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Hollyhock Goes Global: Galapagos Photography Adventure

November 4 - 13, 2016 | Charles Steinberg
Galapagos Sea LionFor adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers that are passionate about photography and want to deepen their skills. Experience up-close encounters with the natural world on this adventure-filled journey to the Galapagos Islands. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with exotic fish and observe giant tortoises in one of the world's richest wildlife hotspots. One-on-one time with our [...]

Hollyhock Goes Global: John of God in Brazil (June)

June 6 - 18, 2016 | John of God
John_of_GodJoin us on this once in a lifetime journey to visit John of God, one of the most extraordinary healers of our time. Millions of people from around the world have experienced profound healing at the Casa de Dom Ignacio with its sacred waterfall, crystal baths and peaceful gardens. Whether coming for specific reasons or [...]

Hollyhock Goes Global: John of God in Brazil (October)

October 3 - 15, 2016 | John of God
John_of_GodJoin us on this once in a lifetime journey to visit John of God, one of the most extraordinary healers of our time. Millions of people from around the world have experienced profound healing at the Casa de Dom Ignacio with its sacred waterfall, crystal baths and peaceful gardens. Whether coming for specific reasons or [...]

How to Parent in a Digital World – Vancouver

March 4, 2016 | Alexandra Samuel
Alexandra Samuel

Our children’s Internet use is one of the most challenging questions for parents today. This presentation offers a research based roadmap for parents who want their kids to cultivate meaning, relationship and authenticity both online and off.

Urban Garden Abundance – Vancouver

April 3, 2016 | Rebecca Cuttler

Get your hands dirty and learn to grow a stellar urban food garden! Create a planting plan, build mini container gardens and more. It’s easy to grow vegetables to feed you and your family.

Effective Grant Writing – Vancouver

April 6 - 7, 2016 | Ellen Huse
Ellen Huse

Grant writing is not a mystery! Learn where to locate funding, how to network with partners and funders and the language you need to write successful proposals. Extensive resources, inventories and templates are included with this story-filled information packed training.

Great Transition Scenarios, Stories and Skills – Vancouver

April 22 - 23, 2016 | Duane Elgin
Duane Elgin

Explore the stories that enable us to better understand our universe as a living system. Learn the skills needed to move through the rapids of change into the future. This is a time of planetary transformation.

Metta Vipassana: Affectionate Awareness As A Path to Liberation

April 27 - May 11, 2016 | Steven Smith & Michele McDonald
Steven Smith & Michele McDonald

Experience seven days practicing Metta (unconditional love and kindness) and Vipassana (insight) meditation, followed by seven days of cultivating mindfulness, on beautiful Cortes Island.

Social Venture Institute – Vancouver

May 3 - 5, 2016 | Dana Bass Solomon, Theodora Lamb, Emira Mears, Joel Solomon
SVI Vancouver

Case studies, keynote speakers and highly interactive workshops are the heart of the SVI Vancouver model, bringing together leaders prepared to share their greatest wins and true confessions.

Embodied Mindfulness

May 11 - 15, 2016 | Donna Martin and Shelley Winton
Shelly Winton and Donna Martin

Integrate body, mind and spirit to support a gentle unfolding of embodied awareness and freedom. Embodied mindfulness is based on psoma yoga, Hakomi, and the practice of loving presence for building a capacity for reflection, resilience and skillful relating in our changing times.

Orphan Wisdom School (session 4)

May 11 - 15, 2016 | Stephen Jenkinson
Stephen Jenkinson

Contemplate the deep poverties and profound possibilities of our time and re-establish the grief and love soaked ties to life, home and village.

Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and their Adult Children – Vancouver

May 13 - 14, 2016 | Dr. Gabor Maté & Daniel Maté

Explore what it means to outgrow and transform past-based dynamics in adult parent-child relationships. Clear the way for a new relationship, unencumbered by what came before.

A Practical Course in Gardening

May 15 - 19, 2016 | Holly Mackay
Holly Mackay

Dig into the art of gardening in Hollyhock’s one-acre french intensive organic garden. Learn the fundamentals of caring for the soil, making compost and growing plants for food and beauty.

