By Joyce Hawkes and Helen Folsom who will be presenting Cell-Level Healing: Wild Awakening for Health at Hollyhock in Sept.
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is uniquely designed to keep us safe in dangerous situations, and it may be key to our remarkable survival since we began to walk the earth. The SNS kicks in when we are faced with any perceived danger, and instantaneously biases the body and mind for action to protect us. Powerful chemicals pour into the bloodstream; our higher brain functions, immune system, and digestion go offline; blood is diverted from the interior of the body to our muscles; the heart races; and blood pressure rises.
These days, in the workplace and at home, that automatic system is still at work ramping the body up each time a threat presents itself. Here’s the rub – it takes 3 days to metabolize the biochemistry of each event. The workload, the deadlines, the bills, the nightly news, grief, heartache, driving downtown – none of these may appear as scary as a tiger, yet the body responds in the same way, and the result is a metabolic backlog that the body can’t clear before the next event arrives.
Continue reading A Little Cell-Level Wisdom — Flight * Fight * Freeze
Feature Photo: Hollyhock Board Chair Joel Solomon congratulating CEO Dana Solomon on her last season, at Hollyhock’s 35th year Blessing Walk
Photocredit: Amanda McNaughton
The Hollyhock Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Wrinch as CEO.
Peter brings a wealth of experience in not-for-profit and social enterprise management, with special expertise in leadership, program development and fundraising.
“I am honoured to be entrusted with the challenges and opportunities to grow Hollyhock’s unique legacy. So many of my peers, and myself, have significantly benefited from Hollyhock’s philosophy and success. I am excited to move this rare and invaluable organization into its next stage of growth. The world needs more of Hollyhock’s special mix of personal resilience, social change and tactical skills. They are the essential ingredients to a safe, just future for all.” – Peter Wrinch, incoming CEO
Continue reading A Time of Transition: Announcing Hollyhock’s new CEO
An excerpt from Blake Bauer’s book, You Were Not Born to Suffer. Blake will be presenting Unconditional Self Love, Qi Gong & Meditation at Hollyhock in August 2017.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. – Ernest Hemingway
Wherever you are, please take a few slow, deep breaths into your belly. Feel your whole body, from your feet all the way up to the crown of your head, and then down to your fingertips. Please relax any tension you feel and let yourself be. Using each inhalation to open your body and create inner space, welcome everything you’re thinking, feeling and experiencing here in this moment. Please be present to your body and your breath.
Everything happens for a reason, especially health challenges of the mind and body. Although this may be difficult to accept, I’ve found that many of us unintentionally allow ourselves to get depressed or physically unwell, because we never learned how to express our emotions or care for ourselves in the ways necessary to remain healthy and happy throughout life. We learn from a young age to please others and to seek our parents’ or our caregivers’ conditional love to survive, but it’s often at the expense of being true to ourselves and it causes us very deep harm.
If we never wake up to this unhealthy internal dynamic, it eventually leads to depression, disease, relationship problems and most forms of suffering, all of which are simply cries from our soul calling us back home to ourselves, to the source of peace and strength within, and ultimately to love and value ourselves in each moment – starting now.
Continue reading The Purpose of Suffering, Depression, and Disease
By Rebeka Carpenter, Hollyhock Head Chef/Kitchen Manager.
I made this dish last night to rave reviews for a Bistro Themed supper at Hollyhock on a lovely summer eve. It has a much lighter adaptation, and is similar in approach to the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna in our 1st Cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks. When one witnesses most guests coming back for 2nd helpings, it is an indicator of a sure fire winner of a dish!
Eggplant are lovely summer veggies, as are tomatoes, so feel free to substitute fresh, and simply simmer the sauce longer, and perhaps add some tomato paste to add richness and thickness. The bread crumb topping is not essential, but adds nutritional protein value.
This recipe is an adaptation by Marion Burros of the NYT, and is an adaptation of one found in Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamie’s Italy. It’s a healthier version than the traditional Italian-American oil soaked version; it omits breading and frying the eggplant, and instead calls for roasting the eggplant until golden brown. Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan
Our Head Chef Rebeka with Second Cook Helene made this delicious recipe, using the yummy fresh spinach our garden manager Holly and her team harvested from the Hollyhock Garden! (By the way, did you know that we are hiring for cooks? Come join us in the kitchen!)
This dish is super simple and so fresh and indicative of Spring/Summer harvest garden bounty. The color was so lovely, the texture both crunchy with fresh spinach and stems and palatable with the marinating of the cabbage. Leftovers could also be added to a sandwich the next day for lunch in lieu of a lettuce leaf, or served again a 2nd time with supper …essentially it will hold up quite well!
Continue reading Spinach and Red Cabbage Slaw With Walnuts