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.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

David Abram

David Abram, PhD is a cultural ecologist and geophilosopher who teaches widely on several continents. He is the multiple award-winning author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by the journal Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology.

Combining lucid intelligence with full-bodied wonder, joining sensory awareness with an empathic heart, David is a magical teacher who transforms lives. He spent several years wandering as an itinerant sleight-of-hand magician, learning from traditional indigenous medicine persons in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Americas. In 2022/2023 David was the Senior Visiting Scholar in Ecology and Natural Philosophy at Harvard University; before that he held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and Environment at the University of Oslo. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), David lives with his family in the southern Rockies.


Events with David Abram

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth
July 26 - 31, 2024

How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between ourselves and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The deepening contortions of climate change – intensifying droughts, monster floods, flaring wildfires and heart-wrenching geopolitical cataclysms – all ensure that our species is tumbling toward…