Trickster Training at Hollyhock – 2013

17 Jul 2013 until 21 Jul 2013

Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, B.C.

Let us be Terra-ists Re-Story-ing the World!

Trickster Training on Cortez Island, BC, Canada – July 17-21st

Trickster Medicine is the sine qua non, because it renders all other dedications effective.

Some seeds only bloom in Nature after cataclysm, by analogy, some parts of ourselves only come alive at a time of Dire Beauty. Now is that time.

Cultivating the magic of language, metaphoric agility and story:
We cultivate, animate, magnetize and spiral forth into the memosphere, the most irresistibly all inclusive guiding cultural meta-story…By assuming personal and cultural lead, by expanding our repertoire of responses rather than reactions, we ally ourselves with Nature’s evolutionary Ingenuity. (aka, Trickster, Coyote, Raven, Sheherezade, Marie Laveau, High John the Conqueror and more!)

Metaphor is the incarnational garb whereby power enters the world.

We practice with our magic mirror that we have always had (like Dorothy’s slippers in the Wizard of Oz)… The secular critic part of ourselves holds up a mirror – “look, it sucks – in detail.”
Then, with a wave of the hand, our Inner Trickster transforms the mirror into a window: “But look how beautiful it could be!” And then, with another wave of the hand, transforms the window into a door – “Let’s Go!”

We practice the art of Critique and Blessing… (restoring mythological literacy. re-animating the quite specific Art of Blessing, which is comprised of tangible, sensual metaphor, a la’ “When the ghost of loss stands behind you – Then may the ancestors place a cloak of guiding earth wisdom around your shoulders, that will mend your life.”

Let all Natural Facts be Social Strategy Metaphors!

Slow way down to speed up…The more we slow water down, with berms and such, the faster it infiltrates the field.
Let’s derive our leadership models from wolves and geese: wolfy charisma, initiating play, cool, in cahoots with geese rotational wisdom. The lead goose rotates.)
Mythic figures are metaphoric animations of intrinsic intelligence in nature. We tease forth the implications, guided by Trickster Tales in fairy tales, myth, nature, news, ancestors.

Together, guided by Natural Facts, Myth, Fairy and Folk Tale, Poetry, actual political reality, ritual magic, we will not only spiral redemptive possibilities into Group Mind,
but each of us will syncretize, customize, animate, invite to the party, our own companionable Trickster Redeemer,
that we may be agents of Cultural Renaissance…

We are moving our emotional default-setting to “woof-woof-wanna play?!?!”

So -“woof-woof-wanna play?!?!”

Merlin and Cosmo Sheldrake will be providing Trickster spirit conjuring jigs and myriad forms of whimsy, at this gathering.

Request a reservation directly through Hollyhock

800 933 6339 ext. 232
250 935 6576 (outside North America)


Hollyhock, PO Box 127, Manson’s Landing, Cortes Island, B.C. Canada V0P1K0


  1. WOOF

  2. Maureen says:


    I think this would be so much fun…hmmmmmm.temptation,
    artist of saturn,

  3. Paul Taylor says:

    Excited to be there!

  4. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. She had icrnrfetenee from me and the other dogs who were correcting her. The lead dogs didn’t like what she was doing and after she had killed several times they wouldn’t let her near the livestock if at all possible. This helped me with retraining her. After she was fully retrained she would bring me dead piglets she found out in the field to ask if she could eat them (the difference between found dead and kill is obvious if you’re there). Then I would allow her to eat them or divvy them up.With your dog Chico you need to start at square one and re-establish training, working him back up to the trusted level. This is what worked with Kita and with other dogs that I trained who came to us as adults and untrained. It is a slow process that takes a lot of patience but it is well worth the effort.

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