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Hollyhock Presenters

Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

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Abneet Kaur Sandhar

Abneet Kaur Sandhar is a Feminine Embodiment Coach, ceremonialist + movement facilitator. She is a magic maker and devotee of the Goddess. She is also a certified Holistic Nutritionist + Natural foods Alchemist/ Chef. Most recently becoming a woman’s temple facilitator in Boulder, CO in May 2019, she has completed multiple leadership trainings with Awakening Woman’s Institute and is currently completing classical Indian tantra yoga teacher training with Arkaya Yoga. In Summer 2021, she was awarded for her community leadership and facilitation by the Visioneers Network. Abneet is obsessed with guiding women back to her inner healing capability and reclaiming…

Afro Van Connect

Afro Van Connect Society is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to empowering people of African Descent through conversation, collaboration, creation & performance. We accomplish this by creating platforms and gatherings of vibrant, creative minds committed to developing authentic solutions, to increase the visibility of unserved communities.  We offer a creative capitol platform where shared opportunities and resources are designed to support liberating education and community sustainability. We are dedicated to building a platform to celebrate our shared story through our collective accomplishments. Black Spaces are community designed spaces, intended to unite people and organizations across Canada and the world. Our programs…

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,…

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood facilitates transformation. She advises, trains, and consults on how change happens individually, organizationally and societally. She is on the faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Institute, and is founder of the New Universal, which centers human wisdom in the wisdom of brown women. She was the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute for many years, and directed the Mycelium Fund, which awarded small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness. ocimpact.com | wisebridge.org

Alexandra Jai

Alexandra Jai hails from Santiago, Chile and is a hand drumming and yoga teacher, rhythm and movement facilitator and performer with over 30 years of experience. Initiated in her teens into the healing power of the drum by Nigerian master drummer Olatunji Babatunde, Alexandra plunged heart-first into the study of hand drumming, learning traditional West African, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Middle Eastern drumming from master percussionists across the globe. Called to share the healing she’d received, in 2003 Alexandra co-founded Rhythm Bliss (formerly “Drum Mama Studios”) where she began integrating hand drumming instruction with yoga philosophy, mindful movement and breath practices.…

Aliko

Born and raised in Seattle Washington to a French Jewish mother and Caribbean father. Aliko is a first generation American, trans, Blaxk presenting, Jewish entrepreneur and producer. Aliko is the Founder and director of U Productions and Expansion Festival. Through his branding, website, photography, videography, and event production business, he is able to live out his dedication to carving out spaces for humanity through his work. Check out Alikos work and team! http://www.weareuproductions.com http://www.expansionfestival.com aliko@weareuproductions.com @theealikotree

Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

Alina Frank and Dr. Craig Weiner, DC, are internationally respected EFT trainers, lecturers, and authors. They are the producers of the film project, The Science of Tapping (scienceoftapping.org). Together they train and mentor coaches and health care professionals around the world. They are also the happily married couple who run successful online programs at Learningtofindlove.com. efttappingtraining.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Amos Clifford

Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. A serial social entrepreneur, Amos is a leading voice for Shinrin-Yoku inspired Forest Therapy in the United States. The Association’s work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, NPR Morning Edition, USA Today, the Washington Post, Yahoo Health, Yoga Journal, and many other publications. He was featured on the January 2016 episode of National Geographic Explorer, “Call of the Wild.” Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He has authored many publications including “Your Guide to Forest Bathing:…

Amrita Ahuja

The creator of the Groundwork™ productivity framework, Amrita Ahuja has introduced ease and flow across industries – startups, enterprise, technology, health and wellness, music, social justice, creative agencies and more since 2010. Through workshops and coaching she helps expand the way we think about work, life and balance. As a serial entrepreneur, Amrita created Groundwork to get her dreams off the ground while reimagining what it means to be productive. She was recognized by Chatelaine and Profit Guide as a Rising Star in the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in Canada in 2015. For more information about Groundwork or to meet 1-1…

Amy Thiessen

Each voice carries a unique gift – a resonance which we offer through word, expression, & communication. With over 17 years of experience as a musician, yoga teacher, coach & facilitator Amy Thiessen uses a holistic approach to awaken voice & communication through the integration of somatic awareness, discernment, devotion, & vocal techniques. Through individual (In Resonance) coaching & group programs (Embodied Voice / Connected Communication) participants develop the skills & awareness to more fluently express themselves with clarity, creativity, & impact. Amy’s work/performances have been featured in print (Gaia, Globe & Mail) radio (CBC, CKUA), television (Travel Alberta, Stampede…

Ana Ferrari

Ana Ferrari, MC, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC in private practice who brings over 15 years of extensive experience in the mental health and personal growth fields. She offers mentoring and intuitive life coaching, as well as counselling in English and Spanish. Using a trauma-informed lens, Ana provides a warm and welcoming space for clients; supporting adults dealing with trauma, anxiety, low-mood or depression, relationship challenges, grief and loss. Ana uses a holistic and integrative approach to counselling that includes mindfulness, breath work, resiliency enhancement and other evidence-based modalities. She has specialized training in Trauma Therapy and…

Andrea Grabovac, MD

Dr. Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT) Institute. She has practiced inpatient psychiatry for 20 years at Vancouver Hospital, and her outpatient work focuses on mindfulness-based treatments to treat anxiety, depression and other clinical conditions. For the last 15 years she has been training physicians and mental health clinicians nationally and internationally in the delivery of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and MiCBT, both of which are evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions.…

Ann Randolph

Ann Randolph is considered one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the US. Her Ovation Award-winning solo show, Squeeze Box, was produced Off Broadway by Mel Brooks. Ann received “Best Solo Performer 2015” by the LA Times for her current show, LOVELAND which played for two years straight in San Francisco. LOVELAND also played to sell out audiences in LA and won the LA Weekly award for “Best Solo Show” and the SF Bay Critic’s Award for “Best Original Script”. Ann’s previous solo  show, Squeeze Box was produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft and enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway…

Anne Pitman

Anne Pitman (M.Sc., E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, Pain Care Yoga certified) has her masters in Kinesiology and is the Director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy with over 30 years of experience in training yoga teachers, teaching embodied yoga, and pioneering yoga therapy in Canada. She is a practicing certified Yoga Therapist at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and has extensive experience accompanying people facing cancer with compassionate listening and safe, accessible yoga practice.  She has recently co-written a book, Yoga Therapy Across the Cancer Care Continuum. annepitman.ca

Annie Klein

Annie Klein is a retired casting director in film and television. She has a private healing practice, is a spiritual director  and artist and is the Administrator  of the Yerusha Sage-ing® Program. Creating and facilitating  Sage-ing® workshops and retreats is her passion. victoriasageing.com

Awakeneers

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.

Banafsheh Sayyad

Persian master dance artist and transformational teacher, Banafsheh communicates the universal message of Sufi mysticism and Divine Feminine wisdom in a passionate yet serenely meditative way. Her dance is an interplay between trance and directed movement, precise yet abandoned and unrestrained. Her explosive yet fluid movement is sensual and ritualistic, uniting the feminine and masculine energies, body and soul, light and dark in a marriage of opposites. She invokes the ancient roots of dance as devotion, prayer and adoration while blazing an original trail in contemporary dance with her masterly fusion of high level dance technique and spirituality. Her mesmerizing offering of the timeless Divine…

Becca Schwenk

Becca Schwenk is an innovator who thrives when applying her creativity to justice-centred work. As Bakau’s former COO and first employee, she has been a key player in constructing its foundations and driving its evolution. As the Facilitation Certificate Program’s creator and Director, Becca is currently kvelling (verb, present participle: feeling happy and proud) about this 3-month annual program certifying graduates in inclusive facilitation. Becca’s honed skills of note include relationship building, transformative consulting, people leading, ethical growth, and business advising. With over 10 years of experience in social justice-centred work, she is all about deep reflection, intentional strategy, and…

Betsy Warland

Betsy Warland has published 14 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In 2023, a second edition of Breathing the Page will include nine new essays and be published by Cormorant Books, Toronto. In 2022, the premiere of a street opera composed by Lloyd Burritt that was based on Warland’s memoir Oscar of Between — A Memoir of Identity and Ideas was premiered to a resounding reception. The second edition of Warland’s first memoir, Bloodroot — Tracing the Untelling of Motherloss (2000), that includes a…

Bettina Rothe

Bettina Rothe is a somatic leadership coach, movement facilitator and international presenter. Her work is grounded in holistic, body-based modalities with a strong focus on the 5Rhythms® movement practice, mindfulness and embodied leadership principles. Bettina supports clients in the development of an authentic leadership presence that is powerful, compassionate and self-aware. Satisfied clients include Hootsuite, YYoga, Coastal Health, and SONY. She leads with clarity, passion and humour. bettinarothe.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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.…

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

Brady Marks

Brady Marks is a digital media artist working primarily in audiovisual practices, new media and kinetic art. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Masters in Interactive Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Her accolades include: Tree Studies (2006) with Chris Welby – a three-screen digital media installation that displayed a real-time, weather-data transition system covering four continents that  presented at the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea I Am Listening (2007) – an interactive light sculpture commissioned and acquired by the Surrey Art Gallery (BC) where it is on permanent…

Brynn Saito

Brynn Saito is a poet, organizer, and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at California State University, Fresno. She is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Brynn is a two-time recipient of the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education grant for her work with Yonsei Memory Project (YMP). Co-founded with farmer and artist, Nikiko Masumoto, YMP uses art and storytelling to connect the WWII-era incarceration of…

Cara Pike

Cara Pike is the founder and Executive Director of Climate Access, a nonprofit focused on building political and public support for climate solutions through its learning network for nonprofit and government leaders, pilot projects that test new engagement approaches, and communication research and strategy consulting services. Cara’s work includes creation of the Preparation Frame: A Guide for Understanding and Engaging Around Climate Impacts; the Ecological Roadmap, a values-based approach to building support for environmental protection; Climate Communications Behavior Change – A Guide for Practitioners, and other widely used publications and toolkits. Cara regularly advises government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Clients have included…

Catherine Strickland

Catherine Strickland (she/her) is a white settler living on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),and Səlí” lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Catherine spent 20 years as a professional climate change policy and program manager, analyst and researcher before suffering a debilitating brain injury in 2010. She was also the Executive Director of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication for the five months leading up to the accident. She now spends her time volunteering within her Unitarian faith community on antiracism, anti-oppression and spiritual practices for social change. She is a member of the leadership…

Charles Chang

Charles Chang is known as a serial entrepreneur – currently leading Lyra Growth Partners, a growth equity firm he founded in 2015. Prior to Lyra, Charles was founder and President of Vega, which he started from scratch from his basement in 2004. Financed by his life savings, a second mortgage on his house and credit cards, Charles led Vega to become a leading brand of clean, plant–based nutritional products in North America. In 2015, Charles successfully led the sale of Vega to White Wave Foods for US$550 million. In 2016, Charles helped establish the Charles Chang Institute for Innovation and…

Chepximiya Siyam' Hereditary Chief Janice George, Squamish Nation

Chief George is grateful to have had many spiritual, cultural and scholarly mentors. She continues to focus on integrating culture into all facets of her work and life. She carries teachings from many including her grandmother Kwitlut t, Lena Jacobs who was directly connected to pre contact times through her grandparents, and other teachers and mentors, all who have now passed on to the next life. Chief George’s working life started with Squamish Nation interviewing Elders of the day 44 yrs. ago. This work has continued to recent projects interviewing and filming Elders. George knows ”In my short time in…

Chloë Goodchild

Chloë Goodchild is an international singer, innovative educator and acclaimed recording artist. She is the founder of The Naked Voice (1990) and its UK Charitable Foundation (2004), and author of “The Naked Voice, Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound” (North Atlantic Books) dedicated to the transforming practice of self-awareness and conscious communication skills, through spoken and sung voice. Chloe is also a Sounds True Author and Teacher on the Faculty of the Shift Network. Deafness in childhood catalyzed Chloë’s discovery of inner sound and silence. This deep encounter with her authentic self inspired a lifetime of experiential research into the voice as one of humanity’s most untapped…

Chloe Gow-Jarrett

Co-Founder and CEO, 3fold partners. For the past 15 years, Chloe’s work has been to reliably produce powerful, values-driven leaders. Her expertise is in the design and deployment of people-based development programming that supports organizations to consistently scale their culture and leadership capacity as they grow. Chloe’s focus is on people strategy, training and leadership development. Her ability to create definitive, client-specific learning experiences has served enterprises across sectors and industries around the world. Before founding 3fold, Chloe led the training and leadership departments at athletic apparel retailer lululemon athletica, enabling the company to scale consistently from 3 to 200…

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…

Christina Crook

Christina Crook is the award-winning author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Through her writing and speaking, she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy. Her commentary on technology and our daily lives appear regularly in the…

Christina Malecka

As a Seattle-based psychotherapist, Christina has had a front-row seat to the emotional impact smartphones and social media have had on her clients, notably increased loneliness, anxiety, and alienation. Where weak social ties are plentiful, stronger ties grow harder to create and maintain. In 2017, inspired by the work of Sherry Turkle, Nicholas Carr, and her own transformative experience with digital fasting, Christina launched Digital Mindfulness Retreats which emphasize meditation, present-moment experience, social connection, and self-reflection. A community organizer turned Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Christina brings over 25 years of experience with change-making, group facilitation, mindfulness training, and workshop development.…

Christine Bergeron

Christine Bergeron, President and CEO, Vancity As President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, Christine believes that banking plays a vital role in developing a healthy society – building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. Christine is also the Interim CEO of of Vancity’s federally chartered bank Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB). Prior to becoming CEO, Christine held several senior leadership roles within Vancity. Prior to Vancity, she spent her career working in early stage venture capital, public markets…