Making Life a Story

May 15 - 19, 2016 | Ivan Coyote
Ivan Coyote

Immerse yourself in the craft of conjuring, creating, crafting, capturing, performing and preserving your own stories, drawn from real life. Join master storyteller, Ivan Coyote, on a guided tour into your own life story.

Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal

May 15 - 19, 2016 | Jocelan Coty
Jocelan Coty

Rejuvenate with clean diet, fresh juices, lymphatic clearing, yoga, stimulating scrubs, ocean dips/warming soaks and fresh air forest walks. Build a repertoire of self-care techniques to support your best health.

Accelerate Your Enterprise

May 19 - 22, 2016 | Joel Solomon
Joel Solomon

Expand your expertise as a new or seasoned entrepreneur in this up-close version of the Social Venture Institute. Gain ideas, strategies and tips for taking your project to the next level through discussion, case studies and an individual session with the presenter.

Brush with Aung: Traditional Chinese Calligraphy

May 19 - 22, 2016 | Dr. Steven K.H. Aung
Dr. Steven Aung

Use a Qi Gong approach to calligraphy to produce healing energy. Study and create brush paintings with a master. Discover how the nature of the ink and the action of the brush create deep relaxation and peace.

Presence Through Movement

May 19 - 22, 2016 | Kim Eng
Kim Eng

Experience the joy of being — a state of vibrant aliveness and inner peace. Explore ancient movement practices fused with meditation to open the doorway to stillness and presence.

Inhale Wilderness, Exhale Stories

May 22 - 27, 2016 | Carrie Saxifrage & Anne Haven McDonnell

What does it mean to bodily love the world? What larger mysteries and fears does climate change bring? Can our words serve nature? Wild places will inspire our writing and a supportive workshop will strengthen it.

Artist’s Journey With Watercolours

May 27 - June 01, 2016 | David McEown

Explore watercolour’s magical flowing spontaneity and essential techniques as you paint directly from nature. Enhance your perception, way of “seeing” and connectedness to the earth with this travel friendly medium.
 All levels welcome.

Discovering Whole Life Fitness

May 27 - June 1, 2016 | Dai & Christie Manuel

Empower yourself to leverage 2% of your day to create a FUN-ctionally fit lifestyle at any age or ability. Not just about physical health, this a sustainable lifestyle manifesto blending mindfulness and personal development with equipment-free workouts.

Neurosculpting®: Healing the Mind & Body

May 27 - June 1, 2016 | Lisa Wimberger
Lisa Wimberger

Learn effective practices, supported by neuroscientific research, for managing, healing, and resisting the harmful effects of stress.

Radical Brilliance – Vancouver

May 27 - 29, 2016 | Arjuna Ardagh
Arjuna Ardagh

Discover everything you need to know about becoming radically brilliant. Through conscious practice, develop specific precursors that allow you to open to an infinite source of creativity and dissolve barriers of self-doubt. A beautiful blend of ancient skills and modern sensibilities.

Creating Teams That Trust

June 1 - 5, 2016 | Tania Fierro & Delyse Sylvester
Tania Fierro

Build your confidence and impact as a leader. Discover proven exercises and tools, inspired by The Work of Byron Katie, to overcome limiting beliefs and cultivate an innovative team culture.

Media That Matters: Story Money Impact

June 1 - 5, 2016 | Bill Weaver & Tracey Friesen

A co-creative experience to spark connection and collaboration between filmmakers, funders and organizations who use media for social change. Innovative leaders from across the issue-driven media landscape pool knowledge, experience and best practices. By invitation or application.

Writing from the Heart: The Greatest Story Never Told – Vancouver

June 3 - 4, 2016 | Nancy Slonim Aronie
Nancy Aronie

Words need a safe space to incubate and form. Practice writing your own rhythms, using your own language, telling your own story.

