Speaking & Workshops

Marlene’s speaking presentations help her audience refuse to let circumstances dictate their ability to live a meaningful life.


  • On God — let Him lead
  • On what you can do — not what you can’t
  • On choices and possibilities
  • On solutions — not problems
  • On principles and values — live them

Rebuilding after a loss or tragedy requires acceptance, letting go, and possibility thinking to evaluate new options, alternatives and possibilities.

Yes, we can recover and rebuild.

Workshops, Classes, and Retreats

Here is a selection of the workshops, classes and retreats Marlene offers. Marlene can customize any of these to meet your group’s needs, or develop a program that addresses a topic or concern you have.

Use the Contact form in the sidebar of this page to express your interest in booking Marlene to speak at your event.

From Gravel Pit to Beautiful Garden

Too often our lives reflect a gravel pit – barren, desolate and littered with unwanted trash from our past. We feel discouraged, exhausted and overwhelmed. This workshop takes you through the steps of designing a garden within yourself where obstacles are replaced with a peace, hope and serenity.

“…the women were blessed by the wisdom Marlene shared and the practical counsel she offered.”

Spiritual Abundance in a Time of Stress and Distress

In the face of crisis and difficulty, God calls us to have courage and faith. When we allow Him to lead, He gives us faith to replace fear, strength to endure over time and wisdom to make new choices. As we step out boldly in obedience, stress is turned into energy. As He blesses us, we become a blessing to others.

“Marlene is a great facilitator and teacher.”

Celebrate Your Life Story

Within our life stories, we find a lifetime of experiences that can help us make new and productive goals for today. Buried within the labyrinth of time we discover inner strengths and resources we have used in the past to overcome adversity and losses. As we celebrate the milestones in our life history, we are able to grieve old losses, heal old wounds and re-write negative scripts. It is an exciting journey of self-discovery giving us a new vision to write a new chapter in our life’s story.

“Greatly appreciated and very well done. God’s timing is always the right time.”

Healing the Wounded Heart

Psychological pain can hold us captive keeping us from healing. It’s an emotional and spiritual wounding that wears many faces: rejection, humiliation, shame and fear. When confronted, we are able to break through the barrier of denial, accept our vulnerabilities and replace distorted perceptions of self-worth with a new appraisal of our capabilities.

“Powerful! A great experience!”

Maximize Good Stress — Reduce Dis-stress

Learn the secrets to eliminating dis-stress. We can learn to reduce our panic and anxiety and lower levels of stress and tension. When our mind and body are calmed, we can examine the triggers of distress, challenge negative thinking, affirm our worth and built positive plans of action to maximize our energy. Problems are not stumbling blocks but opportunities to become more of who we can become.

“I’m thinking about myself positively. Great instructor; would attend more of her classes.”

The Many Faces of Grief and Loss

Throughout life we are faced with adversities and losses. How do we grieve them? How do we come to terms with tragedies? How do we let go, close the door to the past and create a new reality? Unless we honor and validate our grief journey, it can go underground and become a toxic influence on everything we do. Grieving our losses require working through the twists and turns and layers connected to our loss, gradually integrating it into our life story and redefining who we are today.

“I recently attended Marlene’s seminar at the women’s retreat at Warm Beach. I lost my husband two years ago and really appreciated her session.”

Pain Management: Strategies to Take Back Your Life

Physical pain can become a constant intrusion into our lives. When we understand the pain experience and what we bring to it, we can develop a personal program of empowerment. Relaxation and visualization can make a difference in reducing physical and psychological pain and can help in healing the mind and body. Relaxation, along with mindfulness and visualization, can enhance our lives every day.

“I relax more and am not so dependent on paid medications – a big thanks to our leader.”

Past Speaking Engagements

For the last ten years, Marlene has designed and presented classes, workshops and speeches.  Here are some of them:

  • Jesus, Teach Me to Pray – Developing Relationship with God – 9-week class
  • Grief and Loss class – 4-week class
  • Stepping Out – Making a Successful Transition – 4-week class
  • The Many Faces of Grief & Loss – retreat
  • Parenting Classes – 8-week class
  • Maximizing Your Health – 4-week class
  • It’s Your Life – Wellness – 4-week class
  • From Gravel Pit to Garden – 8-week class
  • Relationships – 7-week class
  • Celebrating Your Life Story – presentation
  • Staff Development – workshop
  • Communication – Why Won’t Anybody Listen – workshop
  • Spiritual Abundance – weekend retreat
  • The Many Faces of Grief – workshop
  • Genesis – The Beginning – 9-week class
  • Pain Management – Strategies to Take Back your Life – 6-week class
  • From Winter to Spring – Working through Grief – 4-week class

At the following locations:

  • Salem Lutheran Church
  • Warm Beach Retreat Center
  • Shelter Bay Community Center
  • Friendship House
  • Camp Brotherhood
  • Friendship Alliance Church, Winthrop, WA
  • La Conner Sr. Center
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Christ the King Seniors
  • Anacortes Senior Center
  • Pointe of Grace
  • Skagit Valley Writers league
  • Hwy 20’s Writers
  • Vernon Health Education
  • Skagit Community College
  • Skagit Valley Hospital
  • Anacortes Island Hospital
  • La Conner Methodist Church Retreat
  • Island Hospital Grief Support Group