internal with your self and with others.

Using the framework of Courage & Renewal practices, we will create a brave and trustworthy space to explore what is on your heart and mind. Learning to be vulnerable and uncomfortable is a first step along with staying with the messiness of racial dialogue. Nonviolent Communication key distinctions and skills will be shared each session to support skill building in these messy and uncomfortable conversations, which often feel chaotic, confusing, entangled with reactivity, and that “what just happened?” feeling when things turn ugly.

In our brave & trustworthy space, you will have time to explore:

  • Questions you are afraid to ask
  • How white people have been harmed by whiteness & white supremacy
  • the needs under being a “Good White Person”
  • ways to get unstuck –from frozen broken heart to breaking your heart open
  • develop a community with others who are concerned about racism
  • how white guilt separates us from our self and others

You will be asked to “bring an ancestor” along in this unlearning & learning process.
So please think of an ancestor (family members, friend or other) who you can contribute to healing generational trauma.

Labyrinth of Grief ~ a 4 week series

Start date: July 27, 2020

End date: August 17, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm MT

Location: ZOOM

Daria Leslea, MA, LPN, RYT/CYT, Good Grief Yoga Therapy
Susan Kaplan, MSW, MPA, RYT, Listening & Leading From Within, LLC

Mondays, July 27th – August 17th
1:00 – 3:00 pm MT
Zoom gathering – with generous off camera time

During our time together, you will experience the transformative power in being with others who have also experienced the sorrow, heartbreak, anguish, despair and sadness of loss*.

In walking a maze or labyrinth, you slow down in order to move with the unexpected twists and turns, finding your way in and out. You can’t think or plan your way, as your perspective changes with each pivot. By feeling your steps along the way, you stop, breathe, and sense a dynamic flow in moving with the maze. Similarly, you will be invited to sense your grief, moving with it instead of against it. Embody your grief. Get to know your grief from a new perspective.

Our Labyrinth of Grief will support your learning about key aspects and phases of grief, provide you with reflective practices to slow down and learn about who you are in loss, and ask questions about where you might feel baffled or stuck.

This invitational work will allow you to listen more deeply ~ to yourself and others~ in a brave and trustworthy space. Personal reflection time, listening to others in pairs & small groups and the main group conversations will accompany you on your “labyrinth walk of grief”. In addition, there will be optional practices between sessions and access to Daria or Susan for individual support. Access your own wisdom. Gain insights.

We will draw upon: innovative grief education; Courage & Renewal Principles and Practices®; read inspirational pieces; reflect on writing prompts; experience breathwork and heart work; and Nonviolent Communication ®practices of self-empathy and compassionate presence to others.

*Individual and collective loss can include the death of a loved one, financial upheaval, change in identity, witnessing death and dying of those you work with, losing a loved one to a health condition like dementia, COVID isolation, complicated grief, confluence of COVID, global suffering and climate disruption, experience of racism, or other types of important losses in your life. Anyone who has experienced a loss is welcome to attend.