Courage Earth Retreat on Hurricane Island

Check back soon to learn more about the Courage Earth retreat for 2018!

Includes three-nights lodging in rustic camp-style bunkhouses; meals of delicious, whole-grain, organic food; facilitation fees and retreat materials; and boat transportation from Rockland, Maine (mainland) to Hurricane Island. Partial scholarships available.

Space is limited.

Program Information:

Come join us for a Circle of Trust® Retreat on Hurricane Island, ME to renew your relationship with the natural world, others and yourself!

“We are all islands, living in a common sea,” wrote Ann Morrow Lindburgh. Does spending time on an island call to you as a way to nourish your own island soul to address the sea and storms we are living in with courage and attentiveness? Come explore island
time and your own currents, ebbs and flows that make you whole.

Experience the beauty and serenity of Hurricane Island; listen to the sound of the surf and the gulls; breathe the scent of spruce and balsam fir; touch and taste the sea around you; and be inspired by the rising and setting sun and the shimmering sparkles of light reflected off the water and into your soul. By deepening our relationship with the gifts of land and sea, we recover our own gifts to bring back to the shared commons with more clarity and energy.

Who? If you are interested in reconnecting with your inner nature in an inspiring, outdoor setting and reflecting thoughtfully on how your relationship with nature inspires a deeper connection to self, others and the world, come join us for a life- changing adventure on the coast of Maine. Moderate physical mobility is required to navigate the island pathways and carry your bags to and from the boat to the cabins.

Facilitators: Dave Oakes and Holly Wilkinson are Courage & Renewal facilitators from Northern New England who share a love of the land and sea, and are excited by the possibilities for renewal and a rekindled sense of courage that this unique landscape invokes. Using the framework of Courage & Renewal’s Circle of Trust®, built on the work and writing of Parker Palmer, we offer this retreat out at sea on island time where reflection, play and purpose are part of the elements! If you are concerned about our collective mistreatment of our environment and would you like to reconnect with nature, experience a sense of renewal, share a love for the outdoors with kindred spirits and committed peers, and explore actions that you can take in your own life to steward our earth, please feel warmly invited to join us for this 4 day Courage Earth retreat where we will:

  • Pause, be still, disconnect from technology and reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world, self, and others.
  • Spend evening solo time holding our inner questions in the companionship of summer island wisdom
  • Experience a community of mutual support while exploring how our lives can make a BIG difference in a world of great need.
  • Strengthen our capacity to ask open-ended questions, listen whole-heartedly, and share with others what is most meaningful.
  • Explore how to lead and serve out of a place of courage and wholeness.
  • Develop an action plan for stewarding what you believe in and love.

In large group, small group, and solitary settings, you will explore the intersection of our natural and built worlds and how we can learn from “nature as architect.” The problems we are facing are big, but the solutions are BIGGER. Fritjof Capra said: “Healing the universe is an inside job.” Readings, poetry, music, reflective time on the island etc. will provide an invitation for this inner healing work. Note: We will be spending significant time outdoors with the wind, waves, and weather.

Does this resonate with you? To apply for this program or to request additional information, please contact Dave Oakes at: or by phone (207) 230-4025 or Holly Wilkinson at, or (802) 922-1425. Your application and payment can be e-mailed or snail-mailed to us.