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Behind the Scenes, Watercolour on Location with David McEown

Upcoming Hollyhock presenter, David McEown, illustrates what is possible with the wonderful medium of water colour and the creative space it can place us in, with these behind-the-scenes videos.

David McEown painting the “Spirit Bear”, also known as the Kermode bear, in the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific Northwest of British Columbia, Canada.

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Transforming Demons Into Allies

Six (6) Benefits of the Hero’s Journey

By Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat

Content Source: Planet Dharma

Luke Skywalker, Dorothy of Kansas and Oz, Django Unchained, Harry Potter: their stories capture our attention and hearts. The downtrodden prevail, and are thus transformed into heroes. They have made the Hero’s Journey.

This journey beckons to each of us, and within the journey lie all of our dreams, dreams of freedom to become all we are meant to be. And then some.

And what does “freedom” mean, anyhow? Can I get it? How can I get it?

Though these questions ultimately drive our lives, they’re often buried under day-to-day demands. We may feel we don’t have the time, money, support or energy to pursue our dreams. After all, no one said fulfilling our dreams was easy. Continue reading Transforming Demons Into Allies

On Ram Dass & Hollyhock by Lauren Walker

I met Ram Dass when I was three years old in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was still Richard Alpert then and he was brought, as so many seekers were, to see Karmu. Soon enough, all the seekers were also coming to see Ram Dass.

I remember seeing his big blue book, Be Here Now, on our bookshelf while I grew up. And I remember looking through the pictures in it, from time to time.

But it was many decades later before I met Ram Dass again, and was able to speak to him beyond my limited three year old vocabulary. Continue reading On Ram Dass & Hollyhock by Lauren Walker

Presenter Profile | Will Johnson

 The content in this article is found on Will Johnson’s website.
Shri Vajrasattva, statue of Tibetan Buddhist meditation diety
Wonderlane, Flickr Creative Commons
Embodiment Training is a path of awakening that views the body as the doorway, not the obstacle, to personal growth and spiritual transformation.  Through combining the orientation of Western somatic therapy with Eastern meditational practices, Embodiment Training leads you to the discovery of your natural, embodied state.  Like the Dzogchen rigpa and the Buddhist sunyata, the embodied state has been described as “like coming home at last.”  The practices mix bliss (the complete surrender to the deep energies of the body) with presence (immaculate mindfulness) and lead you on a journey of unfolding that takes you ever deeper into the very center of your center.  The Institute promotes the teaching and practices of Will Johnson.

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Mindful Communication

Sketch courtesy of Flickr, Creative Communications, Joan Mas

What is Mindfulness?  Throughout North America we are turning to the action of mindfulness in all walks of our lives.  Meditation, Mindful Coaching, Mindful Parenting, Mindful Thinking.  These varied practices are encouraging us all to be mindful in all aspects of our lives to create a more positive experience.

Rachelle Lamb is a long time partner with Hollyhock, teaching us how to use the power of language for positive dialogue.  This month, Rachelle will return to Hollyhock and bring her thoughts and experiences to the classroom around the wonders and benefits of ‘treating everyone as if you were in love with them’.  Mindful Communication.  Rachelle cites a poem by Derek Tasker to set the stage for the program.

I Wonder

I wonder what would happen if

I treated everyone like I was in love

with them, whether I like them or not

and whether they respond or not and no matter

what they say or do to me and even if I see

things in them which are ugly twisted petty

cruel vain deceitful indifferent, just accept

all that and turn my attention to some small

weak tender hidden part and keep my eyes on

that until it shines like a beam of light

like a bonfire I can warm my hands by and trust

it to burn away all the waste which is not

never was my business to meddle with.

– Derek Tasker


Rachelle Lamb will be exploring in her upcoming program at Hollyhock in Vancouver, 19-20 October.


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Photograph courtesy of Flickr, Creative Commons, johnwilliamsphd.