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Living Transitions: Navigating the Endings, Beginnings and Bits in Between - A Courage & Renewal ® Retreat

  • St Joseph's Spirituality and Education Centre 8 Humphreys Road Kincumber South Australia (map)

“It isn't the changes that do you in, it's the transitions. Change is not the same as transition. Change is situational: the new site, the new boss, the new team roles, the new policy. Transition is the psychological process people go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, transition is internal.”   William Bridges


This retreat will provide an opportunity to recognise and explore ways to help you navigate transitions in your own life and/or leadership context.  This involves cultivating the courage required to let go of what has been, consider what can be done to step into and occupy the in-between, and to be curious about what it takes to venture into new beginnings.   It is for anyone experiencing or contemplating change in their personal or professional lives.  You could:

  • Be changing jobs or career direction, moving into retirement, or steering an organisation through a time of re-imagining.

  • Be dealing with life changes brought about by relationships beginning and ending, children being born or leaving the nest, or other experiences of reorientation or loss.

  • Have simply outlived some of your old ways of being or doing.

What to expect:

‘Living Transitions’ is a retreat based on the approach to reflective inquiry of sociologist, educator, author and activist, Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.   It will be co-faciliated by accredited and experienced Courage & Renewal ® facilitators, Kirsty McGeoch and Noela Maletz. Together with around 20 other people, we will create a space for honest dialogue and non-judgmental listening, practicing ways of relating that will help us be more present with ourselves and others. Prompted by evocative texts, imagery and insights from the natural world,  there will be time for individual reflection and journaling as well as large- and small-group dialogues in which our own stories can be shared. These processes offer the opportunity to gain a new depth of self-knowledge and clarity around the questions we are holding, and build our resilience for life’s changes and transitions.

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$650 - Early Bird price until June 28, 2018.

$750 including GST for including all materials, nourishing meals and comfortable accommodation in a single-occupancy en-suited room.


Living Transitions will be held at St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre, 8 Humphreys Rd, Kincumber South. The centre is approximately 1.5 hours by car from both Sydney and Newcastle. For those coming by train, it is a 20 minute taxi rider from Woy Woy station. St Joseph's historic sandstone buildings and expansive grounds are set in bush land right on Kincumber Broadwater, creating a tranquil environment for reflection.

To register, please click on the button below. If you have further inquiries, please feel welcome to contact Kirsty at

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