Hollyhock Presenters

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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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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 spent 8 years as a software engineer and technical trainer. He also co-developed and served as lead instructor for a 9-month University of Washington certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW “Award for Teaching Excellence.”