A Courage & Renewal Retreat with Parker J. Palmer

There is no on-site lodging available at this time. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list for a room at Techny Towers, please email Christine Herbert at christine@couragerenewal.org. Thank you. 

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations: Making Our Home with the Other

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations is an annual retreat for clergy and faith leaders who seek renewed sense of purpose, courage to lead from within, and practices for better belonging. Our focus for the 2017 Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations retreat is on the habit of appreciating the value of "otherness."

During the four-day retreat:

  • Parker Palmer will lead an in-person session on the first full day of the event to speak about the “habits of the heart” and help us explore their relevance to the health of congregations and people of faith;
  • Trained Courage & Renewal® facilitators will use the Circle of Trust® approach to spiritual formation to guide individual reflection, small group sharing, and large group dialogue;
  • You will have free time to explore practices that deepen your own spiritual growth and to create connections with each other that sustain communities of mutual support;
  • You will gather together to learn from one another through teaching, reflection, conversation, and singing. On our last night of retreat, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will lead us in a fast-paced, fun-filled songwriting workshop in which we’ll integrate our learnings from the week and compose an original song together as a group.


  • When

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • Where

  • Techny Towers and Retreat Center
    2001 Waukegan Rd.
    Techny, Illinois 60062
    (847) 272-1100

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