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Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent, A book review

Review by Barbara Quelch, Hollyhock Volunteer

I knew I liked Rabbi Rami Shapiro the first time I heard him. It was on CBC Radio’s Tapestry program and Mary Hines was interviewing him on the subject of “Keeping the Doubt.” He talked about his approach to his faith and work within the Rabbinate to “lighten it up.” “If you don’t take….your tradition literally,” he said, “ then you discover its poetry and as poetry it can be far more true than if it’s literal.

If I wasn’t already smitten, he really got me when he said, “I know Jews say that Jews are the Chosen people. I take that with as much seriousness as I do when I hear Coca Cola say it’s the real thing.” That’s an amazing statement for a Rabbi. Continue reading

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The Fiction Of Being

By Mark Matousek

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like one of Michelangelo’s statues trapped inside the marble, fully formed and waiting to appear.

They’re in for a big surprise, of course. Instead of finding the perfect story, they discover a tower of Babel, a slew of motley characters in search of a coherent author. There is no singular there there, they find, no masterpiece fixed inside of the stone. There are episodes, anecdotes, motifs, impressions, memories, and foregone conclusions melded with imagination. But a fait accompli narrative strong enough to support the sum of their many parts? This is just a fantasy. Continue reading


Hollyhock featured on OurCortes.com

By Lilith Klassen via ourcortes.com

“Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better.”

Once the abandoned site of an institute for Gestalt Therapy with a lone caretaker living on the overgrown lands, Hollyhock has grown into a world renowned centre for deeper connection to the planet and one’s self.  For 33 years, Hollyhock has been opening hearts, changing minds and transforming lives amidst the ‘take your breath away’ natural beauty of Cortes Island. Whether nurturing the soul or the body, walking among the gardens or learning how to gather abundance from nature, you will leave this place transformed. Continue reading


Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation

by Behn, Alchemy of Group Facilitation alumnus

I attended a three-day condensed version of the workshop described below with Julian Griggs as instructor. He’s an educator, facilitator and all-around interesting and talented guy – and I highly recommend this course to MPA, MADR and law students and staff who want to focus on working in effective groups.

In particular, many of the skills and techniques Julian speaks and works on with participants complement the skills MADR students are exposed to in Gord Sloan’s mediation workshop and Jamie Chicanot’s negotiations course.

For a student (such as myself) looking to start a career in advocacy, governance and public life, Julian’s class has proved a terrific asset to work with groups in conflict in the workplace, and has helped me through tough conversations with stakeholders.

Not to mention, this upcoming event is at Hollyhock on Cortes… the three-day workshop is also coming up in November 2014 in downtown Vancouver. There may be a scholarship available through Hollyhock that students can apply for online. Continue reading


Krishna Das: Live Concert in Vancouver

krishna-das-vancouverBanyen Books & Sound hosts world-renowned kirtan artist Krishna Das for a live Vancouver concert to kick off his international 2014 Kirtan Wallah tour! This concert will launch Krishna Das’ forthcoming CD, Kirtan Wallah.

Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church (corner of Nelson & Burrard)
$35 advance – $45 at door

Purchase tickets online here, by phone at 604-737-8858, or in person at Banyen.

Krishna Das layers traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time. www.krishnadas.com