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Center for Engaged Compassion

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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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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We are pleased to announce a recent grant award from the 1440 Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The mission of 1440 is to support programs and best practices that cultivate authentic relationship skills in education, wellness, and the workplace. Grant funds were give to the Center for Engaged Compassion to promote the Triptykos School of Compassion. We are grateful for the award. You can read the 1440 announcement here.

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“What’s Your Story?” Profile in Huffington Post

by Facilitator on February 26, 2013

Craig Comstock wrote a nice article on the storytelling project Mark Yaconelli facilitates in Ashland, Oregon. There were a number of bullying incidents in Southern Oregon that involved some arrests. Mark led a storytelling evening on the theme “Bullying” and it became a way for the community to address the issue–particularly with stories from bullies as well as the bullied. You can read the article here. Craig’s hope is help expand this model to other small towns as a way of building community, eradicating shame, and creating dialogue. This storytelling project is part of the compassion formation work that we are developing at the Center for Engaged Compassion.

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Last fall I lead a workshop for the College for Pastoral Leaders at Austin Seminary on personal storytelling as a method of community transformation. Through narrative exercises, contemplative practices, and life story groups we explored ways in which personal storytelling could be used to heal shame, cultivate compassion, build inter-generational relationship, and create social transformation. The last night of the event we rented a bar and put on our own storytelling event entitled “Pastoral Confessions: True Tales from the Pulpit.” We had live music and hilarious as well as moving stories from people who work as pastors. I wrote an article based on this work for Austin Seminary’s Communitas. It’s called “The Gospel According to Everyone.” You can read it here.

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