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Feel the surrounding embrace of nature and deeply exhale. Explore somatic approaches to health and healing through the wisdom of inspiring teachers, healers, guides, and plants. Harness your own healing energy and strengthen your physical and mental health through the power of nature, mind, breath, movement and adventure.

Yoga session at Hollyhock Retreat Centre

Coastal Foraging Adventure

With Robin Kort

May 8 - 12, 2024
Forage for wild food and cook with professional forager, cookbook author and sommelier Chef Robin Kort of Swallow Tail Culinary Adventures. Connect to the food of the coastal ecosystem on Cortes Island from forest to sea. Foraging at the sea tunes your senses to the ebb and flow of the…

Weaving Ritual: an Embodied Rebozo Retreat

With Collective Rebozo

May 8 - 12, 2024
In order to open and enter a new stage of life, we need to honour, integrate and celebrate where we’ve come from. This retreat, offered for the first time in Canada, is meant for those who are longing to cultivate more ritual in their lives. Together we will weave a…

Breath as Entheogen: The Wisdom and Legacy of Stanislav Grof

With Carolyn J Green, BHSc, PhD and Sandy Wiggins

May 12 - 17, 2024
Using enhanced breathing, evocative music, focused bodywork, and art, Grof® Breathwork helps to expand consciousness for the purpose of self-exploration, spiritual awareness, and healing. It is an excellent adjunct to psychotherapy, as well as a powerful method of self-care for helping professionals. Grof® Breathwork is a powerful approach to self-exploration…

Ebb & Flow: Kayak & Yoga Immersion (May)

With Kai Harvey and Jasmine Hillier

May 17 - 22, 2024
Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the natural world and the ebb and flow of the Salish Sea.  Hollyhock, located on the southern coastline of Cortes Island (on the unceded land of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin), and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations) is an ideal basecamp and launch…

Conscious Dreaming: Embodied Wisdom through Liminal Dream Play

With Kimberly Mascaro, PhD

May 17 - 22, 2024
We are more than our ordinary, waking-life self. Liminal dreaming has been long practiced by many as a way of exploring extraordinary states of mind, expanding creativity, managing anxiety, and developing intuition and inner-wisdom. Join Dr. Kimberly Mascaro at Hollyhock, for a generative and restorative experience while exploring the potential…

Finding Joy in Nature: Hike, Swim & Explore

With Alyssa Murdoch and Breanne Kemp

May 22 - 26, 2024
Embark on a journey with Alyssa and Breanne to connect with your love of the outdoors and uncover your innate Naturalist spirit. Finding Joy in Nature beckons you to explore the enchanting landscapes of Cortes Island and immerse yourself in diverse ecosystems of conifer forests, rugged ocean shorelines, pristine lakes,…

Informed by Cancer: Yoga Therapy to Support the Lived Experience of Cancer

With Anne Pitman

May 22 - 26, 2024
"Anne creates a space and practice for conversations dealing with ongoing processing of  cancer diagnosis, treatment, healing, grief, fear of reoccurrence and, importantly, how to support ourselves and loved ones experiences at our own pace." - past participant Cancer changes us. It is, in itself, a full-time job: the immediate…

Raise Your Vibe With Reiki: Levels 1 & 2

With Fleur Choy

May 26 - 31, 2024
Awaken your healing powers and expose your light to the world. If you have felt sensitive your entire life and feel ready to fully embrace your gifts, or if you are already a healing practitioner and are seeking to diversify and establish yourself as a multidimensional healer, this training is…

Exploring Ocean Mysteries: The Science and Poetry of The Salish Sea

With Marjorie Wonham, Ph.D. and Melanie Koenderman

May 31 - June 5, 2024
The ocean has long inspired curiosity and imagination in scientists and poets alike. Join us in a lively, embodied, place-based experience of the beautiful waters and life of the Salish Sea. In this unique program we will explore ocean shorelines and ocean poetry, and create our own poems that deepen…

Salish Shorelines: A Saltwater Journey (June)

With Jonas Fineman and Tosh Harvey

May 31 - June 5, 2024
Join Cortes Island guides and mariners for a kayaking exploration of the Salish Sea surrounding the renowned Hollyhock Campus. Each day’s adventure offers a safe and comprehensive foray into the seascapes and histories of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Launching from various beaches around Cortes Island as well as…

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD and Megan Prager

June 9 - 14, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 10, 2024.
Application is required before registering. You may apply here. This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion,…

Dance of Connection

With Bettina Rothe

June 9 - 14, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 10, 2024.
Come home to yourself, find connection and nourishment in community, and with the land. Together we take refuge in our primary language "rhythm", and find belonging in the dance. Release old patterns of relating that no longer serve and expand your repertoire of how you can relate with others on…

