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

About


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
The Compassion Caravan Team founding team consisted of experienced Nurse Theorists, Leaders, Educators, and Holistic Healers who heard the call to reach out and support nurses. As The Compassion Caravan has evolved in response to COVID, these members continue to serve as a support and consult resource. New team members have joined to support the virtual Compassionate Listening Circles and the Nurses in Nature. For the list of Founding Team Members and Current Team Members click HERE. Click HERE to read Maggie’s interview by research editor Heidi Rodgers regarding the evolution of the project.

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.

Virtual Support for Nurses and Healthcare Providers

Virtual Meetings with Zoom

Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles”

Join Us Every Wednesday at 8 pm EST beginning September 9th and running until 2021
Meet on Zoom in a “Virtual Circle” for an hour.
We begin with grounding and check-in, then open sharing begins in a respectful, confidential, non-judgmental environment, and we conclude with imagery/meditation and closing chimes. Silence is a welcomed way to participate and experience connection. There is no commitment to come weekly. The circle is there for you every Wednesday to share what is on your heart or mind.
When you provide Compassionate Connection for yourself and others, you widen The Circle of Compassion around the planet.

For a Wide Range of Valuable Resources Visit for Self-Care and Stress Management AHNCC : https://www.ahncc.org/resources/covid-19-response/
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 space. 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 Compassionate Listening Circles are a virtual Compassionate Listening offering and are not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological or mental health crisis care. Participants are requested to let all facilitators know of their need to access such supports and agree to provide their phone number to the facilitator. Participation in the circles is fully voluntary. Facilitators are present to Compassionately listen and are not serving as a crisis or mental health support team.

Crisis Emergency Numbers
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 / 1-800-273-talk
suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
CrisisTextLine.org Text HOME to 741741.

Note NAMI is NOT 24 hour
NAMI: Call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-6264
M-F, 10 am – 6 pm, ET

Dial 911 if you are feeling suicidal, unsafe or in crisis.

Watch or Listen to a Compassion Caravan Feature

The Compassion Caravan

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters:
Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care

Nurses in Nature Weekend Retreat
Rescheduled to October 2021
A Mini Virtual Retreat is being planned for your enjoyment Friday 10/9. Small group nature walks being planned. Details to follow soon.


Innabah is a Lenape Word Meaning “May the Great Spirit be with you always”

Interactive Workshops adaptable to Physical Distancing Guidelines

*RELAX*RENEW*RESTORE*

Sample program for October 2021

  • 11 am -12:15 pm Opening Circle
  • 12:30 pm- 1:15 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm Expressive Arts / Movement Therapies
  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Self-Reflection / Self-Care time
  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Drumming and Bon Fire

Day Two

  • 7am Sunrise Offering with Qigong
  • 7 am – 8:00 am Tea, Coffee
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 12 noon Forest Therapy/ Expressive Arts
  • 12 noon - 1 pm Lunch. Followed by Manifesting Miracles Closing Circle

Register and Plan your time off

Hosted and Facilitated by the AHNA Chapters: Healing Nurses Through Compassion and Self-Care. Hosted by The Philadelphia Area Chapter of the AHNA and the Lower Westchester Chapter of the AHNA.

Gather in the Loving Embrace of Nature.

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

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Tentative Upcoming Workshops TBA:


  • Nurses in Nature and Mobilizing Self-Care Resources through Artisitic Expression, Fall 2022
    Dr. Helen Erickson PhD, RN, AHN-BC®, FAAN
    Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC
  • Nurses in Nature and Moral Injury and Self-Compassion
    Linda Bark PhD, RN, MCC, NC-BC, NBC-HWC

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Discover Your Own Path to Healing

“Nature Cures” Florence Nightingale

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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 Lower West Chester Chapter

Dial 911 if you are feeling suicidal, unsafe or in crisis.

Need text support? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor or on the web at:crisistextline.org (international text numbers available on their web site).

The Compassionate Listening Circles are a virtual Compassionate Listening offering and are not a replacement or substitute for medical, psychological or mental health crisis care. Participants are requested to let all facilitators know of their need to access such supports and agree to provide their phone number to the facilitator. Participation in the circles is fully voluntary. Facilitators are present to Compassionately listen and are not serving as a crisis or mental health support team.

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