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Our teachers 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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Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood is a partner at Opportunity Collaboration, a national gathering of leaders committed to building sustainable solutions to poverty and injustice, and a founder of WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training, and consultation group. She is formerly the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute. ocimpact.com wisebridge.org

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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

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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:…

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Andrea Grabovac, MD

Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, psychiatrist, has taught and supervised MBCT for 9 years. She is a 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. Her academic work focuses on mechanisms of mindfulness and the development of clinician competency in teaching mindfulness-based interventions. She is a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute. drgrabovac.com

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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…

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Annie Klein

Annie Klein has a private practice as a Reiki Master and Spiritual Director and is a teacher, casting director in film and television, and artist who creates and facilitates Sage-ing® workshops and retreats. victoriasageing.com

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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…

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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

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Bill Ophoff

Bill Ophoff has a background in geography and biology, is a naturalist world traveler, and has been Hollyhock’s resident naturalist for 20+ years.

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Bill Weaver

Bill founded the Media that Matters conferences in 1999. He’s a media strategist / philosopher and a Peabody-Award-winning, 40-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. Next year, he’ll be traveling the world for the University…

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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…

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Chloe 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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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Cosmo Sheldrake

Cosmo Sheldrake is a musician and anthropologist. Much of his work is to do with play, nonsense and the sonorous environment. He has also worked as a facilitator and a teacher running music workshops for young people in England, Canada and the U.S.A. cosmosheldrake.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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Dan Hines

Dan Hines is Courage & Renewal® Facilitator mentored by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. He is a political activist, change agent, Anglican priest, speaker, consultant for intentional communities and leadership coach for business, educational, and religious organizations. danhines.ca

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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…

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Daniel Maté

Daniel Maté is an award-winning musical theatre dramatist, songwriter, and educator. He holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch/NYU; more recently he was lead instructor for Vancouver’s first ever Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop and 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, Middle School Mysteries, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi and…

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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…

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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…

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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 Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 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 sought after teacher and has conducted workshops and multimedia presentations for numerous art societies…

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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

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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…

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Devi Ward Erikson

Devi Ward Erickson is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert, Sex Coach, Certified Sexologist, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation Instructor, and practitioner of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. She is an author  and the Host of the hit Podcast “Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward”. Devi has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops since 2000. An abuse survivor, Devi provides down-to-earth experience-based insight into using meditation, Tantra, and ‘pleasure as medicine’ for healing trauma. Her personal journey from Stripper- to Monk- to Tantrika enables her to call upon her own experience of profound life transformation through Tantra and sexual…

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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…

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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

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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 has worked with Dr. Gabor Maté in Mexico, learning about working psychotherapeutically in a retreat setting involving the amazonian medicine, ayahuasca. Devon is also a research therapist for a Phase 3 study funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, investigating MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Devon is devoted to…

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Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté 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 twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.  His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest…

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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…

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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 

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Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, CM, MD, OMD, PhD

Dr. Steven K.H. Aung is a family, geriatric, and integrative medicine physician, and a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner, calligraphy artist and teacher. He seeks to blend Eastern, Western, and natural medicines in his medical clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At the University of Alberta, Dr. Aung is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Extension and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Aung founded the Medical Acupuncture Program at the University of Alberta in 1991, and he was the program’s chief instructor, examiner, and curriculum consultant. He is also a medical acupuncture…

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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.

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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  

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Farah Nazarali

Farah Nazarali is the Founder and Producer of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and The Smiling Yogi, a small-Vancouver-based business dedicated to spreading joy, health, and wellness. After 2 degrees, over 10 years of teaching, and over 15 years of spiritual study and practice, Farah believes the power for change in the world lies within each individual tapping into and harnessing an inner source of power and using it for the benefit of all. Farah brings a heart-centred approach to conflict resolution and is a pioneer in integrating yogic practices and Eastern wisdom with conflict resolution skills. She has studied classical yoga,…

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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…

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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…

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Gordy Ryan

Gordy Onayemi Ryan has laid down the groove for the Olatunji Drums of Passion, the Ahikr Ritual, Gabrielle Roth and others for many decades. A master djembe carver and instrument maker, Gordy’s given Yoruba name means “breathes and understands art”.   obatheband.com

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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/

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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 Masters 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…

