A Lifestory Retreat

Saturday June 16, 2018

9:00am to 4pm

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. The retreat will include:

  • Creative exercises to help you recall and reflect on your own life experiences
  • A process to encourage compassionate listening
  • Instruction to help you shape and communicate your story
  • Interesting people whose rich stories will deepen your connection to others
  • Good coffee and baked goods
  • A delicious lunch
  • A contemplative setting among ponderosa pines and fields of wild flowers

Cost is $65* which includes morning coffee, baked goods, and lunch. The day will be facilitated by author, retreat-leader, and Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli. Space is limited to 35! To register email mark@thehearthcommunity.com with the subject heading “Lifestory.”

*Partial scholarships are available.

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. Full conference details at www.findingourwayashland.com.

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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, Jim Westrick, Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, Vanessa Houk, Candace Younghans, 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. Free tickets available through findingourwayashland.com.

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

1:30 – 5:00pm  Various FREE workshops are scheduled around the city of Ashland on the practice of compassion. Workshops include:

“Learn How to Talk About Race in Families, the Workplace and the Public Square” with Alma Rosa Alvarez, Amy Richard, Nichte Verdugo, and Candace Younghans

“Tools for Deepening Your Relationships” with Joanne Lescher

“Calling All Conflict Avoiders!” with Anna Cassilly

“How Do I Respond to a World in Crisis?” with Kay Sandberg and Carol Hwoschinsky 

“Finding Our Way Through Political Correctness” with Marla Estes and Rob Schlapfer

“How to Keep Your Cool When You are Mad as Hell: A Workshop for Activists” with Selene Aitken

“Cultivating Calm and Resilience in Stressful Times” with Rochelle Jaffe

“Why is the Grim Reaper So Grim? How Compassion Can Alleviate the Fear of Death” with Fred Grewe and Father Joel Garavaglia-Maiorano

Details on these events can be found on our Hearth events page; get free tickets at findingourwayashland.com

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. (EVENT SOLD OUT)

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 online via findingourwayashland.com and at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland.

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

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.

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.

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!