Circle of Trust

March  20 ~ 23, 2020

Are you in transition and asking yourself: ‘What’s next?’

Do you want the space to listen to your own inner wisdom?

Are you yearning to integrate your deepest intentions into your life and work?

Have you been deeply moved by the writing of Parker J. Palmer
and the Circle of Trust® and want to know more?


If you responded YES to any of these, then our Circle of Trust retreat is perfect for you and we’d love to have you join us.

We believe that listening deeply to each other and to our own inner teacher is fundamental to living a conscious, meaningful life.  Most of our world is too noisy and busy for us to find time and space to truly listen. This retreat, based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, offers a sacred time and place for practicing this generative skill.

The Circle of Trust® approach, described in Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, focuses on cultivating our inner capacity to live a more authentic, meaningful, and engaged life, aligning who we are with what we do in the world.  And in this retreat you will have the opportunity to experience it.


  • Savor time for rest and renewal.
  • Nurture your sense of purpose, integrity and courage to live more wholeheartedly.
  • Gain practical tools to foster a capacity to create disciplined, safe space, individually and communally.
  • Practice deep listening.
  • Learn to work with honest, open questions in order to “hear” each other into deeper speech.
  • Experience the power of a Clearness Committee.  This is a powerful discernment process drawn from the Quaker tradition. Clearness Committees are the centerpiece of Courage & Renewal retreats longer than one day. One person who wishes to think more deeply about an issue – transitional, vocational, relational, or spiritual – has an opportunity to be the focus person while a group of 4 – 6 others serve as a committee, whose members ask open, honest questions for an hour and a half. Deep listening is the basis for forming this type of helpful question. Everyone – focus person and committee members alike – has a profound experience in this unique way of being together in community.

Alison DeHart is passionate about living a life of exploration and discovery.  She was introduced to a contemplative path through the work of Quaker author and activist Parker J. Palmer.  She is trained as a Circle of Trust™ facilitator through his non-profit, The Center for Courage and Renewal, and is delighted to be able to share the powerful gift of being “alone together” with others.  She has held leadership roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings, including serving as the Director of Partners in Hope in her hometown of Troy, Ohio where she worked to build an empowering and economically diverse community in support of under-resourced families.  Allison has an MA in Contemplative Religion from Naropa University and is a certified teacher of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition.  She has facilitated trainings for the Sedona Women’s Institute since 2017.


The retreat will be held at the beautiful Briar Patch Inn, nestled in Oak Creek Canyon, just a few moments north of Sedona along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Located at the base of the surrounding red rock mountains, the spring fed waters of Oak Creek create a healing, magical oasis—a quiet blending of beauty, serenity, majestic canyon oaks, dappled sunlight, squirrels, sheep, and a caring staff. For more information, click here.



RETREAT FEE: $895* ($400 of this fee is nonrefundable and after January 1st there are no refunds)

The retreat fee includes:
~ Welcome reception:  5:00pm Friday evening, March 20th

~ Facilitated retreat:  From 5:00pm on Friday evening, March 20th, through 11:00am on Monday morning, March 23.

~ Lunches: Saturday and Sunday afternoon

~ Dinners: Saturday and Sunday evenings

~ Lodging is not included in the retreat fee, however our retreat cabin has 4 bedrooms (3 private, 1 shared), 2 ½ bathrooms, two fireplaces, a wonderful kitchen, 2 dining rooms and a large living room where we’ll meet daily. The most convenient and cost-effective lodging (and delightful) choice is to stay in one of the rooms in the retreat cabin. The cost is $250 (for 3 nights) for a shared room and $350 for a private room (for 3 nights). This price includes breakfast each morning.  To reserve your space please call us directly at 928-254-1897. You will need to pay the entire three-night fee (non-refundable) at the time of reservation. If you prefer something more private, there are also a variety of cabins available at the Briar Patch Inn. You can make your reservations through their website or by calling them at 928-292-2342.  OR you can choose another lodging choice in town as well (click here for suggestions).

*PLEASE NOTE:  For those who are registering for BOTH the Circle of Trust retreat as well as the Master Facilitator Training, there is a $300 fee reduction for the training program.  Please click here for details on the Master Facilitator Training or call us at 928-254-1897.


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