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Listening From Within: A Courage to Lead Retreat for Women

Date: April 27 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

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Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Listening From Within is a Courage to Lead® retreat designed specifically for women, offering the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of being both a woman and a leader, rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. The theme for our spring retreat is Transitions.

Some transitions are moments you can pinpoint, while others may occur slowly over time. Many transitions—becoming a parent, approaching retirement, diving into a new career path or inspiration—can be exciting, while others—losing a loved one, aging, a shift in political climate, a change in marital status—can take an emotional toll.

Is your life in a transitional time that has you contemplating your next steps?

Are you seeking to live your life more fully in creativity, purpose and authenticity?

Do you long for change and need support and time to contemplate your goals, passions and future pursuits?

This experiential retreat offers the opportunity to:    

  • Identify the stepping stones that have led you to where you are
  • Explore your current or upcoming transitions
  • Re-discover your personal gifts and take future guidance from them
  • Consider your creative edges and horizons through experiential learning, including reflection, dialogue, art and movement
  • Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories

Participants often mention the level of support found in Courage to Lead retreats as an important factor in the ways in which they are able to bring a new level of insight and energy to their work. Courage to Lead is designed to help leaders move beyond the “what” and “how” questions of leadership, to the “who” questions of meaning and purpose, of calling, of the relationship of inner life and outer work. We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from technology and the usual pace of your life in leadership.

Questions? Contact Dawn Montgomery

Retreat Details & Registration

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29, 2017

Times: 5 p.m. Thursday-11:30 a.m. Saturday
The retreat will begin with a group dinner on Thursday and conclude before lunch on Saturday. 

Facilitators: Sherri Carreker, MEd, Dawn Montgomery, EdD, Delisa Myles, Guest Movement Artist

Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR

Cost and Accommodation Options: Includes 15 PDUs/CEUs. Costs include participation in the retreat, all meals and hotel accommodations.

 Double-occupancy   $495
 Single-occupancy (limited)  $595
 Scholarship Rate (limited, double-occupancy only)

For more information on both single-occupancy and scholarship rates, please contact

**Registration for this retreat cycle is currently full. With questions or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Dawn Montgomery at**

Sherri Carreker
Sherri has served 44 years in public education Pre-K through 12. Her roles varied from teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal to professional development consultant. In addition to her public school experience, she worked within the Teacher Education Department, chaired the Educational Leadership Department, and directed the Center for Community Engagement at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis and Clark College. Currently, she serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and volunteers in the community.

Dawn Montgomery
Dawn’s 32 years in K-12 education supports her service to the professional development of leaders. Her varied work experience include elementary and middle school teacher, middle and high school vice principal, high school principal, and district office director overseeing K-12 schools and many district programs and initiatives.  Besides serving as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she is an executive performance coach, an equity trainer and facilitator and she directs educational leadership licensing programs at Lewis & Clark College.

Delisa Myles, MFA
Delisa is a dancer, choreographer and educator from Prescott, Arizona. She has recently stepped away from a 22 year career heading the dance program at Prescott College. She is now Creative Director of Flying Nest Movement Arts, a neighborhood collective arts space. Delisa is currently working on an inter-arts project, “Intimacy With Disappearance” a long term collaboration exploring environmental art, aging, and intergenerational connections between women. She has co-created Nature Moving Women with Jade Sherer and is currently offering of a series of nature based, movement retreats for women 50 and over. She also teaches Argentine Tango with her husband and enjoys ongoing deepening into the dance. Delisa has a special interest in humanizing and making dance accessible for all skill levels and ages of people so that expression through the body is as natural as breathing.,


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