WHAT: Ritual + Practice for the Urban Homestead
WHEN: September 28 – October 3, 2018
WHERE: Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre, Cortes Island, BC
HOW MUCH: $575 CDN + food and accommodation
(Registration must be made directly through Hollyhock)
It is for people seeking emancipation from the myth of progress. It’s for those who need to gather and grieve a lack (or the disappointments) of community and the difficulties of collective action.
It’s for the disaffected among us who are mourning and burying what is, and feel ready to start birthing and nurturing what’s to come.
The skills we need to repair our relationships with each other, with the natural world, with the non-earthly worlds, are learnable.
They are uncomfortable to learn and difficult to practice, but do this we must.
And we must do this together.
So together we’ll work gently to resolve relational trauma caused by western culture – the trauma we carry that affects our partnering, our parenting, the wild, the workplace, and our worldview.
We’ll attune and attend to the land.
We’ll labour together in ways both sacred and mundane.
We’ll bring ritual to our relationships and live together as though we depend on each other, void of optionality, and supported by forces larger than ourselves.
We’ll explore not-new-but-unfamiliar ways of responding to shared predicaments like climate change, colonialism and patriarchy. We’ll share the grief and rage and despair and weight, and also the radiant warmth that comes from being witnessed.
This program is a time to integrate the rustic and the noble, marvel at the sublime shit show of it all, and remember what it means to become fully human, in this world, at this moment, wherever we are.
re-thinking your life choices outcomes
stretching your capacity to inhabit your body and your life outcomes
increasing your tolerance for intimacy outcomes
defanging toxic masculinity outcomes
feeling the weight of our armour outcomes
allowing yourself to feel your love for the world again outcomes
permitting others to see your fear and fatigue outcomes
acknowledging the settler within outcomes
acknowledging fragility outcomes
illuminating patriarchy outcomes
being with collapse-aware people who still experience joy within late capitalism outcomes
healing into secure attachment outcomes
communing with the other-than-human realms in a non-appropriative way outcomes
There’s also a high likelihood of new friends outcomes and drinking late into the night with voices hoarse from weeping and singing outcomes, though that we can’t guarantee. (But wouldn’t that be great?) You’re going to have to bring at least some of that into the mix with you, but we’ll do our part.
And although there is, of course, a heavy emphasis on delivering a deep in-class experience full of rich, toothsome content…
During the week, we’ll be holding space for conversations, musing, noodling, and muddling through challenging territories.
We’ll contemplate over breakfast with you and integrate over dinner with you and walk it off in the forest with you. We’re here for it. Bring your questions and conundrums.
We have the ears to hear. We have hearts that can hold the tension of no-easy-solution.
We’re happy to be there with you, really in the thick of it.
Carmen Spagnola is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, a licensed wilderness guide, and professional intuitive. She’s currently training with Diane Poole Heller in trauma recovery and attachment re-patterning.
Ruben Anderson has a degree in sculpture, an Industrial Design degree, decades’ experience working in and teaching Sustainability, is a sought-after Behaviour Change Consultant, and a thoughtful gardener/farmer. You can learn more about his work on his blog, The Small And Delicious Life.
Meaning, we’re studious, detail-oriented, and prepared for any eventuality. (Care to take a look at our earthquake preparedness plan?)
We’re happy to share with you all of our knowledge, experience, research, skills, failures and triumphs, presence and caring, and sometimes embarrassingly intimate details of how we craft a small and delicious life while coping with the constant stress of living at the end of empire.
Hollyhock is a not-for-profit educational institute dedicated to lifelong learning and cultural transformation, through courses, conference and community.
We are grateful to gather on the traditional territories of the We Wai Kai, Kwiakah, Homalco, and Klahoose First Nations. Cortes Island is a tiny jewel on Canada’s wild west coast. We think the pilgrimage to and from the island is part of the magic.
Photography credits for this page: Amanda McNaughton