Hello Vancity Profile: Dr. Sukhi

Dr. Sukhi talks to Hello Vancity Profile about his newly released book, Beyond Body, Beyond Mind… Overcome Uncertainty, Transcend Challenge and Hardships & Fulfill Your Dreams!

Dr. SukhiDr. Sukhi Muker is an award winning doctor, author and ultra-endurance athlete. At 18, he was a high-school dropout immersed in crime, violence and drugs. After hitting rock bottom and almost losing his life, he started a remarkable, life-changing journey. Over the past 20 years Dr. Sukhi has dedicated his life to understanding universal laws as they relate to maximizing human health, happiness and abundance. He bridges science, spirituality and human potential transforming the lives of thousands of people so they can live more authentic, purposeful and powerful lives. He is the author of Beyond Body, Beyond Mind… Overcome Uncertainty, Transcend Challenge and Hardships & Fulfill Your Dreams! drsukhi.com


Mushroom Man: Mushrooms Can Save The World!

Check out a short video with Hollyhock Presenter, Paul Stamets (aka. Mushroom Man), and his insight on some of the myriad of benefits provided by fungi!

Chicago Sun-Times renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, dubs Paul in his journal as  “a hope for the planet” 

Paul_StametsPaul Stamets is founder of Fungi Perfecti, and was named by Utne Reader magazine as one of the Top Fifty visionaries in 2008. He has pioneered many innovations in the cultivation and use of edible and medicinal mushrooms. He is the author of The Mushroom CultivatorGrowing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, and Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the Worldwww.fungi.com

Join Paul for Mushrooms Wild & Mysterious, at Hollyhock on Cortes, Oct 23 – 27, 2013.

Reclaiming Life After 40

by Maria Sirois

There is a treasure trove of tools and practices that we can tap into to help bring us into greater health, or greater happiness, or a greater sense of resilience.

Listen to the interview with Dr. Maria Sirois about Reclaiming Life After 40, on The Mastermind Show, Conversations with the Leading Experts in Mind, Body and Spiritual Transformation.

Sirois_MariaDr. Maria Sirois is an inspirational speaker, author, seminar leader, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for twenty years. mariasirois.com

Join Maria for Flourishing No Matter What, on Cortes Island at Hollyhock, July 31 – Aug 4, 2013

Meet Our Friend SPUD

binonporchFounded on the idea that there should be a more sustainable way to buy your groceries, SPUD.com 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 www.spud.com.

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.

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.