The Courage & Renewal Network of Northern California is a regional affiliate of the Center for Courage & Renewal and part of a global collaboration of facilitators who offer Circles of Trust® to audiences worldwide. Our common mission is to create a more just, compassionate, and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.
All programs offered by Courage & Renewal facilitators, whether in-person or
online, are informed by the Circle of Trust® approach, based on the work of author and activist Parker J. Palmer. These programs are designed to create a safe space for self-reflection and trustworthy communication, a space where people can nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. Whether in multi-day retreats, shorter programs, or online settings, they make use of poetry and stories, solitude and reflection, journaling and deep listening. Nearly 150 facilitators are actively using this approach in the United States, Canada, and Australia and more are in preparation. Their programs, attended by thousands, have helped transform individuals, families, workplaces and communities
The network was created in 2020 to connect northern California facilitators offering Circle of Trust® programs with audiences who might benefit from them, to enable prospective participants to request programs, and to connect participants with one another. We are grateful to Commonweal for providing the network an organizational home in its family of programs.
Parker Palmer on the Value of Safe Spaces.