Events: Speaking & Teaching

Events: Speaking & Teaching


The Sophia Institute,, October 5-7, 2017

 Hurricane Irma, the third storm to set the region awash in as many years, flooded both streets and emotions. Many are waking up to a new, wet reality. Some have feelings of powerlessness and despair, others are confused, and still more are organizing a response. But none of us are alone; the cumulative effects of environmental destruction are global. The whole of humanity is reckoning with more than a political, economic, scientific, and technological challenge; we are experiencing a spiritual crisis, one demanding—if a future is to be possible—an unprecedented, compassionate response from our highest and best selves.  It’s time to ask not only, “Who will fix this?” and “How much will it cost?” but “What can I do to bring lasting safety and healing to my community and the world?”

For 3-days, the Sophia Institute will host environmental professionals, spiritual seekers, and the climate concerned in programs that manifest our best selves and promote lasting safety and healing in greater Charleston.

  • Thursday, October 5th—participate in a private screening and Q&A featuring the film WALK WITH ME. Experience the transformational journey of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and learn how one man transformed his fear for humanity by choosing a profoundly different way forward. Pre-order tickets at
  • Friday, October 6th—learn more about this alternative way of being and doing that turns suffering into compassionate action by joining Heather Lyn Mann at the opening session of Mindful Advocacy for Personal and Community Resilience.
  • Saturday, October 7th—dive deep into the workings of Mindful Advocacy through instruction, guided meditation, exercises, and personal sharing. Learn to transcend your own and others’ entrenched positions with deep looking, skillful communication and the energy of fierce compassion. Participants will take-home a Mindful Advocacy Plan (MAP)—a personally crafted blueprint to enhance inner and outer resilience in daily life.

Each day there will be opportunity to talk with organizers of Higher Ground—rising to meet our environmental crisis (working title). This collaborative, newly convened by the Sophia Institute, envisions our region as a beacon of light where residents live, work, and play in harmony with earth’s natural, life-sustaining systems and beings. Spiritual and thought leaders, scientists, artists, and others are mobilizing a community of Groundbreakers because it is urgent for greater Charleston to take a profoundly compassionate pate forward—one that stops contributing to sea level rise and environmental harm now.

< May 2017 >
1MadisonWI Community Radio WORTMadisonWI Community Radio WORTTime: 8:00 am
Tune into 89.9--Community Radio in Madison, WI--for the 8 O'Clock Buzz featuring a 20 minute segment where we talk about Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage from Despair to Hope.
2U of WI Student & FacultyLunchU of WI Student & FacultyLunchTime: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
I'll be sharing stories and lessons from the high seas with students and faculty at my alma mater--the Nelson Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Bring your brown bag lunch and join the conversation at 550 N. Park Street.
3Boswells--Milwaukee, WIBoswells--Milwaukee, WITime: 7:00 pm
The Mid-west leg of the Ocean of Insight book tour takes me to my home state of Wisconsin. Join me on the "central coast," the shores of Lake Michigan at Boswell's, 2559 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee.
4A Room of One's Own--MadisonA Room of One's Own--MadisonTime: 6:00 pm
My home town for 30 years! Ocean of Insight is coming to Madison's lakes at A Room of One's Own--315 W Gorham St.
5 6The Reader's Loft--Green BayThe Reader's Loft--Green BayTime: 1:00 pm
Ahoy Packer-backers. Ocean of Insight will sail into Green Bay when I share high seas adventures, readings, and take questions at the Readers Loft, 2069 Central Ct.
8Beaverdale Books, Des MoinesBeaverdale Books, Des MoinesI'll be meeting readers and personalizing copies of Ocean of Insight at Beaverdale Books in Des Moines Iowa, 2629 Beaver Avenue # 51. See you there! 9Common Good Books, St Paul MNCommon Good Books, St Paul MNTime: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Meet me at Garrison Keillor's gem of a book shop in St Paul, MN for stories, readings, and book signings--38 Snelling Ave S.
10Talk at Blooming Heart SanghaTalk at Blooming Heart SanghaTime: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Practice sitting and walking meditation, listen to a Dharma Talk on the themes of Ocean of Insight, and share what's in your heart at the Blooming Heart Sangha--St Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis.
11Common Ground Meditation Cntr.Common Ground Meditation Cntr.Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join me as I lead a guided meditation, talk about the voyage from despair to hope, and personalize copies of Ocean of Insight at this lovely Meditation Center--2700 Est 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
12Compassionate Ocean Dharma CntCompassionate Ocean Dharma CntTime: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Join others who are also concerned about climate change as we sit, walk, and talk about what matters. I'll see you at the Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center--652 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN.
13White Bear UU Church, MNWhite Bear UU Church, MNTime: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please join the Still Water Sangha for a Day of
Mindfulness at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (328 Maple St, Mahtomedi, MN). This free event is led by Heather Lyn Mann, ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and will include periods of
sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma
talk, group Dharma sharing, and eating
meditation. For more information, visit or call Jim or
Julie at 651.439.2850.
15 16 17 18 19 20Reader's Fair, CharlestonReader's Fair, CharlestonTime: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
The main branch of the Charleston Library (68 Calhoun Street) is hosting a Reader's Fair and I'm happy to share the adventures and discoveries of sailing vessel Wild Hair. Come for the entire morning to enjoy many local authors. I'll be speaking at 11 am.
22 23Tidal Uprising--CharlestonTidal Uprising--CharlestonTime: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rescheduled to May 30th due to flooding in downtown Charleston.
24WPR: Central TimeWPR: Central TimeTune into Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time, co-hosted by Veronica Rueckert and Rob Ferrett, to hear my interview about sailing memoir Ocean of Insight. Click the show link to hear the broadcast recorded May 24, 2017. 25 26 27 28
29 30Tidal Uprising--CharlestonTidal Uprising--CharlestonTime: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join me at the Ebenezer AME Chruch--44 Nassau Street in Charleston, SC--for an evening about the growing role of spiritual people and communities in protecting creation. Pastor Dr. Willliam Swinton Jr will help lead the conversation and dialogue. This event is co-sponsored by,, and the Contemplative Alliance.