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Space is limited to 10 people up on the Greensprings (30 minutes outside of Ashland, Oregon) with private rooms, simple meals, silence, meditation, and exercises in compassionate living. Program, food, and housing is $360. This is an inter-religious (including no religion) retreat. All the info is below. Hope you can join us. Email Mark at if you are interested.


The Compassion Practice Retreat is for people who want to grow in their understanding, experience, and practice of compassion. Developed at the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont Lincoln University, the Compassion Practice is designed to be transformative, but simultaneously pragmatic in teaching concrete skills–learnable processes, practices, and perspectives for individuals, social justice activists, parents, spouses, organizational leaders, and anyone else who wants to grow and deepen their experience of engaged compassion. This is an inter-religious (including non-religious) program.

The retreat will be a mixture of presentation, practice, and discussion. Participants will:

*Enlarge their capacity for receiving compassion

*Cultivate skills for practicing self-compassion

*Learn how to identify and transform difficult emotions (rage, depression, fear, etc.)

*Increase their capacity to heal suffering in self, others, and institutions.

*Develop techniques for relating to oneself, friends, family members, strangers, perpetrators, and even ‘enemies’ with genuine compassion

The retreat will be led by author, retreat leader, and Co-Founder of the Center for Engaged Compassion Mark Yaconelli. Mark is the founder and director of The Hearth: Real Stories by Regular Folks, a community-building project produced in Ashland, Oregon, in which a diverse group of community members tell true stories around a particular theme.

Where: The Oregon Extension on the Greensprings (twenty miles east of Ashland, Oregon on hwy 66). Surrounded by 500 acres of pristine Cascade wilderness

When: The retreat begins 5pm, Friday, April 11th and ends at 12pm, Sunday, April 13th.

Housing: Single occupancy room in a shared cabin with woodstove, bathroom, and kitchen.

Food: Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and Saturday dinner are included in the price. Participants will be responsible for their own breakfasts (full kitchen is provided). Coffee and tea will be available.

Cost: Price is $360 per person and includes two nights housing, meals listed above, retreat program and one private session of one-on-one consultation.

To Register: Email Mark Yaconelli at


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This is the final week to sign up for our twelve-week compassion formation training entitled “The Way of Radical Compassion.” The program begins with a 3-day retreat in San Francisco January 23-26, 2014. Participants will be led through a set of spiritual exercises that encourage and cultivate contemplative awareness and self-compassion. Students will then spend 12 weeks with online teachings, practices, and personal guidance from a trained spiritual director. Finally, we’ll gather at the end of April for a closing retreat on “Loving Our Enemies.” If you are ready to grow in your understanding and practice of compassion, sign up for our compassion training program here.

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Secrets Shared: Cover Article in Ashland Daily Tidings

by Facilitator on November 2, 2013

yaconell.tidingsThe Ashland Tidings printed a cover article this week on The Hearth Community. Nice quotes from Dee Anne Everson and Daniel Murphy on the way in which The Hearth creates compassion. You can read it here.

We are at day 51 in our 60 day fundraiser for The Hearth Community. This is a new and exciting model of a public, community approach to cultivating compassion. The more people who donate the better our chances for grants. Make your donation (no matter how small) here.

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Since 2010, Mark Yaconelli has been developing a new model of community-building in Southern Oregon entitled “The Hearth Community.”  Four times a year Mark chooses a theme and then invites six local community members to share a true story, told first-person, in ten minutes or less, based on the theme. In-between stories there is live music and the evening ends with a reflection from Mark on the meaning revealed in the stories. It costs $5 to attend each gathering and all the proceeds are given to a local non-profit that connects to the evening’s subject. Past themes include, “Crime and Punishment,” “Letting-Go,” “Tough Lessons,” and “Tales from the Teenage Years.”

The Hearth Community has now launched as a new model for community-building for small and mid-size communities throughout Oregon and beyond. What’s particularly interesting about this model is the way in which compassion is cultivated through creating intimate settings in which people can share their experiences with their neighbors in a way that is honest and open. This may be a new model of community-building that could replace dying civic and religious institutions. To read the article in the Ashland Tidings (“Secret’s Shared”) go here. To read blogger Adam Walker Cleaveland’s take on The Hearth Community as a new model of spiritual community go here.

To see pictures and video from The Hearth Community and to donate and support this new venture go here.

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Our friend Brian McLaren has often written about the need for the Church to develop a school of love. He sees our Certificate in Engaged Compassion as one setting where people can be taught skills and sensibilities for practicing love. His endorsement is here.

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