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A Sense of Wonder: Exploring the Connections of our Inner and Outer Landscapes

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.” 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 environment, please feel warmly invited to join us where we will:

  • Pause, be still, disconnect from technology and reconnect with the natural world, yourself, and with one another.
  • Experience a community of mutual support while exploring how your life can make a BIG difference in a world of great need.
  • Strengthen your capacity to ask open-ended questions, listen whole-heartedly, and share with others what is most meaningful to you.
  • Explore how to lead and serve out of a place of courage and wholeness.
  • Develop an action plan for stewarding what you believe and love.

Read more about the retreat here.

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 renewed 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 where wonder and reflection, play and purpose are part of the elements.

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.  

Program Cost: $400- Includes two-nights lodging in rustic camp-style bunkhouses; meals; workshop fees; and boat transportation from Rockland, Maine (mainland) to Hurricane Island