Christy Thomson

Christy Thomson is a Forest Therapy Guide Mentor and Immersions Coordinator for the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides. She is also the music program director for her local YMCA, a violinist, vocalist, and teacher. Christy’s work in forest therapy gives energy to all other facets of her life and aids in the raising of her children, three of which are teenagers. Her forest therapy practice in Indiana works primarily with non-profit organizations, from state parks to health services, botanic gardens, landtrusts and schools. She is currently wrapping up her studies in Environmental Science and Religious Studies and will be starting…

Cian Dalton

Cian Dalton is a Breathwork Facilitator, Stretch Therapist, former Professional Boxer and the first Certified Wim Hof Method Instructor in British Columbia. His early work as an engineer in the field of wind power led him to his current work- to help humans learn how to efficiently extract energy from air and to live more powerful lives. He made the inevitable switch from Wind Power to Human Power. Cian understands what it takes to push the human body to its limits. As a movement and performance coach, and former pro athlete and engineer, he uses all of his past experiences and…

Cicely Belle Blain

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer non-binary femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. Cicely Belle spent their formative years between London, the Netherlands and a small Catholic village in France—each home presenting a pivotal opportunity for awakening and growth. Cicely Belle is descended from a long line of feminist educators and developed a passion for justice from a young age. Cicely Belle is noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of Vancouver’s…

Cindy Silverlock

Cindy Silverlock is the author of the award winning book “Metamorphosis, Creating Consciousnesses through Touch”. She studied with Metamorphosis founder Robert St. John and leads trainings internationally. metamorphosiscenter.com  

Clayton Thomas-Müller

Clayton Thomas-Müller, of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, is an activist, writer, public speaker, facilitator and activist for indigenous self-determination and environmental justice. Working as co-director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign of the Polaris Institute, as North American native energy organizer and tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, and as an organizer with the Defenders of the Land Idle No More campaign, he has been on the front lines of stopping industrial society’s assault on Indigenous Peoples lands. Growing up in Winnipeg and familiar with inner-city realities, Clayton began his work as a…

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…

Dan Hines

Dan Hines (he/him) finds himself at a crossroads: between activism and soul. His calling is to invite and help guide leaders to live a more undivided life. He is grateful for those who nurture their personal and professional integrity and find the courage to act. There is a way of being together that has the power to transform individuals, families, workplaces and communities. Guiding retreats and workshops have taken him around the world: recently it’s been China, Central America, the Caribbean, throughout Canada and the U.S: at many holistic centers and on sailboats, surf waves, and hiking trails. Dan was…

Dana Trueman

Dana is a core member of the Hollyhock garden team and has been a gardener with Hollyhock for 20 years. He is passionate about culinary herbs and is a chartered herbalist. He loves to share his deep passion and green thumb, along with his kind and light-hearted humour, at weekly Hollyhock garden tours. Tune in to some of Dana’s Garden Tips on our blog!

Daniel Cortez

Obsessed with fitness, human performance, and athletics for as long as he can remember, Daniel Cortez began to experience health problems during college. He pursued teaching and coaching at the high school level after college for several years but found his health unraveling. Daniel’s chronic health battle lasted 15 years and led him to becoming fascinated with evolutionary biology, anthropology, nutrition, and movement. Most importantly, he found his calling to help guide others on their own health and wellness journeys. Daniel’s battle with illness, combined with working for years as a teacher and earning a law degree, has allowed him to craft…

Daniel Maté

Daniel Maté is an award-winning musical theatre dramatist, songwriter, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch/NYU. In 2017/18 he served as lead instructor for Vancouver’s first ever Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop and was a writer in residence at Touchstone Theatre. As guest artist for British Columbia, he contributed original music and lyrics to The Dream Catchers, a Canada-wide youth theatre piece that toured nationally in 2017 and was performed for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of the ‘Canada 150’ celebration in 2017. Daniel’s original musicals include The Trouble With Doug, Hansel…

Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” The former director of a future studies think tank in Washington, DC, where she managed a team creating global scenarios. She now speaks about the intelligence of the heart. Her most recent book “How To Be Loving…as your heart is breaking open and our world is waking up” is also an Audiobook + ebook, with a companion deck and journal. Danielle is also the author of The Fire Starter Sessions, The Desire…

Darren Barefoot & Julie Szabo

Darren Barefoot and Julie Szabo are marketing strategists with a deep understanding of technology and digital culture. They have experience deploying complex, innovative campaigns that connect and inspire people to improve their world. Darren and Julie have talked about marketing innovation on the CBC, BBC, Wired and the Wall Street Journal. They’re authors of Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook and The Noble Arsonist, Stoking Fires & Igniting Movements for NGOs and Companies that Care. Julie and Darren are also event experts. Since running a tiny theatre company in 1998, they’ve planned for events from 15 to 50,000…

David Abram

David Abram is a cultural ecologist and geophilosopher who teaches widely on several continents. He’s the award-winning author of  The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Named by both Utne Reader and Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries changing contemporary culture, David is a magical teacher who transforms lives. His writings on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild…

David McEown

Canadian artist David McEown has used the medium of watercolour for the past 30 years to explore and express many of this earth’s wilderness areas. His paintings from Antarctica to the North Pole are represented in collections worldwide. David is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, which in 2005 and 2018 awarded him the society’s prestigious A.J. Casson Medal. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of the Explorers Club. A sought after teacher, David has conducted…

David Procyshyn

David Procyshyn is the founder of DoYogaWithMe.com, an online yoga video streaming service, offering most of its content for free. For over a decade, DoYogaWithMe has been making high-quality, online yoga instruction accessible to everyone. David’s style of teaching varies, from very gentle hatha flow to a challenging intermediate class, while always weaving in a focus on body awareness, alignment and effective breathing. He helps students learn the fundamentals within postures, to understand core strength, and to thoroughly stretch the body and access the deeper areas of consciousness through meditation and relaxation. doyogawithme.com

David Shkolny

David Shkolny was born on the fringes of the Canadian Shield in Pinawa, Manitoba and grew up in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He has an Associate Diploma in Fine Arts from Red Deer College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1992). Currently maintaining a studio practice in Edmonton, Alberta, he has been teaching painting and drawing since 2001. David’s artwork is in collections across Europe and North America as well as the Canada Council. Recent public commissions include the painting “Open Road” for Fort Saskatchewan City Hall as well as the…

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…

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…

Day Schildkret

Day Schildkret, internationally known for Morning Altars, has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages throughout the world to forage, build, and be awed with earth art. Day’s Morning Altars are igniting an international movement of art, workshops, and a spiritual practice that renews and redeems people’s relationship with nature, creativity, and impermanence. With over 60,000 Instagram followers and offering workshops and installations worldwide, Day brings ephemeral art to the collective human imagination. His work has been featured in Vice, BuzzFeed, Well + Good, Spirituality & Heath and elsewhere. His first book, Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit…

Deepa Narayan

Deepa came to Hollyhock in 2003 and got involved with islanders trying to save land from being clearcut and now lives part time on the island. She likes to problem solve across sectors with poor communities and policy makers across the globe, previously as Senior Advisor in the World Bank. Author of 17 books, she focuses on inequities and across gender and race. Her most recent book is called Chup which means be quiet. She continues to work with NGOs on strategy and program design issues. Deepa is a Hollyhock Board Member.

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…

Devyani Saltzman

Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer, curator and arts leader with a deep practice in relevant, multidisciplinary, programming at the intersection between art, ideas and social change. She was most recently the Director of Public Programming at the AGO, working across all disciplines, where she was brought into the museum context to increase engagement and continue to reshape the idea of the museum as a forum for discourse, reflecting community and the narratives of Torontonians. Saltzman was previously the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre, the first woman and first woman of colour in that role, as well…

Diane Haug, MA, LPCC

Diane Haug, MA, LPCC,  is a licensed therapist living in rural northern New Mexico. Her background includes a decade of working with adults and children dealing with life-threatening and terminal illness. Having completed the Grofs’ first three-year training, Diane has been involved with transpersonal psychology and Holotropic Breathwork since 1986. As a senior staff member with Grof Transpersonal Training, she has taught training modules internationally and in the US. Diane maintains a strong interest in using Holotropic Breathwork within a wide variety of contexts, including social and environmental activism, women’s leadership, intentional spiritual community, transformational education, and gender equity and reconciliation.…

Diane Long

Diane Long has been developing and refining yoga for most of her life. She was born in North Carolina and moved to Italy in the early 1970s. While living in Florence, Vanda Scaravelli invited her to work with her. Diane was a devoted student for the next two and a half decades, until Vanda’s death in 1999.    Diane’s meeting with Vanda introduced her to a new form of consciousness in the study of yoga and body mind awareness. Working one on one with a teacher, who continuously questioned the simple biomechanics of the body until she was brought to a…

Donna Martin

Donna Martin, is a certified Hakomi therapist and international trainer who worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for twenty years. She was named in his will as one of seven “legacy holders” of his work and is a senior person in the international training association he created before his death, now called the Hakomi Network. Donna has many years of experience as a body psychotherapist, stress management specialist, yoga and meditation teacher, and addictions counsellor. She has led Hakomi trainings and/or yoga retreats throughout Canada and the United States, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, South America, and…

Donna Martin & Shelley Winton

Donna Martin, MA, has taught yoga and meditation internationally for more than 50 years and Hakomi for more than 30 years. Psoma is Donna’s original healing approach based on an integration of Hakomi, yoga and mindfulness. She  is the author of Psoma Yoga Therapy: Tapping into your Embodied Wisdom and is the co-author, with the late Ron Kurtz, of the Practice of Loving Presence.  She has been a regular presenter at Hollyhock for 35 years. Shelley Winton is a co-creator of the psoma trademark and has practiced and taught with Donna for many years. Shelley is a Registered Nurse, yoga teacher…

Dr. Amir Niroumand

Dr. Amir Niroumand is recognized as a social entrepreneur with a primary interest in utilizing food as a tool for changing cultural values and norms. In 2016, he founded Abundance Community Farm in Agassiz, BC, as a social experiment in creating a community culture that thrives in harmony with nature. The farm operates based on a novel Community Agriculture (CA) model leveraging the interdependence between regenerative agriculture, community development, and the healing arts. Amir is also a fuel cell scientist, where he leads cutting edge R&D programs between industry and academia (SFU). He recently co-authored a paper called ‘Community Agriculture: An…

Dr. Britt Wray

Dr. Britt Wray is a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research focuses on the mental health impacts of climate change. She is the creator of the weekly newsletter about “staying sane in the climate crisis” Gen Dread (gendread.substack.com) and author of Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis, a book that investigates the psychological underpinnings and impacts of the climate crisis (Knopf 2022). She has hosted several podcasts, TV and radio programs with the BBC and CBC,…

Dr. Charles Steinberg

Charles Steinberg, MD, is a published photographer who teaches in Colorado and BC. He has published several beautiful books including Hollyhock Moments and From Point and Shoot to Brilliant Photography. He is a Hollyhock co-founder whose photos are often found in the Hollyhock catalogue. charlessteinbergphotography.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Dr. Devon Christie

MD, CCFP, RTC, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Certified MBSR Teacher, Certified Relational Somatic Therapist. Dr. Devon Christie is a family doctor with specialization in both Functional Medicine, and Interventional Pain Management. She is also a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and yoga instructor, and certified Relational Somatic Therapist.  Devon was trained as a  research therapist for a Phase 3 study funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. Devon is devoted to helping people uncover the root causes that lead to illness, connect with the wisdom and intelligence of their bodies, and become active…

Dr. Faith Cohen

Faith Cohen, PhD is a psychologist and executive coach. With training in neuropsychology and 30 years in the clinical field, Faith has mastered the unique capacity to enable leaders to execute their visions by elegantly combining cutting edge science and courageous compassion.  She is dedicated to using her skills to develop the human capacities that are needed to navigate life in the climate era. Dr. Cohen has spent over 30,000 hours in one-on-one sessions helping her clients rewire their brains to boost creativity and enhance resilience. Faith earned her Ph.D. in Pediatric Clinical Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans,…

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,…

Dr. Lawrence Cheng

Dr. Lawrence Cheng MD, CCFP(EM), MPH, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner is one of the founders and directors of Connect Health Centre for Integrative Medicine in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He continues to practice Emergency Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital and is part of the Research + Development Team at Providence Health whose goal is to look for innovative solutions to health care. He is passionate about furthering the cause of integrative medicine through practice, education and research. His goal is to help improve not only the health and wellness of individuals but also of the whole community ecosystem connecthealthcare.ca Read my blog…

Dr. Mark Sherman

Dr. Mark Sherman is a family physician and meditation teacher. He has formal training and certification in yoga, mindfulness based stress reduction, hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy and has been teaching meditation for over 15 years. livingthismoment.ca 

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…

Duncan Pike

Duncan Pike is an activist, campaigner, and social movement trainer with a passion for supporting people who are organizing for a more just, fair, and equitable society. Duncan has trained hundreds of new activists and union members on organizing and campaign strategy and tactics,. As a campaigner with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Duncan led the successful campaign to pass Canada’s first ‘press shield’ law to protect journalists’ sources. A survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Duncan organizes with other adolescent and young adult cancer survivors to fight for increased resources for AYA cancer care.

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…

Elke Finley

Elke Finley comes to horses through her practice of intuitive healing and shamanic energy work. She has worked with women and children in crisis and supported adults with severe disabilities. Her signature Walk & Talk in Nature sessions grew out of a decade living in the mountains with her sons and her horses. elkefinley.com

Ellen Huse

Ellen Huse, BA, is a consultant with 18+ years of experience writing proposals and managing projects for First Nations communities and diverse non-profits.

