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Empowering Leadership Through Writing: A Courage to Lead Retreat

Date: February 15, 2018 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, Corbett, OR

Empowering Leadership Through Writing is a retreat that offers participants the time in community to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership. Our retreat is rooted in the recognition that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. We will use exploratory writing to advance your learning. Your writing will inform and deepen your leadership during challenging times. 

Guest author and poet, Kim Stafford, will guide us through multiple opportunities to bring our inner voice to the written page. This will not be academic writing, but writing to identify our truth, raise our voices, and find hope. At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply and take action even in the midst of uncertainty and change. In this Courage to Lead retreat you will join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion.

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty. In this Courage to Lead retreat you will join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion. 

Why I Am a Teacher After the Election

When I ask my students why
they have joined our writing circle,
they may say “I need to let my love
happen.” Or “I need to make a book
of letters to my wife while I still can.”
Or “After I was robbed, I needed
the story of what I cherished
that was gone.”

So we sing praise. Tell legends
of the good. Story the lives of simple
saints and worthy witnesses.
Speak comfort to fear
And truth to power.
Say what is.

Kim Stafford, The Flavor of Unity: Post-Election Poems (January 2017)

This retreat offers the opportunity to:

  • Write your leadership journey in the presence of other leaders, writers and author/poet Kim Stafford. Listen to the writing of others and share your writing.
  • Build thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges. Write your way to new ideas and solutions.
  • Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance.
  • Consider your creative edges and horizons through reflection, dialogue and writing.
  • Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories.
  • Learn and participate in a Clearness Committee, designed after a beautiful problem-solving model from the 1600’s.

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. View ‘Courage Retreat at a Glance’

Retreat Details & Registration

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, February 15-17, 2018

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

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

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

 Double-occupancy   $525
 Single-occupancy (limited)  $625
 Scholarship Rate (limited, double-occupancy only)

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

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About the Facilitators

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.