• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,656.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $3,200.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $2,924.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,648.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,604.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,464.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,324.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,184.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,000.00
  • Women Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,000.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,000.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,000.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $940.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,740.00
  • Glamping – CAD $964.00
  • Commuter – CAD $884.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on July 12
Ends with lunch on July 16

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $465 + $25 Materials Fee

Package Price: $909 - $1,517 / 4 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Taxes and fees are additional. 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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Drawing Towards the Earth: Making Journals for Life

With S. Portico Bowman

July 12 - 16, 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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Learn how to draw and work with natural earth elements inspired by nature. Some of the mediums we will encounter include graphite, charcoal, and red ocher. These natural mediums lend themselves to our innate calling to create.

Everyone can draw, we just need to tap into the creative frame of mind and know how to look. Hollyhock’s garden and surroundings will inspire design, inform creative direction, and be the source of papermaking materials.

Inspired by multidisciplinary artist Paulus Berensohn (1933-2017), we will make coptic stitch Arcadia Playhouse journals and Bargello tapestry bookmarks. By designing within your own finite coptic stitch journal, it will become a template to record your infinite “inscape”, creating within your own creation. The Bargello tapestry stitch is a process that lends itself to contemplation through intricacy and detail.

Drawing, making, touching, marking, and stitching represent the activities we will do; they also highlight the beauty of interconnectivity. The creative pace will be contemplative, meditative and introspective.

Most, if not all, of the activities will be done outside.

I’ll always remember time spent with you as both challenging and rewarding. Thank you for being such a lovely person and inspirational model. You have taught me how to be an artist and an educator. – K. Baldetti

Feature Photo Credits: Coptic Stitch Journal by Madie Fleming. Paper: S. Portico Bowman, The Arcadia Playhouse: Making Journals For Life: Students. Pittsburg State University. Image: S. Portico Bowman

Get a taste of the inspiration Paulus Berensohn in this trailer about his life and work:


S. Portico Bowman
S. Portico Bowman is an author, artist and Professor of Art (Emerita) at Pittsburg State University. She is currently working on the book Would You Give Up Arms for Wings, a story inspired by the visionary life and writings of Paulus Berensohn. That writing project has inspired this class, received a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Award, and occupied her wildest dreams for the past four years. Her first novel, Cashmere Comes From Goats is forthcoming May 2022 with Stonehouse Publishing. Portico currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Tom, and their very understanding cat, Florence.…
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