Heather Lyn Mann loves this precious planet.  Spiritual Ecology, sailing, and mindful advocacy permeate her life and writing.

Heather is the author of Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope (Parallax Press)—a memoir of six years and 15,000 eye-opening miles traversing the wilderness while querying the Great Atlantic Teacher about how to be in a suffering world. Her sailing escapades and spiritual essays are also published in the Mindfulness Bell, Anchor, Cruising World, and Blue Water Sailing magazines, and at,, and

In 2006. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh of the Plum Village International Community of Engaged Buddhist ordained Heather  into the core community of practice—the Order of Interbeing. In 2015 Heather joined others in co-founding the Earth Holder Community--an affinity group within the global Plum Village tradition guided by the engaged Buddhist ethics of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. The Earth Holder Community formed to bring like-minded individuals together, study Nhat Hanh’s earth teachings, and engage in mindful Right Action.

Living and working in greater Charleston, SC, Heather  co-founded in 2018 Higher Ground: rising to meet our environmental challenge. While pushing for wise civic and regional responses to rising sea levels, Higher Ground emphasizes empowering individuals and small groups to stop contributing to harm by offering doable, specific, and personally satisfying steps that all of us can implement right away to transform the health of our planet and inspire others to join.

Heather is the founder and past director of the Center for Resilient Cities where among her responsibilities she advised the US Forest Service on climate change policy. Heather’s environmental advocacy career began with a Masters of Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Today, Heather leads secular mindfulness retreats around the country. She is on faculty at the Sophia Institute in her hometown of Charleston, and is the spiritual director of the Indigo Sangha–a local practice center studying mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition.

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