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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Carolyn Schmidt

Carolyn Schmidt is in a long term relationship with human movement. As a Stretch Therapist, Breathwork Facilitator and Embodiment Coach, Carolyn brings a lifetime of experience, passion and curiosity to each session and class she leads.

After years of dealing with frustrating injuries from a career in dance, Carolyn found herself on a healing path, learning how to unwind and re-pattern her own body from 20 years of intense physical training and the related emotional impacts. As a part of her healing journey, she discovered Stretch Therapya powerful modality that helps the body heal at a nervous system level.

Carolyn is a skilled embodiment coach with a sharp eye and nurturing energy. Carolyn has studied a wide range of movement practices and somatic body-mind therapies including Franklin Method (Eric Franklin), Anatomy Trains Body Reading (Tom Myers), Laban Movement Analysis, Countertechnique, Alexander Technique, BodyMind Centering (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen), Yoga (various forms), Pilates (classical and contemporary), movement improvisation and of course, dance (ballet, modern, contemporary dance).

Carolyn is co-owner of The Stretch Space in Vancouver.

Events with Carolyn Schmidt

Wim Hof Method, Breathwork and Your True Nature
October 16 - 20, 2024

“We are so successful at being comfortable that comfort is becoming the enemy of success” – Wim Hof Using the Wim Hof Method and other practices, we will explore our TRUE NATURE as human beings, stripping away the layers to reveal our most authentic powerful selves. Optimize your health using…