• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,810.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $3,500.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $3,200.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,900.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,750.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,600.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,450.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,295.00
  • Women only Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $1,160.00
  • Women only Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,160.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $1,160.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,160.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,050.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,940.00
  • Glamping – CAD $1,087.50
  • Commuter – CAD $972.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on July 19
Ends with lunch on July 24

Location: Cortes Island

Tiered Tuition: $495 | $695 | $995 Please note: anything above the standard $495 tuition goes directly towards scholarships for this program.

Package Price: $1,050 - $2,785 / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes Taxes and fees. A $395 deposit is required at registration, with the balance due on your departure day.

Scholarships: Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their life and communities. A $195 refundable deposit is required, please apply within your registration form.

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Summer Gathering: Navigating the Tides of Change

With Rick Ingrasci & Peggy Taylor

July 19 - 24, 2020

This program will either be moved to a virtual gathering, be rescheduled to another date in 2021, or cancelled. 

We are currently working out all the details. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you so much for your patience, support, and understanding.

Sign-up to be notified when we have more information confirmed. You may also find details on Hollyhock’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Join a multigenerational, diverse group of change makers at the 34th Annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering.

Experience true belonging in a creative community. Learn about local solutions that are catalyzing wide scale social change. Share your gifts and projects, and learn from others.

We invite you to be a part of this evolving, transformative learning community, and we guarantee a Better Party! Inspiring, motivating, enlightening. Join us for some “serious fun” as we explore ways to navigate the turbulent tides of change. Children welcome.

The Summer Gathering began in 1986 as a social experiment in innovative conference design. The Gathering is part exploration of ideas and strategies and part summer holiday. It brings together a vibrant, diverse group of movers and shakers, social entrepreneurs, educators, healers, artists, and thinkers to explore social transformation and human consciousness.

Operating on the principle that real creativity at conferences happens over tea or in the hot tub, as well as in workshops, the Gathering has a flexible structure with plenty of time for informal conversation, creative expression, and fun.

  • Morning plenary sessions feature dynamic, interactive presentations by social entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists from a variety of disciplines.
  • The afternoons are self-organized open space — participants share their work and ideas with each other in simultaneous sessions. Afternoons also afford time for swimming, hiking, kayaking, massage, creative arts, and the like.
  • In the evenings we do our very best to experience collective joy through a dance party, group singing, storytelling, theater improv, an open mic, an oyster barbecue, and sunset meditations.

I had NO IDEA I’d be surrounded by so many wild, incredible, and amazing human beings. That my sense of what’s possible would expand so immensely. Words are insufficient to describe the impact. – Past attendee, 2018


Rick Ingrasci & Peggy Taylor
Rick Ingrasci, MD, MPH, is a social entrepreneur with a rich background in psychiatry and holistic medicine. Best known for his philosophy that “If you want to create a new culture, throw a better party”, Rick is director of the StoryDome Project and coaches NGO leaders. newstories.org Peggy Taylor, M.Ed., is a master facilitator, musician, and writer known for her innovations in creative facilitation. She is the co-founder of PYE Global and Power of Hope, international NGOs dedicated to unleashing the creative potential in young people. pyeglobal.org Rick and Peggy are co-founders of Hollyhock and co-authors of the bestseller Chop Wood, Carry…
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