sat16nov9:00 am5:00 pmInhaleExhale: Community Confluence of Stories and IdeasHonoring Life Navigating the Journey of DeathThe Lord Mansion, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia

Event Details

InhaleExhale – Window Seat Media’s newest Community Stories Project – is an exploration of our stories about death and dying, here in the South Puget Sound. There will be workshops, playback theater, an exhibit, dialogue and more. Saturday, November 16th, 8:30am-5pm.

What are our “blueprints” for dying? Where do these stories come from and how do they inform the care we seek and receive? What stories complicate our “master narratives,” and what can we learn from those stories? Their goal is to share powerful stories and ideas, illuminate systemic problems, and ask what is possible for end-of-life care in the South Sound community.

Join them Saturday, November 16th for their project launch! Workshops, playback theater, an exhibit, conversations and more! Together, you will consider your own stories around death, access new ideas and resources, and listen to stories in a variety of formats.

Visit website for session descriptions and list of presenters. Event schedule (below) subject to change.

Event Schedule

8:30AM | Doors Open‍
Coffee, tea, connect with friends, old and new ‍

9:00AM | Welcome and Opening with Brian Flowers ‍
Settle in and be seated by 9:00!‍

10:20AM | Break ‍

10:40AM | Session 1: Understanding the Story Landscape
Track 1: A Rivers Journey to the Sea: How ready were we for serious illness and end-of-life? How ready are you? | Hugh O’Neill
Track 2: Afterworlding | Miranda Mellis
Track 3: Nourishing Wildflowers | Jessica Caldwell

12:00PM | Lunch
Eat lunch in main house or bring food to Coach House for playback theater performance with the Heartsparkle Players from 12:15-1:15PM. Lunch provided by Nineveh.‍

1:30PM | Session 2: Living and Dying Fully
Track 1: Story Salon | Elaine Vradenburgh with conversation partners Debe Edden, Elizabeth Lord, and Eliana Stockwell-Ferber
Track 2: What is a Death Doula? Who Needs a Death Doula? | Lashanna Williams
Track 3: Rituals of Bereavement and Remembrance: Telling a Life’s Story, Connecting to a Bigger Story | Holly Pruett

2:50PM | Break ‍

3:10PM | Session 3: Honoring Our Loved Ones and Ourselves After Death
Track 1:  Reimagining What is Possible: The Art and Practice of Home Funerals and Green Burials | Lucinda Herring and Karen Lohmann
Track 2:  Green Burial and Emerging Alternatives | Brian Flowers and Nora Menkin
Track 3: Thinking with Death and Dying, Together: Written Reflection on InhaleExhale | Sophia McLain and Lucien Spect

4:30PM | Break

4:45PM | Closing Ritual with Holly Pruett

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(A note about tickets: In effort to make the gathering more accessible, they are offering sliding scale tickets. The actual cost of producing this event is $90 per person. Please select the level that best works for you. Those who chose to contribute above the $90 level are helping them continue the conversation into 2020 with ongoing events and a podcast of stories. You will receive a tax receipt for any amount donated above the $90 ticket fee. Please contact if you are unable to pay the $30 discounted ticket price. No one turned away for lack of funds.)


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