Emilee Gilpin

Emilee is a facilitator, educator, journalist and multimedia reporter. She is the lead journalist and storyteller for the National Observer’s series First Nations Forward. Emilee is committed to sharing stories of success and sovereignty and also investigating responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. She has been awarded the Susan Carson Bursary Award, a Fulbright Canada scholarship, and was also the Human Rights “Emerging Indigenous Intern” at The Tyee. A journalism graduate from Concordia University, Emilee is Saulteaux Cree and Métis. mediathatmatters.org  

Erin Cooper

Erin Cooper is a Managing Director for NOBL, a global change agency, training organizations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviours. Erin pairs her experience in organizational design with a background in project management and coaching, helping leaders and their teams navigate shifting market demands and emerging technologies. nobl.io

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

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…

Fiji McAlpine

Fiji McAlpine is one of the founding yoga teachers featured on the website doyogawithme.com, an internationally-renown site offering quality yoga instruction, for free, to users around the world.  Her online popularity has grown significantly over the years, giving her global reach in the online platform, and has allowed her to offer frequent guidance to thousands of students each week.  In addition to the online offerings, Fiji teaches in local studios and leads worldwide retreats and workshops each year. Fiji’s strong vinyasa-based practice is derived from the extensive, diverse training she started in 2001. Initially, her main focus was based on Ashtanga and…

Fleur Choy

Fleur Choy is the Founder of Vibrant Soul, a platform to support empaths, intuitive and highly sensitive people. She is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher. She also practices sound healing where she uses crystal singing bowls with chimes and her nurturing voice to guide people into guided meditative journeys. Fleur’s practice with sound and energy is about providing a sacred space to support individuals who are ready to consciously reconnect to their authentic selves. During an energy session she is supporting a work of energetic realignment that reconnects us to our unique energetic flow, the real source of our gift,…

Gabriela Masala

Gabriela Masala has been steeping in universal wisdom teachings, expressive arts, and energy medicine for over 20 years. Her guidance is infused with pure love and sober clarity. She is a lover of the creative process as a catalyst for evolution and transformation. She is passionate about pioneering what it means to be fully alive and serving as ‘soul midwife’ for the birth of new paradigms. Gabriela is a facilitator, consultant, movement teacher, author, recording artist, song carrier and principal of Source Consulting Group. Her approach is holistic, compassionate, and integrative. Her programs catalyze breakthroughs and maximize emergent intelligence. Gabriela holds…

Presenter, Gabrielle Peters

Gabrielle Peters

Gabrielle Peters is a disabled writer and policy analyst and a commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission.  She is co-founder of Dignity Denied and the Disability Filibuster and has been a leading voice in applying a disability lens to local, provincial and national policy issues. Gabrielle’s work often focuses on further developing the radical theory of accessibility by integrating the lessons of disability justice, harm reduction, trauma-informed practice and grassroots community development and transformative change activism. She was lead author of the Broadbent Institute’s policy submission to the BC Government on future accessibility legislation, co-author of the Vancouver City…

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…

Gem Salsberg

Gem’s gardening journey began when she was a little girl digging (and eating) dirt and learning about plants from her mom. She grew up in rural settings, tree planting camps throughout remote Canadian landscapes, farms, tents, hauling water and harvesting wild berries… the earth is close to Gem’s heart. Gem has managed the large and long established organic gardens at Yasodhara Ashram yoga retreat centre, as well as private gardens, walk-in forest gardens, and she tutors gardening to beginners as well. Seed collecting and plant rescue have been lifelong passions. Currently her personal plant forays are growing medicinal plants and…

Georgia Marvin

Georgia Marvin is a Senior Trainer with the International Hakomi Network. She studied with Ron Kurtz, the founder of Hakomi, for ten years until his death in 2011. Ron Kurtz named Georgia in his will as one of seven “legacy holders” of his work. Georgia leads the Vancouver Hakomi Education Network, which offers Hakomi training, circles, and coaching in Vancouver, Powell River, and other parts of Canada. She trains in Mexico, Japan, and Norway, and contributes to the development of those training programs. Georgia loves the Hakomi method because it blends subtle and masterful tools of psychotherapy with Buddhist principles of mindfulness and…

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

Grant Sabatier

Grant Sabatier retired at 30 and then wrote a best-selling book, Financial Freedom, about the strategies and mindsets that took him, in 5 years, from a few dollars in his wallet to a million dollars. He is a master of building wealth through paying attention to the ubiquitous opportunities for making enough money to live a free-er life. millennialmoney.com/

Greg Coyes

Greg Coyes has worked in the Indigenous media community over the last three decades as an award- winning documentary film-maker, and as an educator and writer. He has produced and directed with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale University, Greg is currently teaching, and coordinating the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. His Master’s thesis focused on the SLOW MEDIA Community, which creates and promotes decolonized media, and an Indigenous sense of cinematic time and space. Greg is Metis/Cree…

Hanna Sybille Müller

Hanna Sybille Müller is a choreographer, dramaturg and dance artist living in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. Her most recent projects include Moving through the Archive (2022) in collaboration with Galerie UQO and Polymorphic Microbe Bodies (2021) in collaboration with Erin Robinsong at Tangente, Montreal. Hanna studied dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (RDA) and received a diploma in media studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in 2012. hannasybillemuller.com

Hiromi Goto

Hiromi Goto has been a trail-blazing author in Canada for over twenty years. Recognized both at home and abroad, many of her award-winning books have been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean, and German. Her literary fiction traces the lives of Japanese Canadian women— through migration, across generations. Her works that explore the fantastic weave across cultures casting mythologies, feminism and agency into contemporary frameworks. Her newest book, Shadow Life, is a graphic novel for an adult audience. It was the 2022 Asia Pacific American Literature Award Winner in Adult Fiction and a finalist for the LA Times Book…

Holistic Centers Network

The Holistic Centers Network (HCN) provides creative networking opportunities that strengthen communication, connection and collaboration, among holistic centers around the world, and hosts the annual Centers Gathering. HCN and Centers Gathering are the primary initiatives of the Breitenbush Eco Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit social benefit organization based in Oregon, USA. The Board of Directors are located in the USA, Canada, and China. centersnetwork.org

Holly Mackay

Holly Mackay (yes that is her real name!) is Hollyhock’s Garden Manager and has more than three decades of farming and gardening experience. She was the co-owner, creator, and manager of an Organic CSA farm in Ontario, providing veggies, fruit, culinary herbs, and cut flowers for 120 households and 1 market. Holly is a Master Gardener and completed a five-year apprenticeship with Farmers and Master Gardeners. 

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…

Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the international best seller, Motherless Daughters and her most recent book, The AfterGrief. Her work has appeared in multiple outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Parade, Glamour, Psychology Today, Writer’s Digest, and CNN.com. She is a certified life coach specializing in grief and early loss, and runs support programs, retreats, and workshops year-round at MotherlessDaughters.com. A native New Yorker, Hope now lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City.

IndigenEYEZ

IndigenEYEZ is about transforming communities; to inspire an intergenerational legacy of well-being among First Nations people in BC and beyond. IndigenEYEZ facilitators blend land-based learning with the arts and best practices in community-building. Their approach – the Creative Empowerment Model – is being used around the world. It has been refined over the past two decades by Partners For Youth Empowerment (www.PartnersForYouth.org), an organization that generously shares its knowledge with many partners. IndigenEYEZ has adapted this approach especially for First Nations. The vision of IndigenEYEZ is shared and supported by an incredibly talented network of dedicated facilitators. indigeneyez.com 

Insiya Rasiwala-Finn

Yoga, Ayurveda and Wellness specialist Insiya Rasiwala-Finn grew up in Bombay, India with Yoga and Ayurveda shaping her life. She is passionate about sharing the transformative impact of these wisdom practices with inspiration, freshness, poetry and joy; embodying her life as a mama, yogini and community connector in our modern world. Insiya has crafted a life of globe-trotting en famille, with her partner Eoin Finn and their son Ananda, who she says is one of her greatest teachers, as well as living the simple, slow life when at home in Victoria, BC. Follow Insiya here at YOGUE as she continues to seek…

Iva Cheung

Iva Cheung is a Certified Professional Editor, health communication researcher, and plain language trainer, and she works with underrepresented groups to co-create accessible health information. She teaches the Plain Language in Health Literacy course for SFU Continuing Studies’ Plain Language Certificate program.

Jacqueline Mathieu

Jacqueline Mathieu works for her nation (Klahoose) in the preservation and revitalization of her nations’ culture and language. Using sound to narrate place in story. klahoose.org

Jake Davis

Jake Davis was introduced to Buddhist teachings at age 14, by Steven Smith and Michele McDonald, and went on to do years of intensive retreat practice, studying the Pāli texts, working as an interpreter, and training as a monk under the eminent meditation masters Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Lakkhana of Burma. He is deeply grateful for the opportunity to support individuals in developing silent retreat practice and theoretical understanding, in collaboration with organizations such as Vipassana Hawai`i, the Karachi meditation sangha, and Stillpoint Martha’s Vineyard. Jake’s teaching draws on his experience as a father, partner, student & son, as well as on…

Janelle Hanchett

Janelle Hanchett is an author, blogger, and mother of four. A lifelong journal writer and chronic English major (she holds a B.A. and M.A. in English), she founded a blog called “Renegade Mothering” in 2011, after the birth of her third child, because she couldn’t find anybody writing her experience of motherhood. Writing after the kids went to bed, between graduate school classes and on lunch breaks from her “real” job, Janelle is well versed in writing as a hobby and the struggle to prioritize creative work that may or may not result in financial returns. Over the years, Janelle’s blog…

Jasmine Syedullah, PhD

Jasmine Syedullah, PhD, is an abolitionist, academic, and coauthor of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, she holds a PhD in politics with an emphasis in feminist studies and history of consciousness from University of California Santa Cruz, and a bachelor of arts in religious studies with a focus on Buddhist philosophy from Brown. She has been a meditation practitioner since 2000.

Jasmyn Clift

Jasmyn Clift has been a Clinical Herbalist since 1996, and is the Founder and nurturer of the Compassion Roots Wellness Center, the largest non-profit holistic health clinic in North America. Jasmyn is an engaging teacher, who generously shares her experience treating acute and chronic illnesses with ethical herbs and flower essences. Jasmyn trains all levels of herbal students at the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies and as a visiting teacher in places far afield. Jasmyn is deeply committed to providing excellent quality medicine by wildcrafting and growing many of the herbs she finds the most useful. Her teachers include…

Jen Craig-Evans

Jen Craig-Evans believes wholeheartedly in sharing the art of “getting out of your head, into your body, and connected with your breath.” After spending many years teaching scuba diving and focusing on a fluid breath underwater, she found yoga and has continued working with that fluidity on dry land. Jen discovered yoga in a hot room, on a Caribbean island, and followed this spark of bliss back to the Okanagan where she completed her first teacher training. She has since completed training in therapeutic yoga applications, inspiring her even more deeply to share the practice with others.

Jenni Schine

Jenni Schine is a sound artist, community-engaged researcher and instructor of Anthropology of Sound at the University of Victoria. She specializes in soundscape composition, creative practices and feminist teaching models. She is also the Pacific Community Lead at Tides Canada, a national charity where she supports conservation and social justice initiatives in BC. A big fan of public engagement, Jenni has extended her work into film, radio, podcasts and art installations. She has produced radio for CBC including Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp (2017) for CBC Ideas and End of the Line (2014) for CBC’s Living out Loud series. Jenni likes to facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary…

Jennifer Lorca

Jennifer Lorca, BSN, is a Somatic Therapist with the Centre for Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy®, former hospice nurse, Pain BC patient partner, advocate & volunteer, End of Life Doula, holistic health practitioner, and Spoonie. Her background in theatre (acting, writing, movement, voice) and energy modalities (Energy Medicine Yoga®, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch) create a multimodal approach to health and wholeness and enriches her work as an MBST® practitioner, mentor, and facilitator. Jenny’s own lived experience with complex chronic disease has given her a greater depth of understanding of the multiple dimensions of pain, stress, trauma, and chronic and life-limiting illness……

Jennifer Moore

I sense no difference between art and existence. In this way I am an artist, as I believe we all are. In pursuit of inner vision and my own feeling tone of love, I work daily to allow creation and possibility to flow through me. I find sway and fluidity in the interplay between medium, with a focus in sonic meditation, music production, and poetry (The Well Of Sound). I seek liberation through process, and believe sharing to be an integral part of growth and healing. Love as modality is necessary. Operating from a centre that is connected to all…

Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss has spent nearly 20 years as a storyteller in various media. Starting in theatre, she moved into the print journalism, radio, podcasting, and digital interactive fields. Her writing revolves primarily around arts, social issues, and character-driven stories. Jen has worked extensively in radio production for both CBC and Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver. She won a Jack Webster Award for Best Audio Feature in 2010 for Wild Art, a story about an artist and recovering addict. Jen has been a writer and interactive story producer on numerous award-winning interactive projects, including Bear 71 (NFB), Seven Digital Deadly Sins (The Guardian),…

Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta is a Traditional Curandero (Healer) from Cusco, Peru who has been trained and initiated in the wisdom teachings of the Northern region of Peru, home to the ancient lineage of the Sacred Plant medicine known as Wachuma or San Pedrito. Jhaimy began his initiation onto this path at a young age and has apprenticed with Master Teachers in the Alchemical mystery teachings of transformation and transmutation. As a keeper of Ancient Wisdom, he has been invited to share his knowledge and lead ceremonies at conferences, workshops and specialized tours throughout Péru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and most recently,…

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…

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a Harvard Medical School-trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and the New York Times best-selling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. A pioneer in mind-body medicine, Joan is also the founder of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a popular national speaker. Her work has appeared in newspapers ranging from the Washington Post to the Wall Street Journal and online in the Huffington Post, oprah.com, and numerous other forums. joanborysenko.com 

Jody Holmes, PhD

Jody Holmes, PhD, BIW, BHSP, RA/CCEP is a body based practitioner, energy healer and dynamic group process facilitator. She has had an active private practice for 8 years working with individuals, couples and groups. Jody is on faculty and a board member of the Radical Aliveness Institute. In 2016, she cofounded Radical Aliveness Vancouver and continues to build a thriving RA community there. She is a graduate of 15 years of advanced training in Radical Aliveness with Ann Bradney, Brennan Integration Work and a variety of intensive leadership trainings. Jody is also a social change activist, visionary, gifted strategist and negotiator…

Joel Grow, PhD

Joel Grow, PhD, is a Seattle-based clinical psychologist and mindfulness facilitator and trainer. His work includes individual psychotherapy, group classes such as Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, and training. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. His approach aims at helping people lead a full and meaningful life, by clarifying what is deeply important for each person and practicing skills for working effectively with the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. Joel’s background includes providing behavioral health care and trainings/workshops in community agencies, VA and private hospitals, corporations, and government agencies. Before graduate school,…

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.

