Creative Expression

We are excited to share that our 2023 season will be rolling out over December/January. Please check back regularly

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Watercolour and the Art of Seeing

With David McEown

May 10 - 14, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Feb 8, 2023.
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.

Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

May 21 - 28, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Feb 19, 2023.
Tapping the Stream is a 7-day retreat - free from interruption - to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers.

SAORI: Weaving without Boundaries

With Terri Bibby

June 11 - 16, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Mar 12, 2023.
Immerse yourself in colour and texture while creating your own unique weavings! Explore the beautiful SAORI weaving philosophy from Japan where there are no rules and no mistakes.

The Embodied Voice

With Amy Thiessen

June 16 - 21, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Mar 17, 2023.
Our voice is both the channel through which we excavate past traumas and conditioning as well as a vehicle through which we may find healing & reconciliation with the various facets (voices) of our being. In each embodied voice session, you will be guided into a new dimension of voice…

Joy of Ukulele: Beyond C, F, & G7

With Kimo Hussey

June 30 - July 5, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until Mar 31, 2023.
Beyond C, F, & G7 is the much-anticipated extension of our Joy of Ukulele series with master player and teacher, Kimo Hussey. Expand your aptitude and appreciation of this beloved instrument by embracing new techniques to enhance musical quality.

Singing in the Vocal River

With Rhiannon

July 14 - 19, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until Apr 14, 2023.
Hear your own song and learn new ones as you find your place in the world of music and invention. This program is for strong singers with solid, inventive skills in rhythm and pitch, and are comfortable singing in a group setting. Together, we stretch our intuitive courage, tell our…

Art of Spiritual Guidance: The Reunion

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD and Margie Gillis

July 14 - 19, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices! Offer valid until Apr 14, 2023.
Reunion - Remembrance - Renewal - Rededication. A 5-day reunion gathering of Spiritual Guidance graduates from around the world.

Drawing Towards the Earth: Making Journals and Self Portraits for Life

With S. Portico Bowman

July 19 - 23, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until Apr 19, 2023.
Learn how to draw and make art with natural earth elements provided by nature. We will make paper with abaca, bast and stock from the Hollyhock garden. We will cook our own vine charcoal, and take this to the paper, or twigs and tools to the beach for more performative…

Dancing from the Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 19 - 24, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until Apr 19, 2023.
Move into your body’s experiential wisdom and reveal the soul in motion. Develop your sensitivity to the connection between thought, feeling, spirit and body as you listen in to your body’s inner wisdom, impulses, conversations and emotions.

Science, Art, Sound, and the Sacred

With Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake

August 2 - 6, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until May 3, 2023.
What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. In this program, we explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful wild setting. 

In The Garden: Low Tech Photography Workshop

With Sarah Fuller

August 6 - 11, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until May 7, 2023.
This alternative photography workshop focuses on the Anthotype and Cyanotype Print processes using plants from Hollyhock's garden for inspiration and creation of non-toxic photo emulsions.

Flying SOULO: Your Story on Stage

With Tracey Erin Smith

August 11 - 16, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until May 12, 2023.
Transform your life’s stories into a Solo Theatre Show or Keynote. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and one-on-one coaching, uncover the stories that need to be told and reveal your truth in a powerful and entertaining show. Culminates in a short performance of the work created in class.

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Healing

With Mark Matousek

August 11 - 16, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until May 12, 2023.
This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth.

Songs of The Open Road: Exploring The Practice of Pilgrimage

With Dawn Pemberton and Jenn Cianca

September 8 - 13, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jun 9, 2023.
For centuries, across cultures, and around the world people have made pilgrimages—moving towards distant, unfamiliar and often sacred places. While the destination often promised spiritual or personal redemption, the journey itself became a means of personal transformation and social connection. Today, pilgrimages continue to offer individuals unique opportunity to explore…

A Secret Garden: Writing Childhood Memories

With Caroline Adderson and Kathy Page

September 17 - 22, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jun 18, 2023.
“Anybody who has survived childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” - Flannery O’Connor No matter who we are, we have this in common: we were all children once. It is during this universal stage of life that we are the most open…

Courageous Spaces & Cultural Intersections: Movement and Your Cultural Compass

With Heidi MacPherson

September 22 - 26, 2023
Cortes Island
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Cultural intersectional pedagogy teaches us to live in a courageous space, the space that marginalized and stateless individuals survive in every day. What are cultural intersections and how do we navigate diversity through mindful, thoughtful, and courageous living? Create and develop your Cultural Compass that guides you towards holistic living…

Writing with Ghosts: The Power of Haunted Writing

With Hiromi Goto and Kyo Maclear

October 1 - 6, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jul 2, 2023.
“It seems that the essential impulse in working at all is to rehaunt your own house, or to allow what haunts you to have a voice, to chart what is deeply private and etched on the soul, and find form and structure for it.” —Colm Toibin What haunts you? What…