Friends in Jubilee,
I’m happy to tell you that a proposal I made to Hollyhock for a summer 2014 course on Thomas Merton and Leonard Cohen has been accepted.
So what is Hollyhock? It’s a cutting-edge learning and personal growth centre on Cortes Island, one of the northern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. I haven’t been there yet, but in talking with people who have, I have heard many times that it is a beautiful place in one of the most beautiful parts of BC. The vegetarian menu is fantastic as well; the word on that is unanimous.
Here’s the link to my course: it also takes you to Hollyhock’s website in general.
If you want to phone Hollyhock, it’s number is 1-800-933-6339, x232–which will put you in touch with the registrar’s office there.
This got started when I taught a course on Merton and Cohen at Simon Fraser University in the fall of 2012. I put them together because there are so many parallels between them as soulbrothers: both poets, both tricksters, both outsiders, both transcultural spiritual teachers–and at least a dozen more parallels I could mention. Based on the very warm reception this course received, I made the proposal to Hollyhock.
Does a course like this connect with the work you have done or are doing in Jubilee? As in totally? [ ] It concerns two great spiritual teachers, and will offer various approaches to the present cultural reality in which our spirituality has to be expressed and lived out.
So I hope some of you will join me at Hollyhock next June. Please note that scholarships are available. You can apply at hollyhock.ca/cms/page4088.cfm
How can you resist this? Beautiful British Columbia, fabulous food, and a chance to get to know two amazing figures in the company of other awake and aware people. Call me/write me if you have any questions.
All good things to you meantime.