A big thanks to Ashland Food Co-op for sponsoring our June Hearth event. Funds from AFC will allow The Hearth to receive the support it needs and continue to donate event proceeds to a local non-profit. If you know of other organizations who might be willing to sponsor a Hearth event contact Mark Yaconelli at email@example.com.
The Hearth will sponsor a workshop on personal storytelling this Saturday, March 1 from 9am to 3:30pm at 717 Siskiyou blvd (First Congregational Church). The cost is $50 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). You must register by sending an email to Mark Yaconelli at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 28th at 5pm.
KSKQ will broadcast our February 12th, Love Actually, program at 1pm tomorrow, Wednesday, February 19th. You can hear it at 89.5 fm or live stream the show from the web at www.kskq.org. Thanks to Michael Niemann for recording and editing.
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.
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.
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.
Within just 60 days we have raised over $13,000 for The Hearth Community. A big thank you to the over 200 people from around Southern Oregon who have contributed to our campaign. We are now recruiting volunteers (to work on publicity, events, membership and more). Reply to this post to have your name added to the list or email Mark at email@example.com. So far we have twenty volunteers signed-up for the new year. We are preparing to announce our new programs by mid-January. Until then, mark Wednesday, February 12th on your calendar for our next Hearth storytelling event. The theme will be “Love, Actually.” Thanks again to all of you for your encouragement and support.