Dance Your Bliss™: Creativity, Mindfulness, & Motion

June 11 - 15, 2016 | Rachel Fleischman

Discover a powerful psychotherapeutic system that combines leading neuroscience, ancient wisdom and embodiment to help you rewire, restore and reach your full potential. Cultivate balance, passion and creativity with carefully constructed movement practices, somatic exercises, mindfulness meditation and more.

Evolutionary Leadership

June 11 - 15, 2016 | Gibrán Rivera
Gibrán Rivera

Engage in a transformative leadership and network building experience aligning power, people and purpose. Activists, entrepreneurs and truth seekers gain the tools necessary to take on the world we are here to change.

Shamanic Breathwork: Journeying Beyond the Limits of the Self

June 11 - 15, 2016 | (Linda) Star Wolf

Discover a powerful modality for letting go of whatever is not working for you. Co-create a sacred ceremonial space to journey safely into integration, connection and vision. Step into a life of power, passion and purpose.

Social Change Institute

June 15 - 19, 2016 | Cara Pike, Julia Pope, Joel Solomon and Theodora Lamb

Social change leaders from across the continent gather to build capacity and grow their inner leadership skills during this five-day immersion. Make valuable connections, deepen your impact, and generate new possibilities in this highly interactive and intergenerational gathering.

iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos

June 24 - 29, 2016 | Dr. Cliff Oliver

The best camera is the one you have with you. Learn photographic skills, compositional techniques and discover powerful apps to capture, edit and share high quality works of art.

LifeForce Yoga® for Depression & Anxiety

June 24 - 29, 2016 | Linda Mackay
Linda Mackay

Learn an evidence-based yoga protocol to manage your mood and, if you’re a healing professional, to empower those you serve. Leave knowing accessible postures, breathwork, mudras, mantras and meditations that balance the emotional and physical bodies. All levels welcome.

The Art & Craft of Effective Group Facilitation

June 24 - 29, 2016 | Julian Griggs
Julian Griggs

Improve your effectiveness in groups and develop skills for enabling collaboration, resolving conflict and harnessing creativity. Leaders, managers and team members receive individual coaching and learn practical skills to lead effective meetings.

5Rhythms: Movement Medicine

June 29 - July 3, 2016 | Bettina Rothe

Healing is movement. Put your body in motion to become your own medicine man or woman, awakening your innate power to heal. This movement practice is meditative, fun and transformative for every body, regardless of age, condition or experience.

Building a Nature Culture

June 29 - July 3, 2016 | Rob Butler
Rob Butler 2

How do we reconcile our ancient relationship with nature in a modern technological world? Enjoy a journey of exploration on Cortes Island, and share ideas on how to build a sustainable culture rooted in nature.

IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials

June 29 - July 3, 2016 | Kelly Terbasket & Kim Haxton

IndigenEYEZ is medicine for relationships. Discover tools for creating healthier relations with self and others, nature and culture. Learn skills to foster connection, engagement and buy-in using proven social innovations adapted for First Nations. Become a leader who can mobilize people behind a shared vision.

Hawaiian Feather Lei

July 3 - 8, 2016 | Herman Tachera
Herman Tachera

Explore the art of lei hulu. Create two different styles of Hawaiian feather lei as you learn the history and cultural significance of these traditional adornments.

Nature Adventures (July)

July 3 - 8, 2016 | Bill Ophoff
Bill Ophoff

The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island.

Joy of Ukulele

July 3 - 8, 2016 | Kimo Hussey

Discover a blueprint to learning and enjoying the ukulele for many years to come. Learn the three critical areas of practice to this easy to learn, portable and FUN instrument. All levels welcome.

Time of Transition

July 3 - 8, 2016 | Atum O'Kane
Atum O'Kane

Life changes are times of passion and opportunity. Working with teachings from Jungian psychology and various spiritual traditions, detach and break free from old roles and expectations. Ritual, reflection and wisdom guide your journey of completion, passage and rebirth.

Dancing from the Inside Out

July 8 - 13, 2016 | Margie Gillis
Margie Gillis

Move into your body’s experiential wisdom and reveal the soul in motion. Listen to your body’s inner wisdom, impulses, conversations and emotions to deepen your well-being along with your artistic and creative expression. All levels welcome.

