Heather Lyn Mann loves this precious planet. Environmental advocacy, sailing, and teaching of Ecological Mindfulness permeate her life and writing as expressions of her adoration.

She is the author of Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope (Parallax Press, October 2016)—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.

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.

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ordained Heather in 2006 into his core community of practice—the Order of Interbeing. Now she is facilitator of the North American Earth Holder Sangha in the Plum Village Tradition ( ) . Also, she leads non-religious retreats around the country, is on faculty at the Sophia Institute in her hometown of Charleston, SC, and is the spiritual director of the Charleston Community of Mindful Living.

Her sailing escapades and spiritual essays are published in the Mindfulness Bell, Anchor, Cruising World, and Blue Water Sailing magazines, and at,, and

This website is the place to learn about earth-centered spiritual practice, get involved in calls to action, and arrange for speaking engagements.


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