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


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. The project Is widening the Circle of Compassion by joining Healing Circles Global. The project will formally conclude with the Nurse In Nature Retreat.

Compassion is being expressed in response to the high burnout rates in nursing and the suffering experienced during the COVID crisis.

The Goal is to provide safe virtual venues for compassionate holistic communication, dialogue, brainstorming, guided reflection, and nature connection. This is a 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. Compassionate Listening Circle Facilitators are listed HERE. 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

Virtual Support for Nurses and Healthcare Providers

Virtual Meetings with Zoom

Virtual “Compassionate Listening Circles” are Being Adopted by Healing Circles Global

Beginning Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Join Us Every Wednesday at 8 pm EST

As a step to Widen the Circle of Compassion, the Wednesday night Compassionate Listening Circle (CLC) is being adopted by Healing Circles Global (HCG) which is a part of the global non-profit Commonweal. The only thing that will change is the administration of signup and links/hosting platform. The CLC facilitator team that has been with us since May 2020 will be continue to host the circles. The first circle is Wednesday, September 1st. Click this link to Register ASAP. You will be brought to a form to fill out. Once you get your link to join, save it!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have problems or questions with the registration process. To learn more about HCG visit and

Crisis Emergency Numbers
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 / 1-800-273-talk 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.

Nurses In Nature Retreats

Next Offering

New Plan for 2021 due to increasing Covid Cases
2021 will be a 4-hour outdoor free event on Saturday October 2nd. This is for registrants only.

Located at: Innabah Camp and Retreat Center
712 Pughtown Rd.
Spring City, PA 19475

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

Arrival 10:45am
11:00am Labyrinth dedication
11:30am-2:00pm Forest Therapy Walks
2:00pm-3:00pm Outdoor Picnic (BYO food) and music
Just wake up that morning, say “It’s a beautiful day and I’m going to Innabah to enjoy this beautiful setting and gather in collective nature healing energy.” Please text Maggie at 215-962-7573 to let her know you are on your way.
CDC/Pa State Covid Guidelines will be in place.

These retreats are created to offer a healing venue for nurses within the healing arms of Mother Earth. In alignment with philosophies the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, retreat organizers create a format for nurses to Rest, Renew, and Restore. Experiencing our connection to the Earth helps to inspire our reflections on the importance of Planetary Health.

Nurses in Nature Weekend Retreat

Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2022
Located at: Innabah Camp and Retreat Center
712 Pughtown Rd.
Spring City, PA 19475
Interactive Workshops adaptable to Physical Distancing Guidelines


Tenative Program Outline

Saturday October 1st, 2022

  • 10:00am - 10:45am Arrival
  • 11:00am - 12:15pm Opening Circle
  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 4:30pm Expressive Arts/Movement Therapy/Forest Therapy/Reiki Session/Archery/Hatchet Throwing
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm Self-Reflection/Self-Care time/Silent Auction
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm - 7:15pm Drumming Circle
  • 7:30pm – 9:00Bon Fire

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

  • 7:00am Sunrise Offering of Movement Therapy
  • 6:30am – 8:00am Tea, Coffee
  • 8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am to 9:30am Opening Circle
  • 9:30am - 12 noon Forest Therapy/Reiki Treatment/Labyrinth/Yoga/Jin Shin Jyutsu
  • 12:30 noon – 1:15pm Lunch.
  • 1:15pm – 2:00pm Widening the Circle of Compassion and Manifesting Miracles Closing

Total cost $110. Reach out to inquire via contact form.

2022 Retreat Registration for new registrants will open January 2022

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.

Omega Institute Non-Profit Retrea

If you wish to support Nurses In Nature Retreats consider purchasing a Tee Shirt or Sweatshirt. If you purchase it in June, the percentage of donation will be greater than waiting to later in the year.
Bonfire t-shirts

Greater Philadelphia Area Venue

Discover Your Own Path to Healing

The holistic nurses listed below are offering deeply discounted support/coaching sessions.
Each practitioner is an independent practitioner. The Compassion Caravan is listing this as a possible resource and individuals are fully responsible for their engagement with these practitioners/resources listed.

Disclaimer: Coaching/Stress Management Education is not a replacement or substitute for medical or psychological care. Individuals are fully responsible for their health care decisions and selection of healthcare providers.

  • Barbara Abramek MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Contact Via
  • Susan Ezra RN, NC-BC, ACC, HN-BC®,
  • Mary Loughran MSN, RN, AHN-BC, Contact Via
  • Terry Reed MS, RN, HN-BC®, Contact Via
Omega Institute Non-Profit Retrea

Fall 2021

Intro to Mindful Self-Compassion
Wondering what the power of mindful self-compassion can be? Research supports that learning the skills and tools of mindful self-compassion can:

  • Decrease anxiety, depression, and perceived stress.
  • Increases emotional well-being and maintenance of healthy habits/lifestyle choices.
Presenter is Betsy S. Murphy, MS RN HNB-BC CIAYT
Integrative Pathways to Healing

This relaxing hour and half introduction to mindful self-compassion will provide a little of the science and some simple practices. Take time out to learn and let go.

Next Offering:
Day: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm EST
Where: In the comfort of your own home via Zoom.
Click Here to Register

“Nature Cures” Florence Nightingale


ANFT Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guides Offering Discounted Walks for Healthcare Providers (mention the Compassion Caravan)

Sharon Lohse RN, Horticultural Therapist: Forest Bathing website

Maggie Brown MSN, RN, HWNC-BC, AHN-BC: Next group walk 10.30.20. group and Individual walks. “Walk and Talk” coaching.

Jess Isaacs-Blundin: group and individual walks. Contact via

Alex Crowley MSN, RN, PMHNP: group and individual walks. Contact via

Nancy Kopans is offering discount walks for nurses in NYC/Central Park(current COVID restrictions). Visit

Watch or Listen to a Compassion Caravan Feature


“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

~Christopher Germer
The Compassion Caravan

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 (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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