Embracing the Human and Divine Within Us

July 8 - 13, 2016 | Atum O'Kane
Atum O'Kane

As spiritual beings in a human life we seek to manifest the divine qualities within our soul. Explore practices and teachings from various traditions, including Jungian Psychology, to guide your journey.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles (July)

July 8 - 13, 2016 | Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Learn to kayak safely and comfortably as you explore this place of exquisite natural beauty. Captain Mike’s 43-foot schooner takes you to a new destination each day to discover pristine scenery, fascinating wildlife, and remarkable local history. No experience required, everyone welcome.

Singing in the Vocal River

July 8 - 13, 2016 | Rhiannon

Find your place in the world of song and invention as you meld intuition and invention with skill and heart. Strengthen your skills in melody, harmony, rhythm, tone and texture in a safe, dynamic circle of strong singers.

Reel Youth Invention Film Camp

July 13 - 19, 2016 | Reel Youth

Reel Youth’s Invention Film Camp is a hands on, experiential program for 15-24 year olds. It brings professional artists and young emerging film makers together to develop their technical skills, build community, and produce films that address some of the most pressing social justice and environmental issues of our time.

Writing Your Heart Out

July 13 - 17, 2016 | Roger Housden
Roger Housden

Explore your deep desire nature. A unique opportunity to investigate through writing: your passions, your loves, your losses and your deepest longings. Writers and non-writers welcome.

Building A Vocal Community™: Singing in the African American Tradition

July 22 - 27, 2016 | Ysaye Barnwell
Ysaye Barnwell

Experience the joyful, soulful power of African-American choral singing. Learn uplifting chants, spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels and freedom songs as we fuse and harmonize our voices in the spirit of Africa.

Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

July 22 - 27, 2016 | David Abram
David Abram

Awaken your animal intelligence, shaking your senses free from outmoded concepts and invigorating your felt experience. Through elemental encounters with the land, creaturely shapeshifting, and heartfelt conversation, open a new relationship between your body and the breathing Earth.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life

July 22 - 27, 2016 | Gordy Onayemi Ryan & Zoe Ryan
Gordy Ryan

Awaken the fire in your hands, the heat in your feet, and the love in your heart in an energizing and inspiring week of rhythm, song and dance with Zoe, Gordy, Sanga and Ade — the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion.

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual & Resonance

July 22 - 27, 2016 | Jill Purce
Jill Purce

Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings. Jill’s unique ceremonial, shamanic healing rites, using chant and family constellations, restore coherence within family fields in oracular ways, unavailable in normal therapy. Excluded relations are reintegrated as powerful allies. Relatives do not need to be living. Individuals and families welcome.

Known, Unknown and Unknowable

July 27 - 31, 2016 | Ann Mortifee & Kristen Scholfield-Sweet

Inspired by the wisdom of the Conscious and Unconscious realms, we enter an intimate relationship with Mystery. Venturing beyond inner uncertainty we will open the body’s knowing, hunt a spirit song and encounter the Unknowable.

Science & Spiritual Practices

July 27 - 31, 2016 | Rupert, Merlin & Cosmo Sheldrake
Rupert Sheldrake

See how science sheds a new light on many spiritual practices, including rituals, pilgrimages, meditation, chanting and rites of passage. We will explore spiritual traditions through our own experiences, through reconnecting with the natural world around us, and through singing, listening, looking, telling stories, thinking, and having fun.

Write Your Life for the Page & Stage

July 27 - 31, 2016 | Ann Randolph
Ann Randolph

Uncover your own powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when you speak it out loud. Writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation support those interested in memoir and solo performance to create a compelling, unique narrative.

Dance of the Tides

July 31 - August 5, 2016 | Jody Weber & Jon Turk

The Koryak people of Siberia recognize we are surrounded by many teachers: the shaman, the hunter, the tundra itself. Honour this circle of learning in a deep reciprocal communication with the natural world. Together we’ll explore the intertidal zone, meditate and create a joyous dance to the rhythms of nature. Everyone welcome.

