Dec 10 - 11 2021


All times are Pacific Time Zone
8:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Threads of Light: A Winter Solstice Retreat (Virtual)

We are living in dark times, and yet the darkness is revealing truths that we have known for a long time, but have not faced directly. The winter solstice offers us a moment to look back at where we have been, and then to turn around to begin our journey through the darkness of winter looking for the insights and threads of “light” we need for this time in our lives.

This retreat, “Threads of Light”, will explore the visible and the not so visible threads that serve as guides in the darkness. For some, darkness invokes fear, for others, it is a nourishing sanctuary. What are the threads that hold us together and illuminate the darkness? How do we find sanctuary in this season of winter? 

“I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.”
― Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark

In this online retreat, we will explore the metaphor, Threads of Light using the Circle of Trust®  approach. Our time together will be guided by poetry, artistic expression, silence, music, personal reflection, and invitational sharing in small groups and in the larger circle. 

This retreat offers an opportunity to

  • Create a trustworthy space for deep listening and connection with others
  • Renew one’s heart, mind and spirit through the exploration of our inner landscape
  • Explore how we are light for ourselves and others during times of darkness

The Circle of Trust® approach, as developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, is based on two basic affirmations:

  1. We all have an inner teacher whose guidance is reliable, and comes from a heart strong enough to carry all human emotions.
  2. We all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher’s voice because the journey toward inner truth is too taxing to be made solo, the path is too deeply hidden to be traveled without company, and the destination is too daunting to be achieved alone.

Retreat Details & Registration Information: 

  • Cost: $125 
  • Dates/Times (in US-Pacific Standard Time)
  • Friday, Dec. 10: 6-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 11: 9:00-12noon; 2-4pm; 6-8pm

To register, click on this Registration Link 

  • Registrations will be taken until the retreat fills (21 participants maximum).
  • Refunds for cancellations (less a $25 administrative fee) will be made up to 11/30/2021.  

Facilitated by Kirstin Anglea, Alan Claassen and Beth Wood.

Feel to contact any one of us if you have questions about this offering. 




Kirstin Anglea, EdD, is a facilitator and retreat leader with the Center for Courage and Renewal. She believes in the power of reflective practice and story catching as a vehicle for personal transformation. Kirstin is an educational practitioner who has witnessed the power of this contemplative and communal work for individuals and communities. Through Nourish Courage, Kirstin provides mentoring and coaching to teams and individuals striving to live and work aligned with their core values. When not working, you’ll find Kirstin kayaking, exploring the wilderness, singing or cooking with her family in Sisters, Oregon. 

Alan Claassen is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Alan’s first teachers in the practice of nonviolent social action were musicians; Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. He has long believed that the arts open pathways to our heart and soul, and move us to be compassionate for all creation. In the Circle of Trust approach to personal authenticity and social responsibility, developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal, Alan has found a practice that brings together his love of creativity, people, and non-violence. He is a guitarist, songwriter, retired minister, husband, father, and kayaker.