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Join us this Summer for Founders + Friends

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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Inspirit Grant to Attend Story Money Impact

Calling all media-savvy changemakers!

Are you 18-30 years old? Are you making media for social change?

You could be eligible for an Inspirit grant to attend
Story Money Impact May 27 – 31, 2015 at  Hollyhock on Cortes Island, B.C.
Today’s best projects are a dynamic synergy of art, partnerships and activism. Story Money Impact is a conference designed to raise the bar for filmmakers and changemakers who use documentaries or short films to promote sustainability, inclusion, and social innovation.

APPLY BY MARCH 23, 2015!

If you are a young media-maker or a changemaker interested in using media to create change, apply now and tell us how you will use this learning opportunity in your practice. You could soon be on your way to Cortes Island, B.C.!

Easy Fresh Fig Tart

Photo Courtesy of Emilie Hardman, Flickr Creative Commons
By Hollyhock Kitchen Manager Rebeka Carpenter

As we move through our warm summer days and smell the peculiar scent of figs in the heat, eerily sweet and of coconut; it is time to enjoy this fruit bursting w/ripeness, a drop of syrupy sap pearling from their round bottoms. Figs are flattered by a touch of orange zest and ground almonds and as the fruit turns jam-like, it melds into the buttery crust that supports it. We have made this same tart crust holding all varieties of stone fruit, nectarines are my favorite.


Easy Fresh Fig Tart

Tart Dough (Can be Breton Shortbread cookies, as well!)   {Roll out to 1/3 in. and use a cookie cutter.  Transfer cookies to a cookie sheet lined w/parchment, giving room to expand. Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until golden. If dough becomes too soft re-chill in the freezer for 10 min. }

  • ½ c. evaporated Cane Sugar
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 small fresh vanilla or 2 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large organic fresh egg
  • 1 C. all purpose unbleached white flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. sea salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted w/the paddle attachment, combing sugar and butter.  ( You may also do this by hand w/ a wooden spoon) Split the vanilla bean lengthwise w/ a sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the inside of the bean w/the dull side of the blade, and add them to the sugar and butter.  Beat the sugar and butter on low speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the egg and beat for 2 minutes.

In another bowl, combine the flour, backing powder and salt, stirring w/ a whisk to remove any lumps.  Add to the mixer and mix at low speed for a few seconds, just until no trace of lour remains.  The dough will be quite soft.

Press the dough into an ungreased 10- 12 in tart pan w/ a removeable bottom, cover loosely w/plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Fig Filling

  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 T. almond flour
  • 1 ½ lbs fresh figs, quartered
  • 1 T. evaporated cane sugar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle the crust w/a orange zest and almond flour and arrange from the center.  Sprinkle w/the sugar.  Bake until the crust is golden brown and the figs are thoroughly cooked, 40-50 minutes.  Run a knife around the pan to loosen, remove the sides, and let the tart cool completely before serving.  A wee bit of softly whipped cream or crème’ fraiche is also nice too!

Enjoy our last of summer goodness.

Join Rebeka for the Hollyhock Cooks Program Oct. 8-12 on Cortes Island, BC.

RebekaA hands-on venture into culinary play inspired by local harvests from the garden and sea, culminating in a repertoire of meals that are balanced, nutritious, and exploding with flavour and freshness. Learn to create the delicious food that’s the hallmark of the Hollyhock kitchen.



Foraging With Paul Stamets

via Community Natural Foods

Foraging With Paul Stamets: Lessons From A Mycologist

If you have ever heard of Hollyhock, you will know it is an internationally renowned centre for lifelong learning on Cortes Island where people gather to learn and share knowledge for the enrichment and betterment of the earth and all creatures on it.  David, Billy and myself had the incredible opportunity to learn about mushrooms there from world expert, Paul Stamets and his team of four.  It was five days of travel (land, air AND sea), mushroom taxonomy (can you say “Cantharellus infundibuliformis”?) nourishing meals and best of all, foraging for mushrooms in the old growth forests.
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10 Reasons To Take Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing Workshop

By Tamara via Bean Up the Nose Art

1.  This is a sample of what you might see outside your classroom window at one of Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing Workshops.  Because he teaches them all over the place, in amazing venues.  This is Rome, in April.

