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Date & Time Details: Solstice
Sunday June 20, 2021
1:30pm - 9:30pm PT

Location: Online

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Shine the Light 2.0

With Bill Weaver, Chris Erickson, PhD, Devi Ward Erickson, Erin Robinsong, Farah Nazarali, David Yates, Dr. Gabor Maté, Gordy Onayemi Ryan, Jill Purce, Joel Solomon, Kim Haxton, Loretta Laurin, Mara Branscombe, Margie Gillis, Rick Ingrasci & Peggy Taylor, Robert Beatty, Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD, Zoë Ryan, Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), Vanessa Richards, Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake, Bill Ophoff, Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, CM, MD, OMD, PhD, Khari Wendell McClelland and Awakeneers

June 20, 2021

Solstice is the longest day of the year. As we start to emerge from the darkness of the global pandemic, we are looking forward to a brighter tomorrow. How we emerge from this time – as individuals, as an organization, as a community, and as a society – will shape the future.

In 2020, Hollyhock was unable to offer any in-person programming and had to lay off the majority of our staff (learn more about that journey in this short documentary). In 2021, we will be operating our campus at a significantly reduced capacity to meet safety protocols, keeping our guests, staff, and island safe. We are estimating a $400,000 loss in addition to the $325,000 in loss in 2020. Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 this year to offset these losses and to re-emerge from this pandemic with strength. Help us harness the energy of the solstice to emerge even brighter so that we can continue serving the needs of our community. 

Shine the Light will meet this turning of the season with the radiance of many of our brilliant presenters and friends. Come together and celebrate summer solstice with an 8 hour virtual Hollyhock-a-thon – showcasing music, dance, nature immersion, learning, and more. We will also set intentions with the summer solstice at 8:31pm PT. Your support during this time will provide the emergency relief necessary for us to continue to be a beacon of hope and possibility at a time when it is most needed.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
1:30pm – 9:30pm PT
Summer solstice: 8:31pm PT

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Welcome

  • Welcome to Day and Land Acknowledgement
  • Klahoose Welcome 
  • Tommaso Biasiolo: Forest Meditation  
  • Siobhan Robinsong: Music
  • Rupert Sheldrake
  • Bill Ophoff: Sanctuary Story  
  • Mara Branscombe: Yoga/Movement

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Grounding

  • Dr. Steven Aung
  • Jill Purce
  • Fenella Baptista
  • Reefpoint Farm Film by Bill Weaver
  • Farah Nazarali: Grounding Movement/Yoga 
  • Bob Vetter: In Conversation

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Processing

  • Dr. Gabor Maté: In Conversation
  • Joel Solomon
  • Devi Ward Erickson and Chris Erickson, PhD
  • Tarun Nayar: Music

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Foundation Building

  • Atum O’Kane
  • Peggy Taylor & Rick Ingrasci
  • Kim Haxton: In Conversation
  • Erin Robinsong: Late Prayer Poem
  • Bill Weaver: Film & Soundscape
  • Cosmo & Merlin Sheldrake: Music
  • Paul Stamets

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Celebrating

  • Brenda Hanson: Klahoose Culture
  • Gordy & Zoe Ryan: Drumming Celebration
  • Vanessa Richards: Poetry is the Balm

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Re-emergence

  • Awakeneers: Music
  • Christopher Fleck: Leadership through Music and Movement
  • Greetings from The Hollyhock Campus
  • Cortes Partners
  • Climate Hope: Cortes Climate Plan for Resilience 
  • CCEDA (Cortes Community Economic Development Association) with Loni Taylor 
  • Cortes Kayak Adventures with Kai Harvey
  • Klahoose Wilderness Resort: In Conversation
  • Margie Gillis

7:35 PM – 8:30 PM Lead up to Solstice

  • Khari Wendell McClelland
  • Robert Beatty: Guided Meditation
  • Loretta Laurin & David Yates: Sound Journey + Solstice Moment