Joenita Paulrajan, PhD

Joenita Paulrajan, MA, MPhil, PhD, leads the diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, and international development programs for the UBC Extended Learning. Her work involves program development and implementation, curriculum design, content development, facilitator training, student, corporate and community training, teaching, and facilitation. Her current research interests, workshops and conference presentations are in the area of equity, diversity, inclusion and intercultural communication.

Jonas Fineman

Jonas Fineman brings over two decades of commitment to the sea to the decks of the schooner Misty Isles. From isolated surfing locales, to high seas fisheries and trans-ocean sail crossings, the nautical life and how it shapes human thought and existence has kept Jonas loyal to a life offshore. As a wilderness guide and sea captain, Jonas is honoured to serve as steward and ambassador for the waters and shorelines he holds close to his heart. He lives on Cortes Island with his wife and two young daughters, where they own and operate Misty Isles Adventures. mistyislesadventures.com

Jonathan Godfrey

Jonathan Godfrey, CPRA, CCEP, is a faculty member at the Radical Aliveness Institute as well as at Radical Aliveness Costa Rica. He leads workshops throughout the US and has a private practice in Philadelphia where he works with individuals and groups.  Jonathan also does speaking engagement at various organizations. Jonathan’s focus is on empowering his clients to realize their full potential and ultimately live the lives they long to live. He is passionate about group work, healing in community and creating inclusiveness for all people and all perspectives to be seen and heard. Approved practitioner for Radical Aliveness Institute students…

Joshua Townshend-Zellner

Joshua Townshend-Zellner has been involved in the theatre and film industry for over 25 years as a writer, actor and director. He is currently working on a slate of projects including:  “Notes on your Notes” – a podcast about the creative process, a book about writing and performing and a video series about unlocking your creative performances. Joshua blends his worlds of theatre and improvisation training along with his studies in the yogic and shamanic traditions to create experience-based realities with the intent to help you tune into your authentic creative self. As a lifelong phenomenologist, Joshua facilitates an open space to explore,…

Judith Ansara & Robert Gass

Judith Ansara, MSW, and Robert Gass, EdD, are well-known teachers who integrate rich backgrounds in spiritual practice, psychology, organizational change, social action and the arts. For four decades, they have brought their work to centers such as Hollyhock, Omega and Esalen, and organizations ranging from the Sierra Club to General Motors to the Obama White House. Gifted healers and guides, they bring to their work a depth of compassion and insight forged in the living laboratory of their 50+-year marriage and work with thousands of couples.  sacredunion.com | judithansara.com | robertgass.com Read our blog on Hollyhock Talks

Judyth Weaver, PhD

Judyth O. Weaver, PhD is a multifaceted teacher and counsellor, incorporating extensive training in diverse areas. She holds a Ph.D. in Reichian Psychology and is the creator and founding chair of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute Ph.D. Program in Somatic Psychology. She taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA) for 25 years and at other graduate schools in the S.F. Bay area as well as being founding faculty at Naropa Institute, (Boulder, CO) in the 1970’s, creating it’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan program. She is certified in Reichian Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal…

Julian Griggs

Julian Griggs is one of the Founding Principals of the Dovetail Consulting Group based in Vancouver, BC and has more than 25 years’ experience as a facilitator, trainer and management consultant. Julian has worked with conservation groups, First Nations, the philanthropic sector, all levels of government, industry and communities in Canada, in the western US and in southern Africa. Over the last two decades, Julian has also been providing adult training in group facilitation, leadership and conflict resolution. He has also designed and facilitated numerous multi-party collaborations in recent years, providing behind-the-scenes facilitation and strategic support for high profile initiatives…

K. Tempest Bradford

Speculative fiction writer, media critic, reviewer, and podcaster. Tempest’s fiction has appeared in award-winning magazines (Strange Horizons and Electric Velocipede) and best-selling anthologies (Diverse Energies, Federations, In the Shadow of the Towers); her essays and criticism have appeared on io9, NPR, Tor.com, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Usual Path to Publication. She volunteers for a number of non-profit organizations, served as a juror for the 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award, organized fundraising auctions and salons for the Interstitial Arts Foundation, and raised funds for Clarion West, her writing workshop alma mater. Currently, she serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an…

Kai Harvey

Kai Harvey grew up on Cortes Island and has always had a deep love and appreciation for the sea and the natural world. Kai loves guiding because it gives her the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge for marine biology, geology, and history. Nature immersion can offer healing experiences, and Kai aims to facilitate a space for people to connect with the environments around them. Kai incorporates her degree in political ecology into her kayak adventures through narratives that focus on social, political, and ecological issues that intersect in outdoor spaces.  Kai and her partner own and operate the local kayak adventure…

Kairn Mahon Carrington

Kairn Mahon Carrington is the founder of Climate Hope, an organization dedicated to building our personal resilience to fully engage with the climate crisis, so that we can collectively step back from the abyss and begin to build our world anew. Kairn has been breaking ground at the intersecting paths of human psychology, ecology, politics, and spirituality for over twenty years. She designs and leads courses to help people develop healthy responses to our ecological crises. Her work attracts a broad range of people, from those working on the front lines of climate change, to educators, health care professionals, municipal leaders,…

Karen McAllister

Karen McAllister, BEc or BEcon, CMC, Co-Active Coach®, works with clients to help them untangle their money issues and to become more effective in their work because of it. To do this, Karen has studied financial issues extensively from both the practical, behavioural, and emotional perspectives. Karen has been certified by Deborah Price of The Money Coaching Institute as a Money Coach, a Couples Money Coach, and a Business Archetype Coach. She studied with Lynne Twist from the Soul of Money Institute for two years on Mastering your Money and Transforming your Life, including studies in Lynne’s Fundraising from the Heart…

Katheryn Trenshaw

Katheryn Trenshaw is an international artist, teacher, and creative consultant who offers training and facilitation in movement, art and personal development particularly focused on awakening as Embodied Consciousness. Katheryn conducts educational events, workshops, multimedia project and undertakes consulting for individuals, groups and organizations in the United States, Europe and around the world. She is an inspiratrice and evocateur of presence and possibility. She creates spaces through which authentic expression can flow from your source nature and radical well-being happens through living this. katheryntrenshaw.com 

Kathi Camilleri

Kathi Camilleri, (Métis-Cree) is a cultural safety practitioner and workshop facilitator. She created and facilitates the Building Bridges through Understanding the Village © workshop to increase cultural competency for organizations across Canada. She has almost 25 years of leadership experience in facilitating, counselling, developing, directing and coordinating Aboriginal community-based programs. She has facilitated and managed culturally-based strategic planning sessions, conflict resolution and counselling strategies for groups and individuals, developed community workshops to create understanding and support for families who are experiencing the generational effects of the trauma of residential schools, and has developed networking circles to bring service providers together…

Kathleen Horne

Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, and a licensed expressive arts therapist, with 25+ years experience in the field. She is co-founder and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute, an internationally acclaimed training program and expressive arts practice. Kathleen, along with Tamara Teeter-Knapp and Victoria Domenichello-Anderson are co-founders and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute, an internationally acclaimed training program and expressive arts practice. expressiveartsflorida.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Katyanna Ryan

Katyanna Ryan – I discovered the practice of yoga as a teenager and never looked back. It has been an anchor for me in the teachings of wholism and nonduality. I am forever humbled by what I discover on the mat. I became interested in teaching and apprenticed my first teacher in 2006 studying hatha yoga. I moved to India shortly after and began intense study in Ashtanga Yoga philosophy, chanting, pranayama, meditation techniques and traditional Hatha with Lalit Kumar and Vinay Kumar as well as study in Ayurvedic Practices. Inspired by Ayurveda, wellness, and movement I began to lead…

Keahi Ewa

Keahi Ewa is the Director of Operations at Sunrise Ranch, a highly regarded holistically managed farm, conference and retreat center, in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Globally she is a Trustee of Emissaries of Divine Light International, a board member of Emissaries of Divine Light South Africa and an advisor to the Emissaries of Divine Light British Columbia Board.  As a senior faculty member and coach for the core programs of Full Self Emergence (a life-enhancing process) and the Primal Spirituality training series (learning ones’ practical application of Spirituality for themselves), Keahi offers her life-long ability to shine the light of potential,…

Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner is a world class pianist and composer for over 40 years. His landmark book, Effortless Mastery: Liberating The Master Musician Within, praised by Herb Alpert as “the definitive book on how to free your creative soul”, has in the last 20 years become of the of the most widely read books on music and improvisation, and has helped thousands of musicians around the world unlock their talent and potential. The New York Times has called him a “virtuoso,” the Boston Phoenix has called him “an extraordinary gifted artist,” and his prolific compositions and recordings have won National Endowment for the…

Kera Willis

Kera Willis is founder and teacher at Mountain Horse School in Pemberton BC, where she creates transformative encounters between horses, humans and the natural world. With her team of animal collaborators that include horses, ducks, a sheep and a pig, she specializes helping children and adults experience a sense of belonging– both to themselves and to the natural world. mountainhorseschool.com

Kevin Kunzler

Kevin Kunzler has been a herbal medicine maker since 1999. Kevin extracts over 400 plants, and grows many of them himself on an acre of farmland on Saltspring Island. His herbal medicines line, Sandhill Botanicals, supplies many clinics in Canada and the USA. With a passion for self-sufficient pharmacy, Kevin provides the comprehensive medicine making curriculum to the students at the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies as well as hundreds of high quality herbal medicines to practitioners in British Columbia, California, and Arizona. Kevin spends two months of every year in the field identifying and harvesting throughout North America. When he…

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…

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…

Kim Holst

Kim Holst, LtCol in the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), is an experienced F-16 fighter pilot with combat experience from the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Libya. He holds two master’s degrees; one in Leadership and Innovation in Complex Systems, the other in Military Studies. Having continued leadership experience from various national and deployed command positions, LtCol Holst is presently Chief of Capacities in the RDAF. In addition to being a certified Forest Therapy guide, Kim is now participating in the Stanford University Compassion Cultivating Training (CCT), hosted by University of Southern Denmark.

Kimberly Mascaro, PhD

Kimberly R. Mascaro, PhD, LMFT is a California licensed holistic psychotherapist, centering the spiritual, ecological, and the somatic. She is also a two-time nonfiction author, visual artist, meditation facilitator, and university faculty with over 20 years of professional experience in the field of mental-behavioral health. Dr. Kim is passionate about wellness and self-care, holding certifications in Hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, and Integrative Mental Health. She is the author of Dream Medicine: The Intersection of Wellness and Consciousness (2021) and Extraordinary Dreams: Visions, Announcements and Premonitions Across Time and Place (2018) published by McFarland. Having been a student of both Western and…

Kimo Hussey

Kimo Hussey is a recorded, published and highly trained musician and is among those talented few who are equally adept at instruction. This master player travels all over the world sharing his love for the ukulele with outstanding performances and sought after classes. Born and raised in his native land of Hawaii, he enjoys including Hawaiian music in his teachings. His abilities, international reputation and humour make him a beloved presenter at Hollyhock with several participants who return annually to learn with this extraordinary teacher. ukuleleguildofhawaii.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Kris Archie

Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation, is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. In her own words: “My lived experiences as a mixed blood woman, mother and community member informs my desire for inclusion, accessibility, and justice”. Kris was the project manager for the Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative, called Fostering Change before becoming the Executive Director of  “The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada”, an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country. In all of her roles, Kris works to transform philanthropy and contribute to positive change…

Kyo Maclear

Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist, editor and children’s author. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages, published in over twenty-five countries, optioned for theatre and television, and garnered nominations from the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the National Magazine Awards. Her nonfiction books include the hybrid memoir Birds Art Life (2017), winner of the Trillium Book Award, and Unearthing (Knopf and Scribner, 2023). She holds an MA (Cultural Studies and Education/OISE, University of Toronto)…

Laura June Albert

Laura June Albert, MA, is an educator, researcher, cultural organizer, and artist, based in Vancouver, unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories. Her research investigates the experiential body as a liberatory landscape for anticolonial and anticapitalist self-determination and liveness. She has worked in the arts as a performer, instructor, and lecturer in over ten cities in North America and abroad. laurajune.ca  