Discover Cortes: Adventures in Nature (June)

With Bill Ophoff

June 14 - 19, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 15, 2024.
The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak, and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover the flora and fauna of both land and sea along with local history and geological phenomena as you adventure forth with Hollyhock's knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches,…

Unwind: Yamuna® Body Rolling & Essential Somatics®

With Namchi Bazar

June 14 - 19, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 15, 2024.
Release pain and restrictions for a total body awakening and rejuvenation. Explore two modalities to support your journey of self-discovery and self-healing. Let go of unproductive holding patterns as you develop effective body-wellness routines that are easy to incorporate into your home practice. Focus on foundational movements that help you…

Finding Fulfillment Through Tantra: Magnetize Your Heart’s Desire

With Yogacharini Maitreyi

June 14 - 19, 2024
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Did you know your heart's magnetic field is 5,000 times stronger than your brain’s? Or that the signals from the heart go instantaneously to the brain and regulate the brain’s physiology, making the heart a central node which regulates cognitive and emotional information? How would your life change if you new…

The Healing Power of Yoga

With Peter Sterios

June 19 - 23, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 20, 2024.
Discover the healing power that yoga promises, during a spacious 5-day program of yoga-inspired movement and rest in nature, at Hollyhock on beautiful Cortes Island. The experience and knowledge you gain during the retreat will be uniquely individual, emphasizing your own intuitive creativity to provide you a truly "personal” practice…

The Embodied Voice

With Amy Thiessen

June 19 - 23, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 20, 2024.
Step into the wisdom of your body & unleash the power of your voice. 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 and reconciliation with the various facets (voices) of our being. In…

Wild Soma Being and Becoming: Embodied Practices for Collective Thriving

With Andrea Nann, Julia Aplin, Roula Said and Shannon Litzenberger

June 23 - 28, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 24, 2024.
In this time of intersecting social, political, and planetary crises, how do we embrace and honour all that is arising in us as bodies? What if we listen closely to what we feel in our hearts, what we sense in our bones, and what we know in our guts? Can…

Pwātamowin “the act of dreaming”: A Yogic retreat

With Malina Dawn

June 30 - July 5, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2024.
Pwātamowin is a Cree word meaning “the act of dreaming.” But this is not the kind of dreaming you do when you sleep, it is akin to catching visions. This planet needs more healed people and a big part of that process is us being able to catch a beautiful…

Andean Wisdom: Deepening Your Relationship with the Four Elements

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

June 30 - July 5, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2024.
Weaving together Andean Wisdom Teachings, Ritual, Healing Meditation, and Intentional Practice, this 5-day retreat will provide you with powerful tools to transform and expand your life in beautiful ways. Working with the laws of nature allows for an abundant flow and grace to come into each day. This retreat is…

Shifting Consciousness and Healing Through Narrative

With Barbara Mainguy and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

June 30 - July 5, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2024.
Join us for an extraordinary journey into transformation in the nestled space of the Hollyhock beautiful Cortes Island. Rewrite your story through a loving process of exploration and change. Allow this non-ordinary island to breathe us into non-ordinary spaces of our consciousness. In the landscape, we will uncover the stories…

Dancing from the Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 7 - 12, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 7, 2024.
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. Becoming sensitive to and engaging with this inner life provides information both for…
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Ebb & Flow: Kayak & Yoga Immersion (July)

With Kai Harvey and Jasmine Hillier

July 7 - 12, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 7, 2024.
Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the natural world and the ebb and flow of the Salish Sea.  Hollyhock, located on the southern coastline of Cortes Island (on the unceded land of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin), and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations) is an ideal basecamp and launch…

Connecting to Source: Yoga, Meditation, Ritual

With Mara Branscombe

July 12 - 17, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 12, 2024.
Since ancient times, the human collective has aligned with the seasons, the elements, the rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the earth as a way to source pure energy and connect to one’s inner compass. The mind-body science of yoga, combined with the practice of meditation, breath-work, and the…

Discover Cortes: Adventures in Nature (July)

With Bill Ophoff

July 12 - 17, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 12, 2024.
The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak, and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover the flora and fauna of both land and sea along with local history and geological phenomena as you adventure forth with Hollyhock's knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches,…

2024 Canadian Psychedelic Summit

With Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Kim Haxton and Orane Cheung

July 17 - 21, 2024
Cortes Island
Register for the 2024 Canadian Psychedelic Summit and secure your spot at the 3rd annual gathering on Cortes Island.    What to Expect Led by facilitator and ceremonial practitioner Kim Haxton, our time together will center the embodied knowledge of Indigenous peoples, creating space for ceremony, storytelling, and connection with…

