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February 7, 2020—February 9, 2020

Courage of Care: Reclaiming the Joy in Service: Maintaining Love & Hope in Dark Times

We are committed to supporting all who care about our world–educators, parents, social workers, medical professionals, human rights activists, eco-justice activists, caring citizens and so on–find the strength and hope to sustain in their work in life-giving ways.

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected and hopeful in dark times. War, violence, poverty, growing economic inequity, rising corporate greed, grave social injustices, and an impending massive ecological crisis threaten the well-being and survival of all. It is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively to address these issues, and to do so in ways that promote care, justice and equity, and protect against burnout.

At Courage, we help people on the front lines of caring and social service professions and organizations sustain in the work by providing training in our relational compassion approach. We need caring, resilient and resourced people who can guide us forward in these challenging times. While we need more folks who can do the truth-seeing and truth-telling in our service professions and our social justice movements, we must work to counterbalance our awareness of pain, stress and suffering in the world with our capacity to celebrate and center life-giving qualities of joy and pleasure. This is not a call to put on rose-colored glasses, but to help us remember there is always more than suffering here.
There is love and beauty all around.

Our work at Courage is oriented around this seeming paradox. We are committed to helping people stay in touch with the fact of suffering while also not losing sight of the truth of
beauty, love and deep ‘okayness’ in this world. We see this as the core of spiritual practice, service work and social activism.

Through contemplative and somatic practice, reflection, journaling, movement and play, we will explore practices that help us learn to:
1) LOVE in more nurturing, joyful ways;
2) SEE the profound interconnectedness of all things and develop a greater appreciation of our agency and potential to effect change;
3) HEAL from burnout, secondary trauma, hopelessness and despair and reconnect to fundamental sources of joy;
4) ENVISION the beautiful world we know is possible by reclaiming our capacity for hope, imagination and creativity; and
5) ACT in responsive, life-giving ways that affirm the beauty and sacredness in and around all of us.

Please Note: There is a Two-Step Registration Process for this Retreat. 

1. Click Here to register through Courage of Care and pay the Program Fee

2. Make arrangements for your Room and Board directly with the Garrison Institute via the Register link below. 

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg served as a congregational rabbi for seventeen years. She has also worked in the fields of Jewish community relations, Jewish education and Hillel. She has published widely on such topics as feminism, spiritual direction, parenting, social justice and mindfulness from a Jewish perspective and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the Reconstructionist prayer book. Rabbi Weinberg has taught mindfulness meditation and yoga to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people in the context of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She serves as a spiritual director to a variety of Jewish clergy including students and faculty at HUC-JIR in New York. She is creator and co-leader of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. She is married to Maynard Seider and they have three married children and six grandchildren. She serves on the Board of The Courage of Care Coalition.

Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of The Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations. Brooke holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and Cognitive Science from Emory University, an M.A. in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on the diversity of contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness. She now splits her time between Berlin, Brooklyn and the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead Courage workshops and retreats in the US and abroad.


Registration Options

Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
Dorm Room
Double Room
Single Room
These costs include room and board only. Please be in touch with the group regarding any additional program fees.