Composing a Life of Courage and Creativity

A Courage and Renewal™ Retreat

Wednesday, October 12 (5 p.m.) – Friday, October 14 (1 p.m.)

Light on the Hill Retreat Center
Van Etten, New York


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This Courage & Renewal™ retreat is designed to help us welcome creativity, sit in silence, and revel in community.

Drawing on principles and practices of a Circle of Trust™ and through large group, small group, and solitary reflection, we will explore active creativity, receptive stillness, courageous engagement, and the interconnections and tensions we often navigate. This retreat offers the chance to examine the potential of our deepest truth through poetry and teaching stories, reflection on our own stories, the arts and nature. Using the retreat model of a Circle of Trust™ your facilitators offer an invitation to sit with others as we each engage in the inner work necessary to allow our truest gifts to surface and to press the ‘reset’ button on the treadmill of busy-ness which often overshadows these gifts.

A Courage & Renewal retreat reconnects you with your inner wisdom and with others in a way that can help you to ‘recalibrate.’

At this retreat, you will:

  • Focus without distraction on what matters to you.
  • Learn principles and practices from our Circle of Trust™ approach that can be applied to your daily life and work, helping you stay true to who you are.
  • Connect with others seeking similar insights and aspirations, who share the hope for a renewed sense of courage and creativity in their lives.

Please join us!

Cost and Registration

$525 for double room & board. $600 for single room & board. You are responsible for travel to and from the event. If you register before August 15th, the cost is $460 for a double, and $525 for a single.

To reserve your place, register online or by check, and include with your registration…

  • Name, address, phone, email address.
  • Why are you interested in participating, and how do you hope to benefit personally and/or professionally?
  • How would you describe your current relationship/experience with courage & creativity?
  • What question are you currently holding about your life or vocation?

Checks payable to Marcia Eames-Sheavly, 29 Washington St., Trumansburg, NY 14886, or by PayPal,

Please send registration information to this email address or include with check.


Marcia Eames-SheavlyMarcia Eames-Sheavly is a university horticulture educator and dedicated facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Mindfulness, creativity, arts-based experiences, and human and community development are cornerstones of her work, whether she is engaging in a circle of trust, with students in the classroom, online learners around the world, or community members from New York to Belize. In her Courage facilitation, Marcia is interested in how seasons and cycles associated with the natural world serve as potent metaphors, as well as how the arts and plants can be compelling tools from which to draw inspiration. The recipient of national teaching and writing awards, Marcia presents internationally and has authored numerous publications, book chapters, articles, and recently, a book of poetry.


Marcy Jackson (2)Marcy Jackson, MSW, MPH, is Co-founder and Senior Fellow for the Center for Courage & Renewal. She served as Co-Director of the Center for 13 years and developed and directed the Courage & Renewal Facilitator Preparation Program for 16 years. Her current responsibilities include supporting the ongoing development of 200+ facilitators in the United States, Canada, UK, Korea and Australasia; leading Courage to Lead retreats for young leaders and activists; and contributing to the dissemination of ideas and writing related to the Circle of Trust™ approach. She has been facilitating Courage & Renewal retreats since 1996 with people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Previously, Marcy worked extensively with individuals, groups, and families as a child and family therapist, grief counselor and group facilitator.

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