[Online] We Begin A Better Nation: What’s Next? - A Writing Retreat in Unsettling Times
Date: October 1 Location: Online
Join us for a three-day virtual Courage to Lead retreat designed to offer participants the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership. Guest author and Oregon’s former Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, will lead us through multiple opportunities to bring our inner voice to the written page. This is not meant to be academic writing but a time to use written words to state our truth, to pursue hope, and to raise our voices. No former writing or publishing experience is necessary!
Empower and deepen your leadership during these challenging times by using writing as a tool for learning and leading. The retreat will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each day designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, writing time, and small group sharing.
Dew & Honey
Sip by sip in thimble cup
the meadow bees will drink it up
then ferry home to bounty’s hive
by flowers’ flavor hum and thrive
to show us how through word and song,
by gesture small and patience long,
in spite of our old foolish ways
we may fashion better days.
So, my friend, come sip and savor
syllables as crumbs of pleasure.
By sunrise, in our conversations,
we begin a better nation.
Kim Stafford, Poems to Begin a Better Nation (2019)
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.
This retreat offers opportunities to meet virtually over three days to:
- Write your leadership journey and to listen to the writing of others and share your own.
- Consider your creative edges and horizons through reflection, dialogue and 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.
- 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. We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause from the fast pace of your life in leadership.
Retreat Details & Registration
Dates & Times: Thursday-Saturday, October 1-3, 2020. Thursday: 4-7 p.m. PST; Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. PST; Saturday: 9-11:30am PST. Please note: this retreat will be held via Zoom.
Facilitators: Sherri Carreker, MEd, Dawn Montgomery, EdD, Kim Stafford, PhD
Cost: $250. Includes 11 PDUs.
A limited number of spots are available at a cost of $150 thanks to a Courage to Lead scholarship fund. To request a scholarship, please contact Matsya Siosal at email@example.com and share, to the degree you are comfortable, about your need for scholarship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sherri Carreker MEd 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 EdD has served her educational community for the past 40 years as a teacher, principal, director and assistant professor. She continues her work as an executive performance coach, equity facilitator, adjunct professor, and as a certified Courage and Renewal (CCR) facilitator offering Courage to Lead and Leading Together retreats and professional development for schools, districts, and nonprofit businesses. Marge Piercy’s poem To Be of Use illustrates her philosophy to coaching leaders. “I want to be with people who… submerge in the task…who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out…” Her heart and efforts lie in the work necessary to make a difference in this world.
Kim Stafford PhD is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute which offers courses for teachers and writers, and the author of a dozen books, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. In 2018 he was named by Governor Kate Brown as Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate, and will tour the state in 2018-2020, offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.