A pilot opportunity

The Touchstone program is the result of the Center for Courage & Renewal’s 25 years of experience delivering programs and practices that have given thousands of leaders deep insight into the inner landscape of their leadership—the foundation for courageous and authentic leadership in work and life.

What to expect

The Touchstone program is highly experiential by design. The program takes place over six months, combining in-person retreats, interim practice opportunities and virtual / online coaching between sessions. The interim period between gatherings serves as a real-time training opportunity, allowing participants to test new behaviors and practices with the support of peers and a faculty coach. In both retreats we work in whole-group, small-group and individual settings, and participants meet with the same cohort of executives in each of the two retreats. The program is led by faculty with extensive organizational and corporate experience.

Learning activities

The retreats focus on the Trusted Leaders aspect of the Touchstone program, exploring one’s personal leadership and developing trustworthy and influential leadership. The Trusted Leaders program experience will include:

  • Personal reflection including journaling, exercise, dialogue, personalized inter-session assignments and readings
  • Coaching conversations with faculty and peer participants to deepen session explorations, clarify priorities or explore leadership issues
  • Opportunities to practice in a safe and supportive retreat environment with new directions and refined approaches to persistent leadership challenges
  • Real-time assignments in which participants can actively engage in creating safe spaces in their sphere of leadership through practical interim assignments. Participants can test new approaches, set up small-scale experiments and share results with the cohort.
  • Honest, supportive and skilled guidance to help leaders inspire authentic engagement in the workplace

Program Fees for the Midwest Pilot

The following fees cover the entire program, including both retreats.

$4500 when registered by December 15, 2017. After the early bird deadline, tuition increases to $5000.

Lodging & Meals:
Thanks to our partnership with the Fetzer Institute, they have generously covered the costs for all lodging, meals, and Kalamazoo airport pick up/return transportation services.
Participants should plan on arriving at the Fetzer Institute the evening of February 18. The retreat will begin at 9 am on February 19 and end with lunch on February 21.

Costs of travel are the participants’ responsibility.

Additional Nights:
If participants need an additional night after the retreat, it is the responsibility of the participant to secure a room off-site; rooms at the Fetzer Institute will not be available.


Events at Seasons, the Fetzer Institute's meeting facility, are convened in partnership with nonprofits, public agencies, universities, and other foundations and are by invitation only. These gatherings reflect the programmatic priorities of the Institute and are consistent with its mission and values.

Seasons is a meeting facility where guests come together in dialogue to identify strategies, create solutions, and develop community. Architecturally designed as a place for retreat and renewal as well as a space for community and conversation, the facility offers many opportunities for inward reflection and outward engagement.

Seasons includes a meeting house, 24 individual lodging units, a group dining room, a shared living room and other informal gathering spaces. The structures that comprise Seasons were designed with materials from the Great Lakes basin and with as little impact on the surrounding woods as possible.

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Program Details

To receive the full benefit of this program, participants are expected to join both retreats and monthly coaching opportunities.

Midwest Pilot Program

Retreat 1: February 18-21, 2018
Retreat 2: June 3-6, 2018
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Each retreat begins at 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. Each retreat concludes with lunch at noon on Day 3.
Eligible participants:
Those with positions of organizational responsibility (C-suite, vice presidents, directors) who desire to tap their personal and organizational potential and naturally find deep value (ROI) in employee growth, retention, satisfaction, and creativity.
Group size:
12-15 people



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