LaUra Schmidt

LaUra (she/her) is a truth-seeker, community-builder, cultural critic, and grief worker. She is also the granddaughter of a holocaust survivor. Inspiration finds her in natural landscapes and honest, open-hearted dialogue. LaUra graduated with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religious Studies. Her MS is in Environmental Humanities. LaUra has been studying and cultivating personal and collective resilience strategies for nearly a decade. She is trained in nonviolent civil disobedience, and is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member & mentor. She recently earned an “Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy” Certificate through The Embody Lab. LaUra & Aimee Lewis-Reau have written a book on their…

Laurel Dault

Laurel is Hollyhock’s Director of Social Innovation Programs. Laurel’s passion for lifelong learning has led her to cross the ocean and the continent, from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, to THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam, to Female Funders (training women to become angel investors) in Vancouver, and finally to Hollyhock. Laurel holds a Master of Science in Psychology, has trained with Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a 2020 Radius Fellow and She-EO Activator. Laurel’s most formative experiences are as a comedic improviser and performer. She is a 10th generation settler with ancestry from France, Scotland,…

Lauren Walker

Lauren Walker is the author of The Energy to Heal, 2022 (Llewellyn). She previously published Energy Medicine Yoga: Amplify the Healing Power of Your Yoga Practice (Sounds True, 2014) and The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True, 2017). Both books won the Nautilus Silver award for best Mind/Body publication. She’s been teaching yoga and meditation since 1997 and created Energy Medicine Yoga while teaching at Norwich University. She teaches EMYoga across the US and internationally and has been featured many times in Yoga Journal, MantraMagazine, Yoga Digest, and published a feature article about her yoga work in The New York…

Lee Klinger Lesser

Lee Klinger Lesser studied Sensory Awareness with Charlotte Selver for 33 years. She has been leading workshops since 1976, both in English and Spanish, teaching throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain and Canada For most of her life, Lee has been engaged in a process of social change along parallel paths: Offering classes and workshops in Sensory Awareness, practicing Zen Buddhism and working towards equity and social justice for young children and their families through the field of early childhood education. Lee has seen over and over again the gift that these practices bring to the lives of so many people across the…

Leonie Smith

Leonie Smith is a first generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage working at the intersection of nonviolence (which is about recognising and welcoming the full humanity of all people) and anti-racism,  anti-oppression (ARAO).  She is the principal at her consultancies, The Thoughtful Workplace and Necessary Trouble Collective. In her work she provides practical tools to turn values and principles into doable solutions supporting more cohesive and humane communities of all types. She is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication. The Thoughtful Workplace Necessary Trouble Collective People of Colour for Nonviolent Communication

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. Lewis continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. He is the…

Lilli Ruth Rosenberg

Dr. Lilli Ruth Rosenberg developed a model of Learned Happiness (a couple of decades ago), which continues to synthesize cutting edge research in the fields of Neuropsychology, Buddhism, Spirituality, and Transformational Learning. For over thirty years, Lilli’s work includes educating and encouraging students and clients to delve deeper into their well-spring of well-being. Lilli considers herself a Pracademic; adept at bridging the academic with the practical; innovatively translating research into effective approaches for life. Her guiding principle is “Conscious Suffering cultivates Essential Happiness”. Lilli is as an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University and City University. She enjoys a thriving private…

Lindsay Lynk

Lindsay Lynk has been a strength conditioning coach since 2011 and started her career at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, where she continues to work today. Lindsay, who has an Honors degree in Kinesiology, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and certified Exercise Physiologist. She completed an internship with the Canadian Sport Institute and has achieved her Level 1 Functional Move­ment Systems training. Lyndsay has been involved with the University of Victo­ria women’s rowing team both in the areas of strength and conditioning as well as nutrition coaching. From 2006-2010, Lindsay rowed with both the heavyweight and lightweight Canadian Na­tional Rowing Teams,…

Lisa Gibbons

Lisa Gibbons is a Canadian artist, working in mixed media, employing a variety of techniques, including acrylic, oil, watercolour, drawings, collage, found objects, bee’s wax, gold leaf, and other elements to create multi-layered textures in rich colours. Her work borrows images from the lush, wild landscape and juxtaposes symbols that reflect two worlds: a world we see and a world we can’t see. Lisa studied art at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, and also studied with artist mentors. Her work is widely held in private collections throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. She teaches art programs as well…

Lisa Page Rosenberg

Lisa Page Rosenberg is a former writer/director/producer for television. Credits include The Man Show, Popstars, The John Henson Project, Steve Martin: A Comic Life, Uncomfortably Close With Michael McKean, and the film Windy City Heat. Her stories have been published in essay collections, Listen to Your Mother, Moms Are Nuts, A Letter to My Mom, and True to Life Parenthood. Lisa is a frequent contributor at Huffington Post and a top 10 finalist in BlogHer Voice of the Year. Her daily family humor blog, smacksy.com, has been recognized by Parade Magazine, SheKnows.com and was a featured Google Blogs of Note. Lisa lives in Southern California with Mr. Rosenberg and their son Bob.

Lloyd James Attig, Muskoday First Nation, Plains Cree

Lloyd Attig is a Plains Cree, originally from the Muskoday First Nation near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He has lived on unceded Coast Salish territory for 34 years. He is married to Michelle Nahanee, Squamish, and loves to spend time with his two daughters, Jaime and Paisley. He enjoys healthy cooking and works out regularly. Lloyd is an outdoorsman with extensive wilderness experience. He is a two-time silver medalist in the super heavyweight boxing division of the North American Indigenous Games. Holistic health has always been important to Lloyd, he has experienced huge personal transformation through his balanced approach to life…

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…

Lori Goldberg

Lori Goldberg is a Vancouver based artist and educator who has shown and taught internationally. Her art is found in many public and private collections including Canada Art Bank, the City of Vancouver and Interstate Bank of San Francisco. Lori is presently teaching at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. lorigoldberg.ca Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist is the founder of the Soul of Money Institute and author of the best-selling, award-winning book “The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.” Over the past 40 years Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning and having a healthy relationship with money. Her clients include: Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, the International Unity Church, Charles Schwab, United Way, The National Black theater of Harlem, Harvard University and others. A sought-after speaker, she has presented for the United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, State…

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw is a serial feminist entrepreneur based on unceded traditional Coast Salish territory. She started her first venture – a sustainable, locally-made garment line that included the then-radical concept of washable menstrual pads and period underwear – in 1993 at the age of 25. In addition to being the co-founder and Director of Partnership and Impact of Aisle (formerly Lunapads), a founding Canadian B Corp, she is the founder of G Day, a national event series for tween girls, and Nestworks, a family-friendly coworking community. The Greater Good is her first book.

Maeve Höglund

Maeve Höglund is a professional opera singer, sound healer, and Divine Voice transformation coach. She helps women to find their voice and speak their truth into the world. A native of Olympia, Washington, Maeve was trained in piano, theatre, and dance. Her exposure to both musical and dramatic theatre inspired a desire to master vocal technique, leading her to study classical singing and opera. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice from the New England Conservatory in Boston and Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. divinevoicetransformation.com, maevehoglund.com

malina dawn

Malina Dawn

Malina is a queer nehiyaw-ahpihtawikosisān iskwew (Cree Métis woman) who weaves together, the worlds of indigenous wisdom and yogic knowledge. Raised on the prairies and well travelled through her young adult years, she found her own healing path through Yoga and the Red Road.  Through reclaiming her culture and applying the principals taught in traditional ceremony and the science of yoga, she has experienced great healing and personal transformation. Through this indigenous world view and way of life, she has discovered how these two paths have parallel teachings, deep roots, sweet medicine and weave together beautifully.  She is now a drum carrier…

MAPS Canada

As Canada’s first psychedelic non-profit charitable organization, MAPS Canada is in a unique position as a neutral convener to bring together a variety of stakeholders in the psychedelic space to discuss the future of this emerging space. Working with partners in government, business, and the community, MAPS Canada is committed to advancing psychedelic medicine by supporting scientific, multidisciplinary research; advocating for drug policy reform; offering public education; and supporting equitable access to legal and regulated psychedelic medicine in Canada

Mara Branscombe

Mara Branscombe is a mother, writer, yogi, artist, teacher, mindfulness leader, ceremonialist and spiritual coach. She is passionate about weaving the art of mindfulness, self-care, creativity, mind–body practices, and earth-based rituals into her life and work, and she has been leading community ceremony since 2000. Mara runs international retreats, corporate leadership programs, and online coaching and personal development courses. Mara has taught yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over 20 years. She is the author of “Ritual As Remedy: Embodied Practices for Soul Care”, and “Sage, Huntress, Lover, Queen: Access Your Power and Creativity through Sacred Female Archetypes.” An adventurous spirit, Mara…

Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is the CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company. Marc has led mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and organizations including Google, SAP, Genentech, and Kaiser Permanente, and has coached executives and led trainings in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, health care, and government. He helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google and is the founder and CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). Marc’s books include Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader:…

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

Maria Filippone

Maria Filippone‘s love and appreciation of the outdoors and a reverence for nature and life was instilled at an early age in her hometown of Vancouver. Motivated and moved by music and movement, her teaching path began when she was 15 years old, assisting mentor Maureen Wilson, flipping records and offering hands on adjustments in a packed high impact aerobics classes. Now, many years, trainings and immersions later, she is certified as a Yoga instructor, Pilates Teacher and Yoga Thai Massage Therapist. Today, Maria’s group classes and private lessons are a blend of these three incredibly powerful and transformational offerings.…

Maria Jose Palacio

Maria Jose Palacio, a fifth-generation Colombian coffee farmer who was born and raised in a famous coffee region in Colombia. After several years working in the design field in New York City, Maria decided to change careers and return to coffee in 2016 after seeing her friends and family in Colombia struggle to maintain a viable living through their coffee farms. Maria’s passion for uplifting others helped her to overcome small business obstacles and build a flourishing business as a distribution platform with the mission of empowering coffee farmers and lifting them out of poverty and helping their communities. Maria…

Marie-Soleil Boisvert

Marie-Soleil is a Certified Paddle Canada SUP & SUP Yoga Instructor. She is also a certified Cranio Sacral Therapist, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Teacher (RYT 200hr, Yandara Institute & 200hr Embodied Flow). Her yoga practice focuses on embodiment, flow and quietude to bring a sense of deep connection and awareness. After a decade of paddling oceans, lakes and rivers, Marie-Soleil developed a stand-up paddleboard yoga program on Alta Lake in Whistler, BC. She has been teaching SUP yoga since her SUP Yoga and SUP Instructor certifications in 2015. She is the founder of Body Elements which offers healing therapies, yoga,…

Marilyn Arsenault

Marilyn Arsenault is a competitive runner, mentor and and has been coaching runners since 2010. She is the founder of Mindful Strides; a series of clinics that helps runners improve their form. Since then she has established herself as an effective teacher in functional movement working with both recreational runners and Olympic and national level athletes and teams including Triathlon Canada and Rowing Canada. Marilyn took up running in her mid thirties and within five years of dedicated training she was considered one of Canada’s top distance runners. Considered a late arrival to the world of competitive long-distance running, she’s…

Maritza Schafer

Maritza Schafer is a bilingual communications strategist and seasoned change-maker with global experience in transformational work. She has 30 years of experience in emotional development techniques, spiritual growth tools, healing, ritual, meditation, and having a whole lot of fun. She has worked with many traditions in her spiritual practice, including intuitive readings and healings, spellcasting, Reiki, shamanic work, vision quests, past lives, constellations, and the tarot. She offers personal development curriculum, coaching, and tarot readings at Bruja Lunasol, where she also blogs about the challenges and paradox of transforming the world while living an awesome life. She also founded WiseBridge,…

Mark Lau, PhD

Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has over 25 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. Mark is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. His academic work focuses on the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT. vancouvercbt.ca

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the Founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for self-inquiry, and the author of seven books, including the international bestseller Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery, and his latest, How Emerson Can Change Your Life: Lessons From an American Stoic. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Tricycle, and Harper’s Bazaar. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today and offers courses in creativity and spiritual…

Mark Vonesch

Mark Vonesch is a global leader in community film production. He is the Co-Founder of Reel Youth, a charitable project that has made 2,000+ films with participants across Canada and around the world. He is a sought after consultant in the field of media production and leads inter-generational programs that support leadership development and build valuable story telling and media production skills in participants. reelyouth.ca

Martha Peterson

Martha Peterson is a Certified Clinical Somatic Educator and leader in the field of Somatic Education. She is the author of the book Move Without Pain, and founder and CEO of Essential Somatics®. Martha heads a growing faculty of Clinical Somatic Educators who present Essential Somatics trainings, retreats, and seminars in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She maintains a private clinical practice in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Martha’s expertise comes from more than 30 years of working in the field of dance, bodywork, and somatic education. As a former professional dancer who suffered chronic hip and knee pain due…

Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD, is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2010, and found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work from there. He took MSC from Chris and Kristin as a five-day intensive at Esalen, in California, in January 2013, and was then invited to be part of the CMSC’s first teacher training course—led by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, and Steven Hickman—in 2014. Martin teaches the eight-week in-person version of MSC in his home area, and has taught…

Matthew Fox, PhD

Matthew Fox, PhD, is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice.  He has written 37 books that have been translated into other languages over 70 times. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics and The Pope’s War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de…

Meenadchi

Meenadchi (pronouns: Meenadchi/they) is a facilitator and somatic practitioner whose work centers the softness of our shadows as we deepen into our light. Meenadchi’s movement work began first as a performer and dancer, shifting into the mental health and trauma sector through suicide prevention, rape crisis advocacy, and daily functioning/skill-building for folks with serious mental illness and complex trauma histories. Meenadchi’s primary modalities are Non-Violent Communication, Family Constellation Therapy, and craniosacral therapy. Meenadchi is the author of Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication. www.traumainformednvc.com

Megan Prager

Megan Prager, MA, is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), a Compassion for Couples Instructor (CFC), and an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute and for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well…

