Vertality 3 Vancouver's Green Community Event March 14

It’s back! Vertality3 is the third annual celebration of Vancouver’s business and social change community. Bringing together the best in business, sustainability, and innovation, Vertality is Vancouver’s social change bash for getting the Spring started.

On March 14, join hundreds of Vancover’s top changemakers in a first-class celebration of of new beginnings and everything green at Club 560. Sample mouth-watering local organic food, be amazed by gravity-defying acts, express yourself in the costume photo-booth, challenge your tastebuds in the organic taste test, and get ready for more delicious surprises… and of course, polish your dancing shoes for an evening of fine tunes. Whether you want to hit the dancefloor or network in the corner booth, on March 14th, Vertality3 is where you’ll want to be.

Where: Club 560, 560 Seymour Street

When: Thursday March 14, 6:00-10:00

What: Eat – Drink – Dance- Connect

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Presented by: Board of Change, Renewal Partners & Hollyhock

Presenting Sponsors: Vancity & Tides Canada

Supporting Sponsor: SAP

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Our People ~ Jill Earthy

“My experience with Hollyhock programs consistently equates to meaningful connections and intense learning through the power of collaboration and community.  Amazing!” – Jill

Jill Earthy, an SVI alumni who plans on attending SVI Women in Vancouver is one of the many inspiring changemakers supported by the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. She is the BC Director of The Canadian Youth Business Foundation, an organization that champions youth entrepreneurship in Canada and around the world.


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via Business In Vancouver

Life Lessons: Jill Earthy
by Emma Crawford

Jill Earthy discovered long ago that engaging different perspectives can be a fundamental part of decision-making, and she has since surrounded herself with a strong network she can turn to when she needs to reach out.

But the regional director in charge of B.C. and the Yukon for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation recently realized that getting different opinions is not the only reason it’s helpful to consult with others.

Until this past spring, Earthy was working as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs’ executive director. She decided it was time for a change and started considering her different options, which included starting her own business – something she had done successfully twice before.

“There was one point in my decision-making where I was pursuing a few different things, and I thought I had made a decision one way,” she recalled. “It was somebody’s perspective of my physical reaction that made me rethink that.”

Earthy said that as she was discussing her options with others in her support network, more than one person identified a distinct difference in how she spoke about each one.

“I had it happen two or three times, where someone would say ‘When you were talking about this one opportunity, your face lit up. When you were talking about the other, you looked pained.’”

Earthy, a past Business in Vancouver Forty under 40 award winner, added that the difference in how she reacted to the various options was apparent to others but not to her.

“It’s amazing how you give off certain signals that you don’t realize. I found that was quite eye-opening for me.”

Earthy said that new body-language information helped her decide to take the position at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, which was not the choice she had originally been leaning toward.

She said she’s now paying closer attention to the body language of others and is more aware of visual cues that others give off – which works well in her new position working with young entrepreneurs.

“I think sometimes we convince ourselves that one way is the right answer, and sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons.”

Garden to Table: Tuscan Kale Pesto

Tuscan Kale Pesto

Makes 1 cup

If all that’s left of summer’s fresh basil is a lingering memory, and you think your days of fresh pesto are behind you, turn to that strong, determined over-wintering kale that’s standing tall in your garden.  This pesto recipe, courtesy of Dr. Andrew Weil, is packed full of flavour and loaded with those good-for-you dark leafy green nutrients.

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Thich Nhat Hanh Retreat for Educators

Hollyhock is honoured to support this upcoming Mindfulness Retreat for Educators
led by Thich Nhat Hanh
, August 11 – 16, 2013
Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Thich Nhat Hanh is a world-renowned Zen master and peace activist. He grew up in Vietnam, was exiled and settled in France in 1966, and in 1967 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. for his efforts to end the Vietnam war. Now 86 years old, he wants to bring mindfulness to teachers and all those involved in education.

The practice of mindfulness has been proven to make a very valuable and efficient contribution to the problems so many of us face in our schools. Studies with K-12 students demonstrate “improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation and self-esteem, as well as self-reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress and fatigue.” They also show mindfulness training “can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behaviour and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students” (Integrating Mindfulness Training into K-12 Education: Fostering the Resilience of Teachers and Students, Meiklejohn et al., Mindfulness, Springer 2012, pages 1-2).

The retreat will be 5 days, from Sunday, August 11 to Friday, August 16, 2013, and will take place at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, located between Niagara Falls and Hamilton, and sitting atop the Niagara Escarpment in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The retreat is focused on educators. It will include international guest speakers from the field of mindfulness and education. At least half the spots will be reserved specifically for those in the field of education, including school, university and college teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and social workers, as well as teachers of mindfulness, yoga and related fields.

This is not a silent retreat. No meditation or mindfulness experience is required to attend. The retreat is open to everyone, from beginners to very experienced mindfulness practitioners. If you are a complete beginner, don’t worry! The retreat is not hard work. It is a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy the present moment.

Registration is expected to open February 1. For more information, or to sign up for the retreat’s email list and be notified before registration opens, see

Thank You Vancouver! Catalogue Party Success!

Last Thursday, 150 people attended Hollyhock’s Catalogue Launch Party at Vancouver’s historic Waldorf Hotel. Together we raised $1630 for the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. Thanks Vancouver!

View the 2013 online catalogue 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.