Die Wise

July 31 - August 5, 2016 | Stephen Jenkinson
Stephen Jenkinson

For those of us who will, come what may, fail to live forever, what instruction does our pursuit of ‘be all you can be’ whisper as we die? It whispers, ‘No worries. There’s no real death’. But there is. This is a day to practice the crazed wisdom and radical etiquette of the ending of days, which is our human birthright.

Radical Aliveness: Core Energetics

July 31 - August 5, 2016 | Ann Bradney
Ann Bradney

There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself. This is radical aliveness.

Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 & 2

August 5 - 10, 2016 | Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner
Alina Frank & Craig Weiner

Learn EFT tapping techniques to quickly and effectively resolve unhelpful feelings, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs that make life more challenging. This training is open to individuals looking to use EFT for self-help (level 1) as well as those working professionally with others (level 1 and 2).

Energy Medicine Yoga

August 5 - 10, 2016 | Lauren Walker
Lauren Walker

Amplify the benefits of your yoga practice without increasing the time you devote to it. Learn simple energy medicine tools and techniques to balance your body’s energy systems and optimize your health, vitality and well-being.

Sharing the Path: For Couples

August 5 - 10, 2016 | Robert Gass & Judith Ansara
Robert Gass & Judith Ansara

Rediscover the magic, excitement and aliveness of loving partnership. Break free from negative habits and learn the practices of authenticity, self-responsibility, empathy, boundaries, deep listening, problem solving and sacred sexuality. Take home profound tools to support your life as a couple.

Continuum & Water

August 10 - 14, 2016 | Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz
Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz

Movement, breath, sound, and imagery are your doorways into the mysteries of life. Take a journey into your deep fluid core and its healing nature to invigorate your life with new ways of thinking, moving and living.

Founders & Friends

August 10 - 12, 2016 | Hollyhock
founders and friends

Gather with Hollyhock founders and friends for a few days of community dreaming and scheming. We’ll celebrate Hollyhock’s past, present and potential with a relaxed mix of culture, dialogue and fun activities. Enjoy each other’s company and bask in the beauty of this special place while being part of Hollyhock’s exciting future.

The Magical Family

August 10 - 14, 2016 | Ivy Lavie
Ivy Lavie

Embark on a mythical journey of play, creativity and celebration. Practice relational mindfulness, develop personal and family resources and deepen connection amid the magic of old growth trees, a nearly full moon and glowing bioluminescence.

Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition

August 11 - 14, 2016 | Dr. Steven K.H. Aung
Dr. Aung

Realign your vital energies with this ancient Chinese wellness practice of breathwork, concentration and movement. Learn hands-on how to assess, heal, intuit and harmonize vital Qi for yourself and loved ones.

The Naked Voice

August 14 - 19, 2016 | Chloe Goodchild

Embark upon an adventure of self-discovery and creative fulfillment through the direct experience of your own authentic voice — the voice of your personal authority, the song of your soul. All voices welcome.

The Art of Leadership

August 14 - 19, 2016 | Robert Gass
Robert Gass

This dynamic, internationally acclaimed program is for leaders committed to making a difference in their community, business, education, politics, or the arts. Learn to empower and engage others in effective action to broaden the impact of your work.

Trauma, Body and the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm and Play

August 14 - 19, 2016 | Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

Traumatic experiences often continue to be lived out daily by survivors. Through neuroscience and body centred approaches, learn how to restore a sense of visceral safety, befriend yourself, and fully engage with the present.

Energy Healing Essentials – Exploring Vitality, Healing and Increased Awareness

August 19 - 24, 2016 | Ann Marie Chiasson
Anne-Marie Chiasson

Discover the essentials of energy anatomy and healing for self-care. Practice techniques from various traditions including movement, hands-on, chakra-based, shamanic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Learn to unblock and release your vital energy!

Nature Adventures (August)

August 19 - 24, 2016 | Bill Ophoff
Bill Ophoff

The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island.

