• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,310.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $4,500.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $4,200.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $3,900.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $2,250.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $2,100.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,950.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,795.00
  • Women only Dorm – CAD $1,660.00
  • Women only Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,660.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,660.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,660.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,550.00
  • Glamping – CAD $1,587.50
  • Commuter – CAD $1,472.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on September 25
Ends with lunch on September 30

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $995

Package Price: $1,550 - $2,310 / 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.

Application: Please apply before registering here.

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): 5-Day Professional Training

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

September 25 - 30, 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.

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Take your next step on the transformative journey of becoming a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher. Receive a thorough grounding in the 8-session group MBCT program designed to prevent depressive relapse. Learn how to bridge the gap between the MBCT treatment manual and the moment-to-moment process of teaching therapeutic mindfulness skills in a group setting.

This intensive 5-day interactive training is a mix of didactic, experiential, and small group learning. During the program, you will:

  • experience the MBCT program as a participant
  • role-play client-practitioner encounters in a simulated MBCT classroom
  • receive hands-on experience delivering the core aspects of MBCT, including leading meditation and guiding inquiry
  • be supported to cultivate your own meditation practice and work with what arises in your own practice to build a foundation from which to teach MBCT that goes beyond scripts or techniques

This course is one of the prerequisites for UCSD MBCT Teacher Qualification/Certification. The daily schedule is rigorous, with sessions scheduled from 7:15am – 9:00pm, with one to two hour meal breaks. Time to participate in extracurricular activities is very limited.

By the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the core teaching elements of the MBCT program
  2. Define the role of sustained meditative practice in facilitating emotion regulation and defusing negative thought patterns
  3. Guide group participants through the core mindfulness practices utilized in MBCT.
  4. Discuss the relevance and importance of meditation practice and self-inquiry for the facilitator of MBCT and how this informs the integration of awareness practices within a psychotherapy frame
  5. Describe the origins and rationale behind MBCT

Through personal meditation practice, a simulated MBCT classroom, and role-plays of client-practitioner encounters, this highly interactive professional training aims to provide the clinician with the key teaching aspects of the MBCT program.

Participation in this program requires pre-approval. To be accepted, participants must have the following:

  • Participants must be health care professionals.
  • An advanced degree in mental health-related field
  • Previous experience of meditation
  • A personal commitment to establishing a daily meditation practice
  • Familiarity with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques
  • Professional experience in working with depression
  • Familiarity with facilitating group process

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Dr. Mark Lau and Dr. Andrea Grabovac will also be offering Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals on June 7 – 12, 2020. Register for both and receive 10% off tuition. 


Mark Lau, PhD
Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 25 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. Mark is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. His academic work focuses on the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT. vancouvercbt.ca
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Andrea Grabovac, MD
Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is an inpatient psychiatrist at Vancouver Hospital. She has taught and supervised MBCT for 12 years. She is a mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and teaches the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. Her academic work focuses on the development of clinician competency in delivering mindfulness-based interventions. As a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) Institute, she trains mental health clinicians in implementing MiCBT both for themselves and with clients. Together with Dr. Mark Lau, she facilitates Fostering Resiliency retreats for health care professionals…
Learn more about Andrea Grabovac, MD