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Movement as the Liberator of our Being

By Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, who will be presenting Continuum Movement® at Hollyhock in August.

Throughout my life I have used movement as a way to free myself. I am also very aware how movement has been used to take over and control the body.

For example think of watching soldiers marching together in formation, be it Hitler’s army or modern day North Korea.  What is the effect of mechanized, repetitive movements on the body?  Does this type of movement inhibit one’s feeling of individualization and freedom?  Many of us believe it does.

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The Power of Voice

By Chloe Goodchild, who will be presenting The Naked Voice Wisdom School: Journey into the Secret Heart of Sound at Hollyhock in September.

Ever in my life have I sought thee with my songs. It was they who led me from door to door, and with them have I felt about me, searching and touching my world. It was my songs that taught me all the lessons I ever learnt; they showed me secret paths, they brought before my sight many a star on the horizon of my heart.

They guided me all the day long to the mysteries of the country of pleasure and pain, and, at last, to what palace gate have they brought me in these years of my fulfillment & disappearance ?

– Rabindranath Tagore

I love this message from the great Indian musician poet visionary Rabindranath Tagore. It encapsulates all that I love about the profound role vocal sound has played in my life, as a gateway into deep listening, and the deepest vibration of oneness within, sourced from silence.

Both science and spirituality agree that every particle of matter, every phenomenon we experience, is a form of resonance or vibration. The human voice is quite literally a mouthpiece of this truth; there is no form of expression more personal, more tied to our identities, than our voices.

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Black Rice, Beet & Kale Salad w/Apple Cider & Flax Dressing

Receipe by Hollyhock Head Chef & Kitchen Manager, Rebeka Carpenter.
Feature Photo from New York Times

We never ceased to be amazed by the creative minds in the Hollyhock kitchen, and their endless ability to surprise and delight our senses! This healthy and delicious salad is the perfect compliment for the turn of the season.

Serves 4-6
Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beets, washed quartered, ends cut, skin left on, lightly tossed w/oil and salt and pepper {we used chiogga or candy striped beets}
  • ⅔ cup uncooked black rice (sometimes called “forbidden rice”)
  • 1 ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped and dry pan roasted
  • 2 cups packed, shredded raw kale  {we used Russian red kale}

Apple Cider Flax Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed flaxseed oil OR extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (whole, not ground)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add beets to a sheet of parchment-lined foil. Crunch into a ball. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Add to a large bowl. ( we used a covered oven proof pan, and the beets turned out wonderful, tender, not mushy is the goal}
  2. In a medium pot, add rice and 1 1/3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 40 to 45 minutes. If there is extra water in the pan, drain off, test rice for doneness, as you want some firmness, and not mushy. Cool a bit, fluff with a fork and add to beets, along with kale and walnuts.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients or shake in a jar. Add to salad. Toss to combine, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (overnight is best). Before serving, taste and adjusting seasoning if desired. We kept it at room temperature until meal service, and it was sublime.
  4. This salad will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  5.  Additionally, we had no flax oil on hand, and substituted 3-4 tablespoons of rough ground flax seed to the vinigarette. It gave a good consistency and the hit of flax nutrition!

Try it out and let us know how it goes for you in the comments. Enjoy!

Grassroots Activism Starts at Home

By Dan Hines, originally published by Communities Magazine on Oct 11, 2016. Dan will be presenting Journey Towards Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat at Hollyhock in Sept 2017.

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done…you are fierce with reality.
– Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days

I am unsure how fierce with reality I have truly become!

Yet I have found inspiration from these hopeful words: to be more daring in claiming the events of my life. Indeed, I can recognize a slowly emerging fierceness within me. I can begin to see more clearly the interaction between my experiences of living within intentional community, my work and travels, and of the growing activism and engagement in political life.

It has been easier in the past to consider and share about these areas of life in isolation from each other. This wider perspective is a new discovery.

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Leadership and Money

By Tracy Theemes, who will be presenting Money Mindfulness at Hollyhock in August 2017.

I recently spoke to a group of mid-career female professionals about leadership, power and money.

This group was knowledgeable, courageous and focused. Talking about leadership was easy – we revere it, fund organizations dedicated to it, write books about it. It’s the holy grail of discussion topics. When we discuss leadership, good and evil, morality and values, everyone puts on their happy face.

But when we got into the areas of power and money, things got tense.

I asked them this question: “If you had unlimited power, what would you do with it? Take a few minutes and write down your ideas”…

They began to twitch. Half of this group, for instance, dismissed the idea out of hand, saying, essentially, no thanks. The notion of power had them running for the hills. Other answers were general in scope. I’d abolish world hunger. I’d eliminate fossil fuel use. I’d educate every person in the world.

There is often a disconnect between leadership, power and money, but if you have unlimited power, you can access money. All resources are available to you.

So, then I posed the question, “If you had unlimited money, what would you do?”

The answers ranged from looking after friends and family to buying a planet. These are not so much real objectives as they are dreams, hopes and to a large degree, fantasies.

With this experiment, three things became apparent:

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