Art of Dying Conversation Presents Holly Pruett on Mar 28

Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Home Funeral Guide, and conversation leader will speak at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 from 3-5pm. Holly will focus on Green Burials.  Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5 along with a requested honorarium of $5 for Holly.

Holly will discuss Natural (Green) Burials to explore how our deaths can reflect the environmental values we at our beautiful coast strive to practice in our daily lives. We love our coastal lands—our trees and our water and are in an inquiry as to how to die as naturally as we wish to live. This will be an early coastal celebration of Earth Day.

When asked why natural burial is becoming a rich topic for consideration, the River View Cemetery in Portland, where natural burial and funeral options are available, notes:

“There are several reasons: the desire to have a simpler, environmentally-friendly burial; and the desire to return to the earth as quickly as possible, without unnatural barriers such as embalming, sealed metal caskets, or steel-reinforced concrete burial vaults.”

Holly, an interfaith minister, is a much sought-after consultant and Life-Cycle Celebrant who brings people together to help prepare for, live with, and talk about death.  A facilitator with Oregon Humanities’ Talking About Dying program, she led the successful 500 person Death: OK, Let’s Talk About It conference in Portland in 2015. Since early 2013 she has served as principal organizer of PDX Death Café, the largest across 30+ countries. She founded the Death Talk Project to foster useful honest conversation about how we die, how we mourn, and how we care for and remember our dead.

With a Master’s degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Holly is in her 4th year of study with Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, author of Die Wise; A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, at his Orphan Wisdom School in Canada. She is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement by the Association for Death Education & Counseling.

  “At the heart of it and with all the stellar credentials, Holly is one of the most capable, personable, and sweetest women I know. She is truly called to this work and we are pleased to welcome her to our coastal home.”

— Claudia Johnson, M.A., Ecumenical Minister and Memorial Officiant

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Claudia Johnson,

Art of Aging Presents The Practice of Health on March 14

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents Larry Jacobson speaking on “The Practice of Health” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Tuesday March 14, 2017, from 3 to 5.  Fee for the session is $5.

In their 1995 book “The Life We Are Given; A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul,” Michael Murphy and George Leonard outlined a program called Integral Transformative Practice, based on many years of research. The goal is new pathways to health and wellbeing at any age.

“This program has been practiced for more than twenty years,” says Jacobson, “and those of us who have participated have had a universally positive experience.”

Jacobson is a long time social worker who has worked as an elder care manager for many years in Seattle. He has recently relocated to Manzanita. The March 14 session will be informational providing tools you can use on your own. Jacobson will offer a local ongoing group experience of this program in future, called “The Practice of Health,” for anyone interested.

The program includes self-designed affirmations or goals, an easily accessible stretching and exercise plan for all ages, regular meditation or quiet time, suggestions on nutrition, emotional self-awareness through a support group community, and a commitment to an ongoing practice.

“I read the book and have been doing the series of exercises, meditation and yoga for a number of months now,” says Kathie Hightower of Manzanita, “I’ve already seen enough benefits to continue the commitment to regular practice.”

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Tela Skinner,

Hoffman to Screen Documentary “Speaking of Dying” on Feb 28

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film “Speaking of Dying” with a follow-on discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series will show a short documentary film titled “Speaking of Dying” created by Heartwork out of Seattle. There will be a discussion afterwards led by locals Claudia Johnson and Lane deMoll. Fee for the session is $5.

If you haven’t attended one of our conversational sessions before, this afternoon session is a great place to start.  Basic information beautifully crafted. This film and gathering promises to open up the conversation for all of us.

“There is so much taboo,” says Chaplain and facilitator Trudy James of Heartwork, “We live in a death-denying culture. In families where this has not been discussed, it leaves people in the position of making complex and difficult decisions without anything to go on.”

Far too many of us die in ways we would not wish to — often in ICUs, tethered to feeding tubes, in intolerable pain, or unconscious and unable to say a meaningful goodbye to our life and those we care about.

Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end-of-life choices and wishes. “Speaking of Dying” will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at <> online or contact Tela Skinner,

Emotional Wellness for Older Adults

Janet Holboke MSW, LCSW
Emotional Wellness for Older Adults
Art of Aging Series February 14

 Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW, will present information about Emotional Wellness for Older Adults on Tuesday, February 14th from 3-5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. This is a part of the ongoing series Art of Aging. There is a $5 fee.

