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What Happens At A “Courage to Teach” Retreat

What happens at the retreats?

  • Participants from all teaching and educational leadership backgrounds may come together in day-long, multi-day or seasonal weekend retreats over a 12-month period.
  • The retreats consist of carefully designed individual and group activities focused on relevant themes using selected readings and teaching stories, journaling, music and art, nature walks and dialogue as possible venues for listening to our “inner teachers”.
  • There is time spent in reflection, alone and with others, on our work as educators and the interconnections between our personal and professional identities.
  • All activities are optional—each person is free to participate in whatever way they choose with ample time to rest, renew and explore the natural world.


Each retreat is priced differently depending on actual program costs and facilities.

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Please see the calendar of events for cost of each retreat.

Because of the financial support from the University of Maine System and Cooperative Extension, the cost per participant for the retreats represents a fraction of the actual cost to keep the work accessible across the state. Registration fees include all materials, food and lodging when applicable. Registration fee refunds will be given only if another participant can be found to fill your space.

Potential Benefits

From our experience working with Maine educators, we find that participants often leave Courage To Teach® retreats with…

  • a stronger sense of purpose, renewed commitment and increased satisfaction in their work
  • a heightened sense of personal and professional renewal, ready to return to work refreshed and energized
  • new professional networks among educators in the region, resulting in greater awareness of educational issues and increased potential for leadership.