CULTIVATE • DEEPEN • UNLEASH

CULTIVATE

Capture ways to more
deeply rest, reflect, and
listen in God’s presence as
a foundation for fully
honoring who God has
created you to be as
a woman of courage.

DEEPEN

Strengthen your voice
and influence through
professional coaching
or leadership and
team building workshops
that honor your
unique story and gifts.

UNLEASH

Create momentum for
your own unfolding story
of courage and find
inspiration from the
stories of others
who are living and
leading with boldness.

CULTIVATE
Capture ways to more deeply rest, reflect,
and listen in God’s presence as a foundation for
fully honoring who God created you to be
as a woman of courage.

RETREATS AND INSPIRATION

Our retreat offerings create a quiet space with extended time for each woman to cultivate her spiritual practices and connection to Christ so that she might live or lead more wholeheartedly.

Setting aside time in God’s presence, away from the hurry and noise of your life, gives space for you to deepen your relationship with Christ, to hear his direction for a current area of question, opportunity, or struggle, or to simply rest and renew.

Our retreats are begun and grounded in prayer and a Scripture meditation centered on the goals for the day, and then time is given for individual prayer, rest, and listening. To lessen distractions, we look for locations that are reflective and spacious.

You may participate in one of our scheduled retreats in your area. We are also available to work with you to design a retreat for your ministry, organization, or team. We do not yet have a permanent location for our retreats, but we are willing to be creative and to work with new site hosts!

Click on one of the tabs below to learn more about our retreats.
Use our contact page to request more information or to sign up for our retreat announcements and updates.

Nurturing the Whole Leader

Join us for a prayer retreat scheduled and planned by our leadership team, or allow us to work with you to create a retreat with your group or team, incorporating the offerings and spiritual practices that are best tailored to the pressing questions, needs, and opportunities before you.

These retreats give space to take a deep breath, slow your thoughts, and simply be with God. You may choose to pray, rest, sing, create art, or just listen. The time is yours to craft with God. Read Scripture or a devotional reading. Engage. Our creativity retreats add the dimension of exploring and playing with art mediums in a prayerful way.

Our retreat offerings include responsive scripture reading, worship, and solo time in prayer. Beyond these elements, retreats can include a blend of or emphasis on any of the following:

Cultivating Presence: Attuning to the Father’s Heart
Center your heart through led prayers, sacred texts, and scriptures with reflective prompts from our spiritual director and life coaches. Then break away to listen, journal, rest, and explore the burning questions and invitations God has set before you.

Outdoor Escape: Awakening Prayer through Time in Nature
Enter into beautiful scenic landscapes for prayer walks and hikes or settle in a quiet or comfortable place for solo prayer time outdoors. Use this space to allow God to take the questions stirring in your heart deeper still.

Co-Creators of Beauty: Activating Prayer through Art
Whether you’re a seasoned artist or someone who simply enjoys exploring new areas of creativity to connect more deeply with God, our art integration prayer retreats will invite you to create prayer collages, art journals, and more.

Team Prayer Retreats

Does your team or group desire to create a retreat? Please feel free to review the options under the above tab, Nurturing the Whole Leader. Your retreat may include any of the options included there or incorporate ideas of your own for exploring prayer and forming a team of leaders that is grounded together in God and refreshed. Let us work with you to create a customized leadership team prayer retreat that best serves your team, season and desires. We recommend a minimum of three hours but a day retreat of about six hours can be beneficial. These retreats may also be blended with our leadership training or team building workshops. See more about our training resources under our Individual and Team Leadership Training tab further down on this page.

“Times of extended retreat give us a chance to come home to ourselves in God’s presence… On retreat we rest in God and wait on him to do what is needed. Eventually we return to the battle
with fresh energy and keener insight.”
Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

Encouragement and Inspiration

Our Blog
Our blog offers reflections and inspiration for the transformative journey, interweaving our everyday experiences and pursuit of spiritual formation, leadership development, life coaching, and community development. Here, we welcome you to dialogue with us. Share the insights you’ve learned, engage with the topics on our blog, and offer new questions and lessons from the roads you’ve traveled.

She Inspires: Leadership Features
We are developng our Unleash page to feature the courageous voices and stories of incredible women in leadership who are cultivating, deepening, and unleashing their influence in the communities they serve.

“We should be astonished
at the goodness of God…
our mouths wide open at His
love, bewildered that at this
very moment we are standing
on holy ground.”
-Brennan Manning

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)

“O God, by your goodness give me yourself, for you are enough for me.”
-Julian of Norwich

DEEPEN
Strengthen your voice and influence
through professional coaching or leadership
and team building workshops that honor
your unique story and gifts.

INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM RESOURCES

Through life coaching, leadership-building training, or community leadership gatherings our Deepen resources invite you to reinforce the foundation of your influence and strengthen your voice.

Let us walk with you as you explore pivotal elements of who you are and your God-given design and celebrate the ripples of transformation and courage.

Together we will:
-Discover the passions he has authored in you and your unique calling.
-Find clarity and affirmation for your voice and purpose, preparing you to step out in greater courage.
-Identify multigenerational partnerships around you, answering your heart’s cry for teamwork and collaboration.
-Incorporate the relationships and tools you need for increased sustainability and vibrancy.
-Name and overcome obstacles, as you discover new paths for your journey forward.

Click on one of the tabs below to learn more about our coaching options. Use our contact page to sign up to hear about upcoming workshops or to schedule a free consultation to find out if life coaching is the right fit for your individual goals or your team’s leadership development.

