Reclaim joy and meaning with courage, exploring in a Circle of Trust® how to weave your life’s threads into life and work as 2021 unfolds.

Weekend Option:
March 5-6

4-Week Series: Begins Thursday, March 18 (that’s Friday in Australasia)

Join Us for a Virtual Retreat

What do you think of when you hear the word resilience? Or leadership? Both words can call us to service and self-care, or can sound like reactionary bandwagon words that have lost heart and truth. We have been playfully collecting words that start with RE — a prefix that means “to apply strength.” When we reframe resilience and leadership as inner strength, what might we create for ourselves and the people in our lives?

Resilience comes from reflection, ritual and relationships, key threads of your life which you will explore in an intimate retreat setting with Mukta Panda and Shelly Francis, authors of Resilient Threads and The Courage Way, respectively.

Two Retreat Options will present the same content; choose one). Register by February 27, 2021.  

  • Weekend Option: Register using this form.
    Friday, March 5, 2021 from 7-9pm EST and Saturday, March 6 (11-1pm, 3-5pm, 7-9pm EST). The two-hour offline breaks are designed for spacious time to walk, journal, have meals, relax. We hope you’ll treat yourself to stay in “retreat mode” the whole time, if possible.
  • Four-Week Series Option: . Register using this form.
    Thursdays, 7-9 pm EST, March 18, 25 and April 1, 8.
    That’s Friday mornings in Australasia: see local times. Our weekly Zoom calls will “open the circle” at 6:45 pm EST and hold space for 15 minutes after closing. Week to week, we’ll send you agendas and handouts to prepare for each session. Consider this a four-week mini-sabbatical of community and reflection

Price: $275 U.S.  Upon registration we’ll send you instructions for payment.

Both retreats offer four sessions:

  1. Threads of True Self. Let’s explore our identity and individuality, who we are in our souls and roles. We are all leaders no matter our work. How can we reclaim this thread, slow down and replenish our own innate gifts?
  2. Threads of Faithfulness. How do we remain faithful to our purpose and measure our efforts and for those we lead? How do we lead a life that honors both inner and outer essentials, including joy and meaning?
  3. Holding True to Our Thread. What is the thread we have followed through our lives and where is it calling us to be present and courageous next?
  4. Weaving Threads of Community. What can we do with the resources we have to build community? Explore how rituals, relationships and reflection can weave our tapestry of wholeness.

Experience ways to reconnect with your meaning and purpose, reclaim hopes and dreams and relate in brave space with trustworthy companions. We will hold space with the Circle of Trust® approach, created by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. You will experience practices you can bring back to your team, friends and family for relating with more courage and trust.

Meet Your Retreat Leaders

Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, FRCP–London, is an award-winning physician, speaker, and facilitator whose work seeks to transform the heart of patient care and medical education. She is author of Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being. In 2020, Mukta was named Woman Physician of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Author of over 60 publications, her writing focuses on educational and curricular development, spirituality in medicine, addressing fatigue and stress, and promoting the well-being of health care professionals. Mukta is a Circle of Trust® facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Mukta is also co-author of the Oath to Self-Care and Well-Being, written to supplement the Hippocratic Oath, on behalf of the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM).

Shelly L. Francis is an author, publisher and speaker helping people unleash their creative courage. She wrote The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity on behalf of the Center for Courage & Renewal during her time there as the marketing and communications director. She founded Creative Courage Press in 2020, publishing Resilient Threads by Mukta Panda as the first title. She has been a communicator in a range of business sectors from publishing to government to high tech and health care. Whether running her own business or serving organizations, the common thread throughout Shelly’s career has been bringing to light best-kept secrets — technology, services, resources, ideas — while bringing people together to facilitate collective impact and good work, and courage of all kinds.

Questions: Please contact Shelly Francis at (970) 812-3224 or or Mukta Panda at

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund minus a 5% processing fee if paid by credit when you notify us at least two weeks before the program begins. Other than exceptional emergencies, no refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than two weeks before program start date

The Center for Courage & Renewal and its facilitators do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.”
―Jaeda Dewalt

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