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Practicing Compassion: A Personal Retreat is for anyone who wants to deepen their capacity to respond to difficult people, divisive issues, and destructive emotions from a more grounded and graceful place. The event will be led by author and veteran retreat leader Mark Yaconelli, based on his work as co-founder of the Center for Engaged Compassion. The day will include a combination of presentation, contemplative exercises, and group discussion. The retreat will feature a morning conversation with author Anne Lamott on the inner work of compassion.

Retreat participants will increase their ability to receive compassion, cultivate skills for practicing self-compassion, and learn how to identify and transform difficult emotions. The event is ideal for parents, teachers, spouses, social workers, nonprofit leaders, activists, and anyone who wants to increase their capacity to heal suffering in self, others, and the world.

Sponsored by United Way of Jackson County and Rogue Valley Manor

Date & Time: 9:00-4:00pm Saturday, April 28 (12:00-1:00pm lunch break)

Venue: Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Cost: $45 workshop fee

Tickets available at Bloomsbury Books or at www.brownpapertickets.com


Lunch on Saturday is available by pre-purchase, and will be catered by Karen Amarotico, a locally known caterer who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America.

Lunch choices are:

  • Sliced Roasted Turkey and Cheese with aioli and spring mix on a Spinach Wrap
  • Veggie/Vegan wrap with Hummus and Roasted Veggies (peppers, onions, zucchini, eggplant roasted with garlic and olive oil) on a Tomato Wrap.

Gluten-free options are available for both. Lunch includes fresh fruit in season, hot and cold beverages, and a sweet treat.

Cost: $13.50

How to Order: Lunch tickets available to purchase at www.brownpapertickets.com
A limited amount of lunch tickets will be available onsite for $15.00