Circles of Trust
The Circle of Trust approach is grounded in the core values of integrity/wholeness, authenticity, diversity, community, courage, love, hope and renewal. These are the foundational beliefs and intended purpose for our work with individuals, groups and organisations.
We are connected to the broader Australasian and International Centre for Courage and Renewal.
The Circle of Trust® approach is distinguished by principles and practices intended to create a process of shared exploration—in retreats, programs and other settings—where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. In the hands of a knowledgeable and skilled facilitator, this approach has the power to transform individuals, families, workplaces and communities.
The Clearness Committee
Are you holding an important question about your life and your work that you have been longing to discern?
One of the hallmark practices of the Circle of Trust® approach is the Clearness Committee, a two-hour discernment process that happens at many Courage & Renewal retreats. It is a process that helps us hear our own inner wisdom while drawing on the wisdom of other people.
The Clearness Committee can help you to learn the value of asking open, honest questions, to experience how everyone has an inner teacher, and to see what happens when we commit to the ideas of no fixing, advising, saving or correcting one another.
The Clearness Committee process is both simple and demanding. Done well, it is a positive experience for everyone involved. But done poorly, it can cause hurt and even harm. So a deep understanding of the practice and careful preparation of the focus person and committee members is essential. We model this in our Courage & Renewal retreats.
Watch this video to learn more about the Circle of Trust approach from founder Parker J. Palmer.