[semester equivalent = 1.33 credits]



Mike Seymour




July 15-17, 2020

Menucha Retreat Center

Personal and professional stresses can cause us to lose our “true north.” That inner heart center where we feel like our true selves and engage life with passion and confidence. Come and recover your inner compass back home to an inspired, hopeful you with the tools to maintain after your retreat. In our three days at the lovely Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, we will:

  • Affirm and recognize where your true north is, the heart center of relatedness, love, wisdom, truth and courage.
  • Understand how to balance your essential, vital self with your social self. 
  • Explore how to counter the negative tapes that too often run in the mind. 
  • Practice deep breathing, mindfulness and self-reflection to reset in stressful situations.
  • Use journal keeping to deepen our reflection and recover our inner compass.
  • Explore the role of vulnerability and truth-telling in achieving inner freedom.
  • Practice gratefulness and loving kindness to warm the heart and counter feelings of in adequacy and insufficiency
  • Reflect on how to take learning from the retreat back to our personal and professional lives. 

In addition to the many connections you’ll make with like-minded educator, you’ll be in a partnership with another participant for support, both during and after the retreat. This retreat is appropriate for educators at all levels, school counselors and psychologists as well as administrators. This retreat will be facilitated by experienced Heritage Institute instructors Mike Seymour and Brenda McKinney.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Become more grounded in a sense of true self.
  • Gained a better understanding of internal negative messages and its effect on mental outlook, emotions and physical health.
  • Practiced mindfulness and breathing exercises to recover from confused and conflicted states of mind
  • Experienced the positive effects of a grateful mindset
  • Understood and experienced the power in being vulnerable and speaking hard-to-tell truths.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



None. All reading is online.




Mike Seymour, M.S., has been associated with K-12 education since 1990, most recently in his role as President and Co-Director of The Heritage Institute. Mike is also the founder and Director of a non-profit sponsored by The Heritage Institute, Youth for a New World, which engages youth in global issues and local solutions. Earlier Mike was a consultant and trainer to schools, school districts and Educational Service Districts on such diverse subjects as leadership, visioning and planning and at-risk students. Mike has been board member, Chairman of the Board and volunteer Executive Director of Community for Youth, a highly innovative and successful mentoring program for disadvantaged students in three of Seattle’s most low-performing high schools. Mike authored a text—Educating for Humanity: Rethinking the Purposes of Education—calling on a new vision for education, showing how important the stakes are today for an integral education realizing the interconnectedness of the world. Mike's Awakening Self blog speaks about the important historic shift humanity is going through in our times, and how awakening into a new consciousness is a global phenomenon. Mike also authored a book about his work in Burundi, East Central Africa with a peacemaker, Priosper Ndabishuriye, 

As part of Mike's dedication to environmental causes he attended in 2013 the Climate Reality training given by Al Gore and his organization, and subsequently created an online course titlede CLIMATE CHANGE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, instructed by Charity Staudenraus.  

Mike has a special interest in open, democratic forms of education that allow students to engage in real world issues. Mike has a B.S. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University.



Beck, Martha. 2002. Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live. New York. Three River Press.     New York Times bestselling author and Life Designs, Inc. creator Martha Beck shares her step-by-step program that will guide you to fulfill your own potential and create a joyful life.

Brown, Brene. 2015. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York. Penguin Random House.                                                                                                                                                        Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” She dispels the myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.                          

Palmer, Parker. 1999. Let Your Life speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco. Jossey-Bass.                                  With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.

Steindl-Rast, David. 1984. Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fulness. New York. W.W. Norton & co.      This powerful book by a Benedictine monk  has launched a quiet movement to understand and practice a life of gratefulness. The simple truths in this approach to spiritual development has been taken up by the Gratefulness ( organization which supports practitioners with daily meditations, stories and other means of grateful reflection.