Weekend Retreats

Journey Toward Wholeness

a four-part Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series at Pendle Hill

with Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch

Developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this retreat series explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction, and underlying life patterns to help us live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do. In a safe and nurturing environment, we allow the noise around us to subside to hear our own inner voice. Using seasonal metaphors, we explore the wholeness of our lives, engaging poetry and prose, nature, small and large group discussion, personal reflection, journaling, and mindfulness practices to foster renewal, courage, and trust. Retreatants are invited to participate in clearness committees, a Quaker communal process that helps individuals reach clarity around difficult life decisions.

Journey Toward Wholeness is designed as a four-part Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series, in which participants build a community of trust that encourages everyone to explore life issues deeply. To accomplish this, participants register for the entire series and commit to being present for each of the four seasonal retreats.

Oct 23- Oct 25,  2015 – Seeds of the True Self

January 29 -31,  2016 – Dwelling in Darkness

April 1-3, 2016 – Embracing the Power of Paradox

July 22-24, 2016 – Living with Abundance and Gratitude

Visit to complete an online application. A facilitator will contact you regarding admission to the program and the registration process. Commitment to participate in all four weekend retreats is required.

COST: $2385/ private room · $2245/shared room · $1725/ commuter for the series of 4 retreats

What recent participants say about Journey Toward Wholeness: “This experience filled my cup to overflowing. I am more strong, clearer, energized, more affirming of self – and thus all others I am in relationship with. The most valuable aspect of the retreat is to have communion with other souls willing to be exposed, to be held in a very palpable love, to be encouraged to grow. This is about transformation – about being totally alive and using your life in the way you were meant to be.” LMH

“Journey into Wholeness is a deep-dive into the experience of meeting each other as human beings beyond our roles, status and expertise. It is an opportunity to build the capacity to listen and speak authentically, and practice living a more generative life.” BAB



DSC06635Valerie Brown is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal®. She is a leadership coach and educator trained at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society and the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. A certified Kundalini yoga teacher, Valerie is a popular retreat leader and author. She wrote three Pendle Hill pamphlets, including most recently, Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond(February 2013). Ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and a practicing Buddhist, Valerie is also a member of Solebury Monthly Meeting (PA). See for more information about Valerie and her work.

Carol Kortsch was born in Africa and raised and educated in Canada. She worked internationally for 20 years establishing live-in rehabilitation, counseling, and training communities before moving to Radnor (PA). With a lifelong passion for leading and teaching in diverse communities, she is now a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal.


…if you have questions and would like to talk more about this unusual opportunity please contact:

Carol at

Valerie at

From last sessions of 4-part series Journey Toward an Undivided Life:

“This series is simply transformative.  This so exceeded my expectations, and the four-time meeting format was simply life-changing.”

“ I could not have imagined such a soulful outcome as I have experienced here.”

 “Great group, great program, great leadership, great facilities.”

 “My first-ever experience in a clearness committee as the focus person –rich, deep, pivotal experience.”

 “When I first heard about the series, I was intrigued but uncertain. This was a large commitment of time and money. 

It turned out to be more than worth it.”

…. Comments from participants in the 2011 and 2012 series