“Temporarily Insane” Theme for June 19th Hearth Event


Our next Hearth event will benefit Community Works in Medford, Oregon. The theme is “Temporarily Insane.” Ashland Co-op is a sponsor for our summer storytelling event will take place June 19th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. If you have a story to share contact Mark Yaconelli at yaconelli@msn.com.

The Hearth Salon Tonight

The Hearth will host an evening of tale swapping on this month’s theme, “Love Actually,” from 7 to 8:30, Sunday February 16 at 717 Siskiyou blvd in Ashland, Oregon. Mark Yaconelli will lead exercises to help people remember and share experiences of love from their own life. There is no cost for this program.

“Love Actually” on Wednesday February 12

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Our Winter Hearth event will be from 7 to 9pm on Wednesday, February 12, at Temple Emek Shalom. Hear true tales of love by George Cook, Debra Zaslow, John Fisher-Smith, Heidi Gottlieb, Leslie Becknell-Marx, and Peter Spring.  Hosted by Mark Yaconelli with music by Duane Whitcomb, Ava DeRosier, Kim Starkey, Susannah Cole, and Nick Chouard. The cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland and their new Community Resource Center. Save the date.


It’s Stories that Kids Need Most

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My new friend, writer Katherine Ozment sent me a link about the power of stories in the development and resiliency of children and youth. Check out the New York Times article on “The Stories that Bind Us” and the new research on the power of stories in families.

The Hearth is busy creating new program for families and children. This April we will have a weekend retreat for families (as well as others) with morning workshops, evening stories around the fire, silence and wisdom stories, hiking, games, and other activities. The planning is still in the works but the date and location are set for April 11-13, 2014 at the Oregon Extension in Lincoln, Oregon (20 minutes north of Ashland). Save the date.

This fall we will lead a four part series for families with children on “Origin Stories.” We’ll help families uncover, explore, and learn how to tell the the primary stories of their family (overcoming suffering, adventure tales, stories of origin, etc.). That program will begin in mid-October.

In the next few days we hope to post all the events through June.