Hollyhock Presenters

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.

Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC

Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist in Kelowna, British Columbia and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Hanon does inpatient work at Kelowna General Hospital, and outpatient work at Outreach Urban Health, an Interior Health-operated primary care clinic where he works with homeless, street entrenched people often struggling with addictions and other mental health challenges. In 2018 he was awarded the Clinical Faculty Award for excellence in clinical teaching by the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

Dr. Hanon got involved in holotropic breathwork first as a participant to help with his grief after the death of his 17-year-old son, then continued on to become certified as a holotropic breathwork facilitator in 2015. Dr. Hanon was fortunate to have Dr. Ralph Metzner as his teacher and mentor from 2015 until Ralph’s death in 2019. Dr. Hanon was one of the Founding members of Relief For Grief which has transformed into Jamaica Grief Retreats, a non-profit organization that takes grieving parents to Jamaica for healing ceremonies with legal  psilocybin mushrooms. Since 2015 Dr. Hanon has been facilitating holotropic breathwork groups.

Events with Neil Hanon, MD, FRCPC

Breath as Entheogen: The Wisdom and Legacy of Stanislav Grof
May 20 - 24, 2023

Using enhanced breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and art, Grof® Breathwork helps to expand consciousness for the purpose of self-exploration, spiritual awareness, and healing. It is an excellent adjunct to psychotherapy, as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals. Grof® Breathwork is a powerful approach to self-exploration…