Holy Sh*t: Writing the Sacred & Profane in Life

With Ann Randolph

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
No mud, no lotus. Mine the mud of your life journey to uncover the lotus of your unique, powerful story. Profound transformation occurs when you write and speak aloud both the sacred and the profane, the joy and the suffering. Speak your truth on the page, stage, and in life. Ann Randolph is one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the US. Her solo shows include Squeeze Box and LOVELAND.

Joy of Ukulele

With Kimo Hussey

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
The ukulele is easy to learn, portable, and FUN to play. Kimo will share his master blueprint to learning, playing, and enjoying this beautiful instrument for many years to come. Kimo Hussey is one of the finest ukulele players on the planet. He performs and teaches worldwide.

Fearless Abstract Painting

With Samantha daSilva

July 6 - 11, 2021
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. Samantha daSilva is a professional artist, educator, and creator of the Fearless Abstract Painting technique.

Dancing from the Inside Out

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

With Rhiannon

July 11 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
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. Rhiannon is a gifted singer, performance artist, composer, author, and master teacher.

The Mystery of the Soul

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. Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, performer of 40+ years, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, holds a doctorate degree in transpersonal psychology and is a former senior teacher in the Sufi Order International. Margie will also be offering Dancing from the Inside Out on July 6 - 11, 2021 and Atum will also be offering Time of Transition on July 16 -…

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual and Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 21 - 26, 2021
Cortes Island
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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. Renowned internationally, author Jill Purce pioneered both the sound and ancestral healing movements in the West.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life

With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
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Activate the fire in your hands, the beat in your feet, and the song in your heart! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the music and dance of the Olatunji Drums of Passion at Hollyhock. Sing, dance, and play on a soulful journey to the well of inspiration. Everyone welcome. Gordy Onayemi Ryan, Zoë Ryan, Sanga Francis, Ade Harris are the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion. They performed with world renowned Nigerian drummer and educator, Babatunde Olatunji, after whom the hall this program will take place in is named after.

Building a Vocal Community™

With Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

July 30 - August 4, 2021
Cortes Island
An awesome power emerges when uncommon voices are blended for the common good. Experience traditional African music, African American spirituals, and civil rights anthems while learning about their extraordinary historical, social, and political context. Everyone welcome.

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

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
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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.

Write From Power: Accessing Your Stories

With Janelle Hanchett

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
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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.

A Journey of Sound, Movement & Breath

With Michael & Ayi Wong Mayzel and Maria Filippone

September 12 - 17, 2021
Cortes Island
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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. Michael Mayzel and Ayi Wong offer therapeutic Sound Journeys through Shanti Sounds in Nosara, Costa Rica, and internationally. Maria Filipone is a yoga instructor, pilates teacher, and Yoga Thai Massage Therapist.

Writing the Other

With Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford

September 30 - October 4, 2021
Cortes Island
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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

Dark & Stormy Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

October 17 - 24, 2021
Cortes Island
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Dark and Stormy 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.