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.


Contact danielle@hollyhock.ca for more details.


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 tnhtoronto.ca.

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.

Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story

by Christina Baldwin via peerspirit.com

Be a Storycatcher Today!

1. Invite story telling and listening into little pockets of public time.
When you’re in the coffee line—ask someone about his or her first memories of coffee. When you’re in the grocery line—ask someone how to cook an item in their basket (Turnips? Artichokes? Chicken livers!?) When you notice something unusual—don’t judge it, ask for the story about it… so why does your niece have 27 holes in her ears?

Because it creates social connection. When people are connected they care about each other. And people who
care about each other start taking care of their communities, and sharing resources, and telling each other the
really good ideas about how they are doing. You get the idea!

2. Ask your colleagues how they are—then stop and really listen.
So, did your daughter make the soccer team?
How’s your spouse/partner doing after last week?
I heard about X—I’m so sorry, anything I can do?
Hey, way to go with that report, what was their reaction to the Powerpoint?

See above.
And think about it: you are working together. When you know something about each other you make a better
team. You are more efficient at accomplishing tasks, understanding how to use each other’s talents, or supporting someone who is temporarily overwhelmed. You get the idea!

3. Create time in your family and/or friendship group devoted to story.
When children are playing—help them make story out of their games.
Read to each other—read to the kids, read to your partner, read to your parents, read to the dog.
Unplug the machinery, circle the chairs, linger at the table or on the porch, ask a story-invoking question.
Laugh. Cry. Tell one of your own stories.

See above.
Knowing how to tell a story is a necessary life skill! Can you imagine not being able to say who you are? What
you know? Love? Want? Story is the basis of everything. Story is how we relate. Story is how we belong.
You get the idea!

4. Repeat every good story you hear—
Say something nice about a neighbor, colleague, family member who bugs you—maybe even say it to
When someone is complaining about someone else, ask, “But what good things have they done?”
When someone is complaining about all the changes we face, ask them, “But what are we learning?
What do we want to leave for the future?”
When someone is gossiping, ask, “Tell me a story about a time you kept another’s trust?”

See above.
Social space feels good or bad depending on the stories people share about each other. Stories are how we
build each other up and encourage the best out of each other, or we can tear each other down. You choose—
every time you open your mouth. Be intentional: you have huge power as a storyteller. You get the idea.

Based on the book Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives Through the Power and Practice of Story by Christina Baldwin.

Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea present The Circle Way in Vancouver April 6 & 7, 2013.

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.