The Hearth leads a number of retreats each year that invite a creative exploration of our individual journeys within a compassionate, community setting. Retreats focus on our personal stories inviting participants to engage in a number of creative and reflective exercises that explore personal journeys with a sense of curiosity, compassion, and humor. Retreats are renewing and healing offering a mixture of solitude, contemplative practice, group sharing, and creative exploration. See below for latest retreat offerings.

The Hearth is available to lead retreats for specific organizations and groups. The Hearth has led retreats for a number of groups within the United States and United Kingdom including Asante Hospice, Austin Theological Seminary, The Greenbelt Festival, The Boys and Girls Club of Calistoga, The Jefferson Society, St. John’s College Nottingham, The Church in Wales, New Carlisle Leadership Academy.



A Lifestory Retreat

“Every life has a story”

Spring 2018

Join a diverse group of people for a day of exploring, shaping, and sharing life stories. Set in Ashland’s Green Springs mountains, 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 beautiful setting among ponderosa pines and fields of wild flowers

The day will be facilitated by author, retreat-leader, and Hearth founder Mark Yaconelli. To register email

*Scholarships are available.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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