[semester equivalent = 1.33 credits]



Mike Seymour



Course is full- Not Accepting New Registrations

July 16-18, 2019

Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, OR

Let’s unplug, de-stress and share together, at the lovely Menucha Retreat & Conference Center near Portland, Oregon, as we transition from the old school year into a new one with hope and renewed energy. This two-day retreat for educators will be a time to connect deeper with ourselves and our calling; let go of old stress and gain lots of strategies plus new friendships which will sustain us personally and professionally as we move forward.

Your facilitators, Mike Seymour, Brenda McKinney & Charity Staudenraus,  are well-known Heritage Institute instructors whose combined backgrounds will make this event so special.

We Will Cover:
Using meditation and mindfulness to relieve stress, stay connected and brighten the mind both for you as an educator and, in simple steps, your students.
     *   Keeping a written journal of your inner and outer life as a way to deepen
          self-awareness and knowledge.
     *   Brain-based science in mental and physical health, and its role in getting centered
          in the best of who we are.
     *   Great energizers during those sluggish moments at home and school.
     *   Dealing with distractions (mobile devices, TV, food) of all kinds that keep us
          from staying grounded more in ourselves.
     *   Awareness and being more present to ourselves, family and students.
     *   Pathways to find peace and joy.
     *   Strategies to take back to home and school.

All participants will join an online forum where we can share before the retreat, and that provides a space for the pre-retreat assignments required for both clock hour and credit participants.

Participants at the retreat must complete the first three assignments for either (20 hours) Clock Hours, PDU's or CEU's.
For those who wish to receive 2 quarter credits instead of Clock Hours, PDU's or CEU’s, may do so by registering for ED466y for an additional $90.  
Also, there is an additional 3 quarter credit online portion available, ED466x, for an extra $135, which will be available soon.  

Please note the 3 quarter credit portion (ED466x) is only available to participants who have registered for the 2 credit section (ED466y).

This three-credit course draws from the work of noted educator Parker Palmer whose Courage to Teach program has for the last 20+ years assisted thousands of teachers in connecting with their passion and purpose. Also featured are Rachael Kessler and some great teachers on human wholeness.

This retreat expresses the unique role among PD providers which The Heritage Institute plays in serving the well-being of teachers. We teach who we are.
COURSE NO:                      ED466W
FEE:                                      Retreat is $395
FOOD:                                 Menucha can prepare for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets.
ROOMING:                         There will be two persons per room. Registrants may identify a roommate.

This retreat expresses the unique role that The Heritage Institute plays in serving the well-being of teachers as PD providers. We teach who we are.

Please Note:
For additional Information regarding Renewing Ourselves prerequisites, credits, location and schedule, please click the link below.
     *   Registration here is just for the retreat, which includes either Clock Hours or PDUs
          for those not wanting credit.
     *   Teachers desiring credit will sign up here for 2 continuing education quarter credits
          for an additional $90.

Click Hereadditonal information regarding credits for the retreat click here Download file






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

  • Connected at a deeper level with themselves
  • Reaffirmed the importance of self-care to their personal and professional lives
  • Been introduced to self-reflection through journal-writing
  • Practiced de-stressing through mindfulness and other meditative forms
  • Formed a community of practice with whom they can continue to share via the follow-up, online credit course

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.



In place of a required text for this course, there will be reading from Mike Seymour article, and videos/reflections from Parker Palmer. 

None. All reading is online.


None beyond retreat tuition.


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.

As part of Mike's long-standing support of environmental causes, he attended in July 2013 a Climate Leaders training by the Climate Reality Project founded by former Senator and <span data-scayt-word=“Vice-Presodent” data-wsc-lang=“en_US”>Vice-Presodent</span> Al Gore. Mike is author of the course Climate Change for Teachers & Kids and offers climate change presentations in his home region. 

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.



Hillman, James. The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling.  1996. Random House, New York.
This truly groundbreaking work from eminent writer, archetypal psychologist and speaker James Hillman is the authoritative book about calling.  Hillman refers to Plato’s notion of each person being born with a guiding spirit or essence which, when not realized, causes feelings of incompleteness.  He covers many cases of notable people in the arts and politics to demonstrate the evidence for calling.

Kessler, Rachael.  The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Compassion, Connection & Character in School. 2000l ASCD, Alexandria, VA. 

Palmer, Parker. Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation. 2000. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
An excellent and very easy read about how we are called and the ways in which we do and do not respond to that calling.  He asks “Are we living the life that wants to live in us?

Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. 1998. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco.
A thorough grounding in Palmer’s core ideas of personal authenticity and how that is the essential foundation to good teaching.  A must read for anyone interested in this subject.

Del Prete, Thomas. Being What We Are: Thomas Merton’s Spirituality of Education. Nurturing our Wholeness: Perspectives on Spirituality in Education, John Miller ed. 2002. Foundation for Educational Renewal. Brandon, VT.
An excellent exposition on the philosophy of self of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, perhaps the pre-eminent Christian contemplative of our times.  The author also explains Merton’s concept of education which can still speak to us in secular settings, even though he was working with other monks in a monastic setting.

Yoshida, Atsuhiko. Martin Buber: Education as Holistic Encounter and Dialogue. Nurturing our Wholeness: Perspectives on Spirituality in Education, John Miller ed. 2002. Foundation for Educational Renewal. Brandon, VT.
Buber was highly influential in both Jewish and Christian theology in the first half of the 1900’s, and his now famous idea of the “I-Thou” relationship sheds light on how the authentic self relates to other, an important theme for educators.