The Hearth Austin Raises Funds and Volunteers for Local Environmental Project

Now for some good news. The Hearth Austin raised over $1100 for The Festival Beach Food Forest at last week’s Into the Wild: True Tales from Environmental Activists event. PLUS we signed up lots of volunteers. Thank you to activists and storytellers Aly Tharp, Josh Blaine, Kendra Bones, Amy Stansbury, and Lukus Ebert. Also thanks to bluegrass band Steel Betty and musician Justin Stewart from CreekPeople. What a great, heartfelt event. Next Austin event will be on Saturday, July 1 from 4 to 6pm at the Mexican American Center with a gallery of over 100 written stories from undocumented immigrants and live stories from Latino Immigrants.

Into the Wild: True Tales from Environmental Activists in Austin

The Hearth Austin is hosting INTO THE WILD:TRUE TALES FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS this Thursday, May 25th 7:30 to 9:30pm at The North Door. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli with music by bluegrass band Steel Betty and Justin Stewart. The event will present true stories by 6 local young adults involved in environmental activism in Austin. Tellers include Dave Cortez from Sierra Club, Amy Stansbury from EcoNetwork, Aly Tharp from The Festival Beach Food Forest, Josh Blaine from InGredients, Lukus Ebert from Texas Impact, and Kendra Bones from Austin Zero Waste Alliance. $5 suggested donation at the door goes to support The Festival Beach Food Forest. Hope all my Texas friends can make it out. Co-sponsored with The Front Porch.

Survival Stories to Support The Geos Institute Thursday Night!

Come out and practice community with us on April 20th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. Together we will listen to six local folks share a true story of survival. Tellers include Ellie Holty, Helen Jucevic, Alan Journet, Chris Hardy, Molly McKissick, and Ginny Auer. Hosted by Cat Gould. Music by Duane Whitcomb, Carly Joss, Isaiah Brown, and Wendi Stanek. $5 suggested donation. All proceeds at the door will benefit The Geos Institute a local non-profit committed to climate change solutions.

Spring Hearth Presents “Survival Stories” April 20th

Our Spring Hearth will explore the theme “Survival” with proceeds benefiting The Geos Institute a local non-profit committed to climate change solutions. Come out and practice community with us on April 20th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland. Together we will listen to six local folks share a true story of survival (in ten minutes or less). Tellers include Ellie Holt, Helen Jucevic, Alan Journet, Chris Hardy, Molly McKissick, and Ginny Auer. Hosted by Cat Gould. Music by Duane Whitcomb, Wendi Stanek, and friends. $5 suggested donation. Friends we need volunteers to help set up chairs and run concessions. Please email mark@thehearthcommunity.com if you can help!

Growing Up Girl Available on KSKQ

letting goGrowing Up Girl is now available on KSKQ.ORG! Four hundred people came out to hear six local woman tell creative, compelling, vulnerable stories of growing up female. Now you can hear the stories and the music from last night’s event at KSKQ. The evening will be broadcast Saturday, December 10th at 2pm or go to the following  link and download. A special thank you to storytellers Julie Gillis, Jessica De Nova, Alicia Hwang, Lora Phillippi, Ana Byers, and Nancy Linton. Also grateful to Ava DeRosier, Kimberly StarKey, Daisy Schmeling, Grace and Joseph Yaconelli for music.

“Growing Up Girl” for December 8th Hearth Gathering!

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Our winter Hearth event will seek to counter some of the misogyny present within the rhetoric of the recent presidential campaign by focusing on the stories of women. Titled “Growing Up Girl,” six local women will share personal stories of growing up female. Proceeds from the event will benefit Stories Alive–an arts-integrated literacy instruction organization in Southern Oregon. Storytellers include Julie Gillis, Teresa Cisneros, Ana Byers, Nancy Linton, and Alicia Hwang. Our December 8th Hearth event will happen from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom(1800 E. Main St.) in Ashland, Oregon. This event is open to all ages. Please bring your sons and daughters!

Hopes, Fears, and Tears: A Special Hearth Post-Election Conversation

2016-04-09-16-21-09It started with a series of messages from local community members asking The Hearth to hold a gathering to help people process their fears following the November 8th, presidential election. Mark Yaconelli posted an announcement inviting the community to gather for “Hopes, Fears, and Tears” a post-election conversation. People from across the political spectrum were encouraged to attend. Over 200 people showed up at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. After a Leonard Cohen song by Gene Burnett, Mark invited people to get into groups of four. Participants were told the evening would be a time of listening, not political debate. Questions would be asked and each participant invited to respond with other group members simply listening (without interruption, or questions, or debate). When a person finished speaking, the other members of the group were asked to respond simply by saying, “Thank you,” then the next group member would share their experience.

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We Are UCC: Community Shares Stories of Kindness

susan-rochesterThe Hearth produced a special event at Umpqua Community College to help the healing process in Douglas County following the one year anniversary of the shooting at Umpqua Community College. Six local community members shared stories of generosity, kindness, and compassion that took place in the wake of the tragedy. This was the culmination of a one year project directed by Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli that used a variety of story collection strategies to promote healing following the trauma of the shooting. You can read about the live storytelling event here.