We can spend our lives running toward change, running from it, or running around in some mix of the two. It can be tiring. Yet every year, spring flows in and shows us grace in change. She has some lessons for us. After winter darkness, spring brings joyful, vibrant change that celebrates and accelerates LIFE. 

This is the kind of encouragement and generous surety that we wish for young activists. For all young people. They bring their lives and loves and passions to their work. They work for their visions of a world celebrating and accelerating LIFE in their futures and their children’s futures.

It’s also the kind of encouragement and generous surety that we wish for experienced activists and devoted workers. These pillars of our society have already given much of their lives and loves and passions to their work. They also work for their visions of a future in which their children and grandchildren, all people, will flourish and celebrate.

It takes courage to create change, hold the tensions across time, and yet remain joyful, hopeful and energised. But spring does this. We can learn from her.

In partnership with Citizen Tasmania Founder, Grace Williams (left), Rosie Martin (right) is offering a Circle of Trust® retreat – Courage to Create Change – Spring.

This Circle of Trust retreat will provide you with opportunity for reflection upon your hopes and directions for change, gaining clarity and insight as you do.

Upholding the honour and integrity of each participant, and structured upon the non-violating principles of Parker J.

 Palmer’s Centre for Courage & Renewal, Courage To Create Change – Spring will give experiences that are reflective, vibrant, spacious, relationally connected, and transformational. 

Reflection offers us the same kind of power for change that spring does – gentle, beautiful, steady, sure. Courage to Create Change – Spring will create safe space within a small group. It will give you space to explore the concepts of courage and change, deepening your insights into your engagement with them. It will reveal barriers and challenges, as well as strengths and hopes. It will give opportunity to explore personal and professional questions of courage and change – the wellsprings of your leadership. It will support understanding of the ways these insights might enrich your workplace, home, community living… and your cause. 

If you are noticing your responses to change, or if you are exhausted by them, this Circle of Trust is for you.  Drawing on metaphors of spring, it will serve you with the tools to go deeper and consolidate, to make renewal, and to take refreshment. 

Participants are supported to reflect on their connection to courage and change, and to draw-out the insights of their own stories, inner resources and personal wisdoms; as well as to develop new insights through witnessing the stories of others.

It takes actual time to build relational trust, think deeply, and process the insights that arise. Time is an essential component of the process of Courage To Create Change – Spring. The retreat is paced to support relationship formation, deep listening and reflection.


The objectives of the Courage To Create Change – Spring retreat are to:

  • Gather a small, diverse cohort of leaders and others to participate in a reflective dialogue across three days about courage and change as ways of being and seeing.
  • Increase participants’ understanding of the attitudinal structure of courage and change.
  • Increase participants’ understanding of the agency of courage – when integrated with action – to support cultures of change for wellbeing and values-driven leadership.
  • Through shared story, increase participants’ understanding of courage and change from multiple points of view and diversity of lived experiences.
  • Enhance participants’ experiences and skills in deep listening.
  • Enhance participants’ valuing of deep listening experiences across diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Build participants’ ability to identify safe space and hold it for others.
  • Provide participants with opportunity for safe, guided reflection upon their personal experiences of courage and change.
  • Provide participants with opportunity for safe, guided reflection upon their personal barriers and triggers regarding courage and change.
  • Provide participants with tools to develop relational trust and leadership within their workplaces and communities; and beyond into their personal lives as both family members and contributing citizens.

What to Expect

You will gather with a group of others to participate in dialogue and a variety of reflective activities. All activities are by invitation. The retreat will be stimulating and spacious while also providing the nurture of a slowed pace. Our time together is non-residential – so you will go home or to your hotel to sleep. Excluding breakfasts, simple, nourishing meals will be provided. Because Grace and I want the retreat to be cost-accessible, we are holding the retreat at my home in Kingston, Tasmania. I have a space out the back that lends itself just perfectly.

Day 1: 4.30pm for a 5.00pm sharp start – finish 9.30pm

Day 2: 8.30am start – finish 9.30pm

Day 3: 8.30am start – finish 2.00pm


Dates: 20 – 22 August 2021

Place: Kingston, Tasmania – address on registration

Cost: Varied price opportunities

Registration: HERE