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Raising the Roof: Support Our Greenhouse!

enews-imageAfter decades of service, the garden greenhouse is ready for retirement and replacement.

Most of you know how it feels to step into the Lodge at meal time—to smell and savour the incredible food that grows outside in the garden and the greenhouse. Will you help Hollyhock by supporting this project?

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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

Days go by at Hollyhock…

via lovebyriv.com

Rivkah RachelRivkah is embarking on a yoga roadtrip of a lifetime with a mission to attend all of the Wanderlust Festivals and practice yoga every day, in a new place. Rivkah has had Wanderlust her entire life, having had the good fortune to travel, live and practice all over the world. She recently took a break from her work in marketing and communications to study yoga full time and pursue her dreams. Rivkah is a nature-lover and DIY- enthusiast, she splits her time between Montreal and Ottawa with her faithful sidekick, Zorro. She dreams to open a nature retreat in the Laurentian Mountains.

Read her first impressions of Hollyhock here.

Aug 16, 2013

Days drift by so pleasantly here at Hollyhock. I’m surprised at how busy I manage to be. I’ve really been enjoying my time here. I started in housekeeping on Sunday. On Monday the other volunteers for this session arrived, and yesterday we had our official training day. There was an Oyster BBQ down at the beach for everyone. All I was missing was a crisp pinot grigio and I stared longingly at some of the guests’ glasses. I always forget my wine.

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There was a presenter evening, a lecture by a man named Eric Maisel, entitled the 12 secrets of living a creative life. It was excellent, the speaker engaging and the subject true.

I’ve done a couple of yoga classes, here, too. The teachers are of the Kripalu tradition, and it is interesting to be exposed to yet another style of yoga teaching.

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I am impressed at seemingly never-ending patience exhibited by the staff at Hollyhock. It must be terribly trying to explain the same thing, 10 times a year to 10 different people, some for over 10 years! You can tell these people like their jobs, they do them well, and have perfected the simplest tasks down to an art. Everyone is kind. Today I had my first early kitchen shift, and tackled the dish pit with great zeal. This afternoon, I worked with the production team to arrange the different spaces for arrival.

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It has taken me, regretfully almost three days to write this meager blog post. The internet connection is not too snappy here at the edge of the world.

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I have to leave today, and I do feel like I am dragging myself away. I have along haul to make to get home, involving planes, boats, and automobiles. It’s a rainy day. I don’t like to fly. I’m tired. It will be ok.

 

Rivkah is embarking on a yoga roadtrip of a lifetime…

via lovebyriv.com

Rivkah RachelRivkah is embarking on a yoga roadtrip of a lifetime with a mission to attend all of the Wanderlust Festivals and practice yoga every day, in a new place. Rivkah has had Wanderlust her entire life, having had the good fortune to travel, live and practice all over the world. She recently took a break from her work in marketing and communications to study yoga full time and pursue her dreams. Rivkah is a nature-lover and DIY- enthusiast, she splits her time between Montreal and Ottawa with her faithful sidekick, Zorro. She dreams to open a nature retreat in the Laurentian Mountains.

She has just arrived at Hollyhock for our month-long volunteer service program and will be narrating her island stories in her blog, lovebyriv.com. We’ll be posting some of her adventures here at HollyhockLife as well. Here’s her first impressions of Cortes Island and Hollyhock:

Aug 11, 2013

First, I think I need to share with you the view from which I write this:

My Hollyhock 'office'
My Hollyhock ‘office’

A lot of people have heard of Hollyhock and want to visit. You should probably get on that because you never know what the future will bring, and it is an experience not to be missed.

I am very, very pleased to be here. It is gorgeous, the food is delicious and healthy, and the ocean a constant backdrop. The people I’ve met are quite friendly.

Breakfast on the deck
Breakfast on the deck

Yesterday I went to an early morning yoga class in Raven, a round structure, that like all the buildings at Hollyhock is unique and charming. This morning, I enjoyed a tour of the gardens.

Early morning ocean through the trees
Early morning ocean through the trees
Hollyhock gardens after the rain
Hollyhock gardens after the rain

I cannot express the joy I felt at unpacking all of my belongings into a room. I spread out quit impressively, my clothes, jewelry, the books and artwork I’ve picked up on my journey on display. A spacious clean room, with a private toilet at that. Someone was trimming the lavender today and there were clippings left over. I tied them in a few bunches and hung them around the room. I set candles into old bottles and on a sea-smoothed stone I found on the beach. The effect is a cosy, lavender scented haven. As a finishing touch, I picked a few fresh blooms and settled them into a vase on the dresser. I am so, so content.

My little room at Hollyhock by night.
My little room at Hollyhock by night.