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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

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Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Our renowned conferences help 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. hollyhockleadershipinstitute.org

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Janelle Hanchett

Janelle Hanchett is an author, blogger, and mother of four living in Northern California. 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…

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jenni Schine

Jennifer Schine is a sound artist, broadcaster, and community-engaged researcher whose work explores the oral histories and soundscapes of coastal British Columbia. She is a member of The Kingcome Collective, a place-based arts initiative that creates and promotes reconciliation projects between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Jenni was selected to attend the 2016 WNYC Women’s Podcast Festival in New York City, and recently produced Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp (2017) for CBC’s Ideas series and End of the Line (2014) for CBC’s Living Out Loud series. Jenni created and co-instructs Acoustic Ethnography at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. In 2012, she…

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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),…

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Jill Purce

Jill Purce is a British voice teacher, Family Constellations therapist, and author who has produced groundbreaking work in the fields of music, art, and spirituality. In the 1970s Purce developed a new way of working with the voice, introducing the teaching of group overtone chanting, producing a single note whilst amplifying the vocal harmonics. Jill pioneered the international sound healing movement through her rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques, the teaching of overtone chanting, the power of group chant, and the spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation. She also pioneered the practice of healing family…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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 Omega and Esalen, and organizations ranging from General Motors to the Sierra Club. They have created some 20 albums of sacred music including best-seller Om Namaha Shivaya. Gifted healers and guides, they bring to their work a depth of compassion and insight forged in the living laboratory of their 48-year marriage and work with thousands of couples. sacredunion.com judithansara.com  Read our blog on Hollyhock…

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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…

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Karen Mahon

Karen Mahon is a life long environmentalist, trainer and teacher. She was a principle architect in the landmark campaigns to protect the old-growth rainforests of Clayoquot Sound and the Great Bear Rainforests on Canada’s West coast. Since then she has been working to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure, develop and implement climate policy and organizing for climate justice. Intertwined with her environmental work Karen has been a student and teacher focused on the intersection of the inner spiritual and emotional realms with the outer planetary and social crises. Steeped in Jungian psychology and Judaic and Christian mysticism, Karen…

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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 

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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

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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…

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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

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Khari McClelland

Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist and sought-after facilitator. Originally from Detroit, Khari made his way to Canada over a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, BC. He has since become a darling on the Canadian music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s passion for being of service to communities 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 Australia, The United States,…

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Kim Haxton

Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with Indigeneyez, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills and diversity and anti-oppression education. Kim currently leads Peace and Conflict Resolution programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cultivating…

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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. kimohussey.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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.

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Loretta Laurin

Loretta Laurin is a lover of movements and thrives in the juicy space where art meets activism. She has been teaching a variety of embodiment modalities for almost 10 years, including Bellyfit®, Pilates, yoga, and partner dance. Loretta is an SFU graduate with certificates in Applied Human Nutrition, Religious Studies, Sustainable Community Development, and Liberal Arts; and is currently working towards a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is Hollyhock’s Communications Manager and co-founder of the social enterprise Shift Delivery. Having spent many years supporting rehabilitative clients, Loretta’s teaching style is highly personalized. Drawing upon diverse modalities and experiences, her workshops…

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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

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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…

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Mara Branscombe

Mara Branscombe was awakened to the potency of Hatha Yoga in India twenty years ago. Teaching yoga and meditation now for over a decade, Mara’s ability to hold healing space for the hearts and minds of others offers a vast landscape for transformation within. In her classes you can expect to be challenged and awakened through unique sequencing, articulate asana, grounding meditation, and enlivening pranayama practice. In her yoga teachings, Mara weaves together her background as a dance artist, her practice in the shamanic tradition, and her twenty years of experience on her mat – naturally what arises is a…

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Margie Gillis

Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed modern dance artist who has been performing solo for over forty years. As choreographer and performer of more than one hundred original dance works, she has earned rave reviews throughout the world for her intimate, emotional and intelligent portrayals of the multiple facets of the human soul. Margie has been honoured with numerous distinctions including the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation and promotion to Officer of the Order of Canada. margiegillis.org

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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…

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Mark Lau, PhD

Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 22 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

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Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is the award-winning, best-selling author of Sex Death Enlightenment, When You’re Falling, Dive, and other books. He is also a teacher and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. He brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist and editor to his penetrating and thought provoking work with students. His workshops, classes, and mentoring have inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals. His latest book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery has just been published. markmatousek.com

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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

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Martha Peterson

Martha Peterson is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, movement expert, and the author of Move Without Pain. She is a graduate of Somatic Systems Institute and holds a BA in Dance Education. Martha presents Essential Somatics trainings, retreats, and seminars in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and has a private clinical practice in Denver, Colorado. She teaches clients with back, neck, hip and shoulder pain, scoliosis, TMJ, carpal tunnel, sports injuries, and more to restore freedom of movement so they can live the lives they envision. Martha’s expertise comes from over 30 years of working in the field of…

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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. From there, he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work, and was 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 recently co-taught the first full run of MSC for men, and will be co-teaching a Globally Engaged MSC Intensive in Kenya in 2019. Martin adds: “Practicing self-compassion has transformed my…

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Megan Prager

Megan Prager is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, and Compassion Programs Director and University Liaison at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is also an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University and a Certified yoga Instructor. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan is one of the founders of the UCSD Center’s Work-Life Integration Program and co-founder and teacher trainer for the UCSD Professional Training Institute’s 9-Day MBSR Teacher…

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Merlin Sheldrake

Merlin Sheldrake, PhD, is a tropical ecologist and musician, who has worked in the forests of Central America and the jungles of Brazil.

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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…

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Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald has taught Insight meditation for thirty three 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. vipassanahawaii.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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Michelle LeBaron

Michelle LeBaron is a conflict transformation scholar/practitioner 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 in…

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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

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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…

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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…

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Namchi Bazar

Namchi Bazar developed her unique somatic approach to core wellness over 30 years as a Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner, Pilates instructor, 
professional dancer and mother of three. She is compassionate, sincere and enthusiastic as she helps people feel their best in their body/mind. Namchi facilitates a deep sensing and understanding of ideal function.  With this sensory approach she focuses on the core matter: strong and centred freedom of movement at full potential. Namchi is a graduate of the Department of Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, a certified Pilates Instructor from the Structural Studies Institute in Montreal under the guidance of Rosemarie Geist, D.O., and is…

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Nancy Gray-Hemstock

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

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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…

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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 

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Nicolette Richer

Nicolette Richer is an orthomolecular health educator, speaker, organic zealot, guerilla healer and soil to belly entrepreneur. Nicolette has been using organic, unprocessed, plant-based whole foods and an inspiring evidence-based attitude to create healthier neighbourhoods and teach clients how to Eat Real to Heal cancer and chronic illness. When not busy with her restaurants and a thriving health consulting business, Richer Health, Nicolette can be found hanging out in the mountains with her three vivacious daughters and her life and business partner, Pierre (who does not have a green moustache). richerhealth.ca eatrealtoheal.ca greenmoustache.com 

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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. orianelee.com   P.C. Charles Steinberg Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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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…

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Paul Bromley

Paul Bromley is an Occupational Therapist, teacher and practitioner of Chinese Internal Arts for over 25 years. He travels the world to study with masters of these ancient traditions, and share their benefits. Paul completed the Medical Acupuncture Program in 2013 in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta with Dr. Steven Aung, and is registered to practice acupuncture in his work as an Occupational Therapist. He integrates his understanding of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical theory thus deepening his understanding of the Internal Arts. Paul has studied all of the forms taught by Moy Lin Shin including…

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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

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Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), is the founder of Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms, and has been a dedicated mycologist of 40+ years. He has written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the ‘bibles’ of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled to the world stage his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health. Paul has received numerous awards and honours for his…

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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…

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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…

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Rachelle Lamb

Rachelle Lamb is a speaker, writer and certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. She has worked in the field of Interpersonal Relating and Conflict Resolution for over 20 years. Countless clients have learned how to skillfully navigate interpersonal conflict and challenges through her guidance and instruction, quite often leading to profound breakthrough. rachellelamb.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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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

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Rebekka Goldsmith

Rebekka Goldsmith is a professional singer, group facilitator and coach. She has spent over 15 years guiding individuals and groups in explorations of the voice – personal, collective, and societal. an experienced improvisational singer and facilitator based in Seattle. She combines her passion for voice and community through work in leadership development. Rebekka travels throughout North America designing and facilitating transformative experiences that challenge and inspire people to realize their creative potential. Rebekka is certified through the All the Way In Master Vocal Improvisation Program (Rhiannon) and is a Level III Certified Instructor of Somatic Voicework (The LoVetri Method). In 2008, she completed…

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Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Reverend angel Kyodo williams, an ordained Zen priest and the founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California, seeks to bridge the racial divides that exist within communities through the power of practice and what she calls “a radical dharma.” Her faith in the transformative ability of the individual grounds her conception of a “presence-centered social justice movement,” where developing greater self-awareness can also awaken a community. In her latest book, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, Rev. williams addresses racial injustice and the barriers to a socially just world while pointing to how one individual’s commitment…

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Rick Ingrasci & Peggy Taylor

Rick Ingrasci, MD, MPH, is a social entrepreneur with a rich background in psychiatry and holistic medicine. Best known for his philosophy that “If you want to create a new culture, throw a better party,” Rick is director of the StoryDome Project and coaches NGO leaders. newstories.org Peggy Taylor, M.Ed., is a master facilitator, musician, and writer known for her innovations in creative facilitation. She is co-founder of PYE Global and Power of Hope, international NGO’s dedicated to unleashing the creative potential in young people. pyeglobal.org Rick and Peggy are co-founders of Hollyhock and co-authors of the bestseller Chop Wood, Carry Water:…

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Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty MES, MSW, is the founding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community and a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America in the 1970s. Robert integrates Western psychology with the systematic training of the mind and heart offered by Buddhism. His teaching emphasizes kindness, relationship, humour, family, and work as vehicles for spiritual development. robertbeatty.com portlandinsight.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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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

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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

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Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University he worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. sheldrake.org Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Shaena Lambert

Shaena Lambert is an award-winning author of three books, 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 work has been selected 4 times for Best Canadian Stories, been a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the BC Book Prize, and been long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award for the Short Story. All three of her books were chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail.…

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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.

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Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is a spiritual activist, author, ceremonialist and farmer. Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice…

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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…

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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 

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Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, is the founder and director of the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School. Atum teaches the Spiritual Guidance Wisdom School core training programs with an inter-faith approach in five countries, along with multiple other courses. His vision of each individual soul having the ability to listen and respond to their particular Call of living an expanded life has been artfully taught as well as absorbed by many. Atum has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and a Masters in Psychological Counseling. Atum is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance which focuses on the Christian Mystics, the vision of Teilhard…

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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.

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Tracey Erin Smith

Tracey Erin Smith is an international award-winning director, performer and instructor. She is the Founder of and Artistic Director of SOULO Theatre in Toronto, New York City and Totnes, England. She is a thought leader in using personal stories for transformation. Tracey directs and performs Off-Broadway and is the creator of the documentary TV series; DRAG HEALS and She’s The Man. She won Best of the Fringe (Toronto and NYC), Broadway World Award (NYC), Audience Choice Award (NYC), and has directed hundreds of solo shows that have been performed in festivals around the world. Her students have also gone on…

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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 twenty years.  She is an Adjunct Professor of York University Faculty of Environmental Studies and works as a strategic advisor to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations on climate and energy issues.  She is the former co-director of Greenpeace International’s Global Climate and Energy Program and Co-founder of ForestEthics. In 2015, Tzeporah was appointed to the BC Government Climate Leadership Team tasked with making policy recommendations to meet BC legislated climate targets.  Also…

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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 

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Yarrow Willard

Yarrow Willard is a second generation Clinical Herbalist and You-tuber known as the Herbal Jedi. Professionally, he is the co-creator of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, and director of Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. Yarrow is an influential innovator in the Canadian health food industry, who has developed and brought to market dozens of successful herb and superfood based products. Raised in the ways of plant medicine he delivers rich and original content focused on the modern day need to reclaim health and deepen connection with the natural world. yarrowwillard.com 

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Zoë Ryan

Zoë Ryan has journeyed deep into modern, shamanic and West African dance. It is her joy to bring the transformative nature of dance to people of all ages. She trained in dance education at the Rudolph Laban Centre in London and has an early background in Shakespearean Theatre. She apprenticed with Gabrielle Roth and played extensively with Babatunde Olatunji and the Drums of Passion. obatheband.com