Mindful Compassion for Self, Others, and Earth

With Regan Stacey

September 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(includes lunch)

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About this Offering

"Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.”

- Dr. Qing Li

During this day-long retreat, we will explore mindful compassion for self, others, and Earth as a necessary part of nurturing emotional balance to meet the challenges of our daily lives and the socio-ecological shifts we are experiencing in the world today. 

Enjoy the morning nourishing yourself in the beauty of nature as we get in touch with life through the embodied practice of forest bathing. This age-old practice comes from the Japanese Shinrin-yoku (forest bath), an activity that helps reduce stress and benefit mental and physical health. 

We’ll meditate together, go on solo wanderings, and integrate the experiences through reflection and group sharing. Later, we’ll engage in compassion practices and address compassion fatigue as well as empathic distress as we cultivate a kind awareness toward ourselves, others, and all of life. Suggested reading: Radical Compassion by Tara Brach. 

About the Presenter

Regan Stacey is a returning Mercy by the Sea presenter. She is an artist and advocate for Earth whose passion is to reconnect humans to nature for personal and planetary well-being. She believes we can all awaken the forest within. She is co-founder of The Forest Therapy School, a forest therapy guide training program, and offers forest bathing and meditative walks in nature as well as mindfulness training. Regan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies. She is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher through Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and is trained to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction through Brown University, a forest therapy guide, and a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. In addition, she received training in Buddhist Eco-Chaplaincy through the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies.