We love hosting space for folks to dive into deep practice in supportive, honest community! We regularly offer day-long and weekend workshops around the country, as well as a popular summer intensive. Please also be in touch if you would like to request a special workshop for your community or organization.

April 25-26 | Los Angeles, CA | 11 CE Credits

Staying Grounded and Loving in Turbulent Times | Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. & Martin Vitorino, Ph.D.

July 19-24, 2020 | Garrison, NY | 36.75 CE credits

The Courageous Path of Collective Liberation | Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D., Juliana Santoyo, M.Ed., Kelly Conroy Moore, Ph.D. Ed Porter, M.A., M.S., Abra Vigna, Ph.D. & Gail Philips

Staying Grounded and Loving in Turbulent Times: ONLINE

April 25-26, 2020 | ONLINE

*11 CE Credits Available

It takes extraordinary courage to stay open, connected, grounded and loving in the work for justice. And it also takes a great deal of practice! 

In this weekend workshop, we will engage somatic and contemplative practices that help us learn to: 

    • center, resource and reconnect through relational compassion practice; 
    • recognize our “stress shapes” or habitual embodied patterns that show up in challenging contexts; 
    • heal and transform our “stress shapes”; 
    • embody a more compassionate, grounded stance in the midst of conflict. 

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary. 


Brooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to facilitating the co-creation of a more just, compassionate world. Courage’s diverse, interdisciplinary, multi-generational team provides training and consultation in relational compassion practices, anti-oppressive pedagogies, restorative healing methods and systems tools to social service and caring professionals, as well as to educational, spiritual and human rights organisations. 

Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. is the Deputy Executive Director at InsightLA. He is also a researcher and educator who teaches classes and facilitates workshops that promote well-being among LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Martin’s innovative self-love teachings are designed to counter stigma, shame, and internalized bias around SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression).  At Courage of Care, Martin applies an LGBTQ+ conscious lens to our trainings.  He holds a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.


Book A Tailored Workshop

We are dedicated to serving and supporting those who serve and support others.
We can custom-tailor talks and one- to two-day workshops for your organization or community on topics including sustainable compassion and burnout; nurturing belonging; undoing oppression; restorative-based healing practices; and building cultures of visionary practice.

summer intensive

july 19-24, 2020

*Or online*

The Program

This week-long intensive is designed for all who want to practice deeply and honestly in community for the purpose of personal and collective liberation. We will deepen our compassion practice, understand the roots of oppression, learn tools for transforming trauma, and engage restorative healing practices.  

About the Retreat

Our world is on fire. War, violence, poverty, growing economic inequity, rising corporate greed, institutionalized racism and an impending massive ecological crisis threaten the well-being and survival of us all. It is critical that we find ways of coming together collaboratively in ways that promote care, justice, equity, in order to address suffering and help us survive and thrive.

Yet even in the face of tremendous suffering, we are aware that there is love and beauty all around. Our work at Courage is oriented around the challenge of learning to see and respond to suffering and injustice while also celebrating and centering life-giving qualities of love, joy and creativity.

The retreat is open to all interested joining and building a community of compassionate, truth-telling, healing-centered, visionary and transformative practice.


Who This Training is For

This program is open to all people willing to engage in personal and communal healing work. No prior experience necessary. We have found this curriculum to be especially beneficial for those who spend time in the social service or social justice arenas, including teachers, social workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, community advocates, and organizers.

What You'll Learn

Our retreat is designed to help you learn to:

• deepen your capacity for belonging and compassion;
• develop a stronger anti-oppressive lens;
• learn diverse restorative healing modalities;
• reclaim your creative and visionary capacities; and
• work for and on behalf of all.

How it Works

We gather in community (in person or online, conditions permitting!) and work to build a culture of practice rooted in Courage’s principles of loving, seeing, healing, envisioning and acting. Through contemplative and embodied practice, journaling, discussion, creative arts and storytelling, our multi-disciplinary team helps us all deepen our capacity to turn toward and respond to the challenges of our from a stance of compassion, joy and commitment.

