Dive into the remarkable beauty of Cortes Island as we gather Hollyhock Founders + Friends in celebration of our 35 year history of inspiring and training change makers.
What really touched my soul was the people. I had the unique honor of hearing and feeling the powerful words of the founders and friends and leaders of Hollyhock, who spoke to me in poetry and story about the creation of this powerful vortex on our planet of the mission of this convening space, and of the gift that it is for us all to be partners in supporting it. Thank you Hollyhock founders for opening my heart and mind and for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your vitality for the renewal of us all.
– Joshua S. Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers, Founders + Friends 2016 Attendee
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By Cherie Thiessen via BC Magazine
The northern reaches of the Strait of Georgia are gently rippling today, and in the background the lofty Coastal Mountains still wear a skiff of snow while overshadowing the gentler profiles of the Discovery Islands. I’m glad we have 45 minutes aboard the refit relief boat, Quadra Queeen II; time to savour the pristine, open view before arriving at Whaletown on Cortes Island, British Columbia.
We let our senses quietly expand and absorb. The day will culminate in Hollyhock’s hot tub overlooking the Strait of Georgia and Twin Islands, after three relaxing ferries and leisurely Vancouver and Cortes island drives. Oystercatchers will be calling close by our beachfront cottage and my friend, Pat Crossley, and I will fall asleep listening to the slurp of waves.
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By Joel Solomon
Just past the end of the gravel road, at the end of the highway, on the left coast of the continent, across a short body of water, is a place where I was fortunate to find myself. There are many sacred places on the planet. In fact, the whole planet underneath what humans have built, changed and affected over time, is sacred. However, at this time in history, places like I have just described have special qualities that still are radiant and can be felt. That is the geography of Hollyhock, and I consider it a very unique one.
North of Hollyhock and the end of that road is one of the few remaining vast, natural areas on the planet that is still relatively intact. Indigenous people on their land live better here than in most places in the world. In this area, there remains the possibility of a great, green place, with large species and vast areas that are underdeveloped by humans. Continue reading A Story of Hollyhock
Poem by Anne Haven McDonnell
She studied bat voices, slowing them down
enough to hear, to draw a voice in lines.
Two people can lean into
a crack in night’s breath.
Candlelight on the dock
astonishes the water, licking
the surface of the swamp.
A beaver slaps its fat tail,
a heron scream cuts the dark. A small
wooden bridge leads them to the beach,
a rocky cove where they farm oysters,
wolves watching from the trees.
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Content & Featured Image Source: Hollyhock’s Magic and the Story of ZAG Heartbeats : ZAG Group
Hollyhock’s Magic and the Story of ZAG Heartbeats
Change is like a tree growing from the earth. It starts with the smallest of seeds, and, as if by magic, it grows into a movement laying seeds for others to grow and blossom. ZAG Heartbeats is one such tree, and Hollyhock is the tree from which this magical seed was planted.
In 2014 Steve Curtis the Founder of Zag Group visited Hollyhock’s Social Change Institute. To paint a picture for you – imagine 100 of the most influential leaders behind social, environmental, and political change gathering in a place of heaven. In this perfect environment, they bare their souls, share their struggles, express their joys, and ask for and provide help with full vulnerability and hope. Continue reading Hollyhock’s Magic & the Story of ZAG Heartbeats