Meet Our Friend SPUD

binonporchFounded on the idea that there should be a more sustainable way to buy your groceries, has been connecting local farmers and food producers to the community by using a just-in-time home delivery system. The result is fresher food, and healthy convenience delivered to your door. Similar to an online farmer’s market, SPUD strives to make local, healthy food accessible and the new norm for everyday grocery shopping. Every product from SPUD is certified organic or locally and sustainably produced. Customers can choose from a wide variety including local and organic produce, organic grass-fed meats, gluten-free products, organic dairy products, healthy snacks, and more.

While working with local farmers and food producers is a priority at SPUD, so is delivering local and organic groceries to customers in a green and sustainable way. Every purchase at SPUD includes an “Eco-Audit” that allows customers to track their carbon footprint reduction by not driving a car to the grocery store.

SPUD has also developed a program to collect and reuse a wide variety of difficult to recycle items through TerraCycle’s Brigades collection programs. For every item recovered, TerraCycle donates 2 cents to charity. SPUD will match that amount for a total of 4 cents per item. Once collected, items are upcycled into a variety of consumer products such as toys and office supplies.

COMlogo-125x125SPUD is also active in the six communities it serves, supporting local community organizations and charities through it’s Community Outreach Program. By utilizing their delivery fleet, SPUD is able to collect donations from customers during various drives throughout the year. Whether the drive be focused on prom dresses, winter coats, school supplies or canned goods, all donations go directly to the charitable foundations SPUD is partnered with. Learn more about SPUD and how it’s contributing to a cleaner, greener and easier way to shop at

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hollyhock

Last year, a group gathering for SVI Hollyhock initiated a bright idea that came together this February: a partnership to install a Dual Pedestal Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hollyhock.  With the collaboration and gusto of a multitude of individuals, now anyone with an electric vehicle can charge up at Hollyhock.

Hollyhock’s charging station connects to a growing network of  over 500 stations for the public, which was developed by the Fraser Basin Council’s initiative, Plug In BC.  Vancity‘s progressive funding facilitated Big Green Island Transportation to make this project happen.

EV Charging stationThe unit itself is a 240 Volt Dual Pedestal Electrical Vehicle Charging Station from Quebec company Add Energie Technologies.  Add Energie is a member of the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, which aims to reach 1000 Stations, under the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program.

Hollyhock’s own electric golf cart fleet, however, will continue to use their usual charge up stations for a lower voltage, so this initiative is really aimed at servicing guests and visitors to the Center.  Hollyhock’s Sustainability Manager and Director of Wizards for Environmnetal Technologies Inc., John McQuaid, coordinated and supervised the installation of this project that is one more step towards Hollyhock’s Greening the Cortes Island Campus Plan and another reason on that long list for choosing an electric vehicle.

Our People – Toby Barazzuol

toby.featureToby Barazzuol was born in Vancouver and lived in the Stanley Park Teahouse until the age of 5 before finally settling into the rainforests along the Seymour River in North Vancouver where he grew up. Toby is the founder and president of Eclipse Awards, the chair of the Strathcona BIA, and currently serving as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow.  Toby has attended Hollyhock three times, once for the Social Change Institute and twice for the Social Venture Institute.  He attributes “at least five breakthrough ideas about business and community work” to his time spent at Hollyhock.

Toby currently spends about 20% of his time volunteering in community building efforts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Eclipse Awards has renovated two warehouses into “Living Buildings”; built nearly 4000 sq.ft. of new green space in the form of two greenroofs and three community gardens; provides subsidies for employees who bus or walk to work; has reduced water consumption by over 75% and continues to explore the challenges of integrating sustainability with business successfully. Eclipse Awards was also the 8th company in BC to commit to paying its staff a Living Wage and was recognized in 2012 as BC’s Best Employer.

Toby believes that “What stands before us is the opportunity to build resilient new economies based on respect, recognition, beauty, creativity and collaboration. Localized economies that creates value through regenerating the environment and celebrating the human experience. Figuring out how to do this has fallen upon the shoulders of our generation – not only is it a tremendous responsibility, it is a tremendous opportunity.”

Learn more about Toby’s work at or
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Interviews with Students and Faculty of Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Training Program

Adapted from ANN BRADNEY’S Youtube Page:

“The Radical Aliveness Institute was founded on the idea that in order to make a difference in the world, people need to recognize they are part of a greater whole. The intensive coursework and unique group work of this program help students begin to experience themselves as not separate from or observing life, but as fully present, energetically connected to others, and able to be in service of the greater whole and their life purpose. The program teaches students that emotions not only provide a natural path to self-transformation, but that learning how to master and integrate the full depth of human emotions is key to being an effective leader and agent of social change in the world. In the Radical Aliveness process, students develop the openness and flexibility to welcome and embrace  complexity, chaotic energy, and the full range of emotions in a group setting that supports growth, honesty, and self-responsibility. This distinct process is challenging, fun, and stimulating — and leads to profound changes in individuals and groups. The Institute’s highest mission is to train others in Radical Aliveness group leadership skills so they can use these newfound skills in their professional lives to promote healing in their clients, communities, and organizations.”

Ann BradneyCCEP, is founder and director of the Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Institute of Southern California. She teaches and leads trainings internationally including at organizations for peace in Israel, and at Core Energetics Institutes in Holland, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Join Ann Bradney for Radical Aliveness: Core Energetics, on Cortes Island May 26-31, 2013.


The Way of the Dream: Archetypal Dreamwork


“In 2009, Carl Jung’s Red Book was finally released to the public after being kept secret first by Jung himself and then by his family for over 50 years. At first glance, Marc Bregman, founder of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork, recognized in Jung’s story the alchemical process that he and his clients had been undertaking through Archetypal Dreamwork for almost 40 years.

The Red Book reveals the journey Jung took into the unconscious to confront his failings and his resistance to the Spirit of the Depths, what Marc calls the Archetypal Realm. Ultimately, he faced into the terror of his own transformation to becoming his soul, what he referred to as the Self.

Jung’s immense struggle and ultimate surrender to the divine within reflects the passage through resistance to acceptance and devotion that is offered to each of us in our dreams.

In this new book in process, Marc opens, explores, expands, and excavates passages from The Red Book to illuminate Jung’s profound descent to find his soul self. Just as Jung had the courage to undertake his journey into the desert, so we too can embark on our journeys as offered through our dreams.”

The journey to your soul’s essence is as close as last night’s dream. This is the message of Carl Jung’s The Red Book. Come witness and experience the descent into the Archetypal Realm of dreams using a dynamic, visceral form of group enactment called String Work.

Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better. Our learning centres are located on Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC.