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 www.eclipseawards.com or www.bealocalist.org.
Follow Toby on Twitter at @tobybarazzuol

Support changemakers like Toby by contributing to the Hollyhock Scholarship Fund. Contact danielle@hollyhock.ca.

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. radicalaliveness.com

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.

Splitting Silence – Easter Bunny Blizard

 By Lisl Dennis

With much of the country expecting an Easter Bunny Blizzard, home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I’m topping-up the woodpile just in case. Each release of the axe brings back memories of my early wood chopping days with my brothers in rural New Jersey.

In my STORYSHARDS: Archaeology for Your Life retreat, participants’ constructive and formative childhood memories reveal how early relationships with family, friends and community establish the ground for imagination, engaged creativity, and the willingness to move forward in service within the world. In my program, the Splitting Silence video segment features how splitting wood has taught me to Move In to most things in life.

For me, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s current bestselling read LEAN IN: Women, Work, And the Will to Lead (Knopf) invites a reflection upon the distinction between Leaning In and Moving In. And how chopping wood is a Move Into It practice of coordination, constancy and focused attention. Moreover, it’s about grounding and stance – and watchfulness to insure that which merely leans, like long dead Aspen trees wavering overhead at tipping point, does not crash down on me. As in leadership, chopping wood requires momentum of mission fueled with energy for the future.

Splitting Silence filmed at Prajna Mountain Refuge, an upcountry inholding of Santa Fe’s Upaya Zen Center, is a popular video segment in STORYSHARDS: Archaeology for Your Life. It is one of many visual vignettes from around the world, tracking a narrative arc and nurturing a creatively engaging group atmosphere. My visually driven program invites conversation around participants’ personal story and intentionality for their Story Forward.

In Northern New Mexico we are apt to get an Easter Bunny Blizzard. Who knows these days; seems to be one hopping in all around the country. Barometer regardless, I’ll be up at the Prajna Refuge chopping wood, really! Soon, I’ll be filming and writing about the spring thaw and seasonal meltdown in Slipstreaming on the Rio Blanco. For now, Happy Easter whatever the weather – wherever you are!

Feel free to contact me directly with STORYSHARDS questions: Lisl@StoryShards.info.

Lisl Dennis’ career as a worldwide travel and decorative arts photographer, travel writer, television host and international tour leader has garnered a rich spectrum of images, impressions and experiences from a diversity of cultures.





Cortes, An Island On The Edge Of Wilderness

By Hollyhock presenter Mike Moore 

Cortes Island lies at the north end of the Salish Sea, where Vancouver Island juts up against the BC mainland coast. This is a scenic and diverse area and it is at the edge of BC’s vast coastal wilderness.

To the east the view is dominated by the mountain peaks of the Coast Range with the iconic Mt. Denman towering 6600 feet above the myriad of channels and islands of Desolation Sound. The back waters of Desolation Sound have the warmest ocean temperatures north of Mexico, reaching in to the mid 20’s. There is no other place in the world where you can swim in water so warm right under snow-capped mountains!

To the south Cortes thrusts out into the Strait of Georgia at the north end of the Salish Sea. The mountains on Vancouver Island and the Coast Range create a rain shadow effect here so that the climate is warmer and drier here than to the north of Cortes.

To the west the tidal waters flowing in from the Pacific Ocean are squeezed through the narrow channels of the Discovery Islands creating the tidal rapids that this area is famous for. Currents reaching 12 knots flush the area with cold, oxygen and nutrient rich water that feeds the abundant marine life here. Some of these rapids form standing waves of up to 2 1/2 metres high, a favourite place for kayakers to play! But it also is a great place to watch for seals, sea lions, dalls porpoise, pacific white-sided dolphin and orca fishing in the rich waters.

And to the north of Cortes, there lies a largely uninhabited wilderness. There are no road accessible communities between the towns of Lund and Bella Coola, 300 km apart as the crow flies but with over 900 km of coastline separating them. The mainland coast just off of Cortes has the southern most grizzly bear populations. Cortes is home to black- tailed deer, cougar and river otters. Wolves are sometimes seen in our back yards. Living this close to the wilderness demands a level of attention and respect. We keep our livestock well protected and fenced and keep our dogs on the leash while walking in the wolf’s forest home.

While Cortes is home to the vibrant communities of Mansons Landing, Whaletown and Squirrel Cove, it is easy to find empty beaches and forest paths to explore. Kwas Park is 70 hectares and has trails that wind through first growth trees and along Hague and Gunflint Lakes. Vondonop Inlet Park features reversing tidal rapids, steep-sided fjords, and tidal flats. This rugged 1,277-hectare park has no designated hiking trails within the park, although a good trail does exist from the Von Donop to Squirrel Cove, outside the park (approximately 5 km). A rough trail also runs to the top of Cliff Peak that has an elevation of 459 metres and is Cortes Island’s highest point.

Exploring the waters around Cortes by kayak or guided boat tour is an excellent way to get a sense of the wildness of the coast. Favourite kayak launch sites include Mansons Lagoon and Cortes Bay. A swim in Desolation Sound or a trip to view the wildlife at Mitlenatch Island are regular destinations for the boat tours that leave from Cortes Island.

For further information on what Cortes has to offer, see www.ourcortes.com

Explore the spectacular Cortes Island region with Mike Moore at Hollyhock during Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles July 12 – 17 or September 8 – 13.

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.