C. J. Consulting and Services

Claire J. Salkowski, Principal Consultant


Retreats

Two Types of Retreats:

Specific Organizational or School Retreats 

Open Retreats Sponsored by C. J. Consulting and Services 



Specific Organizational Retreats

 

   Retreats for Faculty, and Staff in any organization devoted to helping others, are available in several formats to meet the specific needs and time frame of the group, generally from one to three days. Retreats can be offered on-site or at specific locations. Retreats focus on self-care and renewal of purpose through understanding our own identity and integrity. The more passionate we are about our vocation the more important it is to take time to renew our own spirits. As many of us in the helping professions know, we  often give to everyone but ourselves.  As Thomas Merton says, "Too allow oneself  to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. " 


   Rooted in the belief that our service to others flows from the identity and integrity that begins within, retreat participants are invited to reclaim wholeness and vocational clarity.  Retreats offer opportunities for self-awareness, self-renewal, sharing experiences, and support of each other. In this unique approach to reflection as action, participants join in a Circle process, grounded in the work of Parker J. Palmer’s Circles of Trust,the Peacemaking Circle process and the work of the facilitators in adult learning and the importance of “beginning within” to enhance understanding of work as vocation.


Open Retreats


Retreats are offered seasonally or periodically throughout the year sponsored by C. J. Consulting and Services and are generally co-facilitated. These retreats are open to any individual  interested in caring for the wellbeing of their inner nature and offer opportunities for self-awareness, self-renewal, supporting each other, sharing experiences, techniques and learnings, gaining clarity in times of transition, loss or confusion and developing a way forward to cultivate the seeds of purpose within.  Retreats will be listed in the Upcoming Section of this website and our Facebook page.



“ Self-care is never a selfish act-it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”

-Parker J. Palmer