Nature & Nurture Yoga: Embracing Abundance

With Fiji McAlpine

July 21 - 26, 2024
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"Fiji is a phenomenal instructor. She created a wonderful atmosphere and allowed us to blossom and learn within our own space." - past participant Embrace the abundance of August in the Pacific Northwest on spectacular Cortes Island. Summer is the season to savour the fruits of the year's growth. The…

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual & Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 26 - 31, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Apr 26, 2024.
Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings, bringing harmony, joy, and order into your daily life. Activate the unconscious field of the ancestors, making it a rich source of wisdom and illumination. This healing program uncovers and restores aspects of the psyche that are normally closed to therapeutic methods, transforming negative…

Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred

With Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and Rupert Sheldrake

July 31 - August 4, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 1, 2024.
Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting. What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. We will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with…

Presence Psychotherapy Training: Integrate Spirituality With Trauma Work (28 CE Credits)

With Michelle Lepak

August 4 - 9, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 5, 2024.
Note: Continuing Education Credits available. See below for details. Presence Psychotherapy is a trauma therapy that integrates spirituality, internal inquiry, and relational attunement to facilitate healing. Developed by Michelle Lepak, this intensive 5-day training, rooted in evidence-based practice, helps clients orient to Four Dimensions of Presence to sense compassion in…

Energy Medicine Yoga: The Path to Boundless Joy

With Lauren Walker

August 4 - 9, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 5, 2024.
Join Energy Medicine Yoga founder, Lauren Walker, for a profound, immersive and transformative experience. In our 5 days together, you will gain a deep understanding of the truth: Energy is All There Is - body, mind and spirit. Most importantly, you will learn to apply Lauren’s signature Five Star Method…

Whole Human Health

With Lawrence Cheng, MD, CCFP(EM), MPH and Devon Christie, MD, CCFP, RTC

August 9 - 14, 2024
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Embody your well-being potential! Join us on this five day immersive retreat to learn, explore and experience true health and healing, from a cellular to whole-being level. Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie expertly guide you through their unique and holistic synthesis of functional and mind-body medicine, and share…

Body, Breath & Nature

With Loretta (Lo) Laurin

August 9 - 14, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 10, 2024.
Take a step outside of everyday life and reconnect to the landscape of your breath and body in nature. Reset and re-regulate your nervous system with an integration of yoga, pilates, and nature immersion. This is an opportunity to prioritize your self-care, decrease stress, and reinvigorate your capacity for balance.…

Slow Art, Somatic Practice, and Creative Rest

With Shauna Kaendo, Registered Art Therapist | BFA, RCAT and Trudi Smith, Registered Clinical Counsellor | MC, MA, PhD

August 14 - 18, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 15, 2024.
Bringing our bodies into the conversation through creative process. In this therapeutic arts program, we get curious about what self-care practices can look and feel like both individually and in community. Through creative meanderings we will experiment with solo and collaborative art-making processes, for example, bilateral drawing, collage, watercolour, bookmaking,…

Discover Cortes: Adventures in Nature (August)

With Bill Ophoff

August 18 - 23, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 19, 2024.
The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak, and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover the flora and fauna of both land and sea along with local history and geological phenomena as you adventure forth with Hollyhock's knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches,…

Nine Patterns of Developmental Pathways: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of the Enneagram System

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 24 - 28, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 25, 2024.
"Freud’s theory of the unconscious and Darwin’s model of evolution continue to help us understand the findings from current research on human behavior....Daniel Siegel’s theory of Mindsight—the brain’s capacity for both insight and empathy—offers a similar 'Aha!'" - Daniel Goleman, Author, Emotional Intelligence In this immersive, interactive workshop retreat with…

Menopause Mastery: Empowering Midlife Transitions

With Kate Milne and Teresa Isabel Dias

August 24 - 28, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 25, 2024.
Learn strategies and practical tools to navigate the challenges of the transition of menopause effectively. In Menopause Mastery we’ll explore menopause's physical, emotional, and mental aspects, learn targeted and effective wellness strategies, explore how to better manage the transition, hormonal options, and create a personalized wellness plan for your healthier…

Opening to Inner + Outer Change: A Life Balance Retreat

With Celeste Young and Meera Bawa

August 29 - September 1, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until May 30, 2024.
How well we navigate changes and transitions has a direct impact on the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction we experience in our daily lives. If you’re considering a big change, are in the midst of one now or are still feeling the effects of past changes, this unique retreat…

End-of-Life Doula Training (INELDA)

