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Habits and Change

By Dia Penning, originally posted by Love Light Yoga June 7, 2017. Dia will be presenting Yin Yoga and Social Justice  at Hollyhock September 2018. 

My work in social justice and yoga has dovetailed a number of occasions over the last 5 years. More often, I find myself in spaces where we talk about spirit and demonstrate our long held physical tensions as parallels for the tensions in the world. How can one do effective public work if their internal landscape is a mess?

Justice is not, strictly, an external concept.  As we continue to examine normalized violence and our collective capacity for self-harm and dishonesty, the sickness in our world becomes much more sharp.

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Join Nature Culture at Hollyhock

Via Nature Culture, by Rob Butler. Rob is also a producer of the film “The Perfect State” (trailer below), which he will be screening during his upcoming Hollyhock program.

THE PERFECT STATE official trailer from Mike McKinlay on Vimeo.

This summer, I will be holding a workshop from June 29 to July 3 at Hollyhock on lovely Cortes Island. Hollyhock is situated at the northern end of the Salish Sea northwest of Vancouver British Columbia. I have a particular affinity to this part of the world because it is where I began my biologist career.

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Presenter Profile | Margie Gillis

Content from Margie Gillis’ website
Feature photo from flikr.com by Sameer Walzade
Dancing Internationally acclaimed modern dancer/choreographer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years. Her repertoire now includes more than one hundred pieces, which she performs as solos, duets and group pieces. Over the years, Margie Gillis has won over loyal audiences with her masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul. Relentlessly, she continues to develop her work through experimenting, teaching and creating. Continue reading Presenter Profile | Margie Gillis

Presenter Profile | Mingtong Gu

Content found on Mingtong Gu’s website 
feature photo by kosmoseleevike on flikr.com


Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital. This “medicine-less” hospital, Zhineng Qigong Center, has treated over 200,000 patients, with over 185 different illnesses, and with a 95% effective improvement rate. He is the founder of The Chi Center and Wisdom Healing Foundation and has taught Qigong to thousands of people in the USA, China, and Europe.

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Rachelle Lamb- The Shaping of Language

By Brooke Spencer

Rachelle Lamb, noted speaker, writer and activist raises the discussion about language in our culture and how it shapes us, and how we shape it.

She discusses the power language has to deeply affect our relationships, for example, using forms of negative speech with  words like selfish or disrespectful.  Lamb suggests that we can still share how we feel without resorting to language that is hurtful.

Rachelle Lamb believes that relationships can be strengthened when people choose to express themselves in a more positive way. Our relationships benefit when we are actively participating in relating to one another.

Check out Rachelle’s own blog Breakthrough Conversations for her original post about the shaping of language.

Rachelle Lamb is a workshop presenter as well a communications coach whose main area of study is conflict resolution.  She will be presenting Breakthrough Conversations at Hollyhock on Cortes Island May 23-28and will be joining us again in Vancouver October 18-19 for Speak to Me Like You Love Me.

Her first program will concentrate on leadership, professional development, social change and training. For more information on her first session please visit our website.