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The leaves blaze and descend, exposing bare limbs and wider vistas. Weather weaves a dance of warm-cold-wet-warm… It is time to savor what we are harvesting as we embrace this season in our lives. With the vista of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains as a backdrop, we will gather to explore the paradoxes of autumn: harvest & seeds; darkness & light; life & loss. We invite you to bring your questions and quandaries as we explore the letting go and the letting in dance of the autumn in a Circle of Trust® community.

A Circle of Trust® is an offering of the Center for Courage & Renewal, based on the work of Parker Palmer, a remarkable teacher and author (A Hidden WholenessLet Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach). This retreat is facilitated by two nationally trained C&R facilitators, committed to the intention of reconnecting who we are with what we do.

The retreat will provide:

  • Space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it

  • Seasonal reflections to tap into your inner wisdom in the fertile darkness of winter

  • Opportunities to develop receptive listening practices to expand your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful & engaged life

  • Whole group, small group, and individual time to build connection with ourselves & others.

  • Practices to explore soul & role in light of our professional and personal lives

  • An opportunity to bring life questions to a Quaker style Clearness Committee

Thanks to the generous support of WholeHeart donors, we do have a scholarship fund.  Graduate Teacher Credit is also available through Castleton University.  For more information contact Holly Wilkinson (

Facilitators: Holly Wilkinson and Peggy Dolan have offered Courage to Teach Retreats for SUNY Corland at Raquette Lake for several summers.  They are excited to offer this Circle of Trust® on this side of Lake Champlain-bringing a new perspective to the season and place. 


Holly is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and Executive Director of WholeHeart Inc. Her experience includes international and higher education, women’s entrepreneurial training, youth leadership, and non-profit management. Creative expression and fostering circles of connection are important aspects of her work in the world.

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Peggy, after teaching early childhood education in the Ithaca NY City School District for many years, has recently retired. She now looks forward to creating a new life that includes working to honor the role of teachers in our society. “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  -Margaret Mead

Later Event: November 7