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

June 16. Ashland, Oregon. A Lifestory Retreat. Join a diverse group of people for a day of exploring, shaping, and sharing life stories. Set within the rustic buildings of the Oregon Extension on the Greensprings (22 miles outside of Ashland), the retreat will offer participants a chance to explore life experiences in a restful and contemplative setting. 9am to 4pm. Cost is $65, lunch included. For more information go here.

August 25. Ashland, OR. The Hearth in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Separate/Together. This evening of personal storytelling will present four local residents who will share stories of race, immigration, gender inequality and other experiences of being separated or connected with others. Tellers include Jocksana Corona, Jess Parks, Hector Meletich. The second half of the night will invite audience members to share their own stories of separation and reconciliation. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. $5 suggested donation to benefit The Racial Equity Coalition of Southern Oregon. This event is a part of OSF’s Separate/Together Symposium held August 24-26 at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

October 25. Ashland, Oregon. Telling Stories: A Workshop with Mark Yaconelli. In this one day workshop Hearth founder and veteran storyteller Mark Yaconelli will lead a workshop designed to help you learn how to excavate, craft, and share stories from your own life. This is a great workshop for teachers, nonprofit leaders, business professionals, and anyone who wants to understand the power of personal storytelling. 9am to 4pm. Cost is $65 and includes lunch. To register email