The Compassion Caravan - Artwork used with permission from Gaia Orion and Margaret Brown

Welcome to The Compassion Caravan

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters:

Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care

Virtual Support for Nurses and Healthcare Providers

Virtual Meetings with Zoom
Virtual Events To Support Nurses and Healthcare Providers:
  • You-Tube Sunrise Self-Compassion Support Shorts
  • You-Tube longer videos with richer information/nature videos perhaps
  • Instagram Seven Second Smiles
  • Zoom Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles
    Developing details below

Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles”

The Intent of these virtual circles is:
  • To offer Compassionate Heart-Center places for nurses and other healthcare workers to be heard.
  • To offer Connection.
  • To be fully present for others.
  • To embrace common humanity.
  • Circles are a no judgement zone. The privacy of all individuals is to be respected; what is said in the circle, stays in the circle. There is no cross-talk. Shares are to be in regard to oneself and spoken from the I statement. Circle facilitators will remind all participants of these guidelines and support the group in maintaining its emotional, mental and spiritual safety.
  • The Compassionate Listening Circles are not a place for feedback, guidance, or problem-solving. Resource Referrals can be provided for this.


The Compassion Caravan is a national project led by holistic nurses for all of nursing to offer compassion through heart centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

All support will be provided virtually at this time.

Compassion is being expressed in response to the high burnout rates in nursing. While other projects work on the legislative level to help improve nurse/patient ratios, The Compassion Caravan invites nurses to be compassionately heard, seen, and supported. The Compassion Caravan will hold in-person workshops in October 2020.

Why now: 2020 is The Year of The Nurse and Midwife, Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday, and the 40th Anniversary of The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).

The Goal is to provide safe virtual venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, and guided reflection. This grass roots national project whose target audience is nurses.

The Mission of the Compassion Caravan is to bring more compassion into the lives of nurses.

The Vision of the Compassion Caravan is that “small seeds of compassion” will germinate and provide momentum for change in the current health care system and culture.

The Compassion Caravan
To honor Florence Nightingale’s Legacy, nature and forest therapy mini sessions will also be offered along the route.
Click Here to learn more about Nature and Forest Therapy.

The Compassion Caravan Team consists of experienced Nurse Theorists, Leaders, Educators, and Holistic Healers that have heard the call to reach out and support nurses.
Helen Erickson
Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Lead Theorist
Margaret Erickson
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
Lead Lecturer
Margaret Brown
Margaret Brown MSN, RN, ANP, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC
Project Lead
Melissa Eddy
Melissa Eddy RN, BSN, HBN-BC
Barbara Bryrne
Barbara Bryrne Notte, BSN, HN-BC
Lynn Furakawa
Lynn Furakawa, RN-Retired
Doug Eddy
Doug Eddy, Camping/Outdoor Support, Nalah’s dad

Click Here to view more about ALL of The Compassion Caravan Team Members and their Bios.

Meet The Canine Travel Team
Honorary Feline Team Member (not traveling with the team)
George The Cat
George The Cat

Virtual Support, Workshops and Events

The Compassion Caravan is a national project, led by holistic nurses and hosted and facilitated by the AHNA Chapters for all of nursing. The intent is to offer compassion through heart-centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

All nursing workshops will include large group discussion, small group breakout, information about self-compassion, and an expressive arts component. Each venue will also have unique components to their schedule. We enthusiastically invite all levels of nursing to participate in widening the circle of compassion.

Welcome nursing students, CNAs, RNs, BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD...

Retreat Like Workshops will be provided, in Fall 2020, to support nurses through Compassionate Listening and Expressive Arts Experientials. The intent is to support nursing in accessing their own self-care resources.
Coming October 7th through October 17th

Join us for The Official Pre-Launch Community Event

Hosted by Dr. Nancy Gahles and The Rockaway Sangha

Saturday May 9th 2020 11am to 1 pm

Rockaway Beach Blvd and Boardwalk, Beach 94th St.
The Compassion Caravan Pre-Launch Event
  • Sign The Declaration of Compassion
  • Walk an Outdoor Labyrinth
The Compassion Caravan Pre-Launch Event
Click HERE for more information.

The Compassion Caravan Team is sending out love and light to all those who are suffering.

Omega Institute Non-Profit Retrea

Presenters at Upcoming Fall 2020 Workshops:
Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
Linda Bark PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC
Margaret Brown MSN, RN, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

These activities will be submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Widening The Circle of Compassion Community Event
Georgian Court University
Fall 2020
More Details to Follow

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue
Philadelphia Area Retreat Like Workshop Coming Fall 2020

Retreat-like pace to the day

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Nursing Campout to be Rescheduled

The AHNA 40th Annual Conference;
“Weaving Traditions to Create Solutions and Find Balance”

Visit regarding the conference
Visit The Compassion Caravan Table in the Exhibit Hall and Sign the Declaration of Compassion
World Environment Day and Full Moon Recognition
The Compassion Caravan Culminating Event
Details to follow

The Declaration of Compassion

Nurses, as well as the general public, are invited to support nursing and all humanity by signing the Declaration of Compassion Document.

Compassion Declaratoin

“I acknowledge suffering as a human experience and embrace compassion as a beautiful necessity of humanity. Today, I will practice One Small Act of Compassion.”

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Will you ever need a nurse? Do you know a nurse? Are you a nurse? If you answered yes, then The Compassion Caravan Project is an offering relevant to your life.

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The Compassion Caravan is a national project, led by holistic nurses and hosted and facilitated by the AHNA Chapters for all of nursing. The intent is to offer compassion through heart-centered presence, holistic communication, networking and focused experiences in self-reflection and healing.

AHNA Philadelphia Chapter AHNA Austin Chapter AHNA Coastal NJ Chapter

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