Day 1: Cultures of care

Day 2: tranforming oppression

Day 3: resilience and repair

Day 4: enacting the future

Day 5: the beloved community

We are being called to do more than design new theories and strategies, develop new anti-oppression workshops, or amass more social media followers. We are being called to build communities and cultures of practice. Our summer retreat offers an opportunity to experience community and culture building with a group of committed, loving and fiercely courageous beings.

“Without community, there is no liberation...but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, not the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.”

Audre Lorde

What it Costs

We offer a sliding scale registration fee for our courses and workshops in service of economic justice.

We understand that privilege is intersectional and that access to resources is a result of institutionalized white supremacy, capitalism and colonization. A sliding scale fee structure allows white folks and those with class privilege to leverage the resources they have gained through those systems in equitable service of others who have been disenfranchised by the same systems. Inviting white folks to pay a higher registration rate acknowledges BIPOC for their generations of unpaid labor and enduring legacies of stolen land and resources, and is one way of practicing reparations within our community.

Sponsor: $1000

We ask white folks and those with class privilege and access to financial resources to consider paying our sponsor fee. These registrations help us make our sliding scale and reduced options possible and sustainable. Thank you in advance for your generosity! (And if you have the means to support others tuition or travel, please consider making a tax-deductible donation below.)


Sustainer: $800

We ask white folks and those with class privilege (eg raised in middle-upper class homes and/or making over $62,000 per year), access to financial resources and/or access to organizational professional development funds to please consider paying the full course fee. 

Scholarship Rate: $600

We invite those with less class privilege (eg making less than $62,000 per year and/or raised in working class homes) or with limited financial resources or recent financial hardships to consider paying our scholarship fee. This reduced rate is offset by folks paying our sponsor fee.

BIPOC Rate: $400

We invite BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) folks to register at our scholarship fee.

Should you have need more support, please do not hesitate to ask! We do believe it is important for everyone to contribute to our community, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Earn CE Credits

This event is approved for 36.75 CE credits for select professional affiliations. Learn more and register at the link below.


Step One

Select your program registration fee above and send a payment to Courage of Care via paypal ( Be sure to make a note that the payment is for the summer retreat.

Early bird registration: Take $50 off of your program registration fee if you register on or before March 1, 2020!

Please note our cancellation policy: Once you have registered via paypal, cancellations must be made in writing to Prior to June 1st, program fees will be refunded less a $100 processing fee. On or after June 1st, cancellations will only be refunded (less the $100 processing fee) if we are able to reach our maximum registration and fill your spot in the training. No refunds will be given for failure to attend or failure to complete the retreat.

Step Two

Choose and register for your accommodations via the Garrison Institute. Please be sure to review their registration and cancellation policies.

*COVID-19 Update: We will move the training online if it is not possible to meet in person at Garrison. Please save the date and stay tuned!

Step Three

Those interested in obtaining CE credits should review the offerings and requirements at the link below. Please note that the CE registration fee is in addition to the program fee and accommodations fee.

Support the Community

Our participants understand that building better communities takes an investment of time and money. We make our trainings as affordable as possible. We offer a sliding scale for this retreat and all other Courage trainings in service of economic and racial justice.

We have never turned anyone away for lack of funds. We offer scholarships, work exchanges and help fundraising. Yet to keep our work going, we rely on donations from our community. 

We are excited to ask you to be part of this community offering practice. We are especially committed to making healing spaces accessible to BIPOC folks at little to no cost. This means we need to raise funds not only to support tuition, but also housing and travel. 

Please join us in practicing reparations in action! This year, we are asking for three specific donation levels to make this retreat accessible for our community:

Level One: Tuition, Housing and Travel Grant | $1600 

Level Two: Tuition and Housing | $1100

Level Three: Tuition | $600

Talk With Us

Curious if this program is a fit for you? Our team is available to talk with you!

“Out of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.
Not loving is a letting go.
The terrain around here
Far too



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