With Nicole Heidbreder

September 6 - 11, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 7, 2024.
Learn how to provide companionship, comfort, and guidance to those facing a terminal illness or death. As part of this training, learners receive self-paced video exercises as pre-work, an end-of-life doula guide and training workbook, live lectures and presentations from INELDA educators, small group and paired exercises, and self-paced exercises…

Healing at the Edge: Conscious Living/Dying

With RamDev Dale Borglum

September 6 - 11, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 7, 2024.
Imagine living without fear. Imagine approaching the unknown with an open heart. There is a path to this freedom. "I recommend anything that Dale teaches.” - Ram Dass For over 40 years, RamDev Dale Borglum has been in close contact with many people who were approaching death. Almost all of these…

Salish Shorelines: A Saltwater Journey (September)

With Jonas Fineman and Jasmine Hillier

September 6 - 11, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 7, 2024.
Join Cortes Island guides and mariners for a kayaking exploration of the Salish Sea surrounding the renowned Hollyhock Campus. Each day’s adventure offers a safe and comprehensive foray into the seascapes and histories of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Launching from various beaches around Cortes Island as well as…

Essential Somatics: Free Your Movement!

With Martha Peterson

September 11 - 16, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 12, 2024.
If you have “tried everything” to relieve your chronic muscle or joint pain for the long term and have only experienced short term relief (or none at all), then this week-long training program is for you. Come and learn how to restore freedom of movement, resolve chronic muscle tension, so…

Harnessing Your Nature’s Potential

With Restore Human

September 11 - 15, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 12, 2024.
Join us for a transformative three-day journey, designed to empower you to become a better mechanic and pilot of your own human spaceship. Regardless of your fitness level or experience, our program will help you understand and enhance your body's capabilities, regulate your nervous system, and broaden your movement potential.…

From Age-ing to Sage-ing®: Deepening the Sage Within

With Annie Klein

September 22 - 26, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
A great gift of our older years is the potential for deepening wisdom and expanding possibilities.  As more and more of us are living longer, we want these extra years to be vibrant, inspiring and fulfilling. This program will help you discover what gives your life meaning as you age.…

The Nourished Woman Goddess Retreat

With Abneet Kaur Sandhar

September 22 - 26, 2024
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Aligned. Knowing. Full Bloom Radiance. Clear. Shining. Grounded. These qualities all exist within us, yet for so many women, we feel depleted and defeated. Our attention being pulled in many different directions, with a low-grade fever of constant overwhelm. We may feel racked with guilt, shame, and comparison, constantly feeling…

Cultivating Wellbeing for Health Professionals

With Andrea Grabovac, MD and Erin Burrell, MD, FRCPC

September 27 - October 2, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
"In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel 'burnout' setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself." -Dalai Lama Replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based meditation retreat for health professionals and partners.…

The Art of Resting Well

With Farah Nazarali

September 27 - October 1, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
Bring your tired and weary souls for a restful, restorative, and rejuvenating retreat that is an immersion into the art of resting well. This experiential retreat is designed to provide rest for your body, mind, and spirit through land-based and somatic practices--guided beach walks, mindful forest walking, sunset gazing, restorative…

Psoma: The Heart and Soul of Therapy

With Donna Martin & Shelley Winton

October 6 - 13, 2024
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How can we assist someone on their healing journey without any suggestion of something wrong, something to fix? Can we recognize healing as an inside job… the unfolding of intrinsic wholeness, rather than a return to wholeness? Is it possible to be the kind of presence that is itself a…

Fermentation of Place

With Kirsten K. Shockey

October 6 - 10, 2024
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Learn to collaborate with the microbes that make your foods delicious and your health vibrant. Join world-renowned fermenter, Kirsten K. Shockey in this unique fermentation master class to learn how to ferment confidently and safely in your kitchen. You’ll learn the art and science of this ancient craft by exploring…

Wim Hof Method, Breathwork and Your True Nature

With Cian Dalton and Carolyn Schmidt

October 16 - 20, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 17, 2024.
"We are so successful at being comfortable that comfort is becoming the enemy of success" - Wim Hof Using the Wim Hof Method and other practices, we will explore our TRUE NATURE as human beings, stripping away the layers to reveal our most authentic powerful selves. Optimize your health using…

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Levels 1-2 (Vancouver)

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

November 15 - 17, 2024
SFU Harbour Centre - Segal Rooms
Learn EFT, the most sought after energy psychology approach on the planet. Emotional Freedom Techniques or “The Tapping Techniques” are used by millions of people worldwide.  These techniques can quickly and effectively resolve dysfunctional feelings, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs which can lead to challenges in relationships, health, right livelihood and…