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM Lead out from Solstice

  • All Staff and Board
  • Closing

*This schedule is subject to change


Bill Weaver
Bill founded the Media that Matters conferences in 1999. He’s a media strategist / philosopher and a Peabody-Award-winning, 50-year veteran of television and radio in the US and Canada. He has produced, directed, shot, and edited 10 television documentaries and numerous interstitials for Canadian television, and continues to create short films and organizational narratives for values-based business and social profits. Bill believes that we cannot communicate at our fullest capacity without touching in with our most elemental media: our inner dialogue, our conversations with others, and our interactive relationship with the natural word. mediathatmatters.org | billweaver.ca
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Chris Erickson, PhD
Dr. Chris Erickson has been practicing Tibetan based Tantra since 2014. He holds a PhD in Political Science and Masters degree in Philosophy, and is a Certified Authentic Tantra® Coach and the Senior Educational Administrator for the Institute of Authentic Tantra Education. Dr. Erickson is an accomplished Vajrayana Tantra practitioner, and one of the most advanced male practitioners of modern Tantra in North America. He is deeply interested in weaving his academic understanding of society with his wisdom as a Tantric practitioner. Dr. Erickson specializes in teaching Tibetan Buddhist Meditation theory and practice, cultivating mindful presence through pleasure, and mastering the…
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Devi Ward Erickson
Devi Ward Erickson is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert, Sex Coach, Certified Sexologist, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation Instructor, and practitioner of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. She is an author  and the Host of the hit Podcast “Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward”. Devi has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops since 2000. An abuse survivor, Devi provides down-to-earth experience-based insight into using meditation, Tantra, and ‘pleasure as medicine’ for healing trauma. Her personal journey from Stripper- to Monk- to Tantrika enables her to call upon her own experience of profound life transformation through Tantra and sexual…
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Erin Robinsong
Erin Robinsong is a poet, interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and the author of Rag Cosmology, Liquidity, and Nearness (forthcoming 2021). Collaborative performance work with Kathleen Brown, Andréa de Keijzer and Hanna Sybille Müller has been presented at the Conference on Ecopoetics (USA), The Festival of Ideas (UK), Fierce Festival (UK), Tangente Danse (CA), and many others. A PhD student at Concordia University, Erin’s research-creation work focuses on emergent ecological thought in poetry. Originally from Cortes Island, Erin lives in Montréal. erinrobinsong.org
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Farah Nazarali
Farah Nazarali  B.A., M.A. has been teaching and studying yoga and mindfulness for 15 years and brings a wealth of practical experience in teaching breathing, wellness, conflict resolution, and non-violent communication in a variety of settings (educational, non-profit, business). She is the founder of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and recorded hundreds of podcasts with renowned authors, teachers, and speakers. She has partnered with established industry leaders in the field of consciousness; Banyen Books and Hollyhock Leadership Learning Center to produce podcasts and teach Retreats. She is on the Board of Directors of Yoga Outreach, a charity that has pioneered bringing…
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David Yates
David Yates has a B.A. (2001) from The Evergreen State College, with equal time spent studying writing, theatre, music, and dance. He has worked in elementary schools as a support educator for special needs programs, as an anti-violence facilitator for high school students, and is now an instructor for performance-based programs through Camosun College and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He began his journey with didgeridoo in 2009 with Shine Edgar, an Australian didgeridoo master who learned from Noongar elders in Australia. After that single private lesson, things simply clicked, and David began playing with a number of Vancouver’s local…
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Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH–bor MAH–tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, including the award–winning In the Realm of HungryGhosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada,…
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Gordy Onayemi Ryan
Gordy Onayemi Ryan has laid down the groove for the Olatunji Drums of Passion for decades as well as for Gabrielle Roth, Zhikr Rituals, movie scores (including Spike Lee and Eddie Murphy),and many more great artists in his career. obatheband.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Jill Purce
Jill Purce is a British voice teacher, Family Constellations therapist, and author who has produced groundbreaking work in the fields of music, art, and spirituality. In the 1970s Purce developed a new way of working with the voice, introducing the teaching of group overtone chanting, producing a single note whilst amplifying the vocal harmonics. Jill pioneered the international sound healing movement through her rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques, the teaching of overtone chanting, the power of group chant, and the spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation. She also pioneered the practice of healing family…
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Joel Solomon
Joel was Hollyhock’s Board Chair for 25 years. He activates money and business into pragmatic models for long term balance of ecology and society. Renewal Funds, RSF Social Finance, Vancity, MakeWay are important financial change agents where Joel plays key roles. Joel is also a key figure in Hollyhock’s Social Venture Institute conferences.
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Kim Haxton
Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with Indigeneyez, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills and diversity and anti-oppression education. Kim currently leads Peace and Conflict Resolution programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cultivating…
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Loretta Laurin
Loretta Laurin (they/she) is a lover of movements and thrives in the juicy space where art meets activism. They have been teaching a variety of embodiment modalities over 10 years, including Bellyfit®, Pilates, Yoga, Contact Improvisation, and Fusion partner dancing. They also have experience as a social justice educator facilitating workshops on topics such as power and privilege, anti-racism, gender, and consent culture. Drawing upon diverse modalities and experiences, Loretta’s workshops strike a unique balance of grounded depth and light-hearted play. Loretta is also an SFU graduate with certificates in Applied Human Nutrition, Religious Studies, Sustainable Community Development, and Liberal…
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Mara Branscombe
Mara Branscombe was awakened to the potency of Hatha Yoga in India twenty years ago. Teaching yoga and meditation now for over a decade, Mara’s ability to hold healing space for the hearts and minds of others offers a vast landscape for transformation within. In her classes you can expect to be challenged and awakened through unique sequencing, articulate asana, grounding meditation, and enlivening pranayama practice. In her yoga teachings, Mara weaves together her background as a dance artist, her practice in the shamanic tradition, and her twenty years of experience on her mat – naturally what arises is a…
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Margie Gillis
