Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

Honeybees need a healthy diet of pollen, nectar and water. But at a bee laboratory in Eastern Washington, Steve Sheppard fills their feeding tubes with murky brown liquid from the forest.

His bees are getting a healthy dose of mushroom juice.

“If this does what we hope, it will be truly revolutionary,” said Sheppard, who heads the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. “Beekeepers are running out of options.”

Commercial honeybees, which pollinate $15 billion worth of crops in the United States annually, have teetered on the brink of collapse for nearly a decade. A third of all bee colonies have died each year since 2006, on average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Scientists say the mysterious phenomenon, known as colony collapse disorder, may be the result of at least 60 environmental factors that combine to cripple honeybees — including pesticides, disease, malnutrition, loss of habitat and climate change. Continue reading Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

2016 Program Sneak Preview!

Our Program Director, Leslie Hoffman, is knitting the final stitches in our  all-star lineup of programs for the 2016 season.

Enjoy offerings from luminaries new to Hollyhock such as Zuza & Scott EnglerPandora ThomasLisa Wimberger,  and Duane Elgin. Some returning favourites include Gibran Rivera, Bill Ophoff, Margie Gillies, Ysaye Barnwell,  and Robert Gass.

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9 Ways to Transition Gracefully into the Fall Season

This article by Tris Thorp originally appeared on Chopra Centered Lifestyle Blog. 

As summer draws to a close, the warmer weather, longer days, and time spent outdoors begins to fade. The start of school (or work), cooler temps, and shorter days signify the end of summer and, for many, disappointment and depression can creep in.

Saying goodbye to summer—and the swimming, barbecues, and vacations that tend to dominate the season—might not be easy. However, the last few weeks before fall can be fruitful. It can be a time to hit the reset button; to take stock of your life, set new goals, and get organized for the upcoming season.

To help you transition more smoothly from the summer season, here are nine ways you can get into the fall groove, including a few activities to help give summer a proper send-off. 

1. Journal About Your 10 Best Summer Memories

Gratitude or happiness journals can help retrain your mind to focus on the positive. Put a new spin on the gratitude journal and spend 20 to 30 minutes (or longer, if you like) writing about each of your top 10 favorite memories from summer.

The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit, and feel. Journaling about positive memories from your summer can evoke a state of mindfulness as you close the chapter on summer and focus on the present. Continue reading 9 Ways to Transition Gracefully into the Fall Season

Flowing Through Life as We Would our Asanas

I found this a short and sweet reminder to check-in with ourselves on our connection between our  practices and our daily lives.

By Shari Eberts via Elephant Journal

Have you ever gotten an adjustment on a posture in yoga class that opened your eyes to an important life lesson?

This happened to me just the other day. The teacher told me, “Keep moving your muscles throughout the entire posture, otherwise you are just putting your body into a shape.”

My attention immediately snapped back to class. I have to admit that my mind was wandering at that particular moment, but her correction got me thinking. Had she simply caught me in a lazy moment or was my practice becoming routine?

Was I just putting my body into shapes or was I practicing yoga? Continue reading Flowing Through Life as We Would our Asanas

Take Your Time (an Invitation) | Erica Ross


As in…

Do it YOUR way. 
SLOW it down.

Let’s break it down…


1.    Take Your Time: Do it YOUR way. 


Truth. No one but you knows what feels good and right for you. No one!

No one moves quite like you either. They can’t feel what you feel in your skin. They can’t pace you the way you need to be paced.

What IS your pace? Are you at your best in short bursts of energy or do you prefer a steady gait? Do you even know, from moment to moment?

Your inner clock has its own tick and tempo. Growth. Rebirth. Ready. Awake. Full. Empty. Languid. Continue reading Take Your Time (an Invitation) | Erica Ross

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