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The Courage Way: How to create trustworthy space
What if courage comes from a deep trust in ourselves, a trust rooted in profound self-knowledge? Courage requires trust – in ourselves and each other, and trust in the overall balance of life. At the heart of trust is our own self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Once we begin to listen to and trust the truest part of ourselves, our choices, actions and relationships flow from that trust, begetting more trust. Trustworthy relationships create the conditions for people and their shared purpose to flourish, and for positive change to arise. Trust is one of the keys to well-being. This is the second in a series of five one-day retreats, each exploring a fundamental aspect of the Circle of Trust approach. In this retreat we will delve into the Circle of Trust principles and practices that help create and sustain trustworthy space, practices you can use in your personal and work lives to help you grow and sustain trustworthy relationships and be more effective and resilient in the face of life’s changes and challenges. Using poetry, metaphor and other evocative media as a starting point for self-reflection and shared exploration, this retreat offers space for you to reflect on this powerful question in your personal, relational and work lives: What would you do with more courage? Going on retreat: We use the word ‘retreat’ not to suggest escape or withdrawal, but rather as an opportunity to consciously engage at a deeper level with your life and work – time and space to pay attention to your identity and to embrace the various roles and responsibilities that fill your life. It is about engaging fully with yourself and the work you do. About the venue: The retreat venue is the private and peaceful harbourside home of Mennie and Bill Scapens at Te Puna, a short drive from Tauranga city. The gentle rhythm of the changing tides and the beauty of the estuary bird life are all part of the magic of this lovely retreat space. Program Fee: $85.00 per day (Early bird: $75.00 before 9 January 2019) Includes materials, morning and afternoon tea. Please BYO lunch. Dates for your diary: How to Create Trustworthy Space Saturday, 9 February 2019 How to Listen Deeply & Question Well Saturday, 4 May 2019 Embrace Paradox & Transform Conflict Saturday, 27 July 2019 Reflective Practice in Community Saturday, 19 October 2019 Payment by cash, cheque or online to: Bank Account: 12 – 3263 –[masked] – 02 To register: Numbers are limited in a Circle of Trust, so please register early to secure your place. Payment with registration please. For more information, please contact Mennie on[masked] or by email at [masked]

Mennie's Home

398 Snodgrass Road, Te Puna · Tauranga

What we're about

If you sometimes find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the demands and pace of life today, this group offers you the chance to step off the treadmill for a short time to rest and reflect on your life, and the things that matter deeply to you.

Based on the work of writer/teacher/activist Parker J. Palmer, the Circle of Trust approach creates space for you to (re)connect your inner truth with how you show up in your outer life and work. For those who work in the caring professions, this work offers an opportunity to explore your sense of vocation or calling to your work. It offers a unique approach to professional development, as it is based on the idea that the most important thing we bring to our work is ourselves. It blends personal and professional development. You can find out more about the approach at I am looking to organise meetups with people interested to learn more about this work, to offer them the opportunity to experience the approach for themselves. From time-to-time I will organise programs and retreats, which may include book clubs, one-day and weekend retreats.

In a Circle of Trust we draw on insights from poems, images and other evocative things to help us in our reflections, and so I offer this poem by Mark Nepo ….

An Open Hand

The mind is not a storeroom

with mirrors where we retreat

to convince ourselves

that we exist.

The mind is a living room with

windows and more than one chair,

so friends can come and look out

and discuss what they see.

Not a fortress where we frisk and

strip others of what they believe

in order to share our secrets.

More a porch with birdfeeders

and coffee or tea where before

hello, you have to share a story.

Pull the curtains! Open the

windows! Brew the coffee!

Put out a sign: Other Views


Mark Nepo

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