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‘Courage and Renewal’ focus of COC retreat

David Sadker
David Sadker
Devorah Morris Coryell
Devorah Morris Coryell

Congregation Or Cha­dash will hold a retreat, “Courage & Renewal: A Sabbath Dedicated to Our Hidden Wholeness” Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center, 7101 W. Picture Rocks Road.

“It is said that on the Sabbath we are given an extra soul — the neshemah yeterah, or Sabbath soul — which enables us to more fully enjoy the blessings of our life. For this Shabbat weekend retreat, we will create a special space for that additional soul,” says David Sadker, Ed.D., who will facilitate the retreat with Devorah Morris Coryell. Participants will create a “Circle of Trust” to help subdue everyday distractions, with such goals as exploring Jewish practices that renew heart, mind and spirit; learning from and reconnecting with nature; and tapping into inner wisdom and courage to make meaningful changes, says Sadker.

Sadker, a member of Or Chadash, is the author of seven books and more than 70 articles on education. He taught at the University of Arizona and is a professor emeritus at American University. His work has been reported in the Washington Post, New York Times, London Times and Newsweek. He has appeared on the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “The Diane Rehm Show.” Sadker received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York, his Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. He was trained as a facilitator by the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Coryell founded the wellness education department for Canyon Ranch Spa

Resorts and the Pritikin Longevity Center. She has been a visiting faculty member of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and is now a Tucson resident. She is the author of “Good Grief: Healing Through the Shadow of Loss.” Since 1994, she has served as executive director of The Shiva Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and support of the challenges brought by loss and death.

The cost of the retreat is $325 for a single room or $290 for double occupancy and includes all meals and materials. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday and conclude Sunday morning.

To RSVP, contact Eileen Ruddell at Or Chadash at 512-8500 or [email protected] chadash-tucson.org. For more information, contact Sadker at 297-2319 or [email protected]