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Date & Time Details: Weekly on Thursdays 8:30-10:00am PST on March 26 - April 30, 2020

Location: Online

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HollyhockTalks: Sheltering in Community

With Karen Mahon Carrington, Robert Beatty and Farah Nazarali

March 26 - April 30, 2020

What is happening in the world and in our communities is stressful and destabilizing. Reducing social contact can add to that anxiety. Humans really dislike uncertainty, so now it is more important than ever to reach towards one another in connection, and learn tools for resilience.

This 6-week interactive online series to help you centre, calm, and connect, in order to process the enormity of what is happening in our world right now. Sessions will be hosted by Hollyhock Board Vice Chair, Karen Mahon Carrington. Each week will feature different Hollyhock presenters offering reflections and processes to allow us to be truly present to the suffering and possibilities for transformation that are inherent in this moment.

Together we will simply slow down and connect with what is happening for each of us in this time of collective upheaval. We will explore questions such as:

  • How do we meet this moment acknowledging our vulnerability and tapping into our deepest strengths?
  • What are we learning and how do we hold space for the new emergent reality?
  • What wisdom teachings can we draw on for support, and how do we make them relevant for this time?

Week 1: Deep Listening with Karen Mahon, March 26

Connect with others in the Hollyhock community to share, listen, and reflect on what we are each feeling and thinking at in this unprecedented time. Includes a guided meditation and break-out sharing groups.

Week 2: Mindfulness Practice with Robert Beatty, April 2

According to Buddhism, everything in life is always changing. How can we awaken from the illusion of consistency to the freedom, love, compassion, and joy that is our natural state? Experience mindfulness meditation practices and discussion. Robert Beatty MES, MSW, is a Buddhist meditation teacher of 40+ years.

Week 3: Crisis, Chaos, & Creativity with Farah Nazarali, April 9

Decay, destruction, and death are a natural part of the cycle of life and is followed by rebirth, renewal and growth. Amidst the chaos of financial survival, how can we be creative, adaptable, and attuned to the deeper calling of this crisis? Discussion and break-out groups will be followed by yogic practices and prayers for inner peace and global harmony. Farah Nazarali is a pioneer in integrating yogic practices and Eastern wisdom with heart-centred conflict resolution.

 Important Details

A link will be emailed to all registered participants upon registration. Please come on time by logging in a few minutes in advance, and plan to stay for the full 90 minutes.

Registration: You must register for each event separately. Each week will be held at the same time on Thursdays 8:30am-10:00am. We will be posting events as we confirm the presenters. To receive an e-mail announcement about each new event, please sign-up for our email list and check off “virtual events”.

Video Conferencing: The gatherings will take place on Zoom, a video conferencing tool. You can download Zoom for free (click “download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”). You do not need a Zoom account, but you will need a device with audio/visual and internet connection. Please check your audio in advance by making sure you have a working microphone, camera, and speakers. (Alternatively, there is an option to join by phone, but the experience will be diminished without video, so we encourage you to use video if you can). A tutorial for Zoom etiquette will be provided at the beginning of the meeting.

Waiting Room & Late Arrivals: Once you login to the link, you will enter a “waiting room.” We will then admit everyone at the start time of 8:30am. If you arrive late, you may have to wait longer, and we can not guarantee that you will be entered. If there is space, we may permit you to enter when it is appropriate (for example, not in the middle of a meditation).

We look forward to seeing you online!


Karen Mahon Carrington
Karen Mahon Carrington is a life long environmentalist, trainer and teacher. She was a principle architect in the landmark campaigns to protect the old-growth rainforests of Clayoquot Sound and the Great Bear Rainforests on Canada’s West coast. Since then she has been working to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, develop and implement climate policy and organizing for climate justice. Intertwined with her environmental work Karen has been a student and teacher focused on the intersection of the inner spiritual and emotional realms with the outer planetary and social crises. Steeped in Jungian psychology and Judaic and Christian mysticism, Karen…
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Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty MES, MSW, is the founding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community and a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America in the 1970s. Robert integrates Western psychology with the systematic training of the mind and heart offered by Buddhism. His teaching emphasizes kindness, relationship, humour, family, and work as vehicles for spiritual development. robertbeatty.com | portlandinsight.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Farah Nazarali
Farah Nazarali is the Founder and Producer of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and The Smiling Yogi, a small-Vancouver-based business dedicated to spreading joy, health, and wellness. After 2 degrees, over 10 years of teaching, and over 15 years of spiritual study and practice, Farah believes the power for change in the world lies within each individual tapping into and harnessing an inner source of power and using it for the benefit of all. Farah brings a heart-centred approach to conflict resolution and is a pioneer in integrating yogic practices and Eastern wisdom with conflict resolution skills. She has studied classical yoga,…
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