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Presenter Profile | Will Johnson

 The content in this article is found on Will Johnson’s website.
Shri Vajrasattva, statue of Tibetan Buddhist meditation diety
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Embodiment Training is a path of awakening that views the body as the doorway, not the obstacle, to personal growth and spiritual transformation.  Through combining the orientation of Western somatic therapy with Eastern meditational practices, Embodiment Training leads you to the discovery of your natural, embodied state.  Like the Dzogchen rigpa and the Buddhist sunyata, the embodied state has been described as “like coming home at last.”  The practices mix bliss (the complete surrender to the deep energies of the body) with presence (immaculate mindfulness) and lead you on a journey of unfolding that takes you ever deeper into the very center of your center.  The Institute promotes the teaching and practices of Will Johnson.

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Adam Bucko & Occupy Spirituality

Adam Bucko will be leading Occupy Spirituality in Vancouver on April 10 – 11, 2015. To have more of an understanding of the topic and the workshop here is a video on the award-winning book he co-authored, of the same name, Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation.

If you’d like to discover more videos such as this one, please check out Adam Bucko’s website.


Spring Arugula Salad Recipe

Feature photo courtesy of Wayne Surber

This arugula salad recipe by Heidi Scheifley is from Hollyhock’s award-winning cookbook Garden to Table.

Arugula packs a peppery punch that is humbled by bursts of sweet grapes and creamy, pungent blue cheese. Dress this salad in beautiful purple vinaigrette that is lights and fruity with subtle undertones of grape.  Continue reading Spring Arugula Salad Recipe

My Hollyhock Catalogue arrived!



As I left my house to start my day I stopped at the mailbox to collect my mail.  Amongst the routine brown and manilla envelopes was a brochure, a purple page with a sharp white banner ‘HOLLYHOCK’.  I smiled with joy, my Hollyhock Brochure had arrived, brightly colouring the collection of letters received.

Surprisingly, I chose to slip the brochure in to my bag.  I didn’t want to look at it briefly.  I wanted to savour every page, and that would have to wait until the evening.  I promised myself that I would make some tea and sit in front of the fire that very evening to enjoy the experience.  That is how I turned the pages of the 2015 catalogue, comfortably and relaxed in my living room.

First I read the welcome from Dana and Joel Solomon, CEO and Board Chair.  I browsed each page, enjoying the moments of familiarity – the staff, the gardens, the buildings.  Memories of my time as a volunteer in 2013 filled my mind as I recognized returning Program Leaders and events.  I reached the end of the catalogue, and then started again.  This time my focus was more deliberate.  What was happening in my home town of Vancouver?  If I had to pick  one program on Cortes, which would it be?  I moved between the pages, backwards and forwards, building a mental list of courses that I wanted to take, and spending an imaginary budget on programs and accommodation.  I envied the volunteers of 2015 who will attend Cortes for 6 weeks to help run the facility.  My own trip was four weeks and it wasn’t long enough.  How could I go back again and take programs and volunteer!??

I am convinced that I would not have experienced quite the same joy in researching the catalogue online.  The touch of the paper, the photographs, the living room, the tea.  I am grateful for the catalogue  being delivered to me and brightening my day, just like any trip to Hollyhock brightens a person’s day.

Which program will you take?   Hollyhock Programs 2015

Presenter Profile | Roger Housden

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Feature photo courtesy of TempusVolat on Flickr Creative Commons.

“I grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. From 1986-98 I founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Nath Hanh, Jacob Needleman, James Hillman, Robert Bly and many others into Europe.

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