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Spoken Song: Discover Your Musical Mind

With Chloë Goodchild and Rebecca Nash

August 7 - 12, 2020
Cortes Island
Discover the art of spoken and sung voice as creative metaphors for everyday life. Experience the richness of your own authentic vocal expression; inspired by improvisation, world music, classical, jazz, folk, ecstatic poetry, devotional chant, breathwork, and a shared love of silence. For amateurs and professionals alike.

Fearless Abstract Painting

With Samantha daSilva

August 7 - 12, 2020
Cortes Island
The process of creating evolves into ideas. Ditch the fear and approach your next blank canvas with excitement and creative energy! Using rollers, tables, acrylics, canvas manipulation, plaster, sand, and wood shavings, create ethereal textured abstracts and become the fearless artist of your dreams! No previous experience necessary.

Improv Your Life – For Life

With Joshua Townshend-Zellner

August 17 - 22, 2020
Cortes Island
Through harnessing the power of the creative process and deepening our commitment to “sound and movement,” we access new worlds. Work with unique theatrical techniques, writing, breathing exercises, and more, in order to allow your true self to emerge with fuller expression.

iPhone Photography for Everyone

With Dr. Charles Steinberg

August 17 - 22, 2020
Cortes Island
A high-quality camera is almost always in your bag or pocket! Learn how to use it to create artful images. Forget bulky gear and challenging editing. Go way beyond snapshots. Inspire your creativity, improve your skills, and learn the amazing functions of your phone camera with beautiful Cortes Island as your subject.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 22 - 27, 2020
Cortes Island
Memoir is a path of self-knowledge. Learn to tell the whole truth and your essential stories will emerge, bringing insight and transpersonal wisdom. Writing exercises and group dialogue guide you toward creative discovery, increased mindfulness, and better composition. Everyone welcome.

A Journey of Sound, Movement & Breath

With Michael Mayzel & Ayi Wong and Maria Filippone

September 1 - 6, 2020
Cortes Island
Connect to your inner process with therapeutic Sound Journeys, and learn about the foundations of sound healing. Enjoy grounding and dynamic yoga practices, and combine chanting with movement. Auditory vibration, movement, stillness, and breath provide the groundwork for healing and transformation.

Flying SOULO: Your Story on Stage

With Tracey Erin Smith

September 6 - 11, 2020
Cortes Island
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.

Vibrant Pastel Landscapes

With David Shkolny

September 6 - 11, 2020
Cortes Island
Create vibrant landscapes in soft pastel, a versatile and expressive medium. Using photo references as well as plein air outings, experience the unique opportunities that pastel provides. No prior experience necessary, suitable for all skill levels. A supply list will be provided.

Writing the Other

With Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

September 11 - 16, 2020
Cortes Island
Writers know it’s important to include characters from different identities in their work. Many are afraid to create characters whose identity differs from their own and worry about getting it offensively wrong. But representation is too important to ignore. Learn how to do it well

Watercolour as a Path to Awareness – 2021

With David McEown

May 12 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
Explore watercolour’s magical, flowing, spontaneity and learn essential techniques, as you paint directly from nature. Enhance your perception and connection to the earth with this travel-friendly medium. All levels welcome. David McEown has been using watercolour paint to explore earthʼs disappearing wilderness areas for 25+ years.

Going Under the Words: Creating Fiction & Memoir – 2021

With Shaena Lambert

June 4 - 9, 2021
Cortes Island
Creating fiction and memoir is part craft, part mystery. Discover ways to shuck the skin of your words, to find the beating heart. Connect with your voice, and wind drama and action into your writing’s DNA. Experience the creative thrill of going deeper.

Joy of Ukulele – 2021

With Kimo Hussey

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
Move beyond basic ukulele technique and establish effective practice strategies to master this joyful instrument. Explore fretboard geography, embellished chords, signature progressions, melodies, harmonies, and critical listening. Kanikapalu (jam sessions) and optional hula lessons culminate in a final performance.

Dancing from the Inside Out – 2021

With Margie Gillis

July 6 - 11, 2021
Cortes Island
Move into your body’s experiential wisdom to reveal the soul in motion. Listen to your body’s inner impulses, conversations, and emotions to deepen your well-being along with your artistic and creative expression. An exceptional opportunity. All levels welcome. -- Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, performing for 40+ years, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Singing in the Vocal River – 2021

With Rhiannon

July 11 - 16, 2021
Rhiannon’s expertise lies with the connection between body and voice, teaching the invention of melody, harmony, rhythm, language, and story while guiding the singer towards the heart and soul of their musical self.

The Mystery of the Soul – 2021

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 11 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
The mystery of the soul can be embraced, experienced, danced, and explored, but never exhausted or diminished. Reclaim and celebrate the mystery of your soul with dance and spiritual teachings.

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual and Resonant Family Constellations – 2021

With Jill Purce

July 21 - 26, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life – 2021

With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 26 - 30, 2021
Bumbamba! Join us in a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the music and dance of the Olatunji Drums of Passion at Hollyhock. Activate the fire in your hands, the beat in your feet, and the song in your heart on a soulful journey to the well of inspiration in our reunion at the Olatunji Hall.

Write From Power: Accessing Your Stories – 2021

With Janelle Hanchett

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
What do I do with my fear surrounding writing? How do I manage criticism? What if I say something wrong? Develop a new relationship with your writing practice by exploring concrete ways to write honestly in spite of fear, show up authentically on the page, and define for yourself the power of your unique story, voice, and perspective.