Category Archives: Cortes Programs

Padma Meditation

By Padma Shyam, who will be presenting Padma Meditation: Finding Balance and Joy at Hollyhock in September.

Namaste! I live in the Himalayan mountains, and over the last thirty years, I’ve learned from my guru and through my own daily meditation that we are, each one of us, pure and free and forever blessed.

For years I’ve practiced breath exercises and gentle hatha yoga, eaten a pure vegetarian diet, and every single day, taken the time to meditate.

I’ve found that the single most powerful technique you can do, is the very simple act of sitting down and closing your eyes each day.

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Moving into the Unknown

By Kristen Scholfield-Sweet, from The Journey Oracle Blog, who will be presenting Moving in the Unknown with Ann Mortifee at Hollyhock in  August 23-27, 2017.

Ann Mortifee and I are teaching a session at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island this August titled Moving into the Unknown.  But before we can intend to move into the unknown and experience the Mystery, we must first believe it is possible to do so.  How do I know that I am developing a relationship with the unseen forces of nature, and the creatures who inhabit the other-than-human world?  Here are three examples from my daily life.

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Taking Flight – Wings of a Dove – Rhiannon (Audio)

By Rhiannon who will be presenting  Singing in the Vocal River at Hollyhock on July 7 – 12, 2017.

This recording is an intimate singing exchange between you and Rhiannon. Using call and response as the basic format, Rhiannon will be your partner for each exercise, demonstrating patterns and leaving a space for you to sing after each example. You can feel safe to try your wings, knowing Rhiannon’s voice will be right there to guide you.

Wings of a Dove is a classic gospel song full of images of strength and of making it through hard times. This song gives you a chance to sing, melody, high and low harmony, or improvise words with the choir. Try clapping with us on beats two and four.

RhiannonRhiannon returns to create music on the beach, in the forests and in the round, resonant meeting hall of Hollyhock. Rhiannon has built her process for teaching vocal improvisation on the idea that we must be solid in musical skills, develop our intuition and be available to the mystery and grace that exist when creating music spontaneously. Rhiannon’s many years in the theatre as well as her life in music have resulted in this being a dynamic and natural blend.

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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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