2018 Introductory Retreat

In this introductory Courage to Teach® retreat, 25-30 participants will gather for a weekend at the beautiful Santa Sabina Retreat Center on Dominican's campus in San Rafael. In group and solitary settings, "the heart of a teacher" will be explored, using personal stories, reflections on teaching practice, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various 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.
Past participants report renewed passion for work and a deeper commitment to serving others, gaining greater clarity about their vocation, and inspiration to do their best work with the students, families, colleagues, and communities they serve.

Retreat Dates

July 6-8, 2018


The cost of the retreat is $300,* which includes shared (two participants share a double room) accommodations and all meals. *This reduced price is made available to educators by a generous grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation.


The retreat will begin with dinner at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 6th. Participants are invited to arrive at Santa Sabina Center between 4:00 and 5:00 PM to get settled and explore the beautiful retreat grounds. The retreat ends on Sunday, July 8th after lunch.


Skilled facilitators are at the heart of this work. Margaret Golden have been trained by the Center for Courage and Renewal 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.

Margaret Golden, Ed.D directs the Courage to Teach program at Dominican where she is a Professor in the Department of Education. Her passions include educational equity and the study of social/emotional development and mindfulness in children and adults. She lives in Berkeley, California with her partner, David.

Lydia Poole, M.Ed., is an educator at a K-8 school in Portland, Oregon. She is committed to educational equity and helping teachers sustain their human spirit as they work with students who have to navigate insurmountable odds while also attending school. She lives in the Portland area with her four beautiful children.


Click here for Registration Form

Two Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for each retreat. Download CEU Registration to register for CEU. Applications should be mailed to Margaret Golden, Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901. Checks should be made out to Dominican University of California, and are to be included with the application. Registration deadline is June 15, 2018.

Upon registration and deposit, participants will receive an email with detailed information, including directions and preparatory materials.