Category Archives: Nature

Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

By Ann Marie Chiasson, MD who will be presenting Energy Healing Essentials at Hollyhock on August 19-24, 2016!

Twenty years ago I learned the fundamental principle that our energy and vitality does not actually belong to us – it is dependent on how connected we are to the larger energy field that we all live within. This includes nature and community (human and animal) and how our body is connected to these sources of energy. You may ask – Aren’t we always connected? Yes, we are always connected. However, how this connection flows through the body’s energy flow and organs is key.

These are ancient concepts –around for more than 4000 years, yet humans, in general, are becoming less connected to this life force energy flow. For starters, we have moved in-doors. We live alone more, or in smaller family units without extended family. We wear shoes, eat processed foods, and spend much of our time on-line or on the phone. We have become sedentary at work – and movement is the most effective way to move energy and energy blocks in the body.

We are definitely seeing the compensation in our culture – yoga is more common than ever (all about energy) and now we are even seeing Emergency departments putting photos of nature on the walls. Continue reading Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

A Different Sort of Hollyhock Workshop Space

A review of the Mothership Kayak Tour via Misty Isles Adventures

Hollyhock and, Misty Isles partner to offer a special Mothership Kayak Tour.  With our kayaks loaded onboard the Misty Isles, we voyage out from Hollyhock each day to explore and paddle in beautiful places. Along the way we may be able to set the sails or view wildlife which may include eagles, seals, or even porpoise or dolphins. Upon arriving at our destination for the day we will launch the kayaks and paddle off for an exploration of picturesque channels or islands before returning to Hollyhock in the evening for supper and a hot tub.

A Different Sort of Hollyhock Workshop Space: things I expected and things I didn’t on my Hollyhock Misty Isles Adventure.

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Horse Wisdom

By Oriane Lee Johnston
Feature Image Source: Sandra Wallin, Chiron’s Way
Join Sandra & Oriane Lee in Vancouver for Horse Wisdom on September 9, 2017.

I have given my friends, Hollyhock co-founders Charles Steinberg and Torkin Wakefield, an Equine Guided Learning session as an anniversary present. This morning the three of us are in a big grassy paddock on Cortes Island. Six horses are grazing with their heads down in the summer warmth. Charles asks for a reflection about the HIV treatment project he has been working with in Kampala, Uganda. “What now?” he wonders, “How can we continue to best serve what is needed, in that community and beyond?”

images-4Sid, the mature Norwegian fjord gelding, has been moving imperceptibly as he grazes, circling in a spiral toward us. When the horse is about five feet away, Charles notices Sid’s presence, falls silent, and turns to face the horse broadside.

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iPhone Photography

By Dr. Cliff Oliver

Do you take iPhone images of your friends, family and special life events? Or do you take images of nature and the environment?

Either way, photos that are more compelling and riveting will help you tell a more meaningful story.

Images straight out of the iPhone have some challenges. They often lack sharpness, clarity, saturation, contrast and balance.

In the iPhone photography course on June 24-29th, we will create images and apply powerful yet simple edits to make them more memorable. We will immerse in the unique beauty of Hollyhock and Cortes Island to discover, compose and share our personal visions.

The following photo is a typical casual capture:ip

This next image is after editing:

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Join Nature Culture at Hollyhock

Via Nature Culture, by Rob Butler. Rob is also a producer of the film “The Perfect State” (trailer below), which he will be screening during his upcoming Hollyhock program.

THE PERFECT STATE official trailer from Mike McKinlay on Vimeo.

This summer, I will be holding a workshop from June 29 to July 3 at Hollyhock on lovely Cortes Island. Hollyhock is situated at the northern end of the Salish Sea northwest of Vancouver British Columbia. I have a particular affinity to this part of the world because it is where I began my biologist career.

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