2018 Upcoming Hearth Events


April 26-28. Finding Our Way: A Community Exploration of Compassion featuring Anne Lamott. Ashland, Oregon. Three days of public workshops, facilitated discussions, and story gatherings focused on practicing compassion-based skills within our personal and public life in Southern Oregon. The featured events of the conference will be celebrated author Anne Lamott’s Friday evening talk, and Mark Yaconelli’s Saturday retreat which includes a morning conversation with Anne. Full conference details are available at (Please note that all events, even the free events, require paper tickets, so please visit the website for registration and ticketing). Or follow Finding Our Way on Facebook at

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, Vanessa Houk, Jim Westrick, Ana Witt, and Hank O’Dougherty. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. 7:00-9:00pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, OR. $5 donation to benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank.

9:00am-10:30am Finding Our Way Amidst Racial Differences. A community conversation on race in Southern Oregon facilitated by Adam Davis of the Oregon Humanities and Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble from Southern Oregon University. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth Street. FREE.

11:00am-12:30pm Finding Our Way Among the Housed and Unhoused. A community conversation on homelessness, transiency, the housed and unhoused in Southern Oregon. Facilitated by the Oregon Humanities. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth Street. FREE.

Friday afternoon we will host multiple FREE workshops in various locations in downtown Ashland. See the schedule outlined below:

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Calling All Conflict Avoiders! How do you engage another with clarity and compassion to address your needs while also addressing the other’s needs?  Workshop Facilitator Anna Cassilly explore these and related issues using principles and skills of nonviolent communication grounded in an understanding of conflict resolution theory and practice. Held at Ashland Food Co-op Classroom, 300 N Pioneer. FREE

How do You Keep Your Cool When You are Mad as Hell? A Workshop for Activists with Selene Aitken. In this practical, hands-on workshop you will experience the shift from reactivity to engaged compassion through learning the tools and principles from compassionate communication.  Held at the Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. FREE

Why is The Grim Reaper so Grim?  How Compassion can Alleviate the Fear of Death with Fred Grewe and Fr. Joel Garavaglia-Maiorano.  This workshop is for senior adults who would like to explore how living compassionately (through generosity, gratitude, surrender, and blessing) is the best preparation for dying well. Held at United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. FREE.

Learn How to Talk About Race in Families, the Workplace, and the Public Square facilitated by Alma Rosa Alvarez, Amy Richard, Nicthé Verdugo and Candace Younghans. Come join members of the The Racial Equity Coalition (REC) in a Race Tool Kit experience. We are a grassroots organization that works towards racial equity in the Rogue Valley. The REC, dedicated to racial equity through education and advocacy, believes awareness of racial biases and honest conversations are crucial to healing racial divides in communities. Held at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. FREE

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Tools for Deepening Your Relationships facilitated by Joanne Lescher. In this playful, practical workshop you will learn to listen and speak without judging or blaming. Experience a powerful connection with others by deepening your listening skills and focusing on connection rather than correction. Bring your partner, family members, friends, or co-workers and join Joanne for a transformative afternoon. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. FREE.

How Do I Respond to a World in Crisis? Feeling torn between avoiding world news or being glued night and day to your favorite news source? Feeling helpless and maybe hopeless about the state of the world? Not sure where to turn to make a positive difference in at least one situation? Then this is the workshop for you.  Facilitated by Kay Sandberg and Carol Hwoschinsky. Held at  Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. FREE.

Finding Our Way Through Political Correctness with Marla Estes and Rob Schläpfer. Whether on the right or left of the political spectrum, people don’t feel free to express themselves. This workshop explores the cultural phenomena of political correctness from its well-intentioned beginnings to how it created a huge fault line in our communities and across our country. The goal is to bring people from “both sides” of the issue together to find consilience and see that there is a sweet spot in the middle where mutual understanding can be cultivated. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. 2nd Street. FREE

Cultivating Calm and Resilience in Stressful Times This is a stressful time. It is difficult to sustain compassionate action towards others if we aren’t kind and compassionate to ourselves.  With mindfulness, we’re aware of the present moment, and the fact that we’re in need of compassion. In this workshop you’ll learn simple, practical techniques for increasing resilience, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Facilitated by Rochelle Jaffe.  Held at the Ashland Food Co-op Classroom, 300 N Pioneer. FREE

7:30-9:00pm. “Rediscovering Mercy” an Evening with Anne Lamott. Anne Lamott will give a talk based on her latest book Hallelujah Anyway followed by Q & A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase onsite. Held at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland, OR. $25 general admission. $35 reserved seating. Tickets available online at and at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland. (EVENT SOLD OUT)

9:00am to 4:00pm. “Practicing Compassion” A Personal Retreat with Mark Yaconelli. This day-long retreat will include a morning conversation with Anne Lamott on the inner work of compassion. $45. Held at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Ashland, OR. Tickets available online at and at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland. Books will be available for purchase at the workshop.

Sponsored by United Way of Jackson County, Providence Home Care & Hospice, The Ford Family Foundation, and the Rogue Valley Manor

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