A “re-awakening” and “re-aligning” retreat for leaders to explore:
- deepening your authentic leader self
- clearing obstacles and quagmires
- becoming healers in the world
- make connections to support your learning edge
Pathways Home is a retreat for leaders, teachers, managers, therapists and community leaders to hone and deepen their personal authenticity and authority for the change agent roles they are practicing in their lives. It is especially for those of us who are re-grouping, or taking stock as we take on the “second half” of life.
As leaders in the world, we’ve learned a lot about how to guide and support others – and ourselves – in our quest to steer through the challenges of growing and living. It’s a life-long adventure of course. We know from our own lives of the many pitfalls and detours that get in the way. Sometimes it’s all we can do to stay one or two steps ahead of those we want to help. As teachers, we also know how necessary those pitfalls can be to “moving on.”
Pathways Home is rooted in some of the fundamental elements of learning from time-tested experiential learning models: living in community, being charged by both fun and conflict, living close to nature, learning to make more effective choices, and learning experientially – with body, mind, soul, and spirit – new skills and perspectives.
Pathways Home also brings new ways of learning. It begins with recognition that life is much more than we bargained for. It is often hard. We have often fallen down. We have less energy. As poet David Whyte has written (in his workshop introduction: “The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question”):
“Human Beings cannot quite believe the depth, drama, and disappearances involved in an average human life. Each of us grows, almost against our will, into a steadily unfolding story where the horizon gets broader and more mysterious, the understanding of loss and mortality more keen, the sense of time more fleeting, and the awareness of our mistakes and omission more apparent. In the midst of this deepening we strive to create a life that makes sense.”
While the task of early life is to create an outer identity through skill building, finding a career, and developing roles in a family or community, the purpose of “the second half” is more complex, more elusive, and requires new skills and approaches that we may have paid less attention to along the way. Midlife confronts us with a re-examination of our assumptions, habits, and goals in life. Pathways Home is a time to support each of us – together – in re-examining who we are, what we need, and how we proceed.