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Triple Twined Finish

By Marlene Liddle, who will be presenting Weaving from the Wild with Amy Robertson at Hollyhock on May 15-19, 2017.

No automatic alt text available.Marlene Liddle was born in Haida Gwaii and comes from a long line of artists, including Isabel and Charles Edenshaw.

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My Crow Self

By Shaena Lambert, who will be presenting Going Under the Words: Creating Fiction and Memoir at Hollyhock on June 2-7, 2017. This essay originally appeared in Quill and Quire, December, 2013, The Last Word, and was reprinted in The Huffington Post.

Margaret Atwood says in Negotiating with the Dead that writers are like jackdaws (a European crow): “We steal the shiny bits and build them into the structures of our own disorderly nests.” 

Collecting these shiny bits is an integral part of the fiction writer’s craft, but most writers, including me, are somewhat shamefaced and ambivalent about the process. What if these bits are woven out of other people’s secrets? Or pieces of skeleton from the family closet?  There’s an almost physical urge to use the material that speaks to you, especially once it starts to grow on its own, putting out twitching root hairs, but you don’t want to expose or hurt other people.

Nadine Gordimer’s famous solution was ‘to write as though everyone you know is dead.’ But few writers have the chutzpah to do this, or the moral certainty. For most writers, collecting material has a more secretive, illicit quality. It is gathered in the dark, kept under wraps, then released, with a mixture of pride and guilt, in what one hopes is a sufficiently transmogrified form.

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Blessing for the Journey

Poem by Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

When days rush past in a blur,
may you pause to receive the simple gifts that life generously offers.

When you are overwhelmed,
may you rest in the gentleness of your own heart.

When you are feeling hopeless,
may your imagination hold a torch to unseen possibilities.

When your mind is drowning in details,
may spaciousness arise, connecting you to the sacred mystery that you are.

When you are exhausted,
may you be refreshed by vibrant life forces always present within and around you.

When you are overcome with grief,
may precious tears bathe your heart with salty buoyancy and comfort.

When the world brushes you with harshness,
may you realize that we’re all works in progress, and life itself is a learning curve.

When nothing seems to be going your way,
may you make room for the unknown, finding patience with your unfolding life.

When you are disheartened by the suffering in the world,
may you find the courage and strength to stand for what you know is good.

When you believe that you are not good enough,
may you discover your inherent value and place in the family of all things.

May you receive earth’s bounty to nourish your body,
kindness and wisdom to nourish your heart;
and wonder to nourish your soul.

Leslie will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock on June 19, 2017.

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Leslie DavenportLeslie Davenport, author of Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, is a licensed therapist and an international speaker in transformational leadership with an emphasis on the evolution of consciousness and societal systems to address global warming. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you love.

By Cristi Christensen, who will be presenting Chakra Yoga at Hollyhock on July 12-16, 2017.

As of late I’ve been asked…
“How can I get more clear on what I want and really define my dream or next step?”

So, today i will share with you a simple practice to help you lift the veil and begin to find that clarity of vision you may be seeking!

Step 1: Start

“The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something” – Seth Godin

Bring yourself into a ritual space by first burning a little sage or incense and lighting a candle. Sit down, close your eyes and take a few deep slow breaths. Then ask yourself what would I do if money was no object and I had all the time in the world? Pause, slow down and listen to what arises. Spend some time here to connect to the yearning in your heart. Give space for the dream to start to crystallize.

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Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Meghan French Dunbar

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Meghan French Dunbar’s mission in life is to inspire and educate people on how business can be used as a force for good. Her ultimate goal? In 20 years, nobody will say “purpose-driven work” or “conscious business” or “sustainable business,” because doing good business will be the new ‘business as usual.’

Conscious Company Magazine CoversAs Co founder and Editor in Chieftess of Conscious Company Magazine, Meghan oversees the production of this nationally distributed publication that focuses solely on sustainable business and business as a force for good. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the magazine hit the shelves in January 2015, and is now in every US state, Canada and Mexico, and is quickly becoming a leading source of information for and about sustainable businesses.

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