Courage to Teach® is a program of quarterly retreats for the personal and professional renewal of teachers, administrators, and others in the public schools. The program is designed for K-12 educators on whom our society depends on for so much, but for whom we provide so little encouragement and support. The retreats focus on neither “technique” nor school reform, but on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education.
Each Courage to Teach® group consists of 20-25 participants who gather for quarterly retreats over a one to two-year period. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, the heart of the educator is explored by making use of stories from their own journeys, reflections on classroom practice, and insights from poets, story-tellers, and diverse wisdom traditions.
Participants are invited to speak honestly about their lives and work, and to listen and respond to each other—and to themselves—with encouragement and compassion. Because inner work takes time, participants are asked to commit to faithful attendance at all five retreats.
Skilled facilitators are at the heart of this work. All Courage Facilitators have been trained by the Center for Courage and Renewal www.couragerenewal.org. Their work is to create a trustworthy space—a circle of trust—within which participants explore their inner lives and vocational and life questions.