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…

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

Michael & Ayi Wong Mayzel

With the blend of their unique backgrounds, Michael and Ayi bring a special alchemy to the creation of sound, sharing Sound Journeys and teaching in Europe and North American, as well as Shanti Sounds Costa Rica.  Their work has supported thousands of individuals, as well as professionals, larger groups and institutions, including training the music therapy department of one of the largest residential school of special needs in the United States. Their first hand knowledge in the creation of the instruments they teach allow Michael and Ayi an intimate understanding of their uniqueness and potential. shantisoundscr.com

Michael Bell

Michael Bell is the president, chief executive officer and co-founder of InPartnership Consulting Inc., an organizational development and strategic change firm specializing in global cultural competence and leadership development.  He designs state-of-the-art training, leadership development programs and organizational change initiatives for foundations and progressive non-profits. He is an international consultant and executive coach with special expertise in organizational assessment, team-building and mentoring programs. He is an expert in helping organizations understanding their cultures and their need for transformational learning.  A graduate of Cornell University, Michael is also an advanced facilitator using the conflict resolution model of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC). …

Michael D. Datura

Michael D. Datura is a humanities teacher on the unceded territories of the Salish peoples, a doctoral candidate, and occasionally a poet. He is a member of the The Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education and regularly instructs graduate level teachers about an Imaginative Education approach to learning. In 2015, he published his first book, under alias Michael Derby: Place, Being, Resonance: An Ecohermeneutic Approach to Education; and in 2018, he co-edited a collaborative writing experiment called Wild Pedagogies: Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene. His research draws primarily on lyric philosophy (Jan Zwicky)…

Michael Millman

Michael Millman is co-founder and Chief Beat Keeper of Rhythm Bliss Mindful Hand Drumming & Movement, a global online rhythm meditation program and community with over a thousand members worldwide. A reformed corporate lawyer turned award-winning creative director, songwriter and videographer, Michael is a passionate musician, community builder and storyteller having produced the campaign video to successfully re-elect Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first Indigenous Attorney General and Minister of Justice, while proudly serving on the board of Cortes Island’s own Power of Hope Youth Arts Empowerment Camps. rhythmbliss.com

Michael Moore

Michael Moore is a naturalist, a Coast Guard trained ship’s Navigation Officer, and a kayak instructor/guide with 25+ years experience around Cortes Island. Mike holds a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences from the Canadian Coast Guard officer training in Sydney, Nova Scotia. His work as a navigation officer aboard Coast Guard ships has taken him to all three Canadian coasts, the high arctic and the Panama Canal. From his childhood explorations of coastal tide pools to studying marine biology at the University of Victoria, to his navigation work from the high Arctic to Antarctica, Mike’s life has always revolved around…

Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald has taught Insight meditation for fourty years and teaches extensively throughout America, in Canada, Burma, and various locations around the world. As a guiding teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i she has been a quiet pioneer. She is the first woman to have taught a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior monastic figure (Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery). Her style of teaching focuses on helping individuals find entry points into stillness that are natural for them. She also loves teaching meditation with online programs she helps design. vipassanahawaii.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Michelle LeBaron

Michelle LeBaron is an internationally-recognized conflict engagement specialist whose work is animated by creativity, culture and interdisciplinarity. A tenured professor of law, she has done seminal work in many types of conflict engagement including intercultural, international, family, organizational and commercial. Michelle’s current research focuses on dialogic approaches to political and religious conflict, and on how creative approaches help shift intractable conflicts. She is also collaborating with scholars from the global south on issues of transitional justice, symbolic reparations and commemorations of collective traumas. Michelle has been a fellow at the Trinity College Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute…

Michelle Phillips

With over 15 years of leadership in the healthcare and wellness industry in the Pacific Northwest, Michelle Phillips strives to put the “we” back in wellness. Acknowledging that we can’t heal alone; we heal best together and in community. They have held post on almost every rung in the healthcare industry’s ladder. Michelle has launched an oncology clinic for UW Medicine as well as spent a few years training as a hospital chaplain many years ago. They are currently seeking licensure as a clinical mental health counsellor for the State of Washington at Seattle University and is a grounded servant leader…

Miik Wells

My name is Miik (“mike”) Wells, and I’m a Black/Indigenous Man, Father, Brother, Son, Partner and Friend. My work is in tending to Self and Social Ecosystems by curating and conducting InnerActive learning and processing experiences. I’ve cultivated my way of facilitating social learning through multiple and varying roles with individuals and groups, spanning many different identities and cultures, for over 25 years. I approached all of my work capacities with my core of heart-centered, curiosity-activating, collectively-dynamic engagement–from children’s enrichment to team/community building to college leadership/mentorship to senior social activities to intergenerational gatherings. I express through my work that by…

Mike Perry

A lawyer and social worker by profession, Mike Perry is a past senior executive in health care and currently serves as Lead – Laws & Constitution with the Métis Nation of Ontario. Mike is an alumnus of the Public Leadership Program – including public narrative and organizing – at Harvard and facilitated ICL training to diverse groups from personal support workers to election candidates. Mike has taught change leadership skills at Trent University, where he is an award-winning educator. Second Lt. Perry is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and is on the Board of both the…

Mike Rowlands

Mike Rowlands is President & CEO at Junxion, a board member at Hollyhock and Social Venture Network, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RADIUS. He brings over 20 years of  consulting experience, including client work with businesses, non-profits, and social enterprises on four continents. His approach blends values-driven leadership with pragmatic tools from Lean Startup to help leaders integrate strategy, branding, and culture, all grounded in values-based leadership. junxion.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr is the author of the long-anticipated memoir, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss & Transformation. In her critically acclaimed new translations of the mystics and reflections on the unifying teachings at the heart of all spiritual paths, Mirabai uses fresh, lyrical language to help make timeless wisdom accessible to a contemporary circle of seekers. Mirabai was an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years.  Her emphasis has always been on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in…

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…

Morley

Morley is an award-winning international composer, performer and educator. From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full band, her message is consistent and clear; love, justice and inspiration. Awarded Songwriter of the Year from ASCAP and heralded as Emerging Artist of the Year by the New York Times, Morley has penned songs for TED Women, Acumen, V-Day, Think Global School and GOAL – South Africa. Her music has been placed on…

Nadine Nakagawa

She is a community organizer, listener, activist, and city councillor. She loves doing work that elevates underrepresented voices and that makes deep system change. She is often found doing this work from her seat on city council in New Westminster. She also loves sparkly eyeshadow and wearing flowers in her hair. Nadine has over a decade of activism on issues relating to housing, public spaces, reconciliation, public engagement, public health, and harm reduction, and childcare. For her work in the community, Nadine was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Platinum Awards. She has spent…

Namchi Bazar

As a movement specialist with over 20 years as a professional dancer, Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner, Pilates Instructor, and Essential Somatics® Movement Educator, Namchi Bazar empowers people to self heal.  As a mother of three, she understands the need for effective self-care techniques that feel great, restore balance and can be done in short amounts of time. namchi.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks Photo Credit: Iain Young

Nancy Gray-Hemstock

Nancy Gray-Hemstock, MSW, is a social worker, certified educator and hospice volunteer who also happily writes, meditates, creates and facilitates Sage-ing® and Guided Autobiography workshops and retreats. victoriasageing.com

Natalie Rousseau

Natalie Rousseau is a student of the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara traditions since the late 90’s. Her classes reflect these traditions through the lens of her own personal life experience. Her teachings are woven around themes related to the power of practice, the wisdom of nature, and the wonder of living an ordinary life lit up through mindful presence. Most of Natalie’s energy goes into programs that foster a more intimate and supportive relationship with her students. She is primarily focused on yoga teacher-training and mentoring, as well as yogic lifestyle programs. She teaches online, in person and spends some time…

Nettie Wild

One of Canada’s most respected documentary filmmakers, Nettie Wild is now exploring new narrative directions. She has a passion for catalyzing effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the dimensional, and the unexpected. Her recent film Koneline: Our Land Beautiful explored a more spacious visual approach that reflected the culture, message and landscape of the Tahltan First Nation. Her innovative projection mapping project, Uninterrupted, cinematically transformed Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge into a wild B.C. river – immersing audiences of all world views in the incredible journey of migrating sockeye salmon. Her next step: porting the experience into Virtual Reality. mediathatmatters.org | canadawildproductions.com

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…

Nicolette Richer

Nicolette Richer is a Regenerative Medicine Health Educator, entrepreneur, author, Doctoral student and speaker. She is a savvy wellness facilitator and a renowned environmental and sustainability expert, with an insatiable desire to learn and educate. Nicolette transforms people with chronic disease into conquerors of their condition through metabolic nutrition & detoxification. Nicolette informs, inspires, and invigorates, helping individuals to unlock their fullest potential and achieve peak performance.  When not busy with her business endeavors, Nicolette can be found hanging out in the mountains with her three vivacious daughters and her life and business partner, Pierre.   nicolettericher.com | greenmoustache.com | richerhealthretreatcentre.com Read my blog on…

Nisi Shawl

Nisi Shawl is the author of Everfair and dozens of short stories, many of which can be found in the Otherwise Award winning and World Fantasy Award nominated collection Filter House. Nisi is the co-editor of Stories for Chip and Strange Matings: Octavia E. Butler, Feminism, Science Fiction, and African American Voices. They are the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, British Fantasy Award, Ignyte Award, and Brave New Words Award for their work editing the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. They are a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society and have served on…

NOBL

NOBL (pronounced no-bell) was founded in 2014 to help leaders make change. Today they are a global change agency with locations in NYC, LA, San Francisco, London and Vancouver. They train organizations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviours. They help their partners grow to their full potential; being freed to truly serve their customers and constituents, and making powerful and profound impact on the world. NOBL’s experience spans scaling startups, the public sector, and large enterprise. Their clients include: Calvin Klein, Dropbox, Reddit, Kickstarter, Farfetch, Havas, NastyGal, Citizens Advice Bureau, Arc’teryx, Etsy, Google, Destination Canada and Levi’s. nobl.io

Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question, “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. As an educator…

Olivia Chow

Olivia Chow leads the Institute for Change Leaders’ educational initiatives and has helped trained thousands of activists in political organizing. Olivia has two certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Programs and 9 years of teaching experience. Olivia Chow has also been one of Canada’s most effective and well known public figures. She served 2 terms as a school trustee, 4 terms as a Toronto city councillor and 8 years as a Member of Parliament.

Oriane Lee Johnston

Oriane Lee Johnston brings natural horsemanship, spiritual guidance and her years as former program director for Hollyhock to her work as educator and mentor. Horse journeys have taken her riding in the sacred mountains of Ecuador and volunteering with horses in Africa. whitehorsesanctuary.com orianelee.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks P.C. Charles Steinberg

Pamela Chaloult

Pamela’s career has been defined by a deep commitment to serve and develop exceptional leaders. She has a superpower of helping people up-level their game by providing practical tools and brave spaces to do their work. Pamela is the founder and CEO of Practical Feet Advisors a boutique firm that offers Practical Wisdom Mentoring, Strategic Advising and Transformational Convenings. As a natural relationship weaver, Pamela’s successful history includes cultivating and activating high-caliber, impact focused relationships and networks through her executive leadership positions at BALLE (now Common Future), Renewal Funds and Social Venture Network (SVN, now SVC). She is currently the Board Chair of…

Pamela Hope

Pamela Hope is 40 years old and was born with disfiguring congenital disabilities causing shortened neck and webbing, hard of hearing, unsymmetrical face and shoulders. She acquired partial paralysis and C-PTSD later. I don’t tell ppl what my disability is called because I don’t appreciate the misinformation about it online. Currently working in the broker world. Degrees in English and Sociology. Speaking about Guilermo Del Torro’s fascination with ‘monsters’, intersections with disability, modern day freak shows and medicine, disfiguremisia, and being disfigured.

Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD

Pat Moffitt Cook, PhD, is the founder and director of the Open Ear Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a distinguished pioneer in the field of sound and cross-cultural musical healing applications in healthcare and education. She is a teacher, consultant, clinician, and author. Dr. Cook has extensive training and certifications in auditory stimulation and sensory integration methods including the Tomatis Method and the Listening Fitness Program (LiFT). She is a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (FAMI) and certified in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Pat is a certified Vedic Chant…

Patricia Höglund

Pat Höglund, a Wayshower, is the author of Have I Got a Story for You: A Collection of Life’s Lessons and story circle convener. She is a guide to women who are making significant shifts in some aspect of their lives. She is also a graduate of the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School, founded by Thomas Atum O’Kane. wisewomanwayshower.com

Paul Bromley

Paul Bromley is an Occupational Therapist, teacher and practitioner of Chinese Internal Arts for over 25 years. An avid student of various Tai Chi styles, Qi Gong systems, and other Internal Arts such as Liu He Ba Fa, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, and Yiquan,  he travels the world to study with masters of these ancient traditions. He’s made it his life’s work to share their physical, emotional, and mental health benefits with as many people as possible. Paul completed the Medical Acupuncture Program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta with his dear friend and mentor Dr. Steven…

Paul Heussenstamm

Paul Heussenstamm is a fourth generation artist and well-known teacher. He has created more than two thousand unique and spiritual paintings, and the mandala has become his signature motif. For him, mandalas open “the doorway into the symbolic language of the soul.” So that others may uncover their own spiritual paths through art, Heussenstamm regularly leads workshops around the world and at his Laguna Beach, California studio. mandalas.com

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…

Phillip Moore

Phillip Moore was inspired by Richard Buckminster Fuller to create a new model for educating young children. After attending Bucky’s World Game in the summer of 1970, he joined a team of idealists in Oxford, Michigan who together built and sustained a new paradigm school, Upland Hills Farm School, that recently completed its 45th year. During his 42 years as Director of the School, Phil developed teams on the staff and board level to grow a learning community and synergetic collaboration between team members. In 2017, he released the book The Future of Children: Providing a Love-Based Education for Every…

Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is the best-selling author of a dozen books, including The Open Road (covering his first 34 years of talks with the XIVth Dalai Lama), Imagining Canada (the initial Hart House Lecture in Toronto) and The Art of Stillness (the second book to be published by TED). His three talks for TED have received more than 7 million views, and he’s recently been featured in program-length interviews with Oprah, Krista Tippett and Larry King. Often the writer of liner-notes for Leonard Cohen, he appeared eight times in the Best American Spiritual Writing annual anthology and is the author of such…

Power of Hope

Established in 1996, Power of Hope has an over 20 year history of creating and delivering successful and impactful empowerment curriculum that has enriched the lives of thousands. powerofhope.ca 

Q

Q is a white queercrip artist, educator, and death doula primarily living and working on the unceded, stolen, never surrendered land of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw tribes of the Stó:lō Nation. Its workshops and writing are grown from joy and spite found in queer Mad, disabled, and sick community, without whom it would likely not be alive and certainly not half the queercrip it’s proud to be.

