Category Archives: Well-Being

Connecting to Life with NVC

By Rachelle Lamb who will be presenting Non-Violent Communication: Relating with Heart and Conscience at Hollyhock on  May 14-19, 2017.

Nearly two decades of teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and continuing to deeply explore its tenets has brought me to a place where I find myself living from a definition of love that is at once contemplative practice and beautiful revelation… a generous and unexpected gift springing from the discipline of NVC which, without a doubt, can profoundly impact our personal and collective lives if we apply ourselves to learning it.

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The Path of Love

By Judith Ansara & Robert Gass,  who will be presenting Sharing the Path: For Couples at Hollyhock on Aug 4-9, 2017.

 Love  is something we all want to experience,  to enjoy and rest into. Yet it often seems elusive, disappointing and full of hurt and confusion.

We tend to think of love as a noun –something we need, try to get, something we have or don’t have enough of.  We search outside ourselves for someone to give us the love we think we’re missing.  Most of us have tried to get others to fill the place inside us that feels unloved and un-loveable.  This simply doesn’t work.

Here are two ways of contemplating the mystery that we call Love.

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The Yoga of Intimacy: Fundamentals

By Michaela Boehm, who will be presenting Intimacy, Attraction, & the Dance of Relationship in Vancouver on Sept 15 – 17, 2017.

This 2 part recording contains highlights from two special evening events covering the oft-misunderstood foundations of yogic sexuality and pleasure. This is the first time Michaela Boehm has presented this information in a structured lecture series and this recording gives a cohesive overview of pleasure practice and the foundations of intimacy. This audio is primarily a lecture with a few select answers to practice questions from the audience.

Part 1
– Discover the always present pleasure in your body
– Examine the habitual closures towards deep feeling
– Learn about the foundations of pleasure
– Identify the triggers and trauma patterns
– Sensitizing the body and learning how to live with that sensitivity

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Water, Love and Eros

Global Love SchoolFilmed by Ian Mackenzie, who will be co-presenting Healing of Love: Sex, Partnership, and the Village at Hollyhock on Sept 22-27, 2017.

“Community is the seed which carries the wisdom of healing inside of it.”

In early October, Benjamin von Mendelssohn and Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founders of the Love School at Tamera (a peace research project and community in Portugal), gave a powerful public talk in Oakland on the eve of the first love school in North America. What is the relationship between water and eros? How might we create a culture of peace and truth in partnership by studying the wisdom of water? Watch this talk and find out.

Learn more about the book Terra Nova & The Healing of Love. And our forthcoming film Healing of Love.

Part 1: Main Talk

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Blessing for the Journey

Poem by Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

When days rush past in a blur,
may you pause to receive the simple gifts that life generously offers.

When you are overwhelmed,
may you rest in the gentleness of your own heart.

When you are feeling hopeless,
may your imagination hold a torch to unseen possibilities.

When your mind is drowning in details,
may spaciousness arise, connecting you to the sacred mystery that you are.

When you are exhausted,
may you be refreshed by vibrant life forces always present within and around you.

When you are overcome with grief,
may precious tears bathe your heart with salty buoyancy and comfort.

When the world brushes you with harshness,
may you realize that we’re all works in progress, and life itself is a learning curve.

When nothing seems to be going your way,
may you make room for the unknown, finding patience with your unfolding life.

When you are disheartened by the suffering in the world,
may you find the courage and strength to stand for what you know is good.

When you believe that you are not good enough,
may you discover your inherent value and place in the family of all things.

May you receive earth’s bounty to nourish your body,
kindness and wisdom to nourish your heart;
and wonder to nourish your soul.

Leslie will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

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Leslie DavenportLeslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, is a licensed therapist and an international speaker in transformational leadership with an emphasis on the evolution of consciousness and societal systems to address global warming. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area.