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Afterthoughts: My Second Year as a Hollyhock Volunteer

by Katherine (Kate) Egleston

Cushioned by the wonderful memories of last summer (2014) as a Hollyhock volunteer I arrived at Hollyhock in July (2015) looking forward to another season as a volunteer. It was everything I anticipated plus much more. I felt something take root in me as I both reached out and surrendered to the magic of Cortes Island – the forest, the ocean, its inhabitants – with Hollyhock at its heart situated in a pivotal place in the lives of many including myself.  What I came to appreciate is that everyone there whether volunteers or staff or guests strives to bring their best self forward in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.  This bounty of goodwill is the exception rather than the rule in the larger world where the stresses of modern life are often met with complacency and indifference. In this Hollyhock is very special and honours its mission to make the world a better place. This was perhaps the most revelatory and important part of my volunteer experience. Continue reading Afterthoughts: My Second Year as a Hollyhock Volunteer

Live, Learn and embrace Selfless Service at Hollyhock

This article was written by Colin Funk, Hollyhock General Manager

One of many special program offerings at Hollyhock is the Volunteer Service Program (VSP).  This well regarded and long-running program provides individuals with unique opportunities to be fully immersed in the rich Hollyhock learning environment.  At its core the VSP is based upon Selfless Service – contributing to community without any expectation of result or award. The program is artfully designed to deepen one’s understanding of self through reflection, self-inquiry, practicing presence in-the-moment, living in community and working collectively toward a common goal. Continue reading Live, Learn and embrace Selfless Service at Hollyhock

Live, Learn and embrace Selfless Service at Hollyhock

Article by Colin Funk, Hollyhock General Manager

Live, Learn and Serve at Hollyhock – Canada’s Lifelong Learning Centre

One of many special program offerings at Hollyhock is the Volunteer Service Program (VSP).  This well regarded and long-running program provides individuals with unique opportunities to be fully immersed in the rich Hollyhock learning environment.  At its core the VSP is based upon Selfless Service – contributing to community without any expectation of result or award. The program is artfully designed to deepen one’s understanding of self through reflection, self-inquiry, practicing presence in-the-moment, living in community and working collectively toward a common goal. Continue reading Live, Learn and embrace Selfless Service at Hollyhock