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

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.