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Date & Time Details:
A 6-month online series to take place November 2020 to April 2021

Location: Online

Create to Liberate:
with Khari Wendell McClelland & Rebekka Goldsmith
January 26, 2021
Tiered Tuition: $0 | $20 | $40 USD
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Hope in the Apocalypse: Unpacking the Climate Crisis:
with Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Nick Demeris
Dates TBA

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Liberation Series: Live Online Programs with Hollyhock & Kripalu

With Gayle Karen Young Whyte, Elissa Berrol, David Whyte, Akasha, PhD, Monique Schubert, Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Nick Demeris

November 13, 2020 - April 30, 2021


Create to Liberate
January 26, 2021
With Khari Wendell McClelland & Rebekka Goldsmith

Creativity is not reserved for the professional artist. Creativity is a means to meeting our individual and collective challenges, finding new and richer  forms of self expression, and cultivating joy. It can also be an incredible tool for group cohesion and community building. 

Khari and Rebekka will be working with nature, the arts, the role of power, and imaginative play as they lift up themes from the monthly weekend intensives. Expand your individual and collective creativity to live a more meaningful, just, joyful, and inter-connected life. 

During our time together we will:

  • Deepen our understanding of power – qualities of, its effects on group dynamics and where it lives within us.
  • Connect to tools of personal and collective liberation including gratitude, joy, curiosity, courage, storytelling, ritual, reflection, listening, and embodied knowing.  
  • Use creativity as a personal and collective practice to build connection, strengthen resilience and heal. 

Tuesday, Jan 26, 4-6pm PST (7-9pm EST)

Tiered Tuition
Community Supported: $0 USD
Standard: $20 USD
Pay It Forward: $40 USD

Pick the tier that works best for you. Community Supported pricing is for those facing financial or other hardships, Standard pricing is the set cost, and Pay It Forward helps cover others in your program. There is no application for the different amounts—simply pay what works for you.

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Note All recordings will be available within 72 hours of the end of each session. You will have access to the four video recordings for 30 days after the program ends.

Hope in the Apocalypse: Unpacking the Climate Crisis
Dates TBA
With Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Nick Demeris

Develop new maps to navigate through an era of climate change, social unrest, and political upheaval. Cultivate an embodied understanding of the devastating impacts of colonization that produced this tipping point and begin a path of healing and genuine reconciliation between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and all beings of this planet.

In this weekend intensive, learn techniques to build spiritual, emotional and somatic resiliency to engage the present reality from a place of embodiment, interconnectedness and awareness.

Program elements will include:

  • Contemplative frameworks for processing grief and isolation.
  • Understanding the relationship between crisis and opportunity.
  • Deep listening, singing, story-telling, movement, and arts-based processes to move through this volatile time.
  • Embodied practices for alleviating the impact of stress and adrenal fatigue on our bodies.


For 48 years, Kripalu has been a leader in yoga and mindfulness-based education. More than just poses on a mat, they believe yoga is an accessible practice that inspires connection, compassion, and joy.

Hollyhock is a not-for-profit leadership centre with the mission of creating meaningful experiences to inspire personal growth and social transformation. Our vision is to achieve a future where people live in right relations with ourselves, each other, and nature – understanding that these are intricately connected.

Bringing together two centers with shared missions, the vision of the Liberation Series is to provide connection and community during a pivotal time and moment in history. Over the course of six months, and starting in the wake of the U.S. election, this Series will explore topics in Conscious Leadership, Lateral and Collective Liberation, Climate Justice and Creative Embodiment. More information on the rest of the collaboration is forthcoming. Sign up for Hollyhock’s email newsletter for the latest updates.


A Call to Conscious Leadership: Deepening our Capacity to Navigate Complexity
November 13-15, 2020
With Gayle Karen Young & Elissa Berrol

Join renowned speakers Gayle Karen Young and Elissa Berrol for the first program in our Liberation Series in collaboration with Kripalu. For one weekend, spend time online in this live program discovering the truth behind leadership, engagement, and vulnerability.

Here’s what we know to be true. Leadership is contextual, and people and organizations are discovering that if indeed they once had the privilege to be on the sidelines of conversations about race, identity, belonging, and inclusion, that time is gone. Knowing this work is messy, we bring this contextual awareness into a personal engagement with our storied selves, examining how our habitual armor blocks genuine relationship, curiosity, innovation, belonging, and joy. We will deconstruct some of the limiting narratives we use to protect ourselves, which if left unexamined, become pernicious “mindtraps” that leave us more exhausted and disconnected.

And what we can learn together. Through lecture, Q&A, and guided practice, explore the human faculties of imagination and vulnerability, and how they intersect with and are a requirement for our liberation and ability to lead from heart rather than hurt.

Our goal from this weekend will be to leave with a more beautiful mind, open heart, and renewed energy to face an unknown future with courage

Special guests Poet David Whyte will join us as a guest, to bring artistry to our conversation around dreaming into possibility. Akasha will join us as a guest to help identify and unlock common leadership mindtraps. Facilitated by Monique Schubert.


Gayle Karen Young Whyte
Gayle Karen Young Whyte believes the world needs more leaders who are “able for” what lies ahead, who have developed the capacity to meet the complexity of global challenges. Working in the field of leadership for the past two decades, it has become abundantly clear to her that there are the visible, tangible, practical, and pragmatic aspects of leadership that need to be executed on a day-by-day basis, and then there is the work of caring for the spaces between people, of seeing complexity and interdependencies, of understanding relationships and power and all the ephemeral things that still excise tremendous influence…
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Elissa Berrol
Elissa Berrol, Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, is passionate about helping organizations increase their internal capacity to successfully navigate external complexity. She masterfully facilitates teams and coaches leaders to examine default habits, surface and manage polarities that create stalemate, and create conditions for seeing and shifting unhelpful dynamics. An insightful, collaborative change agent, she pursues strategies and interactions that challenge old narratives, promote diversity of thought, and tap into the inherent wisdom of her clients. Elissa works with leaders and teams at all levels to (re)connect them to their values and practice courageous and authentic behaviours. She has a warm…
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David Whyte
David Whyte, poet, author, and speaker, grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David holds a degree in marine zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon, and Himalayas. His life as a poet has created an audience in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literary world of readings that most poets inhabit; the psychological…
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Akasha, PhD
Akasha Bermuda, PhD, MA, is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation as a professional certified coach (PCC). His active research interests are in the areas of coaching across differences, pilgrimage as developmental journeys, and meaning-making and complexity development in university students in the Caribbean. Akasha stands for the development of leaders who lead through a diversity, equity, access, and inclusion lens while navigating the complexity of effectively engaging across differences. He has been coaching for over 10 years and brings deep interest in spirituality, adult development, and intercultural consciousness to his work in the world. As a consultant, he integrates diversity,…
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Monique Schubert
Monique Schubert, MFA, is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and the founder of OM Society, a lifestyle wellness company that expands the reach of yoga and mindfulness through workshops, classes, and special events. For almost 20 years, Monique has taught yoga and mindfulness in NYC and the surrounding area. She weaves her background in visual arts into her teachings that often brings yoga into cultural spaces. Monique joined Kripalu as a RISETM facilitator in 2018. In this role she collaborates with non-profits, museums, and public schools to create programs for both adults and younger individuals. A member of the Resistance Revival…
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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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Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities. Facing firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her traditional territory, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner…
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Nick Demeris
Nick Demeris is a two time TEDx participant (speaker and host), actor, singer, and facilitator of community building through music, turning audiences into orchestras all around the globe. In his fourth year as a singer, creator, and teaching artist at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Nick works with master musicians, Public School teachers, aspiring artists, and young people in the juvenile justice system, to improvise, write, produce, and record original music: National Youth Orchestra (USA), Boston Children’s Chorus, Commedia Dell’Opera – OTOYOTOY, ITAC 4, Future Music Project, and member of Moving Star Ensemble. Nick travels the globe performing original…
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