July 16-20 2017

San Francisco Theological Seminary

San Anselmo, CA

About the Workshop

“What is most fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
– Lupita Nyong’o

This retreat introduces Buddhist and Christian practices of compassion and heart-opening attention to the natural beauty. The retreat will intersperse periods of guided meditations with periods for rest, walking, journaling, labyrinth walk, art. This event offers a time for restorative rest and contemplation, rooted in sustainable practices of compassionate world-engagement.   

This retreat is ideal and appropriate for people those weary from working on the front lines, religious exiles, activists, pastors, trans-religious and deeply Christian – all are welcome.


Wendy Farley

Wendy Farley, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Christian Spirituality at SFTS. Dr. Farley taught for 28 years at Emory University before coming to SFTS and has led a number of retreats focusing on heart opening practices. She has studied Christian and Buddhist meditation practices as well as yoga, chant, and using beauty as a contemplative practice. She has written extensively in the areas of theology and spirituality.

BDLBrooke D. Lavelle, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. She is also Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life’s Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. Brooke has developed and led compassion- and mindfulness-based programs in various education and health care settings.


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