photo: Bill Weaver

As media makers in volatile times, can we bring about more effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the natural, the unexpected?

There’s an urgent need for fresh approaches that cut through walls of rhetoric, dissolve cultural and political boundaries, and inspire stewardship of a planet in crisis. Our relationship to media and technology must evolve.

Join us at one of North America's most unique and intimate media gatherings. Be part of a collaborative community of filmmakers, writers, and new media makers who are drawn to explore new world views and create flow states that support reflection, dialogue, and a deeper relationship with nature.

At The Nature of Media, we’ll discuss narratives and aesthetics that appeal to new regions of the mind, and re-examine our relationships with technology, creativity, storytelling and community across a broad range of platforms and methodologies.

Along with new approaches in documentary and dramatic films, emergent technologies like projection mapping, location-based storytelling, digital journalism, and virtual reality are merging with traditional forms of art. They also spark new questions. Are these better ways to instill empathy and action? How do they dovetail into traditional storytelling models? Who are the thought leaders in this type of work? How can we reach broader audiences? And how do we support a shift in racial, gender, and power norms in the current media climate?

Come prepared to think big in a powerful natural landscape, and to engage with inspiring work. We’ll learn, mentor, cross-pollinate, and reinvigorate — all amidst the beautiful, rejuvenating surroundings of Hollyhock, and the unceded traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla'amin and Homalco First Nations on Cortes Island, British Columbia.

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The Media that Matters / Hollyhock team