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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 Initiatives: Benevolent Community of Delaware and Benevolent Community of Savannah, Georgia: For those living in and leading Delaware or Savannah. Open to ALL who believe that we can cultivate communities rooted in compassion, nurtured by diversity and shared humanity, educated by history and lived-experiences - Communities that believe 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 pages for Benevolent Community of

       Delaware and Benevolent Community of

       Savannah 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. 

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

Continuing: Benevolent Community, 2021-2022 Cohort 1

This Group began meeting in June 2021 during the Covid pandemic, and through deep dialogue and story-sharing we forged a path to building benevolent community that met in Retreat in June 2022. We are a group who live in different places throughout the United States. Together we are now writing a book on our experience that speaks to the value of benevolent community and providing a framework for others to create and nurture Benevolent Communities of their own. We continue to meet on-line the fourth Thursday of every month

January 17th, 2024 - Savannah, GA - Venue TBD

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 half-day retreat, donations to Create Safe Space will be accepted. This is part  of a Nationwide Grassroots community conversation, additional dates will be announced.


February 2024

How To Talk About Race, A Four-part Dialogue Series via ZOOM

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Workshop Fee $180

February 13-15, 2024  Exploring The Gifts of Benevolent Community, Savannah, Georgia - Venue to be announced

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 Friday, February 13 at 5:00 pm and conclude on Sunday, February 15 at 12:00 noon. Details and Registration Information will be posted soon.


March 20, 2024  Benevolent Community of Delaware - First State Summit, Rollins Conference Center, Dover, DE.  We invite you to join us for this one day Summit engaging participants in Benevolent Community workshops, networking opportunities and a keynote address by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., Princeton University Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Dr. Glaude is a scholar and author. His research focuses on the American Experience. Registration opens on October 15, 2023, click on Summit Registration Page

May 5 - 9, 2024  Montgomery and Selma, Alabama

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places, Sunday afternoon - Thursday noon Healing and Justice Retreat, Click Link for Details and Registration: 

Dates to be announced - Retreat for Educators, Savannah, GA, Venue To be announced soon.

Creating Benevolent School Communities - A Retreat and on-going 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 begin with a Weekend Retreat - June 21-23, 2024 and continue our community conversation via ZOOM, twice per month (the second and fourth Tuesday) from 7-8:15 p.m. The fee for this program is $400.

Scheduled Women's Retreats:

C.L.A.S.P.: A Courage & Renewal Retreat and Coaching Series for Women. Participants will attend two separate Day Retreats (9 am - 4 pm) , the retreat experience will bookend 4 - 50 minute coaching sessions. Two coaching sessions will be offered to each person in August and two in September, followed by a Retreat weekend in October.  

January 19th, 2024 CLASP Day Retreat #1, Savannah, Georgia

Focus Topics: What We Keep: A Journey of Self-Exploration, discerning life by reflecting on our experiences and choices.

Through the Safety Net: Meeting Life's Challenges with Curiosity, Courage, and Compassion.

CLASP Individual Coaching Sessions - Each Participant to schedule 2 coaching sessions for February and 2 coaching sessions for March. 

April 5th, 2024 CLASP Day Retreat #2, Savannah, Georgia


Focus Topics:  Making Your Own Days: Creating Safe and Contemplative Space for Your True Self to Grow and Shine.

Wonder, Will, and Wisdom - Women's Superpowers. 


The CLASP Series includes 2 Day Retreats (includes materials and lunch). and (4)-50 minute, individual coaching sessions via zoom or phone. 

Total Fee: $1,200


September 8-10, 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. Savannah, Georgia, Venue and Fees to be posted soon. 

Scheduled Retreats for Personal and Professional Development:

 May 2024 - dates will be announced soon 

How To Talk About Race, A Four-part Dialogue Series via ZOOM

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Workshop Fee $250

October 25-27, 2024 Savannah, Georgia - Venue to be announced

Sanctuary - Designing Physical and Emotional Space for a Contented Life.  


To foster healing by

illuminating our shared humanity.


Create and support

experiences & environments,

rooted in healthy relationships;

  building the foundation for thriving families, schools, benevolent 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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