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

Trudi Smith, Registered Clinical Counsellor | MC, MA, PhD

Trudi Smith brings over 25 years of experience with experimental arts-based collaborations focusing on flourishing within human and more than human communities. Trudi works as a clinical counsellor, artist and cultural anthropologist and teaches ecological arts as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. In recent writing, exhibitions, and workshops Trudi’s work focuses on feminist social art grounded in creative and somatic practices.

Trudi is a settler of scottish and mixed european descent, and acknowledges with respect that she lives and works as an uninvited guest on stolen lands, the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day, commonly known as Victoria, Canada.

Events with Trudi Smith, Registered Clinical Counsellor | MC, MA, PhD

Slow Art, Somatic Practice, and Creative Rest
August 14 - 18, 2024

Bringing our bodies into the conversation through creative process. In this therapeutic arts program, we get curious about what self-care practices can look and feel like both individually and in community. Through creative meanderings we will experiment with solo and collaborative art-making processes, for example, bilateral drawing, collage, watercolour, bookmaking,…