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The lightest touch

This poem written by David Whyte originally appeared on his website.


Good poetry begins with
the lightest touch,
a breeze arriving from nowhere,
a whispered healing arrival,
a word in your ear,
a settling into things,
then like a hand in the dark
it arrests your whole body,
steeling you for revelation.

In the silence that follows
a great line
you can feel Lazarus
deep inside
even the laziest, most deathly afraid
part of you,
lift up his hands and walk toward the light.

    – David Whyte
Everything is Waiting for You and River Flow: New & Selected Poems
      ©2003 Many Rivers Press

WHYTEJoin David on Saturday, December 6th for The Harvest of Winter in Vancouver.

Accelerate Your Enterprise

As the saying goes, sometimes it’s lonely at the top. Even the most social and accessible CEO will, at some point, find themselves cloistered in their office, contemplating their strategy for growth and development with no one to turn to for advice. This might happen at the start up phase or later on but it’s going to happen.  Guaranteed. Issues of confidentiality and proprietary protection often make it tough to access the counsel of others. Having said that, there are times when you just have to reach out beyond your own company walls to benefit from mentorship.

That’s the idea behind Accelerate Your Enterprise. Continue reading Accelerate Your Enterprise

Place-Based Imaginative and Ecological Education in Maple Ridge, BC


Since August 2008, the project has been working to bring together the community of Maple Ridge to establish a public K-7 school and learning centre. The theory and practice of the project is supported by Place-Based, Imaginative and Ecological Education. Learning and teaching will be experiential, in context, and through activities that engage the mind, body, and heart. The project is based in principles of inquiry and inclusion.

Teaching and learning will involve reconnecting the natural and human worlds. The project is a partnership between several community groups, School District 42 Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, and Simon Fraser University. The university-based research is funded through an environmental Community-University Research Alliance grant (eCURA) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

maple-ridge-nature-educationWe seek to grow relationships and nurture practices of learning and teaching that embody the following principles and values:

  • Place and Community
  • Nature, Ecology and Sustainability
  • Inquiry and Possibility
  • Interdependence and Flourishing
  • Imagination and Integration

Place and Community

We cultivate learning in, about, with and from local places. This includes spending extensive time immersed in the outdoors, dialoguing with a diversity of people connected to these places, and exploring the meaning of places in the context of the broader community, its past and future. Our hope is to nurture and develop an inclusive educational community deeply rooted in place. Related readings.

Nature, Ecology and Sustainability

We cultivate learning in natural settings, where we listen for what the more than human world has to teach us. Through the cycle of the seasons and the years, knowledge of ecosystems will be built gradually so that diversity, complexity and sustainability become part of our understanding of the world. How to live sustainability in this place is an ongoing question in everything we do. Related readings

Inquiry and Possibility

We cultivate a spirit of inquiry involving everyone – the natural world, students, parents, community members, teachers and researchers alike. We are committed to exploring multiple pathways of learning and teaching that engage many different ways of knowing and forms of knowledge. Meaningful, authentic, locally-inspired individual, group and community projects play an important part in this process. Related readings

Interdependence and Flourishing

We cultivate an appreciation of people both as unique individuals and as members of nested families, communities, and places.  We seek to understand the complex ways in which we can help each other flourish, and how to build relationships and systems that contribute to such flourishing. We aim to foster respect, care, and health in everything we do. Related readings

Imagination and Integration

We cultivate imagination in teaching and learning, as a key to deeper understanding, creativity, and responsiveness to place and community. We look for ways to integrate learning across the curriculum, bridging language arts, sciences, histories, geographies, mathematics, physical and social skills. We develop educational practices and materials that nurture a sense of wholeness in learning and teaching. Related readings

School Questionsenvironmentalschool@sd42.ca
Research Questionsecolearn@sfu.ca

2014 Program Sneak Preview

Our Program Director is putting the finishing touches on a a remarkable lineup of programs for next season. Enjoy teachings from luminaries new to Hollyhock such as Jan Phillips, Mark Matousek, Mirabai Starr, and Mochita Har-Lev. Returning favourites include Donna Martin, Stephen Jenkinson, Thomas Atum O’Kane, Rupert Sheldrake, Jill Purce, Margie Gillis, Robert Gass, and Michael Stone.

Last updated on November 20, 2013.

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Steve Paulson interviews Rupert Sheldrake

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Is science really the realm of free inquiry, open to every good idea?  Controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake says modern science is mired in various dogmas – boundaries you’re not supposed to cross, at least if you value your job and your reputation.

Listen to Steve Paulson’s interview with Rupert on Science Set Free.


RupertSheldrakeRupert SheldrakePhD, is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and many books including Science Set FreeMorphic Resonance and Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. He taught biology at Cambridge University, and worked in an international agricultural institute in India. sheldrake.org

Join Rupert, Cosmo and Merlin Sheldrake at Hollyhock, July 31st – Aug 4th, for “Plants, Minds and Resonances“.