Hollyhock's Magic and the Story of ZAG Heartbeats
Change is like a tree growing from the earth. It starts with the smallest of seeds, and, as if by magic, it grows into a movement laying seeds for others to grow and blossom.
ZAG Heartbeats is one such tree, and Hollyhock is the tree from which this magical seed was planted.
In 2014 Steve Curtis the Founder of Zag Group visited Hollyhock’s Social Change Institute. To paint a picture for you – imagine 100 of the most influential leaders behind social, environmental, and political change gathering in a place of heaven. In this perfect environment, they bare their souls, share their struggles, express their joys, and ask for and provide help with full vulnerability and hope.
Now you have an idea of why Hollyhock is such a magical place, and why it was this place that planted the idea of Heartbeats into Steve’s mind just one year ago.
Heartbeats has now become ZAG’s philanthropic initiative, granting finances to grassroots projects which are focused on children, youth and leadership. Heartbeats is committed to supporting seedling projects to allow them to flourish early on.
This year Steve sent two dedicated Heartbeats committee members to experience Hollyhock’s magic and bring it back for everyone to nourish the culture at ZAG. Scott Maxwell and myself, Brieanna Ingram, spent 5 days absorbing every drop, and sharing our vision of bringing plants back to people. We also brought a special gift to the beautiful gathering of people during evening festivities. ZAG’s signature botanical beverages were poured, shared and enjoyed during the retreat.
As promised, here are the five most powerful things we learned at Hollyhock about creating sustainable and far-reaching movements:
1. Stay inspired! You have to believe in why you’re doing what you’re doing with every cell in your body.
2. Have a clear goal and a plan to get there. Without structure, you can’t build anything lasting.
3. Tell your story well, and tell it often. Allow others to be inspired by your movement.
4. Surround yourself with inspiring and supportive people. They will hold and sustain you when you feel you can’t go on.
5. Take care of yourself. Take time for you to recharge and nurture your body, mind and spirit.
You are the heart of your movement.
I’ll leave you with Scott’s final words on Hollyhock:
“You take passionate people, issues that truly matter to the survival of our species, sequester them in some of the most beautiful nature on the planet and you create an idea factory.
This gathering fostered new and existing ideas in an attempt to help change the way we as a species interact with the world. To bring honour, love and compassion to our everyday.”
With LOVE from Hollyhock! Read more on our Facebook Page here.
Learn more about the Social Change Program here