Category Archives: Events

Youth Ministry Retreat in Berkeley, CA (travel scholarships available to Episcopal youth workers)

Mark Yaconelli will be leading a one day workshop/retreat entitled From Anxiety to Love: A Contemplative Approach (based on his book Contemplative Youth Ministry) at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California on Saturday, March 17. The Youth Ministry Symposium is open to youth workers, parents, pastors– anyone who cares for the spiritual lives of young people. There are scholarships available to Episcopal youth workers and pastors–including funds for travel! Go here for more information.


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.

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The Best of The Hearth Holiday Gathering


If you are anywhere near Southern Oregon you will want to attend the best holiday event of the season. We’ve collected six of our best storytellers to share true tales around the theme “All in the Family” for our once-a-year fundraiser for The Hearth. Tellers include Joshua Boettiger, Mary Landberg, Juliet Grable, Lorraine Cook, Michael Fitzgerald, and Mark Yaconelli. We have special music with Wendi Stanek, Duane Whitcomb and an incredible backup band. Hosted by Mark Yaconelli. Mulled wine, spiced cider, and homemade holiday treats. Cost is $10, all proceeds benefit The Hearth. Location is 1800 E. Main in Ashland, Oregon (Temple Emek Shalom). Doors open at 7pm, program begins at 7:30. Get there early to find a seat.


Radical Compassion in Preston, Lancashire UK

Here is the information/flyer for the May 11th workshop I’ll lead in Preston. I don’t know what “taster” means in British-speak. I’ve received word that musician David Lamotte will be joining me. Hope you can make it.


Mark Yaconelli in Preston – 11 May 2014

Mark Yaconelli is hosting a one-day taster session of his Radical Compassion Course in Preston this May.
In 2012, two Greenbelters Rev Bryony Davis and Andy Pratt joined Mark in California at the Claremont School of Theology to take part in the full course, which seeks to heal broken people and communities through contemplation, creativity and compassion.
The one-day taster session starts with a church service, featuring a talk from Mark, followed by lunch, and then a series of exercises to “help participants develop their capacity to be radically compassionate”.
Here’s more on the workshop:

The workshop is ideal for ministers, organisational leaders, social justice activists, teachers, parents, and anyone who seeks practical training in compassionate living. Individuals who attend the workshop will: Develop skills for self-compassion; Learn how to identify and transform difficult emotions; Develop techniques for relating to colleagues, clients, friends, family members, and even enemies with genuine compassion; Understand how to participate in social actions that confront injustice from a grounded place of truth rather than reactive anger.

The cost of the day is £25, including food and refreshments. For more information and to book a place, contact Andrew Pratt at

Last Chance for Spiritual Guide Intensive

Maybe its time to step back and reconnect to your heart, your calling, and that deep wellspring of love and creativity that we call God. This is the last week to sign up for the Spiritual Guide Intensive. Join a small group of pastors, youth workers, and other leaders January 23-26, 2014 in San Francisco as we spend twelve weeks engaging a careful set of spiritual practices and teachings to deepen and strengthen our skills and sensibilities for spiritual leadership in in an age of constant change. Come for the opening retreat (focused on the inner work of spiritual leadership), or join us for the whole twelve week program. For more information go here.


Events in Birmingham, U.K. May of 2014

After months of work and prodding from the prayerful and persistent “tough guy” Helen Tomblin, I’ve booked a number of events in and around Birmingham, U.K. for May of 2014. The exact schedule is still being worked out, but at this point I’ll be leading events at the Birmingham Diocese Youth Ministry Conference May 10th, then up to Preston to preach and lead a workshop on “The Way of Radical Compassion: Practicing the Spiritual Path of Jesus,” May 11-12th. I’ll be speaking and leading workshops at the National Diocesan Youth Officers Conference in Blackpool May 13-15. Hope to see many of my U.K. friends.  


Mentorship Intensive: “Becoming a Spiritual Guide”

After years of prodding from some youth ministry colleagues, I am organizing a spiritual formation intensive program entitled “Becoming a Spiritual Guide.”  This will be a three month spiritual leadership program involving two, four-day retreats and sixteen weeks of guided spiritual practice (through online media) and weekly, one-on-one spiritual direction. Because of the intensity of the time and energy given to each participant, the program will be limited to 15 people. The program may be run through Claremont Lincoln University (so graduate credits or CEU’s may be available), but I would personally work with each of the students over the 3 month period and all retreats would take place at a beautiful spot here in Ashland, Oregon. The program will be announced on various websites next week, but if you think you might be interested let me know and I’ll make sure you get an application. The program begins March of 2014.

Also in talks with various organizations about running this program in the U.K. as soon as this fall or winter. Write me if you are in the U.K. and interested in participating.