Located in the Catskills (2 hours of New York City), the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC) encompasses 125 acres of rolling hills, maple woods, and breathtaking landscapes.
Founded in 2007, the ICCC is:
- a retreat center for artists, a place that offers them inspiration and support, regardless of their backgrounds, social or religious;
- a home for anyone in search of community, silence, and spiritual renewal;
- the central venue of Heart’s Home to build and promote, through cultural events and residencies, a genuine culture of compassion.
In addition to welcoming guests throughout the year, the ICCC has hosted artists for summer residencies and organized seminars and roundtable discussions on the incorporation of compassion into different cultural fields, including art, business, science and politics.
One guest house is already fully functional, a second is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2012. The construction agenda of the ICCC extends over the next 10 years. It includes guest rooms to accommodate up to 50 people, individual cabins, a conference center, and a community space.
The Center is meant to become an academic research center in the disciplines of philosophy, theology, science, and economics. The investigations of the scholars hosted in the center will seek to clarify the impact of Compassion on their specific field of research.