• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,264.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,456.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $2,276.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,096.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,228.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,138.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,048.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $955.00
  • Women only Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Women only Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Glamping – CAD $830.50
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $808.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,520.00
  • Commuter – CAD $761.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on September 11
Ends with lunch on September 14

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $475

Package Price: $808- $1,264 / 3 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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Earth Wisdom, Horse Wisdom: A Nature Retreat with Horses

With Oriane Lee Johnston and Kera Willis

September 11 - 14, 2020

How long has it been since you felt kinship with life beyond your own? What does it mean to truly learn from another species? Come journey into the heart of nature with horses as our wayfinders.

Horses naturally attune moment-by-moment to changes in each other and in their environment. Being in their presence rebalances humans, too, by bringing the energy fields of our hearts and brains into a state of coherence–that’s why being around them feels so good. A herd teaches us the practice of equanimity–equine-imity–to stand “in the middle of all” with true composure. Within a community of horses, we learn how to strengthen our resilience, love and wise action in response to the challenges of our life and the world today.

On a beautiful Cortes Island farm, our field days include breath and body meditations, joyful play with the horses on the ground, quiet reflection with the herd and hands-on, up-close connection.

Everyone welcome.

Growing up on dairy farms, I did not fully appreciate what being in harmony with animals really meant.  These new experiences with horses have softened my heart and allowed me to see horses as collaborative partners.  My world slows down and I am aware of what it means to be in the moment, focused only on our communion, whatever we’re doing together. – Robert B.

Oriane Lee will also be offering Horse Play for Families on July 16-19, which is open to children ages 9+ with an accompanying adult.


Oriane Lee Johnston
Oriane Lee Johnston brings natural horsemanship, spiritual guidance and her years as former program director for Hollyhock to her work as educator and mentor. Horse journeys have taken her riding in the sacred mountains of Ecuador and volunteering with horses in Africa. orianelee.com Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks P.C. Charles Steinberg
Learn more about Oriane Lee Johnston
Kera Willis
Kera Willis is founder and teacher at Mountain Horse School in Pemberton BC, where she creates transformative encounters between horses, humans and the natural world. With her team of animal collaborators that include horses, ducks, a sheep and a pig, she specializes helping children and adults experience a sense of belonging– both to themselves and to the natural world. mountainhorseschool.com
Learn more about Kera Willis