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Courage to Teach® Autumn 2018 Edition: Renewing Your Heart as an Educator – Gathering Our Selves, Harvesting Our Gifts

Tony Vento

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Courage to Teach® Autumn 2018 Edition: Renewing Your...

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Application Fee -pay online Nov 2, 2018 $50.00 $4.67
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Frequently Asked Questions, and an overview of the retreat are found by clicking here.

Application Deadline: October 23.  Most Ohio retreats have had more applicants than spaces, so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be fielded until 22 spots are filled, or October 23. Near or after October 23, please inquire with Tony Vento to learn if spaces remain. Early discount deadline: October 16.

Application Process: There are 3 parts to the application.

1. Please begin the process by registering online at the top of this page, and paying your $50 application fee or making arrangments for that by contacting Tony Vento via or (216) 313- 0546. Credit card payments are made via Eventbrite. To save credit card fees, make check payable to Tony Vento and mail to 4010 John Avenue, Cleveland OH 44113

2. Please write a short personal statement (no more than 2 pages, and it can be much less) that includes the following information:

    a) Please briefly describe your past, current and future journey as an educator, and how you hope to benefit from participating in Courage to Teach.

     b) Please share any background information or experience that might add to the diversity of this Courage to Teach cohort. (Optional) 

These responses are taken into account for the retreat design. Your personal statement can be emailed to Tony Vento It will not be shared with the other participants, but only among the retreat team of three.

3. Your $50 application fee is applied toward your total tuition, and the fee is refundable if you are not accepted.

Until both your personal statement and application fee are received, your application is not considered complete. You will be notified when your application is complete, and it will be acted upon within 5 days.

Tuition: Includes program and all materials, all meals, and lodging (single occupancy). Full-Tuition/Institutional Rate: $550. Partial Scholarships Rate: $290 for those who request scholarships. Further financial aid and payment plans are available due to underwriting via anonymous donors. Please contact Tony Vento via or call (216) 313- 0546 for more information, or for determining an alternate payment plan if needed. 

Discounts: 1) Early registration $40 discount for all who apply before October 16. This discount will be applied to the remainder of your tuition after you've been accepted. 2) From full tuition, 5% for your 2nd retreat in Ohio, 10% for your 3rd retreat in Ohio and 15% for your 4th retreat in Ohio. Discounts are combinable.

Cancellation policy: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. Please keep in mind that once funds have been committed on your behalf, there are no refunds for your co-payment. If your slot can be filled by another admitted applicant, refunds of your co-payments are possible, except for the application fee.

For more information, please contact Tony Vento via or (216) 313- 0546.

  • The question we most commonly ask is the “what” question—what subjects shall we teach?
  • When the conversation goes a bit deeper, we ask the “how” question—what methods and techniques are required to teach well?
  • Occasionally, when it goes deeper still, we ask the “why” question—for what purpose and to what ends do we teach?
  • But seldom, if ever, do we ask the “who” question—who is the self that teaches?

–Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

Have questions about Courage to Teach® Autumn 2018 Edition: Renewing Your Heart as an Educator – Gathering Our Selves, Harvesting Our Gifts? Contact Tony Vento

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River's Edge Retreat Center
3430 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Tony Vento

Tony Vento, of Purpose Matters, knows in his very soul the power of people coming together in respectful small circles, linked with other circles, for renewing and transforming ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities. Tony trained with Parker Palmer in facilitating reflective practices for renewal, vocation and leadership. He has designed and led over 60 retreats in the past 10 years.


An independent consultant, facilitator and trainer for reconnecting who we are with what we do at the interior and organizational level, Tony aligns purpose-centered outcomes and processes. He is known for convening transformational conversations that lead to action, bringing people together respectfully from across differences.


Native to South Florida, Tony loves all water sports especially whitewater kayaking – which, like much of his life, gathers circles of trusted people to share stories, chart paths, quiet fears and enjoy what can be created by making the most of lively currents.  He lives in Ohio City with his wife and daughter. As a neighbor to St Paul UCC for 23 years, his family donated the Norfolk pine that stands witness in the sanctuary.


Previously Tony served Case Western Reserve University as President of the InterReligious Council and Director of the Newman Campus Ministry.  He also served as Pax Christi USA’s National Program Director, Coordinator of the Cleveland InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and Program Director for InterAct Cleveland, the regional multifaith and multiracial coalition (now of blessed memory).


His education includes Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate studies in Theology and Social Ethics at St. Michaels/University of Toronto, including study in Italy and Peru.  Recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award in 1997 from the Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland, Tony was also named among “Twenty People to Watch in the Twenty-First Century” by Northern Ohio Live magazine.

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