Cultivating Compassion
for Ourselves and Our Planet


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Staying grounded and compassionately connected to ourselves, each other, and this planet we call home is an essential practice of our time.
















Join us to cultivate compassion and resilience with and for ourselves, each other, and the natural world. We'll engage in practices and exercises using all of our different intelligence centers, as we speak, sense, feel, and imagine how we want to show up in this world.

The natural beauty and more-than-human beings around us can help us listen deeply to ourselves. They have many stories to share. Our connection to the earth is our primary relationship and innate for every human. We will honor the place we gather while inviting it to help us navigate our other relationships in life. Permaculturalist, author, and teacher, Starhawk, says “We are a part of the living earth, and to connect with her is to connect with the deepest parts of ourselves.”

You can expect to:

-Deepen into practices of cultivating compassion, and listening and speaking from your heart

-Learn new ways of engaging with yourself and the natural world such that you're present to your belonging and wholeness

-Create meaningful connections with participants as we share deeply together

-Cultivate tools for resilience and groundedness you can bring back to your everyday life

-Paddle across a beautiful landscape as we imagine how we can make a difference in this world

Each day, there will be group exercises, time for exploring (solo or with groups), prompts for deepening to and honoring place, and evening programming around the campfire. The area is full of wildlife, including, bald eagle, osprey, eagles, herons, loons, moose, otters, bear, and many other native species. Participants are welcome to and encouraged to bring along musical instruments and share in song around the fire. 


Our retreat will take place on a remote campsite on beautiful Lake Umbagog (Pronounced Um-'bay'-gog), which straddles the New Hampshire-Maine border. Umbagog is part of 22 rivers and streams, 56 lakes and ponds, and more than a dozen watersheds that comprise the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The extensive waterway stretches for 740-miles and was a life-sustaining artery for Native Americans, who traveled back and forth along its length to trade food and supplies. The lake's name is Abenaki for shallow water. The waterways were “not only our highways, but the basis of all life—and they still are,” says Sherry Gould of the Abenaki Trails Project. Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk in Abenaki Nation, says “The Creator gave us seeds to allow us to feed ourselves, and our promise for those seeds was to be good stewards of the land and animals.” We honor the Abenaki, past and present, who have lived in connection with the land, and all its inhabitants, from time immemorial.


The remaining proceeds from this event will support Abenaki language reclamation through the Ndakinna Education Center, which offers Abenaki language classes (Ndakinna is the Abenaki word for our land). Indigenous languages shape a view of the interrelationships between ourselves and the natural world. Ndakinna Education Center offers beginner and advanced online language courses. All are welcome (to see what courses are available, go to! Donations may also be made to Ndakinna Education Center on their website at, or by mail (23 Middle Grove Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 12833).


Tue 8/24/21 2 pm - Sat 8/28/21 12 noon


Our campsite at Lake Umbagog in NH requires entry by boat. If you don't bring your own boat, canoe and kayak rentals are available from Northern Waters Outfitters in Errol, NH. Our Umbagog campsite is 4 miles - approximately a 2 hour paddle - from put-in. Participants are free to paddle themselves and their gear to the campsite, paddle themselves and use a launch for their gear, or transport themselves, their boats, and their gear on the launch. 


Participants should be prepared with their own camping gear (tent, pad, sleeping bag, food storage, etc). Food is not included, (with the exception of evening appetizers). Participants are asked to organize their own food and prepare it each night to bring together to a communal dinner. Simplicity is recommended.

After registration, you will be sent a more detailed logistics page to help plan the trip. For further questions, please reach out to your facilitators, Joel and Laurie (information below).



$325 - Ticket Price

$375 - Offering Support

$275 - Requesting Support

Pricing covers our campsite fee, appetizers each evening, facilitator airfare & stipends, and a contribution for The Compassionate Listening Project. All remaining proceeds will be donated to the Ndakinna Education Center's Abenaki language programs.

Registration requires a $100 deposit, $40 of which is non-refundable. The balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. All funds paid are non-refundable 2 weeks prior to the start date. 






Laurie Archbold - Laurie has a passion for deep connection between people that has guided her to lead transformational programs for over 12 years. Seeking to increase her ability to hold nuance, create sustainable solutions, and deepen into heart-guided wisdom, she got certified as a Facilitator with The Compassionate Listening Project and the HeartMath Institute. In her private work as a coach and facilitator, Laurie has piloted programs that bring in the beauty and wisdom of the natural world. She is passionate about connecting people to themselves, the earth, and their communities in ways that allow for the deep healing she believes is so needed at this time. She is a Wilderness First Responder (certified through NOLS) and a graduate of Arta's River Guide School.

Joel Berman - A retired family physician who lives in Concord, NH, Joel is passionate about exploring and honoring the natural world. An avid hiker, backpacker, and paddler, much of his retirement is spent exploring the beauty of the wild places in North America. He received CL certification training in 2016 and 2017 and facilitates an ongoing Compassionate Listening practice group in Concord. During his four Compassionate Listening Journeys to Israel and Palestine between 2015 and 2019, and the Journey to Alabama in January 2020, he recorded and transcribed more than 40 listening sessions that form the basis for public presentations designed to humanize the “other” and help local audiences recognize the common humanity and shared values of people across geopolitical divides.