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General News · 16th August 2018
Amanda McNaughton
Join us at Hollyhock this August for:

Chloe Goodchild
Naked Voice, Naked Awareness
Friday, August 17. 8pm. Hollyhock KIAKUM (change from Lodge).
Discover your authentic Self through sound. Chloe shares some of the simple mantras, mudras, core sounds and energy movement practices, enabling you to discover your unique voice and explore the transformative power of sound and silence to reveal the infinite qualities of your soul.

Martha Peterson
Move Without Pain
Wednesday, August 22. 8pm. Raven.
Eliminating muscle pain, stiffness and the feeling of, "getting old," starts with the brain. Trauma, stress and postural compensations change the way the brain senses and moves us, and how we experience ourselves on a physical and emotional level. Let Martha show you how gentle movements can help allay feelings of chronic stiffness, pain or inflexibility and provide a more pleasant and present body experience.

Amos Clifford
The Language of Waters and Trees
Thursday, August 23. 8pm. Hollyhock Lodge.
When trees speak to us, is it just in our imagination? Amos Clifford reveals stories of the healing power of nature and how we can open ourselves us to this kind of communication. Amos is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, and the author of, Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature.

Judith Ansara & Robert Gass
Sacred Words, Sacred Sound
Saturday, August 25. 8:00pm. RAVEN. (Change from Lodge)
Words and sounds to feed your soul. Judith Ansara reads from her spellbinding book of poems, "The Bones We Once Belonged To," with the added treat of chants lead by sacred chant master, Robert Gass. Lama Surya Das says, "Judith's poems have a delicious curve and fragrance to them that draw me in with the presence of the embodied spirit." Judith and Robert are the powers behind Sacred Union, providing life-changing coaching, mentoring and leadership training.

Stephen Jenkinson
Come of Age: Book Signing* & Reportage
Sunday, August 26. 8pm. Olatunji Hall.
This is a plea and a plot for elders-in-training. In these troubled times - where are the elders? In this provocative evening, Stephen shares an urgent message for the need to create a new generation of elders, "Poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species." Stephen is a a renowned teacher, storyteller, activist, founder of the Orphan Wisdom School and the author of 5 books including, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble. *Copies of Stephen's book will be available for purchase at the event.

Jenni Schine & Jennifer Moss
Sonic Sound & Listening Party
Monday, August 27. 8:00pm. Kiakum.
A night of intimate sonic experiences. Placed-based storytelling like you've never heard it before, featuring sonic pioneer Hildegard Westerkamp, sound artist Jenni Schine, and freelance audio storyteller Jen Moss.

Kathleen Horne & Tamara Teeter Knapp
Enriching Your Life with Expressive Arts
Friday, August 31. 8pm. Hollyhock Lodge.
Kathleen & Tamara welcome you to the world of Expressive Arts. It's a combination of presentation and a brief practice of guided meditation, art, writing and sharing that you can take into your own life for creative self care. Kathleen is a licensed expressive arts therapist and co-founder of the internationally-renowned, Florida Expressive Arts Institute.


Past August Presenter Evenings:

Rupert Sheldrake
If God Exists, Then How Do They Work?
Thursday, August 9. 8pm. Hollyhock Lodge.
Delve into the surprising agreement among religious traditions in East and West, about the dynamics of divine consciousness and their relationship to the natural world and human minds. Rupert will explore these traditions and discuss how to test them through spiritual practices. Rupert Sheldrake PhD is a biologist and author. His latest book, Science and Spiritual Practices will be released on August 28.

Marilyn Arsenault
How Do We Regain The Freedom of Movement We Had As Children?
Monday, August 13. 8pm. Raven.
Over our lifetimes, we unconsciously and ineffectively use our muscles to grip, tense, shorten or hold our bodies in poor alignment. Join Marilyn as she demonstrates mindful actions we can use to release tension in our muscles and create healthy movement that may assist in reducing the risk of injury, pain and stiffness. Marilyn is a top Masters runner, mentor and coach, who teaches fun, focused and accessible running.

All Presenter Evenings are free to all. Donations collected at these events help us provide partial tuition scholarships for Cortes residents through our Islander Scholarship Fund. For more information go to