The medicinal qualities of stories

A couple of weeks ago I met with national book award recipient Colum McCann to discuss the medicinal qualities of stories. We began by piling up anxieties: political divisiveness, catastrophic climate change, wealth inequality, systemic racial violence. “We’ve become morally homeless,” Colum lamented. “Our lack of affection for others [...]

Blowing on the embers of a fire

Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis refers to storytelling in community as “blowing on the embers of a fire.” The sacred truths of this world are hidden within the reality of human experience. The language of that experience is story.  It’s through story that communities are bound, through story that individual identities [...]

Compassionate Listening Gathering

“Listening is an act of community,” Ursula Le Guin once wrote. In the wake of recent fires, the pandemic, and other traumas of this time, The Hearth has offered online story circles and listening workshops encouraging local residents to offer a caring presence to those who are hurting (family, friends, neighbors, first responders, [...]

LifeStory Retreat

Nourish your spirit in an intimate day of exploring, shaping, and sharing life stories with people from all walks of life. this online Life Story Retreat offers you a chance for renewal as you explore and share your life experiences in a guided, reflective day full of creative exercises, a process to encourage compassionate listening, and interesting people whose rich stories will help deepen your connection to others.

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