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8May 2024

The Miracle of Community: Reflections on 2024 Community Storytelling Training

By |May 8, 2024|Categories: Certificate in Community Storytelling, certificateprogram, Compassion, Events, Mark Yaconelli, News, Oregon, Storytelling, The Hearth|Tags: |

On the edge of the Columbia Gorge forty-one strangers from fourteen states gathered to learn the skills and sensibilities of community-building. Together we sat in a large circle. Together we learned how to listen, how to speak, how to breathe, how to laugh, how to name difficult truths, how to [...]

9Apr 2024

Belonging: Facilitating Community Conversations with Willamette University

By |Apr 9, 2024|Categories: Compassion, Events, Mark Yaconelli, News, Oregon, Storytelling, The Hearth|

One by one community members from the Nestucca Valley School District taped their yellow piece of construction paper on the back wall forming a circle of sun rays. On each paper was written a word or phrase representing what a person wanted to remember after sharing stories with others: [...]

19Mar 2024

Stories of our Graduates: Andrew Fraser – 2023 Certificate in Community Storytelling

By |Mar 19, 2024|Categories: Certificate in Community Storytelling, certificateprogram, News|

“My love for storytelling began as a child,” Andrew Fraser remembered. Andrew is a world traveler, a yoga teacher, and currently director of a rock climbing gym called Movement Climbing and Fitness in Denver, Colorado. Throughout his life, Andrew can point to moments where stories changed him. From being [...]

19Mar 2024

The Healing Power of Storytelling

By |Mar 19, 2024|Categories: Certificate in Community Storytelling, certificateprogram, News, Oregon, Storytelling, The Hearth|

The Healing Power of Storytelling In my work with story, I often invite groups to notice their bodies. How does your body respond to stories?  When we tell our personal stories to an attentive listener the senses are activated. Both teller and listener see the meadow, taste the blackberries, [...]

15Dec 2023

Stories of our Graduates: Christy da Rosa – 2022 Certificate in Community Storytelling

By |Dec 15, 2023|Categories: Certificate in Community Storytelling, certificateprogram, News, Oregon, Storytelling, The Hearth|

“I didn’t expect to cry so much.” Christy da Rosa laughed. Since her experience as a social worker focusing on community mental health and undergoing her own burnout in the process, Christy has been interested in working with trauma on a daily basis. Now as a PhD student and research [...]

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