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[Cancelled] Leading from Within: Reclaiming Resilience, Empowering Possibility. A Courage to Lead Retreat for Women

Date: April 23 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Are you seeking greater balance as you build your impact in this busy world? Do you want to live your life wholeheartedly and with creativity, purpose, and authenticity? Do you long for change and need support and time to contemplate what comes next? Are you experiencing a disconnect between your inner life and outer work?

Courage to Lead is a personal and professional retreat program rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual.

This Leading from Within retreat is designed specifically for women, offering time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of being both a woman and a leader. A leader may be someone holding a formal leadership position within an organization, but leadership can also be reflected in other ways that we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.

We invite you to take this opportunity to pause and let go of the usual distractions and fast pace of technology and to-do lists, and join us in a retreat experience that will help you reclaim your own inner guidance and envision ways to lead from a place of rootedness and resilience.

Our time together will include activities as well as unstructured time designed to inspire a sense of possibility, perhaps a new way of looking at an old problem, and the planting of seeds for continued growth, resilience and empowerment.

Together we will explore questions around how women leaders can sustain and renew their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to leadership and the individuals and communities they serve.

The retreat experience and activities will provide opportunities to:

  • Connect with other women who understand the importance and complexity of their roles
  • Discuss the personal impacts, barriers, and opportunities encountered along their path
  • Imagine work and life without external or internal limits
  • Harness the power of women speaking their truths and telling their stories in their own voice
  • Kindle the spark that empowers and inspires possibility
  • Co-create a context for careful listening and deep connection that honors diversity in person and profession
  • Envision and begin practicing radical self-care
  • Share by invitation in large and small groups, as well as time provided for solitude

Participants in Courage to Lead often mention that the support received from the retreat community and the unique approach to asking questions and seeking answers from within, enables them to bring a new level of insight and energy to their work. We invite you to join us in this opportunity. View sample ‘Courage Retreat at a Glance’

Questions? Contact Dawn Montgomery

Retreat Details

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25, 2020, 5 p.m. on Thursday to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday The retreat will begin with a group dinner on Thursday and conclude before lunch on Saturday.

Facilitators: Sherri Carreker, MEd, Dawn Montgomery, EdD, Matsya Siosal

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

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

 Double-occupancy  $575
 Single-occupancy  $695

A limited number of $400 scholarship rates available. To request a scholarship, please contact Matsya Siosal at and share, to the degree you are comfortable, about your need for scholarship.

This retreat is currently full. 

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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 & 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.

Matsya Siosal’s professional background includes leadership positions with for-profit corporations small and large, mission-driven consumer goods companies, and in higher education. Currently she directs the Center for Community Engagement at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Matsya was introduced to Courage and Renewal when she joined Lewis & Clark in 2010, and participated in her first Courage to Lead retreat in June of 2015. Since then she has continued to participate in Courage retreats at least once annually. She finds that Courage retreats provide the time and space to experience what it is like to, as Emily Dickinson wrote, “dwell in possibility”. Courage to Lead programs have enabled Matsya to navigate the challenges that come with leadership with more clarity and resilience, as well as supported her in creating greater balance and wholeness within the personal and professional dimensions of her life. Currently in the facilitator preparation apprenticeship program, Matsya is excited to incorporate Courage to Lead facilitation into her career, as a means to provide space for people to do that very counter-cultural act of slowing down, practicing radical self-care, and tuning in to their own innate wisdom.

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