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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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Susanna Barkataki

Susanna Barkataki, (she/her) is an 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 Trainings and beyond as the founder of Yoga Class Curator, a year long training to deepen beyond YTT. She is an E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

With an Honors degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and trained in the Shankaracharya tradition, Barkataki runs programs that change the world with authentic yoga. Her gift is storytelling from the roots of yoga and making complex philosophical topics down to earth, practical and implementable for students of all experiences. Learn more at SusannaBarkataki.com and join her on social @SusannaBarkataki