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

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.