Writing to Awaken: Memoir As A Path of Transformation

August 19 - 24, 2016 | Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek

Encounter personal writing as a spiritual practice and path of self-realization. When telling the whole truth of your personal longings, struggles and triumphs, your story changes. When this happens, your life is transformed. All welcome.

Digital Photography: Capturing the Light

August 24 - 28, 2016 | Charles Steinberg
Charles Steinberg

Master the magic of light, techniques of composition, and telling of story. Make quantum leaps in skill and creativity with a fun, supportive group of new and experienced photographers.

Money Mindfulness

August 24 - 28, 2016 | Tracy Theemes
Tracy Theemes

Money is the currency of daily life. Examine your relationship with money from a spiritual perspective. Learn practical heart-aligned planning principles, develop a healthy personal economic theology and enhance your financial well-being.

The Myth of Aging

August 24 - 28, 2016 | Martha Peterson
Martha Peterson

Learn to use your brain to reprogram your muscles and defy creaky old age. Create a routine of easy, safe and effective exercises that eliminate chronic pain and keep you moving fluidly for the rest of your life.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

August 28 - September 2, 2016 | Mark A. Lau & Andrea Grabovac
Mark Lau

Take your next step on the transformative journey of becoming an MBCT teacher. For mental health professionals interested in teaching MBCT, this empirically validated group program is specifically designed to prevent depressive relapse and emphasizes the clinician’s own meditation practice. Pre-approval required for this professional training.

Painting Beyond The Ordinary

August 28 - September 2, 2016 | Lori Goldberg

This insightful hands-on program explores creative expression beyond the ordinary methods. Connect with and express your unique visual intelligence, while building skill in the techniques and mechanics of recording your observations.

The Happier Life

August 28 - September 2, 2016 | Maria Sirois

Learn the tools and perspectives of happiness for greater success in the arenas of health, work, and relationships. Take home a vision, a plan and practices for increased optimism, resilience and joy.

Healing Power of Yoga and Art

September 2 - 7, 2016 | Heather Graham & Dale Costanzo

Open up to the creative power within you through the practice of yoga. Daily asana (postures) and pranayama (breath work) support a playful exploration of the expressive arts.

Constellations and Empowerment: Living at Full Strength

September 2 - 7, 2016 | Sarah Peyton
Sarah Peyton

How do our family skeletons and past traumas prevent us from accessing our own life force? Experience constellations group work, informed by interpersonal neurobiology, to find new levels of self-compassion, warmth and power. Live at full strength!

Padma Meditation: The Freedom Workshop

September 7 - 11, 2016 | Padma Shyam

Remember you’re free and live in happiness, strength and peace. Discover lasting freedom with the power and wisdom of eastern philosophy, insightful discussions, pure meditations and gentle yoga.

Transforming Limiting Beliefs – The Work

September 7 - 11, 2016 | Caitlin Frost
Caitlin Frost

Identify and shift your limiting beliefs with this transformative practice created by Byron Katie. Group, partner, and individual exercises, plus personal coaching, help you to shift stressful patterns, illuminate blind spots, transform relationships and live more fully.

Yogic Journey: Beyond the Mat with Yogini Cathy Woods

September 11 - 14, 2016 | Cathy Woods
Cathy Woods

Explore and experience all aspects of the yogic path. Take yoga beyond your mat and into the rest of your life. Learn to surrender to the inner voice of spirit and the intelligence of prana (life force energy).

Your Emerging Future

September 11 - 14, 2016 | Oriane Lee Johnston

Step into your future with clarity, purpose and enthusiasm. This guided self-inquiry activates the four modalities of your intelligence for clarifying a vision of your future and initiating desired outcomes.

Your Soul’s Plan: The Spiritual Meaning of Your Life

September 11 - 14, 2016 | Robert Schwartz

What soul plan did you make before you were born? What life challenges did you choose and why? Experience a “Between Lives Soul Regression” and find the answer to these questions along with deep spiritual insight, personal healing, and greater capacity for joy.

