She’s B-A-C-K…the prodigal Holly Hahn returns to “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

Holly has been in the Pacific Northwest, and upon landing back in the 614 we agreed to meet at Buckeye Donuts on the south side of Cbus, February 22, 2018.

Sugar high, anyone?Holly Hahn


CORE VALUES: Holly informs me she’s inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues. Justice ranks as her top value, followed by humility. She defines justice as a paradigm that lends itself to partnership, rather than a dominant, patriarchal culture.

Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: She started work on a book in 1994 about paganism in the practice of service. She has collected annotated research since then and plans to put publication as a priority. This is when she informed me of the first unicorn breeder, Oberon Zell, one of the founders of the Church of All Worlds, whom she met back in the ’90s. She also would like to start a contemporary community modeled on the Beguines, a 12th Century secular order of women who formed communal living arrangements that offered safe, affordable accommodation, and a life of service to their neighbors. Holly hopes to go forward in this manner. “There are so many more similarities among humans than there are differences.”


EARLIEST MEMORY: Holly recalls, at about age two, hiding in a cookie sheet cabinet in her grandmother’s kitchen.

Her FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS: “Relaxed, open, like a release of breath.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE spectrum: Although raised in a household of middle-class comfort, Holly acknowledges this privilege. But she also knows scarcity, as she has experienced extreme poverty, “I’ve never gone hungry but I’ve been one meal from it. I’ve always had faith that the next day would be better.” Having lived this range of  experience, she appreciates the access she had to education and comfort, and in a spiritual sense, she finds herself with abundance. “Look to the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…”

Holly’s proverbial “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: She believes leaving Columbus last year to make the Pacific Northwest home was a manner of leaving her box. ” ‘Human’ is not my first language, I’ve always lived outside the box.”   

The source of her IDEAS, her MUSE: “I’m not as imaginative as you would think. I take in experiences and process them, for days.” Holly continuously meditates a lot when she’s alone, and she makes alters, numerous alters, at home and in public, anonymously.

On UNCERTAINTY: “I’ve lived there, for a long time, on the knife-edge of uncertainty, and I’m comfortable doing so, but I have to consider my children.”  She’s called to by the divine, “I’m led. I know why I’m here, and now I’m trying to learn how to go about doing it.”

Henceforth, 5-YEARS from now/2023: Holly suspects that by the patterns we can see in our society, civil war could happen in this country. “In five years I want to either found, or be living in, a monastic order, but without the chastity.”

ANCESTRY:  She can name her great-great-grandparents, one of whom was killed fighting Russians in the Hungarian/Romanian part of Europe. She may have a Romany-influence among the branches of her tree.

And finally, Holly…WHATCHA READIN’? John Donvan and Caren Zucker’s IN A DIFFERENT KEY,  Laura Swan’s THE WISDOM OF THE BEGUINES, and Stephen Covey’s classic 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.


Thank You, Holly, for your time and interview.
Let’s schedule a meeting, SOON, to get acquainted and conduct your interview for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers.”
Reach me with email at
or text/phone (614) 440-1445.
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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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