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Parenting with courage, humility and love.

Designing Learning Environments that illuminate humanity.

Building Leadership & Community Circles that nurtures 

growth, supports change, inspires solutions, transforms lives.




We schedule workshops open to everyone, as well as design workshops that respond to the interests and needs of organizations and communities. 

An example of our Workshop Themes:

  • Designing Learning Environments that illuminate humanity and create a foundation for health and success. How do we define "Learning Environment"? We are persuaded that every "environment" provides a space for learning" - this includes our home, work, places of worship, community, and school environments.

  • What's Your Story? An invitation to knowing your organization and/or community by understanding who is in the room, what is each individual's lived experience, and how together you support your mission and vision, creating a more honest, open, and caring environment that will support successful outcomes and well-being. 

  • Engaging our Children with courage, humility, humor and love. (Childhoods 2 Love) Prosocial Practices for parents, guardians, child care providers, and educators. 



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Professional Development Coaching: 

  • We focus on Human Awareness Coaching, building skills necessary for living in alignment with one's values - integrating mindfulness practice into the ways we communicate, think, and act. 

  • We believe that at the core of our potential and an organization's potential is relationship. The relationship we have with ourselves and others'. If our core relationships are not positive and healthy, we cannot expect to sustain positive outcomes. 

  • Relationship is foundational to the Learning Environments we establish for ourselves and others. 

Leadership, Dialogue, and Community Circle Facilitation:

  • New Initiative: Delawareans For Benevolent Community: For those living in and leading Delaware. Open to ALL who believe that we can be a state rooted in compassion, nurtured by diversity and shared humanity, educated by history and lived-experiences - A state that believes that by listening to each other and working together we can resolve the issues that divide us, and solve the problems of today and tomorrow that most concern us. Open to ALL who believe that together we have the heart, imagination, and talent to create a healthier future for all of our communities. 

       (See Delawareans for Benevolent Community                 Page for more details)

  • We Need To Talk: Building Leadership & Community Circles that practice human awareness, nurtures growth, supports change, inspires solutions, and transforms lives through honest and respectful dialogue. 

  • Strategic Planning for Social-Profits - Taking a Relationship based approach to supporting the building of organizations who focus on creating  better communities. 


  • We will custom design a retreat to respond to your organization's needs. 


  • You are invited to join us for one or more of our current offerings. We facilitate retreats for Create Safe Space Inc. Lori is a professional Facilitator, trained by the Center for Courage & Renewal, using the Circle of Trust Approach®, Founded by Parker J. Palmer.  

To receive an application for a retreat offering please send us an email:, indicate the Retreat you are interested in and we will email you the forms and any additional information. 

Retreats with a focus on Social and Racial Justice and Benevolent Community:

October 7, 2022 The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware

Benevolent Community - A Courage In Community Circle for Leaders, Human Advocates, and Concerned Citizens. A Half Day Retreat, 9 am - 1 pm, lunch and snacks served. Fee: To welcome all there is not a set fee for this day retreat, donations to Create Safe Space will be accepted. This is the first of an ongoing community conversation, addition dates will be announced.

Date To Be Announced/Will begin in October 2022

Creating Benevolent School Communities - A Year-Long Conversation for Educators to create and engage in a practice of pro-social human skills that build relational trust and a caring and compassionate community in our schools. This dialogue will use the Principles and Practices of the Center for Courage & Renewal and Circle of Trust Approach®.  We will meet via ZOOM, twice per month (the second and fourth Tuesday) from 7-8:15 p.m. In August we will culminate our time together with a Retreat at The Farmhouse in Milton, Delaware. The fee for the yearlong conversation is $200 - There will be an additional fee of $400 for the weekend Retreat:

August 4-6, 2023 A Path to Creating Benevolent Community Retreat for Educators; This retreat is for the participants of the January 2022 -June2023 Benevolent Community cohort

January 29-30, 2023 Exploring The Gifts of Benevolent Community, The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware. 

Using the wisdom found in Parker J. Palmer's Books: Healing The Heart of Democracy and On The Brink of Everything, this weekend retreat will challenge us to think about legacy as a responsibility we hold in building benevolent communities and caring for future generations. This weekend retreat is great companion to the Benevolent Community Courage In Community Circle Day Experience, providing an opportunity to consider the value of community and its connection to sustaining democracy. This Retreat will begin on Sunday January 29 at 12:00 noon and conclude on Monday, January 30 at 12:00 noon. Retreat Fee $300

March  26-30, 2023 Montgomery and Selma, Alabama

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places -click link for additional details. 


Women's Retreats:

C.L.A.S.P.: A Courage & Renewal Retreat and Coaching Series for Women. Participants will attend three weekend Retreats and receive 4 - 50 minute coaching sessions. The first coaching session prior to the November retreat, and then one coaching session after each of the three weekends. 

November 11-12, 2022, What We Keep: A Journey of Self-Exploration, discerning life by reflecting on our experiences and choices.

December 9-11, 2022, Through the Safety Net: Meeting Life's Challenges with Curiosity, Courage, and Compassion.

January 13-15, 2023 Making Your Own Days: Creating Save and Contemplative Space for Your True Self to Grow and Shine.

All three Weekend Retreats at The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware


March 10-12, 2023   

Wonder, Will, and Wisdom - Women's Superpowers. The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware  Retreat Fee $500. **NOTE: A Special offer for those who complete the CLASP Series - you can add this retreat for a discounted rate of $250 


July 21-23, 2023 

Planting Seeds: Soul-Work for every age and stage of life. A Courage & Renewal Women's Weekend Retreat, beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m. and concluding Sunday at noon. The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware Fee: $500 

Retreats for Personal and Professional Development:

Dates To Be Announced A Three part Series via ZOOM

How To Talk About Race? 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Workshop Fee $250

April 28-30, 2023 The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware

Sanctuary - Designing Physical and Emotional Space for a Contented Life.  Retreat Fee $500

May 12-14, 2023 The Farmhouse, Milton, Delaware

Stillness: Discovering the Life-Giving Values of Living an Undivided Life. Retreat Fee: $500


To foster healing by illuminating our shared humanity.


Create and support

experiences & environments,

rooted in healthy relationships;

  building the foundation for thriving families, schools, communities,

and organizations.

Our Goal: Design  spaces for thought, dialogue, education, questioning, collaboration and problem solving that supports the healing of the brokenness in our relationships and communities, by illuminating the gifts of our shared humanity so to foster Benevolent Communities.  Working together to abolish fear and hate – and create the healthy relationships, environments and systems needed to honestly engage in the challenge of reconciling with the truth of our past so to build pathways of healing and well-being that hold every person’s dignity, story, and health as closely as one holds their own. 
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