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Triptykos in Oregon

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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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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Come Home: A Retreat in the Mountains SOLD OUT!

by Facilitator on June 11, 2013

Frank Rogers, Nancy Linton, and Doug Frank have spent the past seven years leading a beautiful retreat up in the Cascade mountains here in Southern Oregon.  You live in cabins, spend mornings in silence, and Frank Rogers leads powerful spiritual exercises that help you recover your sense of God and self.  There are two retreat sessions, the dates are June 22-28 and August 3-9, 2013.  These retreats sell out each year, so if you’re interested register here. ALL RETREATS SOLD OUT FOR 2013

Here’s the description:

The world moves at an inhuman pace, compelling us to move with it.  We have too little time for remembering the spirit that brought us to our place of work or study, too few opportunities for replenishing the inner resources upon which the genuine expression of our gifts depends.  Before we know it, we are living at the surface, running on empty.  Why not step back and take some time out for self-recollection?

Spend a rejuvenating week in our serene mountain community, in the company of others who wrestle with similar challenges, who are on a similar journey.  Let the silence and the solitude bring you closer to yourself, awaken what is deepest in your, reconnect you with what you love.

Allow the experience of contemplative listening and the practice of contemplative prayer animate deep thought and real talk about life in our world, the world in which we work, study, and seek to be true to our calling.  For more information go to Greensprings retreat.

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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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