The Center for Courageous Living

The Center for Courageous Living has one purpose and one purpose only: to train and support those who are committed to strengthening the *human spirit in themselves and in others for the sake of changing the world for good…one person, one moment at a time. 

Through The School, The Practice, and The Retreat all kinds of people from all kinds of places (in other words: people who are like you and people who aren’t like you) can train with, be mentored by, and practice alongside experts and masters: spiritual teachers and artisans, authors and leadership consultants from all over North America.


The School is where people come to engage in focused study.


Trainings and teaching events through The School are typically 1-3 days in length, led by known experts, leaders, and teachers who are committed to bringing their gifts and skills to the table in order to draw out the gifts and skills of those around them.

The 2018 schedule for The School will be posted in December 2017 along with a faculty roster and information on the new teaching, practice and retreat space for The Center for Courageous Living. Stay tuned!



The purpose of The Practice is simply to build muscle for everyday Courageous Living.


All of the reading and talking about “being more human” only go so far. The Practice is what makes this work real, formational and even transformational. The Practice is a twice-monthly, 1.5 to 2 hour gathering (virtual or in-person) for inquiry, generous listening, observation, meditation, and other time-tested disciplines. This work strengthens the qualities of the human spirit in each participant: qualities of courage, strength, sincerity, vulnerability, joy, and trust (just to name a few). Sessions are led by skilled, experienced mindfulness teachers. 

To learn more about the “why,” “how,” and “what” of The Practice, click here. 

The Practice: Sunday Sessions begins December 2017 and runs through May 2018. Click here for more information and/or to register.



The Retreat is where we practice what we preach at The Center for Courageous Living.


Through meaningful conversations, insightful teachings and explorations, simple practices, and plenty of time to breathe in beautiful settings (and lots of great food, too), The Retreat is where we put on our oxygen mask (think flight instruction here: “put on your own oxygen mask before taking care of others…”) so that we can care for the human spirit in ourselves and the world around us with renewed purpose, clarity, commitment, and joy.

The Retreat: an Invitation to Courageous Living was held October 14-16, 2017. The next offering of The Retreat will be held April 6-8, 2018. More information about that event will be published early 2018.


A new website for The Center for Courageous Living is coming early 2018. 

So is a new facility: a space and place designed for learning, retreating, and practicing.

Stay tuned…

October 14-16, 2017:

The Retreat.

The inaugural event for The Center was The Retreat: An Invitation to Courageous Living, held October 14-16, 2017 at The Opinicon: a beautiful, historic lodge and retreat centre 90 minutes south of Ottawa, Ontario.


Details for The Retreat can be found here.

Coming this winter:

The Practice. (click here for more information). 


The Practice is a six month program where participants will meet approximately every other week for two hours of exploring, conversation, and practices for continued awareness, growth and development. Angie Arendt and Peter McGaugh will lead each session along with visiting faculty–folks from all over North America who have years of experience in human development and mastery in their craft…as well as skill for connecting with others, getting folks excited about the possibilities for their lives. More details (dates, faculty, etc.) will be coming soon.


The Retreat: Taking it Deeper will take place in the Spring of 2018.


This will take the work of The Retreat: An Invitation to Courageous Living and the on-going work of The Practice to a deeper level.

People can register for one, two, or all three of the offerings from The Center for Courageous Living this year–there is no pre-requisite for any of these events.


“We cannot change the world as it is…but we can see the world and open up to it as it is (and as it isn’t). No matter the situation or circumstance, we can engage in generous, real conversations—conversations that explore values, affirm doubts and feelings and intuition, conversations that are curious and connective and life giving.

Not only can we engage in these conversations, we must. It is in the simple act of generously listening and speaking that we connect with each other and ourselves and Life…and discover anew (or maybe even for the first time) that gentleness, decency, courage, grace, joy, and love are ever and always available to us and to all human beings. These are ways of being that change everything, giving us the capacity to persevere, to act and speak with courageous willingness. These are qualities that, with compassion, critical awareness and rigorous practice, allow us to become more whole and holy human beings—a presence that is desperately needed in the world (and our families and our workplaces and our communities) right now.

This work of becoming doesn’t happen in isolation. We need the support of a strong community with us on this path—others who are committed to be of service to the human spirit in the world at this time. We need each other now more than ever…”


–Angie Arendt, on the “why” behind The Center for Courageous Living.