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Date & Time Details:
A 6-month online series to take place November 2020 to April 2021

Location: Online

Earth Day Decolonized:
with Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Nick Demeris
April 22, 2021
Tiered Tuition: Free | $37 | $75 | $112 USD

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Liberation Series: Live Online Programs with Hollyhock & Kripalu

With Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Nick Demeris, Kairn Mahon Carrington and Monique Schubert

November 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021


For 48 years, Kripalu has been a leader in yoga and mindfulness-based education. More than just poses on a mat, they believe yoga is an accessible practice that inspires connection, compassion, and joy.

Hollyhock is a not-for-profit leadership centre with the mission of creating meaningful experiences to inspire personal growth and social transformation. Our vision is to achieve a future where people live in right relations with ourselves, each other, and nature – understanding that these are intricately connected.

Bringing together two centers with shared missions, the vision of the Liberation Series is to provide connection and community during a pivotal time and moment in history. Over the course of six months, this series will explore topics in Conscious Leadership, Lateral and Collective Liberation, Climate Justice and Creative Embodiment. See below for upcoming sessions and sign up for Hollyhock Talks emails for the latest updates.


Earth Day Decolonized
April 22, 2021
With Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo & Nick Demeris

Through lecture, Q&A, and guided practice, develop new maps to navigate through an era of climate change, social unrest, and political upheaval. Cultivate an embodied understanding of the devastating impacts of colonization that produced this tipping point and begin a path of healing and genuine reconciliation between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and all beings of this planet. Learn techniques to build spiritual, emotional, and somatic resiliency to engage the present reality from a place of embodiment, interconnectedness, and awareness.

Program elements will include:

  • Contemplative frameworks for processing grief and isolation.
  • Understanding the relationship between crisis and opportunity.
  • Deep listening, singing, story-telling, movement, and arts-based processes to move through this volatile time.
  • Embodied practices for alleviating the impact of stress and adrenal fatigue on our bodies.

One Day Live Online Program
Thursday, April 22, 9-11am PST (12-2pm EST) & 12-2pm PST (3-5pm EST)

Tiered Tuition

Special offer: Free!
Community Supported: $37 USD
Standard: $75 USD
Pay It Forward: $112 USD

Pick the tier that works best for you. Community Supported pricing is for those facing financial or other hardships, Standard pricing is the set cost, and Pay It Forward helps cover others in your program. There is no application for the different amounts—simply pay what works for you.

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A Call to Conscious Leadership: Deepening our Capacity to Navigate Complexity
November 13-15, 2020
With Gayle Karen Young & Elissa Berrol

Here’s what we know to be true. Leadership is contextual, and people and organizations are discovering that if indeed they once had the privilege to be on the sidelines of conversations about race, identity, belonging, and inclusion, that time is gone. Knowing this work is messy, we bring this contextual awareness into a personal engagement with our storied selves, examining how our habitual armor blocks genuine relationship, curiosity, innovation, belonging, and joy. We will deconstruct some of the limiting narratives we use to protect ourselves, which if left unexamined, become pernicious “mindtraps” that leave us more exhausted and disconnected.

Through lecture, Q&A, and guided practice, explore the human faculties of imagination and vulnerability, and how they intersect with and are a requirement for our liberation and ability to lead from heart rather than hurt.

Special guests Poet David Whyte will join us as a guest, to bring artistry to our conversation around dreaming into possibility. Akasha will join us as a guest to help identify and unlock common leadership mindtraps. Facilitated by Monique Schubert.

Create to Liberate
January 26, 2021
With Khari Wendell McClelland & Rebekka Goldsmith

Creativity is not reserved for the professional artist. Creativity is a means to meeting our individual and collective challenges, finding new and richer  forms of self expression, and cultivating joy. It can also be an incredible tool for group cohesion and community building. 

During our time together we will:

  • Deepen our understanding of power – qualities of, its effects on group dynamics and where it lives within us.
  • Connect to tools of personal and collective liberation including gratitude, joy, curiosity, courage, storytelling, ritual, reflection, listening, and embodied knowing.  
  • Use creativity as a personal and collective practice to build connection, strengthen resilience and heal.

Art and Social Activism: Building Liberatory Movements
March 30, 2021
With Devyani Saltzman & Brynn Saito

How do the arts inform and sustain social change and activism? What is the role of arts and culture in building social movements for liberation?

Join Hollyhock and Kripalu for an evening with culture creator and curator Devyani Saltzman, and writer and poet Brynn Saito in an exploration of the connection between an artist’s creative process and inspiring collective action. Devyani and Brynn will discuss how art can inform, sustain, and be a reflection of social change and methods to tap into our own poetic sonsciounsness to harness the power of creative expression.

Through conversation, creative prompts, and small group discussions, you will

  • Explore of the arts as a vehicle for civic engagement, self-expression, and witnessing or sense-making
  • Deepen community-centric learning
  • Dive into different self-expression mediums such as prose, poetry, letter writing, art creation, and more 


Melina Laboucan-Massimo
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a master’s degree in…
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Nick Demeris
Nick Demeris is a two time TEDx participant (speaker and host), actor, singer, and facilitator of community building through music, turning audiences into orchestras all around the globe. In his fourth year as a singer, creator, and teaching artist at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Nick works with master…
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Kairn Mahon Carrington
Kairn Mahon Carrington is the founder of Climate Hope, an organization dedicated to building our personal resilience to fully engage with the climate crisis, so that we can collectively step back from the abyss and begin to build our world anew. Kairn has been breaking ground at the intersecting paths of…
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Monique Schubert
Monique Schubert, MFA, is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and the founder of OM Society, a lifestyle wellness company that expands the reach of yoga and mindfulness through workshops, classes, and special events. For almost 20 years, Monique has taught yoga and mindfulness in NYC and the surrounding area. She…
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