Courage to Teach

Courage to Teach® (CTT) is a program of stand-alone retreats or quarterly retreat series for the personal and professional renewal of educators.

Courage to Teach focuses neither on technique, nor directly on school reform, but rather on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education. CTT was developed by Parker J. Palmer, PhD, and is offered by Courage & Renewal facilitators in North America and Australia.

Courage to Teach:

  • renews heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.
  • reconnects to one’s identity and integrity—identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits.
  • creates a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession.
  • helps educators create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities.
  • Explores the connection between attending to the inner life of educators and the renewal of public education.

Each CTT group consists of twenty to thirty educators. In large-group, small-group, and solitary settings, “the heart of a teacher” is explored, making use of personal stories, reflections on classroom practice, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. Retreats often follow a seasonal theme, using the rich metaphors of the seasons as a way of exploring vocational and life questions.

WholeHearted can offer the Courage to Teach program for a group of schools across a specific system, network or region. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.

To see the next WholeHearted offering of Courage to Teach check out the Upcoming Retreats page or Register Interest in Future Programs.

Courage to Teach® is a registered trademark of the Center for Courage & Renewal. To find out more…

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Upcoming Events

Jan
24
Tue
2017
all-day Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
Jan 24 – Dec 19 all-day
Circle of Trust Discussion Group @ Private home
If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot embrace it alone—at least, not for long: we need trustworthy relationships to sustain us, tenacious communities of support, to sustain the journey[...]
Apr
1
Sat
2017
all-day Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Apr 1 – Dec 9 all-day
Series: Learning from the Seasons @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Series description: This series of four one-day seasonal retreats provides time and space for personal and collective reflection. Discover your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and resilient life. These programs will help you[...]
Sep
2
Sat
2017
9:00 am Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Learning from Spring @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Program description: Spring is a time when nature bursts back into life after the dormant rest of winter. In nature, it is a time of rebirth and new growth. Leaves return to deciduous trees and[...]
Nov
13
Mon
2017
8:30 am The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Nov 13 @ 8:30 am – Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm
The Art of Skilled Facilitation @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
The Program The Art of Skilled Facilitation is designed to prepare those in various leadership capacities to develop and facilitate groups. Using an experiential learning approach, the theory of adult learning forms the basis of[...]
Dec
9
Sat
2017
9:00 am Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Learning from Summer @ Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
Program description: Summer is the season when all the promissory notes of autumn and winter and spring come due, and each year the debts are repaid with compound interest. In summer it is hard to[...]