• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,201.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,991.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,536.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,904.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,484.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,064.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,452.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,242.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,032.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,815.00
  • Women only Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $1,626.00
  • Women only Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,626.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Lower Bunk – CAD $1,626.00
  • Mixed Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,626.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,363.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on October 18
Ends with lunch on October 25

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $695

Package Price: $1,626- $3,201 / 7 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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Alchemy of Forest Therapy: Week-Long Immersion

With Amos Clifford and Christy Thomson

October 18 - 25, 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.

The ancient alchemists combined substances and used the influence of their own minds to study the transmutation of matter and of spirit. As experienced forest therapy guides, we have been observing something similar: when the discursive mind becomes quieter and the intelligence of the heart comes to the foreground, a new consciousness emerges.

Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. For beginners as well as seasoned guides.

Amos and Christy will also be presenting The Way of the Guide: Forest Therapy on May 15-20.

National Geographic feature on Forest Bathing (ie. Shinrin Yoku) with an appearance by Amos:


Amos Clifford
Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. A serial social entrepreneur, Amos is a leading voice for Shinrin-Yoku inspired Forest Therapy in the United States. The Association’s work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, NPR Morning Edition, USA Today, the Washington Post, Yahoo Health, Yoga Journal, and many other publications. He was featured on the January 2016 episode of National Geographic Explorer, “Call of the Wild.” Amos holds a BS in Organization Development and an MA in Counseling from the University of San Francisco. He has authored many publications including “Your Guide to Forest Bathing:…
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Christy Thomson
Christy Thomson is a Forest Therapy Guide Mentor and Immersions Coordinator for the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides. She is also the music program director for her local YMCA, a violinist, vocalist, and teacher. Christy’s work in forest therapy gives energy to all other facets of her life and aids in the raising of her children, three of which are teenagers. Her forest therapy practice in Indiana works primarily with non-profit organizations, from state parks to health services, botanic gardens, landtrusts and schools. She is currently wrapping up her studies in Environmental Science and Religious Studies and will be starting…
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