Rome Roofs Bean Up The Nose Art

2.  Eric Maisel is a psychologist and awesome freakin’ creativity coach who walks his talk.  He’s written over 40 books.  Some are fiction, and a slew are about creativity, fear, productivity — everything you wrestle with as a writer.  In the Deep Writing workshops, you get the benefit of all he’s learned about writers, writing, and how to make ourselves write.  And finish projects.  And sell them.

3.  The workshops are five-days long, with classes running four hours a day.  The rest of the time, you’re on your own to do whatever you want in whatever cool place you’ve landed.   I’d never been to Rome in my life.  I was blown away walking the streets, eating gelato at least three times a day, visiting — for example — the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Vatican Museums (which includes the Sistine Chapel), and St. Peter’s Basilica.  I walked to every single one of these places from my room.

4.  You work on whatever writing project you want, in whatever state it and you are in.  Some people are mid-way through big projects.  Some are finishing and editing.  Some, like me, are just starting.  I’ve had a mystery set in ancient Rome rambling in my brain for three years.  I made notes and did research.  I never started writing it.  The first session of the first morning of the first day of the Deep Writing workshop, I started at Page 1.  And kept on going.  It was a miracle.

5.  There are no miracles.  There are no magic bullets.  You don’t wait for “The Muse” or “Inspiration” to hit you on the head and write your book for you.  Instead, you sit your ass down on your chair on a regular, committed basis the first thing in the morning, and you write.  You “commit 100%, provisionally,” to the piece that you’re working on, and see where it goes that day.  You do the process.  This is the nuts-and-bolts of writing life that Eric teaches you — in the five days you sit in the class, doing this over and over.

6.  You don’t have to — and don’t ever, in the workshop — show your writing to anyone.  This is not a sharing process, a reviewing process, a writers-exchanging-writing-for-feedback process.  No.  This is a sit-your-ass-in-the-chair-and-keep-writing process.

7.  Each day’s class has four writing sessions of various lengths, which are interspersed with brief, pithy, awesome talks by Eric about the creative process, why writing is hard and we resist it, and how we can commit to it and make it “easier” to do.  And also about nuts and bolts of things like writing a book proposal.  And then, there are quick breaks to run out and have an espresso.  And maybe some cannoli.  Or gelato.  Or all three.

8.  Your classmates are excellent, kind, smart, committed folks in all stages of the writing and publishing process.  Many have published very cool fiction through major publishing houses.  They come from all over the world.  Many have come to the workshops before.  Because the workshops work.

9.  The workshops work.  Writing four times a day on your piece . . . beginning each with Eric saying, “Okay, let’s write for ___ minutes” . . . ingrains the habit of just starting and keeping going.  And doing that five days in a row makes that habit stronger.  And at the end of the week, you’ve also got a big enough part of your work done that you’ve fallen in love with it and are committed to continue.  And with the habit pattern already starting, you do it.  I have written 90 minutes every Monday through Thursday morning since the class ended.  This means I wake up and start at 5:30 every morning.  And I hate waking up early.  But I LOVE how it feels every day at 7:00 a.m., when I have 500 more words done on the novel, and I have just spent that time in my characters’ worlds.

10.  Eric teaches the Deep Writing workshops all over the place . . . and just announced that he’ll be doing his first in San Francisco at the end of October.  So, especially if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and therefore aren’t paying for travel and lodging, you can get an ass-kicking workshop led by a great coach that will jumpstart your writing for a very reasonable price.  Click here for more details.

(Okay, here’s an 11.  Because if you really are a writer, you’re going to feel way, way, way, way, way worse about yourself NOT WRITING THAT BOOK than you will ever feel having to wake up early over and over again to do it.  You need to do it.  And you need to give yourself the habits and tools that will get you doing it.  DO.  IT.)

Clearly, I think Eric rocks.  I’ve probably posted more often on Beans’ blog in the past three years about him than any other non-family member.  I’ve worked with him in individual coaching sessions, taken his on-line classes through DailyOM.com, read many of his books, and now have taken this in-person workshop with him.  I’ve never been disappointed, in any venue.  Exactly the opposite.  I always find exactly what I need — and very quickly and efficiently — working with Eric.  I’m hoping you’ll give yourself the same opportunity.

See for yourself August 9-14 at Deep Writing with Eric Maisel on Cortes Island.