Awakening the Heart to the Other: Practices of Beauty and Compassion

“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 weary from working on the front lines, religious exiles, activists, pastors, trans-religious and deeply Christian – all are welcome. *Contact Wendy Farley at 415.451.2867 or if you wish to take this for credit toward a certificate or diploma in spiritual direction

Begins Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 and ends Thursday, July 20 at 11:00
Residential or local retreatants welcome (a maximum of 20 participants)

Wendy Farley, 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.

Brooke Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition and Senior Education Consultation at Mind and Life Organization. She holds a PhD from Emory University in Religious Studies and Cognitive Psychology. She has been lead instructor in studies of Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT), which she adapted for school children and adolescents in foster care. She has also taught yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is a consultant at the Center for Compassion and Altruism research and Education at Stanford University. She is a sought after retreat and workshop leader in the United States and abroad.