• CAD $285.00 – Tuition
  • CAD $256.50 – Tuition Discount 10%: Student | Non-Profit | Senior 65+

Date & Time Details:
Saturday, May 2, 10AM-5PM
Sunday, May 3, 10AM-4PM

Location: Granville Island Hotel

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Kate Potapova
[email protected]

Tuition: $285

Scholarships: Most scholarships are 50% tuition, with a limited number of full scholarships available. Apply within your registration form. Click for more info.

Accommodation: This is a non-residential retreat and as such, Hollyhock does not provide accommodation. Group rates available through Granville Island Hotel. Call their reservation desk at 1-800-663-1840 and quote HOLLYHOCK group for more info.

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Hakomi: The Practice of Loving Presence (Vancouver)

With Donna Martin and Georgia Marvin

May 2 - 3, 2020

We look forward to offering this event next year in Spring 2021. Sign-up to be notified when we have new dates. You may also find details on Hollyhock’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Loving Presence represents the heart of Hakomi, a mindfulness-based self-discovery approach to body psychotherapy.

Explore some of the habits that interfere with open-hearted relating and learn to cultivate this natural state of mind which has proven to be the most powerful context for creating a healing relationship. Through a well-developed sequence of experiential practices, you are guided from simple embodied self study, through quieting the mind, to creating a more spacious mind that invites a kind of perceptual shift that is transformational and healing.

In the last 15 years of his life, Ron Kurtz (Consciousness and Healing: the Hakomi Way) made this practice of loving presence the foundation of his Hakomi training. Understanding that the key to a successful outcome in any therapeutic relationship depends on the relationship between therapist and client and realizing that that depends largely on the state of mind of the therapist, Kurtz developed these experiential practices to create the best state of mind, not only for a therapeutic relationship, but also for any kind of relationship to be healing.

For therapists and lay people alike it is a key to sustaining energy in a helping role. The practice of “loving presence” is based on the Hakomi way of using little experiments done in mindfulness for “assisted self discovery”. In this weekend, participants will be invited to explore in an embodied way how they habitually organize their experience of relating and to discover new possibilities of compassionate, open-hearted, and nourishing ways to be with oneself and with others.

This program is based on the work of Ron Kurtz, the creator of the Hakomi Method, and is described in the 2019 publication, The Practice of Loving Presence: A Guide to Open-Hearted Relating by Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin.

Looking for a getaway experience? Come to Cortes Island where Donna Martin will also be teaching Psoma Yoga Therapy from September 20-25, 2019.

Georgia Marvin expounding the beauty in having diversity of tutelage and embracing the simple things:


Donna Martin
Donna Martin, is a certified Hakomi therapist and international trainer who worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for twenty years. She was named in his will as one of seven “legacy holders” of his work and is a senior person in the international training association he created before his death, now called the Hakomi Network. Donna has many years of experience as a body psychotherapist, stress management specialist, yoga and meditation teacher, and addictions counsellor. She has led Hakomi trainings and/or yoga retreats throughout Canada and the United States, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, South America, and…
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Georgia Marvin
Georgia Marvin is a Senior Trainer with the International Hakomi Network. She studied with Ron Kurtz, the founder of Hakomi, for ten years until his death in 2011. Ron Kurtz named Georgia in his will as one of seven “legacy holders” of his work. Georgia leads the Vancouver Hakomi Education Network, which offers Hakomi training, circles, and coaching in Vancouver, Powell River, and other parts of Canada. She trains in Mexico, Japan, and Norway, and contributes to the development of those training programs. Georgia loves the Hakomi method because it blends subtle and masterful tools of psychotherapy with Buddhist principles of mindfulness and…
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