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SeasonsCTL Alumni Reflections & Information Curated by Alumni for Alumni

“Seasons” is a digital, quarterly communication to the Courage to Lead Alumni community. It exists to increase the level of engagement and connection between in-person opportunities, to inspire reflection and courage in life outside retreats, and to help make the Courage community aware of Alumni activities and events.

Spring 2019 Edition

Words of Wisdom from our Fantastic Facilitators

Where’s my Car? By Ken Saxon      Lately, I’ve noticed a disturbing pattern in myself.  I race into Santa Barbara for a meeting at the Impact Hub, where Leading From Within has its offices.  I attend a meeting or two, connect with lots of folks, emerge from the building and….  Wait, where did I…

Spring Poem for Reflection

We invite you to take a quiet moment of reflection at the start of the brand new year.  Photo credit: Luann Miller (Cohort 4) Opening Without Words by Mark Nepo   It is the beginning of May and over near the statue of Moses, raising his staff to something none of us can see, hundreds…

Community News

Thank you to those that nominated leaders to participate in the upcoming CTL Cohort 8, which is set to begin in October 2019! ALUMS ON THE MOVE! Kim Colby Davis (Cohort 6), Executive Director of CASA of Santa Barbara County, and was named #1 in Pacific Coast Business Times Best Places to Work: Small Employers.…

10 Years of Community

On February 23rd, over 80 alums participated in a special evening of celebration and appreciation for the first 10 years of Courage to Lead. From programming to logistics to home hospitality, the event was co-created by dozens of alums. The event also featured guest Glenn Phillips who led community singing, as well as offerings of…

Upcoming Activities

Alumni Community leaders have planned a thoughtful and engaging year for us all (see image above). We hope you will accept the invitation. Stay tuned for details on upcoming activities. Please save the date for our next event, an evening gathering on June 12th in Santa Barbara. Courage to Lead is offering an Introductory Retreat…

Past Seasons

Winter 2019 Edition

Winter Poem for Reflection

We invite you to take a quiet moment of reflection at the start of the brand new year. Making Contact by Virginia Satir     I believe The greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them. The greatest…

Words of Wisdom From our Fantastic Facilitators

A Guided Meditation on Self Compassion By Kim Stokely Kim has recorded a special gift for CTL alums. Play the video below to listen. Border Mission By Ken Saxon  One practice of great beauty and meaning for me is the prayer flag ritual we do late in each of our Courage to Lead retreat series…

Welcome New Alums from Cohort 7 Alums!

We appreciate the alums that came to Cohort 7’s final retreat day on November 9th to extend welcome to our newest members of the CTL Alumni Community (introduced below). The rest of us cannot wait to connect with you!     Amy Eriksen Angels Gate Cultural Center Aziza Hasan NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership For Change…

Community News

Thank you to those that participated in the 2018 Annual Giving Challenge to help Leading from Within continue to support and connect our social sector leaders! Speaking of thanks, several alums attended the LFW Gratitude Party on November 28th shown above. Ken Saxon facilitated a Ripple Effects Mapping session with several CTL alums to visually analyze…

Upcoming Activities

Save the Date for the CTL 10 Year Celebration!    Saturday |  February 23, 2019   Rincon Beach Club, Carpinteria   A dedicated group of alums are working with Ken to plan a special evening gathering commemorating 10 years of wholehearted renewal and community for 171 social sector executive leaders! Stay tuned for details.

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Spring Poem for Reflection

Here is a taste of what the current Cohort is reflecting on during its May retreat. Infinitive By Ursula LeGuin We make too much history. With or without us There will be the silence and the rocks and the far shining. But what we need to be is, oh, the small talk of swallows in…

Words of Wisdom from our Fantastic Facilitators

Being, for a Change By Ken Saxon I’m fortunate to live a life that consistently brings me pleasure.  Certainly I have struggles and burdens as all people do, but I have the privilege of doing work that is meaningful to me and to be nurtured by loving relationships.  If nothing changed in my life from…

Catalyst’s Corner

Dear fellow alums, I first want to take a moment to thank Kim Irish for volunteering to lead the publication of this new newsletter, which we intend to produce seasonally. The CTL Alumni Council developed this idea after listening to feedback from fellow alums who were interested in more regular connection with each other and…

For Future Editions of Seasons

Please contact Kim Irish at kirish@one-justice.org with anything you’d like to share with the CTL Alumni Community in a future edition of Seasons. We would love to highlight your work and life updates, what you’re reading and inspired by, ways you’ve been courageous, and more!

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