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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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Celeste Young

Celeste Young is a Theravadin Buddhist mindfulness and Dharma teacher. She has been practicing meditation and sitting retreats since 2002. She was one of the first teachers to be empowered at InsightLA, a nonprofit Buddhist and secular mindfulness organization based in Los Angeles.
Since 2011, Celeste has worked with thousands of meditation and Dharma students teaching classes, leading silent meditation retreats, and working with individual students. She teaches both in the US and internationally. Additionally, she has led corporate sessions and retreats for organizations such as Netflix and the University of Southern California.
For the last 12 years, her own practice has been centered around yearly long silent retreats in the Insight meditation tradition lasting from one to three months in length. In 2022 she also became a certified Change and Transition Strategist and is extremely passionate about this work which empowers people to make mindful change in their lives. She sees life balance strategy work and Dharma teaching and practice as a pragmatic way of supporting people in living their deeper values and navigating their lives with much more clarity and well being.
W: celesteyoung.com