Presenter, Rabbit Richards

Rabbit Richards

Rabbit Richards was born on occupied Lenape territory in Brooklyn, NY.  Their people have never rooted for more than one generation anywhere for as long as their history can trace. Their father’s family claims Kyiv and Minsk; their mother’s family remembers St Thomas and St Croix, islands of the Carib, Arawak, and Ciboney. Rabbit  is learning how to exist on stolen land in a marginalized body.  Relentlessly compassionate with fierce integrity, Rabbit is passionate about anti-oppression and accessibility work and is deeply invested in the conversations that are provoked by their art.  

Rachelle Lamb

Rachelle Lamb is a recognized speaker, writer, Nonviolent Communication℠ trainer (2003) and relationship coach. She became a committed student of Marshall Rosenberg when she met him in 1999 and has since devoted her work to supporting clients learn and speak “a language of life”. She brings an earthy, practical yet innovative wisdom to her work curated over decades of study drawing from cultural anthropology, history, mythology, poetry, storytelling and deep ecology. Her synthesis of these disciplines provides a rich and fertile scaffolding for transformational dialogue and consistently produces powerful learning experiences for individuals and audiences who cite the learning as profound…

RamDev Dale Borglum

Dale Borglum, also known as RamDev, founded the conscious dying movement in the West in collaboration with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine. He founded and directed the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first residential facility in the United States to support conscious dying, and has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe, and since 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman, and Dwarka Bonner, Dale is the co-author of “Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook.” A teacher of meditation since 1974, Dale lectures and gives workshops…

Ratha Chek

Ratha Chek, MA, CYT, RCC, is a Body Psychotherapist, artist, and developer of Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy®. She bring over 20 years of clinical experience and insight in the healing of trauma into her therapy, training, and mentorship programs. Ratha’s approach to healing is body-centered and soul-based; addressing psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of individuals in therapy. Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy® is an approach to healing trauma which intuitively integrates practices in mindfulness, breathwork, yoga, somatic and body-oriented processing designed to enhance the body’s own capacity to heal and reclaim hope. Over the years, Ratha has worked within diverse women-centered community…

Rebecca Nash

Rebecca Nash is a contemporary jazz pianist and a bright light amongst the jazz musicians of her generation in the UK. Active as a performer, composer and educator, Rebecca leads her own band, ATLAS, as well as collaborating with various other artists including the awards winning singer-songwriter Sara Colman, Beats and Pieces trumpeter Nick Walters, and saxophonist Dee Byrne. ATLAS have recently released their debut album Peaceful King on Whirlwind Records which has received much critical acclaim and airplay, including a recent broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Nash, and her superb band are at the vanguard of innovative and compelling new music.…

Rebeka Carpenter

Rebeka Carpenter has led the Hollyhock kitchen as Head Chef since 2007. She brings several decades of hospitality executive management experience to share with us at Hollyhock. Her love of providing a place for people to relax and breathe deeply, and fill both their soul and their belly with nourishment, feels at home overlooking the changing waters of the Pacific. Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Rebekka Goldsmith

Rebekka Goldsmith is a professional singer, group facilitator and coach who believes that when we have full access to our voices, we unlock our creativity, awaken to our full capacity and catalyze deep and lasting change in our communities. She has spent over 15 years guiding individuals and groups in explorations of their physical, intuitive and collective voices. Rebekka travels throughout North America designing and facilitating transformative experiences that challenge and inspire people to realize their creative potential. She has studied extensively with master improviser, Rhiannon, and is certified as a professional Coach and an Instructor of Somatic Voicework. With…

Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Once called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, and “one of our wisest voices on social evolution” by Krista Tippett, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Being Black was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new co-authored book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love &…

Rex Weyler

Rex Weyler is a writer and ecologist and a co-founder of Hollyhock. His books include Blood of the Land, a history of indigenous American nations, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Greenpeace: The Inside Story, a finalist for the BC Book Award and the Shaughnessy-Cohen Award for Political Writing; and The Jesus Sayings, a deconstruction of first century history, a finalist for the BC Book Award. In the 1970s, Weyler was a cofounder of Greenpeace International and editor of the Greenpeace Chronicles. He served on campaigns to preserve rivers and forests, and to stop whaling, sealing, and toxic dumping. He currently…

Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women’s jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist. In recent years she has continued to refine her improvisation work by performing in the a cappella trio WeBe3 with Joey Blake and David Worm, both 35-year members of Voicestra and most recently with Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5. Rhiannon has worked with renowned instrumentalists Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuna, Otmaro Ruiz and Jetro…

Rhys-Thorvald Hansen

Rhys-Thorvald Hansen (they/them/theirs) is an artist and facilitator who works within the intersections of land justice, food sovereignty, and the nourishment of social movements. They practice their work with the belief that change is a constant that must be embraced with love in order to reach our fullest potentials as organizations, individuals, and communities. To that end, I place a high value on personal and community growth, learning new skills and information, and keeping shit real. When hosting community spaces, they embrace the messiness of sharing power, responsibility, and accountability, and always welcome you to say that which is uncomfortable.

Richard Rudd

Founder of the Gene Keys, Richard experienced a state of spiritual illumination in his twenties, in which he was shown a great tapestry of interrelated truths. Since that time, he has continued to bring these various streams of wisdom into the world in the form of programmes, retreats, teachings, writings, and spoken transmissions.

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

Robert Gass

Robert Gass, EdD, is co-founder of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and an acclaimed coach and mentor of leaders — from non-profits such as the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, MoveOn.org and Greenpeace International, to Corporate CEO’s and socially conscious entrepreneurs, to spiritual teachers and the Obama White House. stproject.org, sacredunion.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Robert Schwartz

Robert Schwartz is a hypnotist and the author of the groundbreaking books Your Soul’s Plan and Your Soul’s Gift. His mission is to make empowering, healing information about pre-birth planning in general – and the planning of life challenges in particular – available to as many people as possible. yoursoulsplan.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Robert Vetter

Robert Vetter, M.A. is a cultural anthropologist and educator for audiences that range from young children through adulthood including colleges. His teaching focuses on two areas: the intersection of spirituality and healing as well as the historic mistreatment of Native American peoples, with an eye toward social justice. Robert advocates a model of intellectual collaboration as found in collaborative ethnography.  Toward that end, he co-authored the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family with his adopted Kiowa uncle, medicine man Richard Tartsah (who invited Bob to co-author the book with him). Robert also hosts a…

Robin Stamm

Robin Stamm has been immersed in the worlds of movement, biomechanics, and body mind consciousness for over twenty years. In 2007 her search came to an end when she met Diane Long and observed something completely different in Diane’s body and teachings. She dedicated herself and her practice solely to this way of working and has since organized her life around the study and sharing of it. Robin’s work, both as a physiotherapist and yogi, proceeds with the conviction that our bodies are much wiser and more splendiferous than we realize, and that if we remain simple and curious, we will learn of the…

Robyn Hines

Robyn Hines (she/her) has a love of yoga that began over 25 years ago during a period of tragic personal loss. She tiptoed in, but quickly dove deeply, gaining breadth and depth of practice. On her mat, she found solid grounding in life and flourished in her healing. There she found her true home, where she could access calm and a profound connection with her inner teacher. Taking her studies further, she is a 500Hr RYT, inspired by Anusara & Iyengar traditions, trained with Embodied Flow™ and Revolution Yoga™. Both are Hatha yoga styles: focusing on alignment, somatics and ‘heart…

Ronna Schneberger, BRM

Ronna Schneberger, BRM, has been a professional guide and naturalist in Banff National Park for 25 years. She is one of the first Forest Therapy Guides in Canada and now trains others. Ronna an Certified Coach focusing on mental fitness, and a Yoga and Meditation Instructor. She is the Chair of Nature and Forest Therapy of Canada. For the past 15 years she has been faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre where she delivered leadership development experiences in nature to leaders from around the world. forestfix.ca

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…

Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is one of the top teachers and developers of the Enneagram system in the world today. He is the author of the audiobook The Enneagram: Nine Gateways to Presence, and the co-author, with Don Richard Riso, of several books including The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types. russhudson.com

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S. Portico Bowman

S. Portico Bowman is an author, artist and Professor of Art (Emerita) at Pittsburg State University. She is currently working on the book Would You Give Up Arms for Wings, a story inspired by the visionary life and writings of Paulus Berensohn. That writing project has inspired this class, received a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Award, and occupied her wildest dreams for the past four years. Her first novel, Cashmere Comes From Goats is forthcoming May 2022 with Stonehouse Publishing. Portico currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Tom, and their very understanding cat, Florence.…

Saki Mafundikwa

Saki Mafundikwa is the founder and director of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA), a design and new media training college in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was educated in the US with a BA in Telecommunications and Fine Arts from Indiana University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. He returned home in 1998 to found ZIVA after working in New York City as a graphic designer, art director and design instructor. Mafundikwa’s book, Afrikan Alphabets: the Story of Writing in Africa, was published in 2004. Besides being of historical importance, it is also the first book on…

Samantha daSilva

Samantha daSilva is a professional artist and educator, living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born in Brazil, daSilva was inspired at an early age by her copiously artistic family. Her grandmother, a portrait artist, her aunt, an accomplished jewellery designer, and her mother, a water colourist, all influenced daSilva to experiment with a variety of mediums. Upon graduating high school, daSilva opted out of attending art school for a career path that was ‘safer’ and ‘more secure’. But life has a magnetic force that pulls you back to where you need to be. Ten years and an array…

Sara Vetter

Sara Vetter is the Business Development Director of the Soul of Money Institute and is a coach, consultant, workshop leader, keynote speaker and strategist. She is also the Major Gift Fundraiser for the Pachamama Alliance. Sara has had experience in advertising, marketing and sales with several magazines including LA Magazine and the Disney Channel. Sara has been coaching, consulting and leading workshops with SOMI Author and Founder Lynne Twist for more than seven years. She has become a key player in all the initiatives of the institute. Her leadership doubled business revenues in recent years and also significantly expanded revenue…

Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell has taught dance, theater and violence prevention for over 30 years. She recently left her position as the Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA where she served in different capacities from 1990-2020, including Executive Director from 2002-2007. She founded and directed the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company from 1993-2020, which has been the subject of two documentary films, and won the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. Sarah has facilitated arts integration, violence prevention, cultural humility and team building professional development sessions with artists and educators since 2000, both locally and nationally. She is…

Sarah Dickinson

Sarah Dickinson is a Managing Director for NOBL, a global change agency, training organizations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviours. She brings 20 years of experience in designing new ways for teams to create and collaborate to push beyond boundaries, cross the streams of their discipline and achieve collective change. nobl.io

Sarah Fuller

Sarah Fuller is a visual artist with over 15 years of experience facilitating artist workshops. For ten years she was the Photography Facilitator in the Creative Residencies at the Banff Centre and more recently, has been a Mentor for Foundation Mentorship Program organized through Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg, MB. She has been an artist in residence at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Laughing Waters in Nillumbick Shire, Australia, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy, and the Association of Visual Artists (SIM), Iceland. She holds a MFA from the University…

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Sarah Jama

Sarah Jama is the Executive Director at the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO). She is a community organizer from Hamilton, ON with Cerebral Palsy who does work around combating anti black racism, policing, and housing insecurity. Through DJNO, she works to tackle systemic ableism by building up capacity in disabled organizers to challenge structures locally, provincially and nationally. In her past role as Senior Program Coordinator at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, she ran a Civic Leadership Program which sought to help Black and racialized youth to understand their place in working inside and outside of institutions to…

Sarah Selecky

Sarah Selecky earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her writing has appeared in top Canadian magazines and quarterlies such as The Walrus, The New Quarterly, and The Journey Prize Anthology.Sarah is the author of This Cake Is for the Party, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, as well as the new novel Radiant Shimmering Light.She is also the creator of internationally-acclaimed creative writing school (and MFA alternative) Sarah Selecky Writing School, which includes collaborations with Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Karen Joy Fowler,…

Shaena Lambert

Shaena Lambert is an award-winning fiction writer, author of four books, most recently Petra (Random House Canada, 2020). Her other works are Oh, My Darling, Radiance and The Falling Woman. She has mentored writers and taught writing for over 15 years at some of Canada’s finest writing schools, including The Humber School for Writers and The Writers’ Studio at SFU. Her stories have been chosen 4 times for Best Canadian Stories, and she’s been a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the BC Book Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and The Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story. Three of her books were chosen as Best Books of the…

Shahar Rabi, PhD

Shahar Rabi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at Adler University. He formerly served as the Clinical Program Director at the Orchard Recovery Centre. He has years of experience in treating addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. He is also the Co-Founder of the New Earth Institute in Vancouver. Dr. Shahar has a broad spectrum of work experience as a choreographer, philosopher and yoga teacher, meditation instructor, and even as a clown. As a clinician, he draws on years of formal studies at universities in Israel and Canada, as well as practice with prominent non-dual teachers in India, Nepal, Thailand, and Israel. He…

Sharon Blackie, PhD

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and internationally recognized teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, on the reclaiming of indigenous Western spiritual traditions, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. sharonblackie.net 

Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik

Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik is 2-Spirited First Nation Anishnawbek who resides in Northern Ontario. She is the founder of Indige-Spheres to Empowerment (a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples domestically and globally). Sheila’s expertise lies in program development for First Nations communities/organizations and has been called upon as a resource person for Human Trafficking and Indigenous people and Native Child Welfare. Sheila has developed Indigenous land-based programs for youth and a palliative care training program for a 2-Spirited ASO.

