In this retreat, skilled facilitators help create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space—a circle of trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In the large group, small groups, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. Each retreat includes a Clearness Committee where you learn to listen deeply and ask insightful “open and honest” questions.
Facilitators Michael Prince, Anne Courtney and Sharon Cooke have been prepared by the Centre for Courage & Renewal.
The Center for Courage & Renewal
The Center for Courage & Renewal is a nonprofit organisation that offers retreats, programs, events, and consulting. With a collaboration of 200 facilitators across North America and Australia, our main office is in Seattle, Washington. The Center for Courage & Renewal admits participants of any race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities and does not discriminate in administration of its programs, admissions policies, scholarships and financial assistance.
True vocation... "is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep need meet". Buechner
Today I understand vocation quite differently - not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received. Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice "out there" calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice "in here" calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfil the original selfhood given to me at birth...
It is a strange gift, this birthright gift of self. Accepting it turns out to be even more demanding than attempting to become someone else! I have sometimes responded to that demand by ignoring the gift, or hiding it, or fleeing from it, or squandering it - and I think I am not alone. There is a Hasidic tale that reveals, with amazing brevity, both the universal tendency to want to be someone else and the ultimate importance of becoming one’s self: Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?’" Parker J. Palmer
When and Where
5pm Friday 28th – 2pm Sunday 30th Oct 2016
St John of God Retreat Centre
47 Gloucester Crescent, Shoalwater 6169
(08) 9527 2101
Set in tranquil grounds close to the ocean, the Centre serves as a hospitable space for many different groups of people seeking retreat, rest or formation.