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Margie Ann Stanko- Writing & Puppet Workshops, Meditation, Interfaith Services, & More!

Margie Ann Stanko has worked with diverse populations for many years. She has a B.A. in Dance & Religion and Creative Writing, and certification in Creative Arts Therapy, Gerontology, Person-Centered Care, Ethics and Aging (from the New York Bar Assn.), Mindfulness Meditation, Blindness Basics, and Therapeutic Touch/Energy Healing. She studied at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and is an ordained Interfaith Minister.

Originally from New York City, Margie Ann was an artist in residence in the N.Y.C. Department of Education and with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She has led workshops in improvisational movement, meditation, writing, puppet making, art/music/movement, and interfaith dialogue–at conferences, in community centers, senior centers, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals. The writing workshop she developed for the Traumatic Brain Injury Research program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in N.Y.C. is used as a model for the Brain Association of America. For her work as a mentor for the N.Y. State Brain Injury Association, Margie Ann was awarded the Silent Angels Award and the Founders Award. Margie is an award-winning writer, and until 2014 was performing with intergenerational dance troupes and improvisational movement groups. In 2014, she relocated to Columbia County, Oregon, to pursue a lifelong dream of living in the Pacific Northwest.

In her 20 years as a recreational therapist, Margie Ann has developed specialized programs for persons with dementia, post-stroke and post-TBI survivors, end-of-life support for the dying and their families, and sensitivity training for caregivers. She has also created numerous events and ceremonies to celebrate milestones and special occasions.


Margie Ann Stanko is available to hire for numerous special and unique programs in your facility!

Mandala Meditation: The mandala is an ancient meditation technique which begins with a visual motif of three concentric circles. Participants start with meditative breathing and visualization, and then, using choices of personal color, representative figures, abstraction, and patterns, design a mandala which illustrates their own process and progress. 1-1.5 hours. Supplies provided.

Improvisational Movement & Opera Voice Workshop: A workshop which introduces participants to the concepts of improvisational movement and vocalization. Using music from all genres and cultures to elicit different bodily responses, indviduals will develop their own personal movement style while building a community of movement within the group. Exercises take into account the abilities of each group. Add Opera Voice: a series of fun vocal exercises to encourage expression without words and help participants find new ways to communicate with sound and movement. After six to eight sessions, the group may perform for the community. 45 min – 1.5 hours. Sound system and props provided.

Writing/Poetry Workshops: Keeping one’s language skills fresh is a struggle for many people, and not just the elderly. Participants rediscover the pleasure of language using a variety of colors and textures. Margie Ann has developed a number of techniques working with the chronically ill and post-stroke/TBI survivors, as well as troubled youth, developmentally disabled adults, and the aged, which she has presented at international writing conferences. Each workshop is tailored for the population it is serving. 1-1.5 hrs.

Interfaith Experiences: We study world religions–their histories, cultures, music, festive foods, forms of prayer, and purpose. These programs can be linked to Judeo Christian holidays, as well as archetypal celebrations such as Harvest Festivals, Festivals of Light, and Festivals of Rebirth and Fertility. 1-1.5 hrs.

Puppet Making:   One-time workshop or 6-12-week class. Participants will make a hand puppet such as a sock puppet or mouth puppet (a simplified version of a Muppet). In the multiweek class, we will interpret a story, write a script, design the puppet characters, and perform the show to the other members of the community.

Specialized Programming/Events: Margie Ann’s ministry, Custom Crafted Ceremonies, honors all transitions in life. She has created interfaith worship services, celebrations of life, blessings for new hospice installations, transitions in ownership, and centenary celebrations. She has designed inaugurations for new officers and interdepartmental programs for National Women’s Month, National Black History Month, Nursing Week, CNA Week, Nursing Home Week, Older Persons Month, Poetry Month, and Movember.





Service Fee: $65-100/hour, depending on purpose and length of program. Please inquire for details.

Service Areas: OREGON- Columbia County, Multnomah County. WASHINGTON- Cowitz County

Service Types: Retirement Home/Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult Foster Home, Skilled Nursing/Rehab, Hospital, Senior Center, Adult Day Care, Seniors at Home.

Availability: Monday, Friday, Weekends, Daytime, Some evenings, Request on Short Notice, Request in Advance when able.


Contact Name: Margie Ann Stanko

Phone: (917) 846- 8366

E-mail: margieannstanko853@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margie.stanko

Twitter: https://twitter.com/margieannstanko

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margie-ann-stanko-08100914/

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“Margie gave me hope in the management of a movement disorder called Dystonia. A physician recommended her as someone who could help me to acknowledge the condition and physically “release.” That indeed did happen! Through movement, dance, meditation, and music, I began my long journey to acceptance and recovery. Margie is amazingly patient and creative, and it was always uplifting to be with her. I will always be thankful for her wisdom and encouragement.” Sandra L.

“I had the honor of being the Featured Speaker at the 5th Annual St.Helens Women’s Spiritual Retreat. An added bonus was that Margie was one of the activity directors. Margie lead us in improvised movement meditation.  I found this to be one of the highlights of my weekend! It was so much fun; it brought the shiest of women  out of themselves; the quiet ones talking; the uncoordinated ones dancing as if they had done so all their lives. Margie is a wonderfully talented, enthusiastic, fun teacher.” Sue T.

“Silver Sneakers was a brain child of one of our previous RCMs to provide additional rehabilitative support to our long term residents and then moved forward by our LED, Marjorie Stanko.  We have a resident in our building who came in believing she would never walk again.  She started attending Sliver Sneakers regularly. As time went on her mood improved, her arms and legs became stronger.  We then pursued physical therapy for her. She now is ambulatory and able to do much more for herself.  She still attends Silver Sneakers each day we have offer that exercise program/activity.  I have seen moods improve in several of the clients that go on a regular basis.  Keep up the great work, Margie, so our residents can continue to prosper.” Karla B., LPN/MDS Coordinator, Meadow Park Skilled Nursing & Specialty Care






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