Three days of public workshops, facilitated discussions, and story gatherings focused on practicing compassion-based skills within our personal and public lives. The featured attraction of the conference will be a Friday evening talk and Saturday morning conversation with celebrated author Anne Lamott.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
The Hearth presents “The Kindness of Strangers.” Six local residents will share a true tale of transformation inspired by kindness. Tellers include Bill Rauch, Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, and others. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. 7:00-9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, OR. $5 donation to benefit the Ashland Food Bank.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27
9:00-10:30am “Finding Our Way Amidst Racial Differences.” A community conversation on race in Southern Oregon facilitated by Adam Davis of Oregon Humanities and Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble from Southern Oregon University. Held at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon. FREE

11:00am-12:30pm “Finding Our Way Amidst the Unhoused.” A community conversation on homelessness, transiency, the housed and unhoused in Southern Oregon. Facilitated by Oregon Humanities. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon. FREE

2:00-5:00pm. Various workshops around the city of Ashland on the practice of compassion. Locations and workshops TBA. FREE

7:30-9:00pm. “Rediscovering Mercy: An Evening with Anne Lamott.” Celebrated author Anne Lamott will give a talk based on her latest book Hallelujah Anyways followed by Q & A and book signing. Held at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland. $25 general admission. $35 reserved seating. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com and Bloomsbury Books in Ashland beginning February 1.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
9:00am-4:00pm. “Practicing Compassion: A Personal Retreat.” Led by Mark Yaconelli including a morning conversation with Anne Lamott on the inner work of compassion. $45. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon. Tickets available through www.brownpapertickets.com and at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland beginning February 1.

The Hearth presents its annual holiday fundraiser with heartfelt stories by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli. “True Tales of Wonder” will be an exploration of beauty, loss, and hope through story and song. Music by Wendi Stanek, Duane Whitcomb, and others. This is the only 2017 fundraiser for The Hearth which will help us continue producing a variety of community-building events. $10 suggested donation. Takes place Thursday, December 21 from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland.
PLUS, attend the fundraiser and get the first opportunity to buy tickets to The Hearth’s “Bridging the Divide Conference” featuring Anne Lamott. Held in Ashland April 26-28, 2018.

The Fall Hearth gathering is this Thursday, October 26th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland (1800 E. Main Street). Six local community members will share their own tale of bravery and help raise funds for The Teresa McCormick Center, a nonprofit committed to providing resources, education, and relationships to those in need in Southern Oregon.  Tellers include Phoenix Sigalove, Debra Zaslow, Selene Aitken, Wendy Werthhaiser, Tom Pike, and Jef Fretwell. Music by Carly Joss-Bradley, Jef Fretwell, Duane Whitcomb, and friends. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. $5 suggested donation.

Listen to tales of personal courage at our upcoming Hearth gathering on Thursday, October 26th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland (1800 E. Main Street). Six local community members will share their own tale of bravery and help raise funds for The Teresa McCormick Center, a nonprofit committed to providing resources, education, and relationships to those in need in Southern Oregon.  Tellers include Phoenix Sigalove, Selene Aitken, Wendy Werthhaiser, Tom Pike, Debra Zaslow, and Arlene Mueller. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Music by Duane Whitcomb and friends. $5 suggested donation.

Join your friends and neighbors for an all-ages community sing-along! Gathering together to unify our voices in song is a powerful force that strengthens our community bonds and uplifts our spirits. Hosted by Josh Blaine of Finding Our Voice, Mark Yaconelli of the The Hearth and sponsored by Rogue World Music, it all takes place Thursday, September 7th from 7 to 8:30pm at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (87 Fourth St. in Ashland).

Ten local musicians from Southern Oregon will each lead the group in an accessible song for “Singalongs and Protest Songs.” Songleaders include Phoenix Sigalove , Tish McFadden, Jennifer Joss, Lisa Spencer, Karen Wennlund, Daniel Jokelson, Paula Sohl, Adam Kukuk – musician and composer, Val Rogers , and Megan Danforth.

Finding Our Voice “In Search of Sing-alongs and Protest Songs” is a grassroots project by Josh Blaine of Austin, TX consisting of podcasts and popups. He is traveling from Austin to Seattle connecting with musicians and song leaders who are writing, reviving and teaching songs with a message that we can sing together. You can support and follow his project on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/findourvoice