Category Archives: Presenters

How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World

Article  published by Rank and File  in Issue Six’s “Tools of the Trade” 

A Broader Inquiry for Deeper Meaning: How Self-Reflection Can Revolutionize Our World with Joel Solomon

 

Impact investor Joel Solomon’s life should have turned out quite differently.

Born into a family that successfully developed shopping malls in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he could easily have slipped into the family business, made a very good living and been hailed as a wealthy businessman. Instead, Joel left home on a journey of self-discovery, leading him to a life and career with a deeper, more profound type of impact. He is now the chair of Renewal Funds, the largest mission venture capital firm in all of Canada, with $98 million assets under management, and most recently, the author of “The Clean Money Revolution.”

Rank & File chats with Joel as he rides on the ferry from Cortes Island in the Pacific Northwest, his spiritual home for decades. With the sound of the ocean breeze in the background, Joel’s gentle voice still carries a hint of his southern upbringing, and underscores his deep, unhurried wisdom.

An Uncertain Future

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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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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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We’re Sitting on a Mould Mine

This interview by Richard Schiffman with Hollyhock Presenter Paul Stamets was originally published in The New Scientist, February 2016. Paul will be presenting Mushrooms: Wild & Mysterious at Hollyhock on Oct 23 -27, 2016

Tell me about the hat you’re wearing.

It’s made from a birch polypore mushroom. Our ancestors realized that you could get this tough bracket fungus off birch trees, hollow it out and put fire in it and carry it for days. This enabled the portability of fire that is so critical for human survival. When the same mushroom is boiled and stretched, it produces a fabric. There are only a handful of people in Transylvania who are making these hats now. Because of deforestation and the difficulty of finding large-enough mushrooms, the hats are becoming very rare.

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Movement Heals

By Bettina Rothe

“Each of us has the power to be our own medicine man or woman. Awakening our innate powers of being, loving, knowing, seeing and healing involves ongoing work at all levels and in all dimensions of our self.”- Gabrielle Roth

Healing is movement. If you put your body in motion, you will change.

When I began dancing the 5Rhythms in 1994 at Esalen Institute in California, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I loved movement, I loved dancing with other people, I loved music. I did not know that this practice, these maps to our innermost being would transform me the way they have. This path of healing means taking responsibility for being a whole person: for becoming embodied, for having a feeling heart, for possessing a brilliant and intuitive mind, for awakening our unique soul, for opening ourselves to spirit.

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