Vertality3 Photos Are Up!

For those eagerly waiting to see their photos in fun costumes and colourful wigs, and for those who regret not having gone to this amazing event, here’s some good news: Vertality3 photos are up!

With over 500 attendees, Clube560 was packed with changemakers and social  innovators,  a fun photo booth and clowns on stilts, delicious local  and organic bites, and tons of great ideas and interesting conversations in every corner.

Vertality3 was co-presented by Board of Change, Renewal and Hollyhock.

Check out more photos on Board of Change Facebook Page.

Hollyhock's cookbook and authors featured in BC Bookworld!

Authors of Hollyhock’s new cookbook, Garden to Table, are cover girls! Congratulations Moreka, Heidi & Garden to Table for making the front cover of BC Bookworld.
Hollyhock Garden to Table is now available. Order it from our online store today!

Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley present Hollyhock Cooks at our Cortes Island campus October 18 – 23, 2013.

Wisdom of the Tarot

Hollyhock’s longtime friend and contributor,  Oriane Lee Johnston, is hosting an evening at Banyen Books on engaging a personal relationship with the Tarot cards.

Wisdom of the Tarot

An introduction to activating the Tarot cards as a tool for self-knowledge and for navigating life. Find out how to cultivate an engaging personal relationship with the major arcana, minor arcana and court cards. Explore the elements – earth, air, water, fire  – related to the four tarot suits and access the Wisdom of the Tarot in guided meditation, body and breathing practice.

BIO Oriane Lee Johnston began studying the Tarot and Mystical Qabalah in 1980.  With extensive background in experiential education and contemplative wisdom she draws upon many traditions and practices in interpreting the Tarot and in her writing, consulting and mentoring work. Oriane Lee offers tarot readings as Maps of Guidance in Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria, by phone/skype and at Hollyhock where she was program director for 16 years.
More about Oriane Lee’s tarot work here.

Wisdom of the Tarot

When: Thursday April 11th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Banyen Books & Sound – 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver



From Our Kitchen ~ Shaved Lemon Asparagus

By Heidi Scheifley

Shaved Asparagus with Lemon Parmesan

All these years, asparagus has been green with envy, longing to be thrilled on a fork like spaghetti. We’re happy to report that dreams do come true. Shaving asparagus spears with a vegetable peeler and marinating them in lemon juice softens them and creates a tangle of noodle-like ribbons. It’s time to really let asparagus fulfill its destiny. Twirl away!

Serves 4

  • 20 large asparagus spears
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan


Snap off the tough ends off the asparagus. Working with one spear at a time, use a vegetable peeler to shave into long thin ribbons. It helps to hold the tip of the asparagus and press down firmly with the peeler. The tips can remain intact and do not need to be shaved.

Transfer the asparagus ribbons and tips to a bowl. You should have about 5 cups of asparagus.

In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and olive oil and whisk thoroughly to combine. Generously season with salt and pepper. Pour over asparagus and toss to coat. Set aside and allow to marinate for 30-60 minutes. Just before serving, grate fresh Parmesan and sprinkle over salad. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook’s tip: Forget the salt shaker; instead use a smal bowl and add pinches as you cook and taste. This way you’ll have more control over the amount.

From our best-selling cookbook Hollyhock Garden to Table.

Heidi-ScheifleyHeidi Scheifley‘s experience with food over the past 15 years has brought her into kitchens around the world.  She received certification as a Gourmet Natural Foods Chef at California’s Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts. Heidi has been a chef at Hollyhock and co-authored Hollyhock Garden to Table (Spring 2013). She spends her days growing food by the ocean, dreaming of goats and a wood-fired oven.

SVI Hollyhock Alumni Receive Successful You Award

Small Business BC announced the winners of the annual Successful You Awards Contest, awarded to businesses who proved their excellence in six categories over 170 other BC businesses during the course of a rigorous five-month contest.

Winners were shortlisted by votes from the public and then submitted an application explaining to Small Business BC why they deserved to win where they then went on to be judged as to why they should be named BC’s best.

Two of the six winners of the Successful You Awards are previous alumni of Hollyhock’s Social Ventures Institute.

Congratulations goes out to:

Suzanne Siemens & Madeleine Shaw of Lunapads InternationalBest Community Impact
Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated social mission-based business and certified B Corporation. Its goal is to help individuals have healthier, positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall.

Thanks to Lunapads customers who have made the switch to Lunapads’ washable cloth menstrual pads, over 1 million disposable pads and tampons are now diverted from landfills monthly. Lunapads also donates washable pads to women in developing nations through our Pads4Girls program.


Annalea Krebs of EthicalDeal – Best Online Marketer
ethicalDeal is a Vancouver-based online promotions company that runs integrated email marketing and social media campaigns for natural and organic brands. Its promotions go viral, with 1 in 4 shoppers sharing the promotion with friends on social media.

ethicalDeal launched two years ago and now has a team of ten and has run over 2,000 promotions that reach over 100,000 eco-minded shoppers. The company received the Better Business Bureau award for Advancing Marketplace Trust and Innovation, and was voted one of the top 25 women-run start-ups to watch by Fast Company.


See a list of all the winners and find out more about Small BC Business awards, here.

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.