Internationally acclaimed dance Artist Margie Gillis is one of the most influential Canadian choreographers/dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries Her company, the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, was founded in 1981. Margie has created more than one hundred and fifty creations, solos, duets, and group works, which have been performed around the globe. She has received numerous awards for her unwavering effort to develop her craft through experimenting, teaching, creation, innovation and performance. In 2023, Margie Gillis is celebrating her 50th career anniversary: 50 years of creation, love, and dance. margiegillis.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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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. He is the author of Mindfulness for a Happy Life. robertbeatty.com | portlandinsight.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD
Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, is the founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School. Atum teaches the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School core training programs with an inter-faith approach in five countries, along with multiple other courses. His vision of each individual soul having the ability to listen and respond to their particular Call of living an expanded life has been artfully taught as well as absorbed by many. Atum has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Atum is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance which focuses on the Christian Mystics, the vision of Teilhard…
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Zoë Ryan
Zoë Ryan has journeyed deep into modern, shamanic and West African dance. It is her joy to bring the transformative nature of dance to people of all ages. She trained in dance education at the Rudolph Laban Centre in London and has an early background in Shakespearean Theatre. She apprenticed with Gabrielle Roth and played extensively with Babatunde Olatunji and the Drums of Passion. obatheband.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Hollyhock Leadership Institute
Hollyhock’s renowned conferences help to resolve the leadership deficits of the modern world. These cross-sectoral and multi-generational gatherings work to support and catalyze progressive leaders through strengthening skills, expanding capacity, and building peer-to-peer networks and knowledge. Tackling the largest issues of our time and promoting social and environmental justice requires that we come together to not only learn hard skills and share lessons, but also to rejuvenate our passions and recharge. Joining our conferences opens up access to like-minded networks and community that support one another throughout the year. Past conferences include: Social Venture Institute, Activate: Digital Leadership, Creating a…
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Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)
Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), is the founder of Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms, and has been a dedicated mycologist of 40+ years. He has written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the ‘bibles’ of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled to the world stage his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health. Paul has received numerous awards and honours for his…
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Vanessa Richards
Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, works as an artist and facilitator. Her practices encourage the personal and civic imagination towards positive social change and sustainability. Since the 1990’s she has been devising and delivering arts-based engagement, education and programming through collaboration with community programmes, universities, unions, cultural organizations, health care providers, and projects that serve the imaginations of young people and elders. As a community choir leader she also brings collective singing to conferences and gatherings to connect ideas, emotions and people. Her poetry and critical works are anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada. As a performer she has been nominated for…
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Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of more than ninety technical papers and nine books, including Ways To Go Beyond, And Why They Work. He was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he was Director of Studies in Cell Biology, and was also a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He worked in Hyderabad, India, as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and also lived for two years in the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in Tamil Nadu. From 2005-2010, Rupert was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for…
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Merlin Sheldrake
Merlin Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures, a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and winner of the Royal Society Book Prize and the Wainwright Prize. Merlin is a research associate of the Vrije University Amsterdam, and works with the Society for the Protection of Underground Networks and the Fungi Foundation. A keen brewer and fermenter, he is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms. merlinsheldrake.com
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Cosmo Sheldrake
Cosmo Sheldrake is a multi-instrumentalist musician producer, composer, and sound artist. Cosmo released his first single ‘The Moss’ in 2014, which was followed by the ‘Pelicans We’ EP in 2015 and his debut album The Much Much How How and I in April, 2018. Much of Cosmo’s work is concerned with ecology, extinction and the nature of place. In September, 2020 he released a series of Wake up Calls, pieces composed entirely from recordings of endangered British birds. He has toured internationally, composed music for film and theatre, and in 2015 he ran a community choir in Brighton. Cosmo is…
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Bill Ophoff
Bill Ophoff has a background in geography and biology, is a naturalist world traveler, and has been Hollyhock’s resident naturalist for 25 years. Hollyhock guests often rave about our naturalist excursions, and more often than not, they are talking about Bill and his quirky sense of humour. Bill landed on Cortes Island on “May 3, 1993 on the 3:05pm ferry” and jokes that he just never left. He has seen the evolution of Hollyhock over 25 years, holding down a lighthearted and no BS foundation, filling our bellies with beachside oyster barbeques, and beguiling our hearts with stories of the land.…
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Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, CM, MD, OMD, PhD
Dr. Steven K.H. Aung is a family, geriatric, and integrative medicine physician, and a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner, calligraphy artist and teacher. He seeks to blend Eastern, Western, and natural medicines in his medical clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At the University of Alberta, Dr. Aung is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Extension and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Aung founded the Medical Acupuncture Program at the University of Alberta in 1991, and he was the program’s chief instructor, examiner, and curriculum consultant. He is also a medical acupuncture…
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Khari Wendell McClelland
Khari Wendell McClelland is an award-winning musician and sought-after facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning. Originally from Detroit, Khari made his way to Canada over a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, BC. Khari’s passion for community service is clear, both in his musical life and in his facilitation work. He balances his time each year performing and working with communities as a facilitator. He has worked throughout Canada and internationally in Africa, Australia, Europe, The United States, and Jamaica. Recently, Khari received critical acclaim for his Freedom Singer project, recreating the music…
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Awakeneers’ music centres around honest vocals sweetened with multi-part harmonies and supported by rich acoustic instrumentation. The nomadic band of nine multi-instrumentalist songwriters — most of whom are siblings — segues seamlessly from a foot-stomping fiddle tune to a hip-hop guide to mindfulness.
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