The Center for Contemplative Arts
The Center for Contemplative Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated
to offering to all people activities of inner reflection for deepening spiritual awareness
and nurturing the human spirit for the good of all creation.

Lola Sacks, Coordinator

Yoga  T'ai Chi Meditation Lectio Divina

Current Offerings:
Classes are located at Underhill Plaza, Manzanita Avenue & Division, Manzanita, Oregon

Pilgrimage to the Garden of Your Heart

Description: Shakti (Sharon) Hanson, exceptional yoga teacher, and Robin Lieberman, MSW, skilled therapeutic painter, weave their collective wisdom and shared passions into an extraordinary yoga and painting retreat in Manzanita.

We come together Friday evening (7-8:30) to create our sacred community space with yoga, sharing and interactive social painting. Saturday morning we begin at 9:30 with a yoga session "weeding/preparing the garden." The transition into watercolor painting this image comes with ease. After a short break, we open up the front heart with our yoga flow and then transition to paint the front heart. Following a lunch break, 1-2:30, we reconvene to open the back heart with yoga, and painting from that experience, ending at 5:30 pm. Sunday morning we come together at 10:00 for individual and collective poses for the whole heart. The final painting reveals the last yoga sequence. A sharing of the evolution of our work is part of our closing ceremony, farewell at 2:00.

From past participants:
Through the workshop's theme, I accessed an openness and ease that I'm quite thankful for. The yoga sessions and watercolor painting flowed back and forth very naturally. My body felt more alive and my relationship with color simpler. Also, a warm comradery formed among us participants. Sharon and Robin orchestrated a very restorative weekend. --MJ Davison, artist

"The weekend was a lovely spiritual and emotional re-set for me. The yoga and painting were our gateways in to the work, which we did together and alone, facilitated by our gifted teachers. The beauty of the coast, the shared meals, the variety of physical, spiritual and artistic pursuits, made it an ideal retreat." -- A.B., business coach

Pilgrimage was a unique multidimensional immersion experience for all the senses. I had never thought about merging vinyasa yoga with artistic expression and use of color but the result was amazing. We had such an open and giving group to explore with. Our leaders were creative and enthusiastic. I would do it all over again, expecting deeper growth. --Lucy, retired physician, New Mexico

When: Friday to Sunday, Nov. 10 - 12

Cost: $250 includes snacks and Dinner Saturday night; $275 after Oct. 27

Register: Call Robin 503-222-1192 or or Shakti 503-781-5278

Writing Alive!
Description: Writing Alive! Workshops are strengthened by the time-tested practices of The Amherst Writers and Artists Method (AWA), an approach to writing that celebrates both the pleasure and craft of writing. In each weekly session, we write to 2-4 writing prompts. Writers are free to ignore the prompt and write instead on any subject in any style, in any genre. All writers are invited to read aloud; any writer may pass. An atmosphere of mutual rapport develops with the offering of positive feedback and deep respect. Often, wounded writers who have suffered harsh criticism find welcome respite and pure freedom at our writing table.

The Amherst Method offers a rare framework through which to experience the liveliness, beauty and authenticity within each of us who writes. You will hear others' unique soundings in response to a common prompt. This kind of listening stimulates your own creative aliveness. You will also hear others' positive responses to your own original voice; this will deepen your capacity to risk. A rhythm underlies the mystery of this process. Your distinctive voice effortlessly strides forth.

"Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life or achieving public recognition for your art, the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist and writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful resources from other writers." -- Pat Schneider, founder of The Amherst Writers and Artists Method (AWA) and author of Writing Alone and with Others (2003) and How the Light Gets In (2014), each from Oxford University Press

When: Thursdays

Where: The Center for Contemplative Arts, Manzanita

What to Bring: A notebook & favorite pen, or laptop

Facilitator: Dana Cunningham Anderson, MS, is a writer, visual artist, meditator, retreat leader, and Creativity & Mindfulness Coach. She is trained and certified to facilitate the Amherst Writers & Artists Method.

How to Register: Contact Dana directly: (503) 398-5800 or

Open to 5 to 8 writers of all levels.

SoulCollage* for Women
Description: Plan ahead for a delightful day at the coast making SoulCollage cards and enjoying the community of other women. Whether you are brand new to this process or experienced, you will enjoy the day of calmness and the opportunity to be with other wonderful women.

*SoulCollage was developed by Seena Frost ( It takes no artistic training or experience and yet each card made is a work of art. Kathryn trained in California directly with Seena and uses SoulCollage in her personal life and in her work as a clinical social worker in private practice.

Instructor: Kathryn King, MSW, returns to Manzanita with all the makings for a powerful experience of who we really are on the inside and the opportunity to share what we find in a supportive community of women. Kathryn is a very supportive facilitator, having taught numerous SoulCollage classes in the Portland/Vancouver area and also having worked with people in her private counseling practice for over 22 years. You will go home with several SoulCollage cards of your own and with the memory of a special day of connecting to yourself and others.

When: September 16, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm
(Lunch is on your own, but many of us order from a local deli.)

Register today!
Tuition: $60, all materials are supplied but bring favorite scissors if you have them.
Please send a check to Kathryn King, 316 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663 to reserve your space. Questions: Call Kathryn King at 360-513-0409 or visit Kathryn's web site at for more information. You may pay by PayPal on Kathryn's web site. Note: Register early as there are only a couple of spaces left in this class.

Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Kate Dresher

Description: The retreat will incorporate sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, instruction, and question/answer periods. Kate will be available for private interview times following each day of the retreat. There will be a sign-up sheet provided for interview times.

Bring your own lunch and drinks. (Refrigerator and microwave available.)

Instructor: Kate Dresher has been practicing Buddhist meditation for nearly 20 years and began teaching in 2010 at the request of her root western teacher, Michele McDonald. Her training has been primarily the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. She has practiced as a nun and has trained in pastoral care to serve those facing transition, difficulty or loss.

Prior to following a spiritual calling, she received an undergraduate degree in engineering and a doctorate in economics. Kate teaches metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana retreats primarily in the Northwest and British Columbia. In teaching, she emphasizes practicing right where we are as a doorway to the natural unfolding of wisdom and love. Kate currently resides in Portland, OR.

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 9 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: The retreat and the teachings are offered at no charge, however, a dana (generosity) offering for the support of the teacher is in keeping with a tradition that dates back to the time of the Buddha. There will also be a retreat fee of $15 to help pay for retreat expenses and travel expenses for Kate. (Scholarships are available for this fee.)

Register: Email Lola Sacks, or call Lola at 503-368-6227.

Note: This is a non-residential retreat. To explore places to stay in the Manzanita area, check out the website In addition, Nehalem Bay State Park is an excellent spot for camping.


Each Monday Evening 5:00 - 5:45 (Silent Meditation)

Lectio Divina
Each Tuesday Morning 10 - 11 (Meditation with Scripture)
(This group meets September - May)

T'ai Chi with Marilyn Rooper
Each Wednesday Morning 10 - 11:30
$35/month; drop-in $10

Yoga with Lucy Brook
Each Tuesday Evening 5:00 - 6:30
$40 for five classes; drop-in $10

Energy Yoga with Christa Grimm
Sundays 9:30 - 11 am
$50 for five classes; drop-ins $12

Community Links

Spa Manzanita

Graceful Waves Chiropractic

The Center for Contemplative Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of offering to all people activities of
inner reflection for deepening awareness and nurturing the human spirit for the good of all creation.

For further information, contact Lola Sacks, 503-368-6227.
PO Box 780, Manzanita, OR 97130