Retreat Facilitators

About the Facilitators


Caryl, Jeff and Karen were prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal under the guidance of Parker J. Palmer and are available to speak to small groups about this work. Please contact Caryl, Jeff or Karen.


Jeff Creswell has been facilitating Courage & Renewal® retreats since 2000 for clergy and congregational leaders, educators and cross-professional groups. He was a classroom teacher in Portland, Oregon for 32 years, and is an educational consultant sharing the Scottish Storyline method with educators. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where he sings in the choir. He and his wife, Caryl enjoy spending time with their blended family of eight children and three grandchildren.

Karen Noordhoff has been facilitating Courage & Renewal® since 2000 for educators from PreK-12 and university settings, clergy and congregational leaders, and cross-professional groups. She is a former professor at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, with interests in spirituality and education. She and her husband, David, spend time in central Oregon where they walk the labyrinth at their cabin in the high desert called “The Clearing.” Karen loves cooking, canoeing, cats and is pretty much crazy for anything French.

Jeff Creswell

Karen Noordhoff


Circle of Trust

PMB 246

333 State Street

Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Courage & Renewal® Retreats

“Sustaining the Courage to Serve”

Caryl Creswell has been involved with Courage & Renewal® work for the past eight years. She is a recorded Quaker pastor and pastored Quaker meetings for thirteen years. She currently attends West Hills Quaker Meeting. For the last twenty years she has worked with

children in Godly Play, a religious education program which deeply values the spirituality of children. She is a leader in sharing Godly Play nationally and internationally with children and adults.

Caryl Creswell