Sarah Bond – ICF Certified Coach, ACC
Jan Kern – ICF Certified Coach, ACC, Certified Transformational Coach

Individual Coaching

Are you longing to take your goals and dreams to the next level? To see with fresh eyes where you are and where you want to go? To name and overcome obstacles? To capture creative ways to make your vision and calling a daily reality?

Individual coaching may be a great fit for your professional and personal transformation! Be sure to check out our coaching page for more information about coaching and to view our coaching packages.

Please contact us for more information or a 30 minute complementary coaching consultation:

Sarah Bond – ICF Certified Coach, ACC
Jan Kern – ICF Certified Coach, ACC, Certified Transformational Coach, C-IQ Enhanced Skills Coach

Team Coaching

Invite your team to benefit from the coaching process. We offer creative space for your team to hear one another’s goals and dreams for accomplishing your mission together. And we can leverage your team interaction with coaching questions and tools, which can provide new clarity, unity, and redefinition to your shared values.

Let us tailor team coaching to your specific goals, and draw from our life coaching training in emotional and conversational intelligence, strengths coaching, participatory approaches to community development, and the DISC or other complementary assessments.

Or, combine your favorite prayer retreat offerings with team coaching to create a contemplative prayer planning process that can ground you or your team in prayer as you seek God’s vision and strategic next moves for your work and those you are called to serve

Be sure to check out our coaching page for more information about coaching and the Voice of Courage coaches. Also feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule an exploratory conversation to design an event for your team.

Sarah Bond – ICF Certified Coach, ACC
Jan Kern – ICF Certified Coach, ACC, Certified Transformational Coach, C-IQ Enhanced Skills Coach

Individual and Team Leadership Training

Spend a day with our leadership team and other leaders in your community, with space provided to learn, discuss, and engage with new ideas and practical tools to transform and inspire your leadership. Our leadership trainings draw from the spiritual formation practices, coaching questions, and leadership tools we share on our blog and other portions of our website.

Topics include but are not limited to:

A Coach Approach to Leadership
Asking powerful questions with a posture and heart that inspires, affirms, joins, and equips your team and constituents for activation and transformation.

Participatory Development
Empowering approaches for community transformation and social justice.

Theology of Your Community
How to assess the strengths and opportunities in your target community or population. What is God’s letter of invitation to you on behalf of those you serve?

Conversational and Emotional Intelligence
Integrating positive psychology and an understanding of neuroscience for more effective leadership.

Your Voice, Your Story, Your Influence
Discovering your voice in your writing, speaking, and leading.

Sign up on our contact page to receive news of upcoming leadership trainings or to schedule a training for your organization or team.

Sarah Bond – ICF Certified Coach, ACC
Jan Kern – ICF Certified Coach, ACC, Certified Transformational Coach, C-IQ Enhanced Skills Coach

Cultivate: Conversations Meetups

Do you gain fresh energy and a renewed sense of direction when you connect with women who share your vision for leadership and transformation?

Join a Cultivate Conversations Meetup in your area and glean from the synergy of new partnerships with women who share your interest in business, leadership, art, or ministry. Exchange best practices, deepen your multigenerational awareness, and construct collaborative and individual strategies for fulfilling your mission as a leader.

The Voice of Courage team integrates tools from group life coaching, conversational intelligence, community development, and spiritual formation that will jumpstart your creativity and enrich your professional network.

Please contact us with questions or interest in a specific focus or location for a future meetups. Examples: discussions of business ethics, team development, creative isolation, non-profit concerns, community intervention strategies, and social justice.

We personally facilitate live meetups in the greater Sacramento area and can support a meetup out of area using Zoom.

Sarah Bond – MA Urban Community Development; ICF Certified Coach, ACC
Jan Kern – ICF Certified Coach, ACC; Certified Transformational Coach; C-IQ Enhanced Skills Coach

Use our contact page to schedule a free consultation
to find out if life coaching is the right fit for your individual goals
or your team’s leadership development.

UNLEASH
Create momentum for your own
unfolding story of courage and find
inspiration from the stories of others who
are living and leading with boldness.

HONOR AND CELEBRATE YOUR STORY

Are you someone who longs to step fully into an unfolding story that makes room for God to take you to new, bold places with your life? With your leadership?

We’d love to encourage you as you are unleashing your own voice and story, and plan to develop an entire UNLEASH page dedicated to celebrating and honoring what what women are doing to make a difference–in the most subtle but important ways all the way to the very visible. We honor it all!

Soon we will begin to interview women who are making a meaningful impact in their homes or communities. We’ll feature each in a blog post and also create a short profile on the UNLEASH page so you can explore their stories and be inspired to unleash your own passion, gifts, and vision.

Let’s honor and celebrate our stories as women as we creatively move toward being fully present in who we are–alive and engaged with our whole being in the life God has given us.

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE CORE VALUES

We affirm, honor, and celebrate the uniqueness of each story, recognizing the beauty and wonder with which God created each individual.

We creatively move toward being fully present in who we are—alive and engaged with our whole being in the life God has given us.

We listen to and deeply honor the individual voices, calling and potential of girls and women across all generations so that, joined together, we might create a sisterhood of change makers.

We are expectant for the amazing things God will do in and around us because he is the author of transformation.

We are poised and released to use our passion, gifts, and vision to transform the world.

We invite you to learn more about Voice of Courage and our Core Values

And we’d also love for you to join our Voice of Courage community by subscribing
to our email newsletter, which will give you updated information
about new posts and resources.
Finally, consider joining us on the Voice of Courage blog and share your comments.
We cherish the opportunity to hear your story and include your voice
as a part of the Voice of Courage community.

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