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The Soul of Aging Spring Institute

May 1-4, 2018

San Antonio, Texas

Oblate Renewal Center


The Soul of Aging is a four-day institute for those who have experienced one or more Courage & Renewal programs and want to lead a small group, based on the Circle of Trust approach, in their congregation or community that addresses the spiritual dimensions of aging.

To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. In this program, we will creatively approach “the art” of aging intentionally, and the many soulful invitations our maturing years offer us. In a time when so many congregants and people of faith are entering the last season of their lives, we are excited to offer this program to provide fellowship and a soulful, trustworthy exploration in community.

This retreat welcomes people from all religious traditions and walks of life.

Upon attending The Soul of Aging, you will:

  • Receive a user-friendly curriculum for small-group programming that you can adapt in your home community.
  • Practice leading the curriculum and gain feedback from your peers and facilitators. Download the introductory session of the curriculum here.
  • Experience a community of mutual support with fellow clergy and congregational leaders.
  • Develop your capacity to build the relational trust needed in congregational life.
  • Explore how to lead and serve out of a place of courage and wholeness.

To register, go to the Center for Courage & Renewal's WEB site, under Programs, where you will find more details and registration information.




Example of Past retreats:


Leading From Within:  A Circle of Trust® Seasonal Leadership Program: Reconnecting Who You Are With What You Do

Retreat Dates:

  • Sampler retreat: October 30-November 1, 2015 (3 days, 2 nights)
  • Retreat Series: 
    • Winter 2016:  January 8-10, 2016 (3 days, 2 nights)
    • Spring 2016: April 29-31, 2016 (3 days, 2 nights)
    • Summer 2016: July 29-31, 2016 (3 days, 2 nights)
    • Fall 2016:October 7-11, 2016 (4 days, 3 nights)

Facilitators: This program is co-facilitated with Caryl Ann Casbon and Nancy Edmundson

Description: This program is designated for the leadership of the UU Congregation in Arlington, Virginia.  Contact the church at (703) 982-2565 if you have interest in participating. 




Tending the Light Within:

An Advent Retreat Celebrating the Everywhere


December 4-6, 2015

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center

Santa Barbara, California

Caryl Ann Casbon

As winter approaches there is a natural leaning to go within to seek the shelter of silence, explore our inner depths, and experience the presence of the Divine in our lives just as the holiday season ironically accelerates the external demands upon us.  This retreat, using a Circle of Trust© format based on the work of Parker J Palmer, offers the refuge of a contemplative setting along with opportunities for creative exploration and discernment to explore how we each approach our inner Oracles to discover fresh guidance, meaning, and grace in our everyday lives while enjoying the support of a trustworthy community.

 Based on Caryl’s recently released book: The Everywhere Oracle: A Guided Journey Through Poetry for an Ensouled World, this retreat will explore how we each, in our own way, “go to the Oracle” to tend the Light within. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will make use of stories from our own journeys, poetry and various forms of creative expression.  There will be time for silence, solitude and the opportunity to be a part of the Clearness Committee process.

 Please register early, as space is limited for this retreat!

Registration:  To register, go to:, and click on “Programs” where you will find the retreat under December offerings.

Costs:  $415 for residential (program tuition, meals and shared accommodations, and a copy of The Everywhere Oracle poetry book and journal.

Commuter, Non-residential tuition: $315 (program tuition, books and meals included).

Schedule: Friday 7:00 pm - Sunday 1:00.