Hollyhock has the unique ability to create gathering spaces that open people up to a sense of hope, possibility, and connection with others. The inspirational containers that our physical meeting spaces provide are supported by an artisan handcrafted quality and rich history.
When you roll up to our Cortes Island campus, you can pause and rest your feet at Gateway, where we’ll give you a warm welcome and get you everything you need to settle in.
Gateway is next to our parking lot and is home to our reception desk and store. You can check-in and check-out here, book your bodywork and kayaking or sailing adventures, and find maps and information for your stay.
Our store is filled with local and carefully selected artisanal products, including books, clothes, jewelry, edibles, and more. Forgot your toothbrush? You can also find that and other necessities here!
Lodge & Garden
Bursting with life and abundance, our garden is sure to never disappoint. Whichever path you choose, be sure to stop and smell the flowers and note the colourful lettuce and veggies that will soon be in your next meal!
The lodge is the heartbeat of our campus. This central meeting place is where we break bread and share meaningful conversations over meals. Here you’ll also find our 24-hour organic tea, toast, and fruit bars, and a cozy fireplace room. Our friendly hosts at the lodge can help you with anything you need.
Next to the lodge you’ll also find our famous ocean-view hot tubs, open for day-time relaxation or star watching at night.
Size: 675 sq ft (+ 50 sq ft entrance)
Capacity: 50 seated
Distance from Lodge: 75 metres
Tucked into the trees behind our garden, Kiakum is the closest meeting space to our lodge. This uniquely crafted round wooden building, with hanging lights and thin windows, was built between 1970 and 1971.
Once thought to mean “gathering place,” the origin of the name Kiakum is actually a mystery to us. It is very likely that Richard Weaver (founder of Cold Mountain Institute) brought the name from a county in Washington named Wahkaikum, which translates to “tall timber” in the Chinook language.
Size: 700 sq ft (+ 150 sq ft entrance)
Capacity: 50 seated
Distance from Lodge: 100 metres
Walk up a serene path overlooking the ocean, and you’ll find yourself at the footsteps of Raven. Sunlight pours into the large skylights of this beautiful rounded building and onto the smooth floors.
Raven was created with the intention of fostering inner work by turning attention towards the centre of one’s being. This is why the building is shaped like a snail, with a skylight that brings the daylight through the centre of the room.
Size: 200 sq ft
Distance from Lodge: 120 metres
Continue past Raven to the top of the hill on the South side of campus, and you’ll find a two story home overlooking the ocean. Bluff house was built by one of our founders, Rex Weyler, for his family and children. Hosting a spacious deck, a gorgeous forest-view bath tub, and a full kitchen, this is the ultimate resting spot.
Today, Bluff House serves as shared accommodations with three bedrooms, as well as a session space for many of our smaller creativity and skills training programs.
Size: 1350 sq ft (+ 175 sq ft entrance)
Capacity: 100+ seated
Distance from Lodge: 5-10 minute walk
From our campus, if you walk down a windy path through the forest, marked by glimmering white seashells, you’ll find Olatunji Hall. This hall is owned by our neighbours Gordy and Zoë Ryan, and we use it for larger programs including conferences. The hall is stunning, with wooden floors and sunlit arches.
The story of this hall has its beginnings in The Drums of Passion, a musical group headed by Babatunde Olatunji, a Yoruba man born to be King in his region of Nigeria. Gordy and Zoë toured with Babtunde, including a trip to Cortes Island for an African Rhythm and Dance workshop. The hall is dedicated in his honour.
Sanctuary & Bodywork Studio
Breeze up through our apple orchard and you’ll discover some truely peaceful spaces. Our handcrafted cob Sanctuary provides the perfect container for morning meditations. Made out of cob, the building’s foundation is also laden with quartz crystals. Nestled into the quiet of the forest, sitting in Sanctuary is the ultimate experience in serenity.
Across the way is our bodywork studio, where you can relax in the hands of our skilled practitioners while being serenaded by birdsong and the soft rustle of the trees in the wind.