Social Venture Institute

September 14 - 18, 2016 | Joel Solomon, Theodora Lamb, Mike Rowlands, Pam Chaloult

This year, SVI celebrates its 20th anniversary. Join mission-based entrepreneurs from across sectors and generations for a five-day dynamic gathering to share goals, challenges and successes.

Horse Wisdom – Vancouver

September 17, 2016 | Sandra Wallin & Orianne Lee Johnston
Sandra Wallin

Rest your hand on the velvet shoulder of horse. Use energy and body language to move confidently amongst the herd. Breathe deeply, feel grounded and present, knowing you belong. No experience necessary. Join us on the farm!

Art of Spiritual Guidance

September 18 - 23, 2016 | Atum O'Kane
Atum O'Kane

Spiritual Guidance is an art, a gift and a calling that has been long practiced in contemplative traditions to support spiritual development and personal transformation. This in-depth training takes an interfaith approach while encompassing insights from transpersonal and Jungian psychology.

Nature of Leadership

September 18 - 23, 2016 | Julian Norris
Julian Norris

Leadership development is a lifelong journey with two distinct arcs. The inward arc leads us into a deepening relationship with what David Whyte calls “the truth at the centre of the image you were born with”.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles (September)

September 18 - 23, 2016 | Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Learn to kayak safely and comfortably as you explore this place of exquisite natural beauty. Captain Mike’s 43-foot schooner takes you to a new destination each day to discover pristine scenery, fascinating wildlife, and remarkable local history. No experience required, everyone welcome.

Soul Motion™: Body as Living Presence with Zuza and Scott Engler

September 18 - 23, 2016 | Zuza & Scott Engler
Zuza & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve or transcend anything? Step through the portals of mindful movement and embodied exploration into a direct experience of this messy, mysterious and magnificent life.

Dance of Oneness®: Dance your Passion!

September 23 - 28, 2016 | Banafsheh Sayyad
Banafsheh Sayyad

Ignite your creative flame with this transformative dance and movement practice set to world grooves and Rumi’s poetry. Embody your passion and embrace vibrant, connected aliveness through sacred dance, whirling, chanting, meditation and Sufi teachings.

Writing for Wellness

September 23 - 28, 2016 | Lynda Monk

Write your way to greater clarity, calm, joy and well-being! Discover and learn a five-step method to unleash your creativity, find your authentic voice, reduce stress and nourish your whole self. Everyone welcome.

Opening to the Infinite

September 28 - October 2, 2016 | Stephan A. Shwartz
Stephan Schwartz

Learn and practice eight social laws proven to have the power to bend the arc of history to be more compassionate and life affirming. For those who seek to create change on a personal, societal or global level.

Techquity: Gender, Diversity & Leadership in Tech

September 28 - October 2, 2016 | Margery Moore & Mike Rowlands
Margery Moore

Techquity convenes leaders and leading thinkers for connection, dialogue and skill-building to advance social equity in the tech sector. Join fellow founders, directors, teachers, advisors and researchers committed to furthering this important conversation.

Yoga & Mind Body Medicine

September 28 - October 2 | Eoin Finn & Dr. Lawrence Cheng

Understand the ancient yogic concepts of the chakras and energetic anatomy and how they interplay with the body’s nervous system and organs in this groundbreaking course that synthesizes yoga with integrative medicine to heal our bodies, our communities and nature.

Yoga of Deep Intimacy – Vancouver

September 30 - October 2, 2016 | Michaela Boehm
Michaela Boehm

Deepen your relationship and passion through the principles of intimacy and polarity. Learn to appreciate the distinct gifts that feminine and masculine energies bring to partnership. Singles and couples of any sexual orientation welcome.

Writing as a Path to Awakening – Vancouver

October 1 - 2, 2016 | Albert Flynn DeSilver
Albert Flynn DeSilver

Experience, and then write forth the truth of who you really are in an exploration of mindfulness, consciousness and writing. Learn innovative writing prompts, meditation techniques, antidotes to writing blocks and ways to access deep levels of creativity.

Mindfulness Meditation: Be Who You REALLY Are

October 2 - 7, 2016 | Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty

Be fully alive. Let go of anxiety, self-criticism, depression, fear, and loneliness. You are not your moods, racing mind, compulsions, addictions or wounds from the past. Awaken to the love, compassion and joy that are your natural state.

