Programs & Retreats

In our tumultuous world, there seems to be a need to seek a new way of being that affirms life, acknowledges the interconnectedness of all things, and honors the sacred in all creation. To that end, Mercy by the Sea’s programs help participants listen in to and trust the still inner voice that speaks to them beyond ego, consumerism and cultural systems of domination. This deep listening allows their deepest longings, creative imagination and fledgling efforts in service of a greater good to incubate, grow, emerge, nurture and pollinate the world.

Mercy by the Sea’s programs, designed to be experiential and to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual, offer opportunities to slow down and reconnect with a deeper reality.

Day and weekend programs include topics such as creative expressions of the Spirit, contemplative practices, eco-consciousness, and finding the sacred in the everyday.

We understand contemplation and action to be complementary and necessary to personal and societal transformation. Thus, as a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast since 1974, the Center’s programming is grounded in the community’s tradition of discerning and serving critical unmet needs of its particular time and place. 

Mercy by the Sea’s new ventures that reflect the critical unmet needs include the School for the Second Half of Life, the new monasticism, John Philip Newell’s New England School for Celtic Consciousness, and women’s emerging leadership