Sacred Stories: A Retreat with Mark Yaconelli

February 27-March 1, 2023

I must unapologetically reveal my broken life as a thing of beauty.

-Cornel West

There is a depth to story that we rarely take time to ponder, let alone to tell and hear. Story is how we transform pain. Story is how we make something useful out of the absurd. Sharing stories is how we make a home within ourselves and one another. In this transformational retreat, author, spiritual director, and veteran storyteller Mark Yaconelli will help you uncover, craft, and share the sacred stories of your own life. Based on over two decades of work with story and communities, this transformational retreat will engage participants in a series of meditative talks, contemplative practices, reflective exercises, and facilitated discussions designed to bring about personal healing and a deeper appreciation for the diversity of human experiences.

Join us in-person at Menucha for this retreat with Mark Yaconelli. You can attend the retreat as an overnight guest who stays in one of our rooms, or as a commuter who sleeps overnight in your own accommodations. Meals are included in the cost for overnight guests (dinner Monday through breakfast Wednesday) and commuters (dinners and lunch only).

Our unique buildings offer a variety of types of rooms. We are set up to be a place where community is built by being together so we only have a few single occupancy rooms. If you'd like to see what some of the rooms look like, take a look around Wright Hall, Ballard Hall, Boyd Hall, Creevey Complex.



Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is one of this country's most important and articulate spiritual teachers.

-Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author

Mark Yaconelli is a speaker, community-builder, spiritual director, and author of six books including Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us (Broadleaf, 2022). As founder and director of The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has worked with The Diocese of London, Compassion International, Princeton Theological Seminary, Luther Seminary, The Greenbelt Arts Festival, The Salvation Army, among other organizations. Yaconelli holds an MA in Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and received a spiritual direction diploma from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Interviews and profiles of Mark’s work have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC Radio, and ABC World News Tonight. He and his wife have three grown children and live in Ashland, Oregon.

Cost to Attend

The cost to attend is all-inclusive of all retreat activities, meals and lodging (except for commuters there is a site-use fee).

Single occupancy rooms may have the bathroom in the room or a shared bathroom.

Double or Triple occupancy rooms may have the bathroom in the room, or right outside the room.

Many of our buildings require climbing stairs and do not have elevators. Please be sure to let us know your needs and we will do our best to assign you a comfortable room.

You may give us the name of a friend you would like to share a room with, or we will assign you a roommate.

Proof of covid vaccination or negative covid test (within 24 hours of arriving) are required to attend. Masks are optional at this time.


Single occupancy room (you and no roommates) $524 (tuition $175, lodging $240, 5 meals $92, credit card fee $17)
Double occupancy room (you and 1 roommate) $425 (tuition $175, lodging $145, 5 meals $92, credit card fee $13)
Triple occupancy room (you and 2 roommates) $370 (tuition $175, lodging $92, 5 meals $92, credit card fee $11)
Commuter (no overnight lodging) $346 (tuition $175, site-use fee $100, 4 meals $60, credit card fee $10)



1:00-3:30 pm  Check-in/Registration Wright Hall
3:30 pm Welcome and Orientation Wright Hall
4:00 pm Session 1 Wright Hall
6:00  pm Dinner Dining Hall
7:00-8:30 pm Session 2 Wright Hall



8:00 am Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 am Session 3 Wright Hall
12:00 pm Lunch Dining Hall
2:00-5:00 Session 4 Wright Hall
6:00 pm Dinner Dining Hall
7:00-8:30 pm Session 5 Wright Hall



8:00 am Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00 -11:00 am Session 6 Wright Hall
Depart for home!