Category Archives: Cortes Programs

The Inner World of the Psychotherapist: Tuning In, Staying Present

By Veronica Kallos-Lilly and Richard Harrison who will be presenting Tuning In: Self of the Therapist  at Hollyhock in Sept.

The psychotherapy field has a long tradition of promoting therapist neutrality and ignoring the person-of-the-therapist.  In fact, in some approaches, therapists are actively encouraged to check their “self” at the door.  The reality is we bring ourselves into our sessions whether we intend to or not. When we do so out of awareness, we risk getting in the way of the therapy.

For instance, many of us will be able to relate to this scenario: Imagine one of your clients, Mark, coming in for his 5th session complaining and expressing discouragement.

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A Little Cell-Level Wisdom — Flight * Fight * Freeze

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.

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3 Tips for Taking Unique and Stunning Photos

By Dr. Charles Steinberg, who will be presenting Digital Photography Capturing the Light at Hollyhock in August.

Here are some images that Charles Steinberg took during his recent workshop, with tips for taking your own photos!

The above image is a riddle. Who or what is this?  The name of the photo is “Manson’s Lagoon Sphinx.” Does that help you sort this image out?

How does one create such a symmetrical image?   The blue is the top right corner is a clue for you.  Our class participants often find using reflections can create unusual and exciting images.  Okay, rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise and you will see the shoreline reflection I saw on a very still day.

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Join us this Summer for Founders + Friends

Dive into the remarkable beauty of Cortes Island as we gather Hollyhock Founders + Friends in celebration of our 35 year history of inspiring and training change makers.

What really touched my soul was the people. I had the unique honor of hearing and feeling the powerful words of the founders and friends and leaders of Hollyhock, who spoke to me in poetry and story about the creation of this powerful vortex on our planet of the mission of this convening space, and of the gift that it is for us all to be partners in supporting it. Thank you Hollyhock founders for opening my heart and mind and for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your vitality for the renewal of us all.

– Joshua S. Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers, Founders + Friends 2016 Attendee

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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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