Shilbee Dhalla-Kim

Shilbee Dhalla-Kim is a passion coach who supports entrepreneurs, community leaders, and change-makers in clarifying their passions for change. Together, we’re building a bridge out of late-stage capitalism towards an economy that centres justice, co-operation, and environmental sustainability. Shilbee has partnered as a coach with organizations, such as Innoweave, Social Innovation Canada, Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network, and the United Nations Association in Canada. She is also a guest lecturer at universities, such as McMaster University and the University of Toronto. With over 10 years of experience in innovation, social entrepreneurship, and policy change, Shilbee has developed her practice…

Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph, Squamish Nation

“My name is Willard (Buddy) Joseph – Skwetsimeltxw is my ancestral name, handed down through my late father. I’ve grown up on Squamish Nation Lands and have learned our Squamish ways from my Elders, my three great grandmothers. They were born in mid to late 1800’s and never went to residential school. They are my direct connection to pre-contact knowledge of our Squamish world view. I also had my grandmothers and mother who also handed down teachings and history of the Squamish peoples. I’ve also had the opportunity to grow up with teachings from many Elders from many of our…

Solomon Masala

Solomon Masala holds a BS in Elementary Education and is a certified teacher.  Tapping into 25 years of experience and an engaging magnetism, Solomon delivers the antidote to the usual team development. He’s pioneered a captivating blend of experiential, innovative processes designed to get teams to do what they really want: tap excellence, have an inspiring time doing it, and sustain breakthrough learning for the long run. Solomon’s not the person to call if you want a Power Point training. His programs are powerful kinesthetics – meaning people get up out of their seats, they experience, they engage, and they ‘do’ what’s…

Sonora Jha

SONORA JHA, PhD, is the author of the novel The Laughter, forthcoming from Harper Via in February 2023. Her memoir How to Raise a Feminist Son was published in the U.S., India, and Brazil in 2021 and her debut novel Foreign by Random House India in 2013. After a career as a journalist covering crime, politics, and culture in India and Singapore, she moved to the United States to earn a Ph.D. in media and public affairs. Her OpEds, essays, and public appearances have featured in the New York Times, on BBC, and elsewhere. Dr. Jha is a professor of journalism and lives in Seattle, where she also teaches…

Spring Cheng, PhD.

Dr. Spring Cheng is the co-Founder of Resonance Path Institute. She is an author, teacher, leadership coach and social innovator. Her work blazes a path through the uncharted territory between her native cultural roots in China and her adopted cultural home of North America. With her experience in both western science and traditional Chinese medicine, Spring created the Resonance Code, a re-imagination of the ancient complexity theory I Ching, the Book of Change, as a modern leadership development tool. Spring believes that our civilization can harness the tremendous complexity, chaos and uncertainty we are facing today and transform them into…

Spring Hawes

Spring Hawes is a tetraplegic. She has been an entrepreneur, an elected official, and is currently an appointed board director for Interior Health. She was a candidate in the previous provincial election. She is co-founder of Dignity Denied, a board member for a large peer group of wheelchair users, and has chaired an accessibility advocacy non-profit for many years. In her public life, she has been outspoken on the rights of women and marginalized and disabled people. She is passionate about working to ensure all people live well and envisions a world that embraces diversity and fully includes all people.

Steve Sheppard, PhD

Dr. Steve Sheppard is the Thurber Professor of Apiculture in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. His graduate research at the University of Illinois centred on population genetics and evolution in honey bees. Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, Steve worked as a research scientist for the US Department of Agriculture, conducting research on Africanized honey bees and the genetic processes that accompany insect range expansions. In collaboration with mycologist Paul Stamets and Fungi Perfecti, the WSU Bee Program is involved in a major research effort to use fungi as a biological control agent for parasitic mites and to…

Steven Smith

Steven V. Smith co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana. This partnership created Vipassana Hawai’i’s Fusion Dhamma approach combining traditional and contemporary teaching styles in the same retreat. Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, he was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) at meditation retreats…

Stina Brown

Stina Brown designs and leads transformative processes for groups: visioning, strategic planning, communities of practice, and skills training. stinabrown.com

Susan Abookire, BSEE, MD, MPH, FACP

Susan Abookire, BSEE, MD, MPH, FACP, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience leading healthcare organizations. She has served as chief medical officer, system chief quality officer, and Chair of quality and patient safety. Dr. Abookire began her career as an electrical engineer in aviation systems. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Abookire trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and practices internal medicine. She received a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and has taught nationally and internationally on patient safety, high reliability, and systems design. Dr. Abookire…

Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki, (she/her) is and Indian yoga practitioner and founder of Ignite Institute for Yogic Leadership and Social Change, Known for her work in decolonizing and embracing the roots of yoga, she runs 200/300 Embody Yoga’s Roots Yoga Teacher Training programs that are changing the face of yoga today. Author of #1 New Release and International Bestseller in Yoga in Nov 2020 Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice. Susanna’s yoga trainings are currently shifting the paradigm of what yoga looks like in the West, with a commitment to diversity and culture. She educates in Yoga Teacher…

Suzanne Hawkes

Suzanne Hawkes is a management consultant, leadership trainer, and facilitator. She has supported business, non-profit, political, Indigenous and public sector clients across the US and Canada for over 20 years. Her vision: a diverse, cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across difference to achieve transformational change.   Suzanne is a principal with Convergence Strategies, a management consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC.   She is also an instructor with Simon Fraser University, where she co-teaches with Indy Bath in the Leadership Essentials certificate program, and where she is a co-designer and instructor with SFU/Booth University’s Certificate Program in Executive…

Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Squamish Nation

Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, is a decolonial facilitator & strategist catalyzing social change to transform colonial narratives & impacts. She works within the intersection of class, culture and creativity focusing on social change through communications and deep engagement. Michelle’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action. She is the designer of a life-size board game called Sínulhkay and Ladders. Her workshop Decolonizing Practices aims to answer the question “what now” in this era of truth & reconciliation. Her approach earned her the 2019 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. Michelle is also a…

Tamara Teeter Knapp

Tamara Teeter Knapp, BA, is a certified K-12 Art Teacher and has a varied and extensive background in expressive arts, dance, visual arts and education. Tamara, along with Kathleen Horne and Victoria Domenichello-Anderson are co-founders and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute, an internationally acclaimed training program and expressive arts practice. expressiveartsflorida.com 

Terri Bibby

Terri Bibby has been offering classes, workshops and retreats In her studio in the woods on Salt Spring Island since 2007. Topics include the SAORI philosophy, weaving, warping and clothing design. Her own weaving is inspired by the ever-changing colours and textures of nature that surround her. Since first coming across SAORI weaving in 2005 at a fibre festival, Terri has immersed herself in the philosophy and practice of SAORI weaving. The freedom, the colour, the textures and the beautiful philosophy of SAORI was life-changing. After a trip to Japan in 2007 to meet Misao Jo, the founder of SAORI…

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…

Tiffany Moses

Tiffany Moses is a Dene artist and facilitator with a decade of experience working with communities through music and film production programs. She draws on her cultural teachings as a foundation for bringing people together in creative process and uses her technical expertise and keen understanding of collaborative creation to help participants produce meaningful films.

Tracey Erin Smith

Tracey Erin Smith is an internationally recognized transformational leader and creator.  She is the founder and driver of SOULO Theatre, originating in Toronto, with workshops in New York City, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Vancouver and the UK. A proud Canadian, Tracey is an award-winning teacher, solo performer, theatre director and thought leader employing personal stories for transformation. Tracey’s work had been seen Off-Broadway and on several stages the world over where she has been awarded Best of the Fringe (Toronto and NYC), Broadway World Award (NYC), and the Audience Choice Award (NYC). She is the host and creator of the critically acclaimed documentary series DRAG…

Tracey Friesen

Tracey Friesen has over 30 years’ experience in Canada’s cultural sector. In the decade before joining the Canadian Media Producers Association’s BC Branch in 2020, she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation, Roundhouse Radio and Mindset Foundation, plus authored ‘Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change’, which led to the founding of a charitable organization under the same name. SMI produced Canada’s first Good Pitch event in 2018, to build coalitions of supporters around social and environmental impact documentaries. Tracey spent nearly 12 years at the National Film Board in Vancouver, where she earned producer or executive credits on…

Trudi Goels

Not a big fan of marketing speak or corporate jargon, Trudi will tell you how it is, how it can be, and will roll up her sleeves to work along side you.  From outstanding event production, to workshop delivery, capacity building, and public speaking – Trudi delivers scintillating ideas, sizzling opportunities, and blazing outcomes. She is a sought out mentor by feminist business owners. Currently, she is a Director at Women Transforming Cities, an advisor for the Poetic Justice Foundation and occasionally delivers workshops through  Vantage Point. She’s a co-founder of Women on Wednesdays, a champion of body liberation, an…

Tzeporah Berman

Tzeporah Berman BA, MES, LLD (honoris causa) has been designing environmental campaigns and working on environmental policy in Canada and beyond for over thirty years. She is currently the International Program Director at Stand.earth and the Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. She is the Co-founder of the Global Gas & Oil Network, the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program, and the co-founder of ForestEthics (now Stand.earth). In 2019 Tzeporah received the Climate Breakthrough Project Award, which included $2 million USD to create breakthrough global strategies on climate change. In 2016 Tzeporah was appointed by…

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…

Vicki Robin

For 30 years, Vicki Robin has been a leader in sustainable consumption. She is a beacon for people who feel overwhelmed, confused or frustrated with money in their lives as well as those whose contribution to the world may be limited by their personal financial circumstances or beliefs. Your Money or Your Life, the million copy classic book she co-authored with Joe Dominguez in 1992 and updated in 2018, has literally changed people’s lives. She’s an expert in resilience, resourcefulness and enoughness. YourMoneyOrYourLife.com 

Vu Le

Vu Le is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of colour, strengthening organizations led by communities of colour, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humour in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one…

Wade Davis, PhD

Wade Davis, PhD, is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.” An ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Wade Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000…

William Keepin, PhD

William Keepin, PhD is co-founder of the Satyana Institute and the Gender Reconciliation International project, which has organized more than 100 workshops and trainings in nine countries for social healing between women and men. He is the spiritual director–together with Cynthia Brix, PhD (hon)–of Vancouver Unity Centre for Awakening. Keepin has studied and practiced intensively in Eastern and Western spiritual disciplines for 35 years, and immersed himself in contemplative practices from the Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sufi traditions. Keepin began practicing silent meditation in 1982, trained in transpersonal psychology, and has facilitated Holotropic Breathwork since the 1990s. He leads retreats on…

Yarrow Willard

Yarrow Willard (Herbal Jedi) is a second generation Clinical/Master Herbalist, residing in the unceeded territory of the Comox First Nations on Vancouver Island. He is the co-founder of Harmonic Arts, and Director of the Wild Rose College of Herbal Medicine. As an educator, YouTuber and herbal ambassador, Yarrow delivers rich and original content, focused on reclaiming health and deepening connection with the natural world. His approach to plant medicine is one of combining old world knowledge systems with modern day health needs in an innovative and digestible way. yarrowwillard.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

Yogacharini Maitreyi

Yogacharini Maitreyi is an international transformational trainer, young elder, wisdom keeper and practical mystic. She is the founder of Arkaya Awareness Centre and Arkaya Foundation. Originally from South India, she is now living in Canada and has been teaching the classical Yogic and Tantric life science for over 25 years.  Since 1997,  she has been given titles in India, such as: Yoga chemmal (expert), Yoga shiromani (gem), and Yoga acharini (guide). She was one of the youngest to be invited on the Advisory Board of the World Yoga Council, in Europe, in 2007. She has shared the deeper dimensions of…

Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, PhD, is a musician, arranger, singer, master teacher, member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, and one of America’s finest composers. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Speech Pathology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Speech Pathology. Dr. Barnwell is also the recipient of many honourary degrees. Dr. Barnwell appears as a singer (and occasionally as an instrumentalist) on more than thirty recordings with Sweet Honey In The Rock, and other artists.  In addition, she is highly sought after as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.  Her workshop “Building a Vocal…

Yvette Murrell

World Trust Facilitator, Yvette Murrell, has a multifaceted background in business, education, nonprofits and the creative arts. Yvette is a Power Voice & Choice Coach. She is an authentic life-coach that supports professionals, community leaders, healers, and creatives in healing core relationships, enhancing influence within community and speaking up and showing up more fully in life! Yvette is the co-founder and director of three companies: Professional Development Inc., a corporate consulting firm; Creative Authors of Shared Humanity, a nonprofit and performing arts consulting firm; and Peer Solutions, an educational consulting firm. At Peer Solutions, she designed a restorative justice program…

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