Poetry and Contemplation

October 2 - 7, 2016 | Jan Zwicky
Jan Zwicky

Develop confidence and deepen technique in group sessions and a one-on-one consultation with the presenter. There will also be significant time for writing on your own. This program is held in silence (except sessions).

She Power, Sacred Sexuality

October 7 - 14, 2016 | Mahara Brenna & Minke de Vos
Mahara Brenna

Become a Way-Shower of the Divine Feminine, bringing balance to our imbalanced world. Cultivate self–love and potent sexual energy in a safe, sacred exploration of tao yoni yoga, qigong and sacred rebirthing. This initiation is deeply healing and empowering for women in all stages.

The Wisdom of Mindfulness – A World Dharma Training Retreat

October 7 - 14, 2016 | Alan Clements

This seven day silent retreat focuses on the central question of our time — how to put our freedom into action to transform the real conditions of the real world. Embark upon a revolution of the spirit through dharma talks, discussion and meditation.

Chop Wood, Carry Water: Mindful Action

October 14 - 19, 2016 | Rex Weyler
Rex Weyler

Mindfulness is a foundation for effective action in the world, making us better agents of change within our family, work, and community. Come meditate, work around the Hollyhock grounds and discover the Zen meaning of “Magical power, marvelous action: Chop wood, carry water.”


October 14 - 19, 2016 | Jeffrey Wium
Jeffrey Wium

Strengthen heart based intelligence to support your journey of awakening through the teachings of one of our planet’s few unbroken wisdom lineages. Reconnect to forgotten aspects of the eternal self to allow ease and synchronicity to flow through daily life.

Memory & Myth: Transforming Personal History

October 14 - 19, 2016 | Peter Behrens
Peter Behrens

Shape personal history, family mythology, and memory into written memoir or fiction. Focus on organizing, writing, revising, and polishing one essay, short story, or key chapter, then workshop your words in a helpful and energizing atmosphere.

Creating Conscious Relationships

October 19 - 23, 2016 | Sukhdev & Akahdahmah Jackson of Aykanna
Sukhdev & Akah

Create more fulfillment, meaning and conscious connection in your life and your relationships with self and others. Learn the Seven Treasures of Conscious Relationships and work with the ancient technologies of Kundalini to create space in your heart for a breakthrough of love and consciousness.

Attitude Reconstruction: Build Joy, Love, and Peace – Vancouver

October 22 - 23, 2016 | Jude Bijou
Jude Bijou

Become your best self. Demystify the 5 tools that are innate in all humans: emotions, thoughts, intuition, speech, and action. Create constructive attitudes that increase joy, love, and peace.

Mushrooms: Wild & Mysterious

October 23 - 27, 2016 | Paul Stamets
Paul Stamets

Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Roam the wilds of Cortes Island and explore fungi’s role in ecosystem and human health. Learn mushroom identification, easy-to-grow cultivation methods, and various culinary and medicinal applications.

Writing Your Story of Loss & Transformation – Vancouver

November 4 - 6, 2016 | Mirabai Starr

Have you experienced a profound loss that changed everything? Are you unsure how to articulate something so terrible and so beautiful? Guided writing exercises, dialogue, and meditation connect you to the core of your experience and your fearless voice.

Alchemy of Group Facilitation – Vancouver

November 21 - 23, 2016 | Julian Griggs
Julian Griggs

Finding meaningful and enduring solutions to real-life problems demands engagement with multiple interests across many lines of difference. Learn to enable groups with divergent perspectives to resolve conflicts, find creative solutions and function at their full potential.

Web of Change Canada

May 22 - 26, 2016 | Darren Barefoot
wocWeb of Change Canada connects diverse leaders from across the country working at the frontiers of technology and social change. It’s for the foremost thinkers and doers in digital strategy and social change. At Web of Change Canada, we candidly share frontline experiences, reflect deeply on our impact and find the meaning we need to [...]