Blues Pilgrimage February 18-20

I run a community storytelling project here in Ashland, Oregon. Next month we will travel to Portland, Oregon to explore our experiences of loss through storytelling and blues music. There is still space available. The event happens Wednesday, February 18 (beginning with dinner) and ends Friday, Februry 20th at lunch. The trip will be a mixture of beautiful settings, soulful music, good food, and sharing stories of grief and loss within a safe and compassionate group. If you would like to go send an email (“I’m going!”) to by January 30th. Space is limited. The rest of the information is below.

The heart of our time together will be sharing stories of grief and loss on Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday morning. Most of our sharing will take place at Menucha Conference Center a beautiful retreat center right on the edge of the Columbia Gorge and will be led by veteran retreat leader Mark Yaconelli who will help participants explore and share stories around personal experiences of grief and loss (a veteran facilitator from WinterSpring will also be with us to help deepen our sharing).
Thursday night the group will head to Jimmy Mak’s in Portland and seek a bit of transformation through a luscious, soul-stirring mix of blues, soul, and jazz by Freda Payne who is often compared to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.Cost of the retreat is $300 per person, $500 per couple– which includes all retreat gatherings, all music performances, and all meals (two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners.). This fee does not include drinks, travel, and lodging.Lodging at Edgefield McMenamins: Edgefield is located on 74 acres at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is a one of a kind, historic hotel with vintage furniture, comfy beds, and whimsical hand-painted rooms. Rooms are European style–no televisions nor phones, conveniently located common bathrooms are located down the hallway.
Lodging fees:
Hostel/bunkbed: $60 for two nights.
Single occupancy, twin: $100 for two nights
Double occupancy, queen: $140 for two nights
Up to four occupants, two queens: $180 for two nightsTravel: All participants are responsible for their own transportation. We will help connect people for carpooling. There will be a shuttle van available from Ashland to retreat site in Portland and return for $50, each way, per person. The shuttle will only be available to the first six people who sign-up.Questions?: Email Please enter subject line: “Blues Pilgrimage”


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