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Courage to Lead: Balanced Leadership

Date: March 5 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

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.

Balanced Leadership is a Courage to Lead retreat offering leaders the time and space to reflect and focus on how we can hold the tensions of our world and our leadership, and work toward connecting, healing and changing ourselves and our communities. In this retreat, participants will explore tools and resources to build greater resilience amid the challenges they navigate as leaders.

We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from the fast pace and distractions of daily life, and join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion. 

This retreat provides the time and space for deep reflection, renewal, and the opportunity to:

  • Learn, practice, and reflect on balanced leadership practices.

  • Build thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges.

  • Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance.

  • 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.

Who should attend?
Courage to Lead is open to those in leadership from diverse fields. Past participants have included school principals, superintendents, higher education administrators, clergy, managers, coaches and leaders from the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Leadership can also be reflected in other ways that we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Montgomery

Details & Registration

Dates & Times: Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7, 2020. Retreat begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR
Facilitators: Kevin Bacon, MEd; Sherri Carreker, MEd; Dawn Montgomery, EdD

Cost and Accommodation Options: Costs include participation in the retreat, all meals and double-occupancy accommodations. PDUs available. For additional details about lodging and the Menucha facilities, click here.

Single Occupancy  $695
Double Occupancy  $575
Scholarship rate (double occupancy)  $400

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available to make the retreat more accessible to all resource levels. To request a scholarship, please contact Matsya Siosal at and share, to the degree you are comfortable, about your need for scholarship.

Online enrollment is currently closed. Some spaces may be available - please contact to inquire.

Graduate-level credit: This retreat begins the hybrid 2 credit EDAD 641 course, Courage to Lead-Sustaining a Vision, and credit is applicable to the Professional Administrator License.Students enrolled for credit pay a $300 course fee to cover their retreat expenses. Please contact Dawn Montgomery at for more details.

  • 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: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Facilitators

Kevin Bacon is a seasoned educator who has has dedicated his life work to student outcomes and community engagement. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Condordia 3 to PhD Collaborative, Kevin served as principal of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-12 school in northeast Portland. In addition, he has over 32 years of educational experience working in all sectors of the city with every community and student demographic. He has been a teacher, student management specialist, biotech education coordinator, vice principal, principal and facilitator of Courage to Lead, a professional development series for school administrators. Over the years, by building partnerships and focusing on the collective impact of the students and community, Kevin has ensured that his schools have had a healthy balance of support for whole-child development and health. Kevin has a wife and three children and loves spending his leisure time golfing and enjoying sports.

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. Previously, she directed the educational leadership licensing programs at Lewis & Clark College.

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