3 Tips for Taking Unique and Stunning Photos

By Dr. Charles Steinberg, who will be presenting Digital Photography Capturing the Light at Hollyhock in August.

Here are some images that Charles Steinberg took during his recent workshop, with tips for taking your own photos!

The above image is a riddle. Who or what is this?  The name of the photo is “Manson’s Lagoon Sphinx.” Does that help you sort this image out?

How does one create such a symmetrical image?   The blue is the top right corner is a clue for you.  Our class participants often find using reflections can create unusual and exciting images.  Okay, rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise and you will see the shoreline reflection I saw on a very still day.

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Eggplant Parmesan

By Rebeka Carpenter, Hollyhock Head Chef/Kitchen Manager.

I made this dish last night to rave reviews for a Bistro Themed supper at Hollyhock on a lovely summer eve.  It has a much lighter adaptation, and is similar in approach to the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna in our 1st Cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks. When one witnesses most guests coming back for 2nd helpings, it is an indicator of a sure fire winner of a dish!

Eggplant are lovely summer veggies, as are tomatoes, so feel free to substitute fresh, and simply simmer the sauce longer, and perhaps add some tomato paste to add richness and thickness.  The bread crumb topping is not essential, but adds nutritional protein value.

This recipe is an adaptation by Marion Burros of the NYT, and is an adaptation of one found in Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamie’s Italy. It’s a healthier version than the traditional Italian-American oil soaked version; it omits breading and frying the eggplant, and instead calls for roasting the eggplant until golden brown. Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan

ANN BRADNEY – RADICAL ALIVENESS (PODCAST)

Ann Bradney’s work in ‘horizontal leadership’ is on the cutting edge of leadership training, personal development, and human evolution. Using group processes to cultivate awareness and presence, Ann speaks about the magic of human creativity and compassion when individuals are validated, honored, and given the space to rise to their highest potential.
Ann will be presenting Radical Aliveness at Hollyhock August 13 – 18, 2017

Padma Meditation

By Padma Shyam, who will be presenting Padma Meditation: Finding Balance and Joy at Hollyhock in September.

Namaste! I live in the Himalayan mountains, and over the last thirty years, I’ve learned from my guru and through my own daily meditation that we are, each one of us, pure and free and forever blessed.

For years I’ve practiced breath exercises and gentle hatha yoga, eaten a pure vegetarian diet, and every single day, taken the time to meditate.

I’ve found that the single most powerful technique you can do, is the very simple act of sitting down and closing your eyes each day.

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Moving into the Unknown

By Kristen Scholfield-Sweet, from The Journey Oracle Blog, who will be presenting Moving in the Unknown with Ann Mortifee at Hollyhock in  August 23-27, 2017.

Ann Mortifee and I are teaching a session at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island this August titled Moving into the Unknown.  But before we can intend to move into the unknown and experience the Mystery, we must first believe it is possible to do so.  How do I know that I am developing a relationship with the unseen forces of nature, and the creatures who inhabit the other-than-human world?  Here are three examples from my daily life.

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