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

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.

pub singingA community that sings together, stays together. This Wednesday (April 1) from 7 to 8:30pm we will hold The Hearth Pub Sing at Louie’s Restaurant and Bar on the Ashland plaza. Veteran recording artist Pat O’Scannell and world famous fiddler Kevin Carr will lead the chorus in a variety of Irish pub songs. This is an all-ages, free event. LOUIE’S WILL DONATE ALL PROFITS FROM THE EVENING TO THE ASHLAND FOOD BANK. So come early, get yourself some chips and a pint and prepare for a harmonious evening of too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral….Ashland style.

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Here is information for our upcoming Blues Pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon February 18-20th. The trip will be a mixture of beautiful settings, soulful music, good food, and sharing stories of grief and loss within a safe and compassionate group. We need to book rooms and tickets so if you plan to go YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL (“I’m going!”) to mark@thehearthcommunity.com by January 30th. Space is limited.

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