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Gifted Musician Todd Boston Returns to Hollyhock

Todd Boston is coming back to Hollyhock and we couldn’t be more excited. The well-known recording artist came to Cortes last summer for the first time as a co-presenter with Snatam Kaur. Like many of us, he fell in love with the place.

“I….fell in love with the people, nature, food and amazing energy of Hollyhock and Cortes Island,” he said. “My first thought was, this is a magical place and that more people need to know about it. I felt the need to come back, invite some friends and create a transformative musical retreat.”

Todd Boston

In a lot of ways Todd’s music is a perfect fit for Hollyhock on Cortes Island. His sound brings together his love of music, nature and technology. He believes music is healing and continues to explore the deep relationship that exists between music and movement.

Todd has numerous albums. The most recent, Touched by the sun, is produced by Will Ackerman of Windham Hill fame. We could go on, but we invite you to listen to his music yourself.

Check here for music from Todd Boston .

Todd  has followed through on his initial thought on Cortes and is returning this summer to lead an amazing musical retreat. This is an opportunity to explore and express the music inside of you in a pristine natural environment where the waves of the ocean, the song of the forest and the joy of community, music, song and dance come together as one.

Todd Boston’s workshop is happening August 15 – 19. Register here.





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An Interview with Dr Marilyn Atkinson 

The following interview with Marilyn Atkinson was conducted and documented by Irina Shabalova. We have reprinted it here in it’s entirety.

Underneath all the various ‘wants’ of humanity we find the aim for true love and happiness. We invest so much of our time, energy,money into things that are aimed to attract love into our life. These include material things; fine clothes, car, job, cosmetics, health, fitness, education…we even invest money into other peoples lives to make them love us. However we can invest directly into the skills and knowledge of how to open the source of love in our life and this investment is much more direct and guaranteed.

Developing Heart, The Human Journey is a program that is very practical. Marilyn Atkinson is a practitioner with more than 30 year experience, and she doesn’t do theoretical trainings. Her programs are all about learning and practicing real skills. It is very open and is immediately useful. It is designed for instant application. It provokes lots of practice groups, long-term commentary, and people wanting to review it later. The program has been taught for 25 years, and people in seven countries have kept it in continuous demand. In fact, there are as many as 75 persons in a course in the various countries where it has become well known.

Each participant receives useful practical experience and tools as to how to build and deepen true relationship both with self and others, and how to move beyond inner blind spots. People discover simple ways to be loving and happy as they practice the 9 Disciplines of Developing Heart which constitutes the body of this program. The program is full of exercises.  People explore them personally and determine if they work.

The program is entirely personal; it really is about giving up Continue reading


10 Reasons Why Adventure Travel Is Good for You

Please note, this article first appeared in Olaf’s CornerThe Official Blog of Natural Habitat Expeditions. We have reposted here because it seems like good advice.

By Candice Gaukel Andrews

For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been writing about adventure topics for The Adventure Corner travel blog, on everything from the merits of bumpy roads to tracking devices on narwhals. From my own thoughts on adventure to the latest scientific research, we’ve covered a lot of ground together.

Looking over all of these articles since my first appeared here on February 9, 2010, I realize that one theme keeps showing up: Adventure travel is simply good for you. So I’ve compiled a Top Ten list of the reasons why.

While there are several physical health benefits to adventure travel (see Nos. 1, 2, and 3, below), the advantages for your mental wellness are just as impressive (Nos. 4, 5, and 6). Too, adventure travel can enlighten your soul (Nos. 7 and 8 ) and even help save the world (Nos. 9 and 10).
Can you think of anything else that can do all that? Continue reading

Ukulele Tuning, by Andre Kunze

Ukuleles have gone viral

YouTube videos, online how-tos and social networking fuel the musical instrument’s renewed popularity.

Dan Fost’s article on the growing popularity of the ukulele first appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 2009. The trend continues today and you can take advantage of an upcoming program at Hollyhock.

Article by Dan Fost/Photo by Andre Kunze

SAN FRANCISCO — Thanks to the Internet, the humble ukulele is pushing its recent popularity well beyond anything that old-time performers Don Ho, Arthur Godfrey or even Tiny Tim could imagine.

From YouTube to manufacturers’ websites, from bulletin boards to iPhone and BlackBerry applications that mimic ukes and teach chords, the Internet has been stoking the craze for nearly two years and unveiling fresh talent.

“The number of new players keeps going up,” said Mike DaSilva of Berkeley, who ditched a 20-year software career to Continue reading

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Social Change Institute: Moving Beyond Silos

This article written by Hilary Mandel originally appeared on the Junxion Strategy website.

For the fifth consecutive year, Junxion Strategy is proudly sponsoring Social Change Institute at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia. This is one in a series of articles by Junxion profiling SCI 2014 participants.

Tzeporah Berman is like the Energizer Bunny – she never seems to slow down. The environmental activist, campaign organizer and author is busier than ever, supporting local community groups, First Nations, and large environmental organizations in their work to stop the expansion of the Canadian tar sands and related pipelines and tankers.

Tzeporah is one of the leaders who’ll be participating in this year’s Social Change Institute at Hollyhock. She’ll be sharing some of the lessons learned from some of the big international environmental campaigns she’s run, and facilitating a conversation about the barriers to what she calls “Issue Campaigning 3.0.” “I feel like we’re on the cusp of shifting how issue campaigns [as distinguished from political campaigns] function, and what kind of organizations we need to support them,” she says, looking forward to a lively dialogue. Continue reading