 Participants will learn strategies for staying emotionally healthy and socially active throughout life. Normal changes as we age will be discussed. There will also be information about recognizing and getting help for early warning signs of common problems such as depression, anxiety, social isolation and memory loss.

        “No one ever talks about this stuff and we need to know.” – Astoria participant
“It’s such a relief to know I’m normal.” – Tillamook participant

Janet Holboke is an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. based in The Dalles, Oregon. Janet is one of 25 specialists around the state working as part of the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. This initiative sponsors community and professional education events promoting behavioral health awareness and improved services. For more information, contact Janet Holboke at

Art of Dying: Readings on January 24, 2017

Join the Art of Dying Conversation on Tuesday, January 24th from 3 to 5 pm to consider readings about death and daying.
We invite you to bring short (10 minutes or less) written pieces – prose or poetry – about aging, death, dying  to read aloud to the group. Or just come, listen and discuss. Original work about your own experiences and other writers’ work will be included.
The conversation we will share around the pieces promises to be as moving, heartfelt and healing as all our events have been to date. Questions? Contact Lane deMoll at

Art of Aging: Advance Directives, POLST Forms, and more

If you were to experience a medical emergency, would the EMT’s be able to get to you? Would they know the best treatment based on your medical history and current meds? Would they know your preferences?

Join us for an Art of Aging Conversation from 3 to 5 on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita to learn how to answer “yes” to all of the above questions.

A representative of the Rinehart Clinic will discuss completion of POLST forms (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Advance Directives, and the difference between the two.

Frank Knight, current Training Officer of the Nehalem Fire District and long time EMT, will talk about some of the issues EMTs run into in emergency response situations.

Join us to learn and to get your questions answered…and to make sure you are prepared.

Suggested donation is $5.

Art of Dying: End of Life Choices

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalThe Hoffman Center for the Arts hosts a conversation on ‘End of Life Choices’ on Tuesday, December 13th from 3 to 5 pm.

Linda Jensen is an RN who practiced primarily in intensive care for more than twenty years before moving overseas.
Returning to Oregon she served for the past 12 years as a client support volunteer with Compassion and Choices.
Linda recently helped form a new organization, End of Life Choices – Oregon, which aims to focus exclusively on
Oregonians who wish to learn about and/or use Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law.

The suggested donation is $5.

Showing of Griefwalker

griefwalker imageJoin us October 11 from 3-5 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts for the showing of Griefwalker, a film about Stephen Jenkinson. A Canadian, he has spent 25 years in what he calls the “death trade, working in care. He now runs the Orphan School of Wisdom which one of our locals has attended.
 A number of us have heard him speak in the past year. Engaging, thoughtful and wise, his premise is that we must pay attention to how we live and that will affect how we die. There will be time for discussion after the showing of the film.
Suggested donation $5

Talk to Address Aging and Intergenerational Friendship



October 20, 2016
Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Manzanita, Oregon

Hoffman Center for the Arts will host an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project talk — “Just a Number: Aging and Intergenerational Friendship” —
The event will be part of the Center’s Art of Aging Series. Admission will be $5.

Independent scholars Jenny Sasser and Simeon Dreyfuss will lead an open discussion about how people experience aging in community. Questions to be addressed include: How do we acknowledge both the universality of aging and the differences we experience? How do we create meaningful connections with others of different ages and life stages?

“Aging is a life-long experience that is both universal and different for everyone,” according to the Conversation Project’s program explanation. “While people of different generations have wisdom to offer those who are ahead of or behind them in life’s journey, barriers to connection often persist between generations. Many of these barriers are rooted in our ideas about age and aging.”

Sasser is an educational gerontologist, transdisciplinary scholar, and community activist. She has worked in the field of gerontology for more than half her life, beginning as a nursing assistant and aging advocate before focusing on research, writing, and teaching.

Dreyfuss is a writer and independent interdisciplinary scholar. His undergraduate studies were in the interdisciplinary liberal arts with concentrations in writing, literature, anthropology, and philosophy. His graduate work was in English and creative writing.

Communications From Those Who Have Passed

Tuesday October 25 at 4 pmbeyond
North County Recreation District (NCRD)
RiverBend Room
Have you ever had contact with someone who was supposed to be dead?  Have you ever told anyone?In honor of Halloween & Day of the Dead, when the veil between the worlds is thin,
Kathleen Moore will lead a conversation about this.
And then, an additional Art of Dying discussion in November. Donations are appreciated