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 retreats 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.

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 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.