• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,435.00
  • Single w/ensuite* – CAD $2,285.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,960.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $3,800.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $3,500.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $3,200.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,900.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,750.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,600.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,310.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,310.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,310.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,200.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,240.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,122.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on Aug 28
Ends with lunch on Sep 2

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $645 CAD

Package Price: $1,200 - $2,435 CAD /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 contact us if you are unable to pay this deposit). Apply within your registration form.

Health & Safety: Learn more about our Covid-19 policies and procedures here.

Application: You must apply before registering for this program. APPLY HERE

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Mindful Self-Compassion

With Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD and Joel Grow, PhD

August 28 - September 2, 2021

This program requires an application.

Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty.

Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Learning Objectives

  • describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
  • motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
  • integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

This program is an intensive skills-training program. It is a condensed version of the eight-week, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness—offering periods of instruction, periods of practice (meditations, exercises, and written reflections), and periods of group sharing.

This is not a silent retreat. Participants can expect to meet for two sessions a day, three hours each, with plenty of breaks and spaciousness for rest, reflection, connecting with community, or enjoying time in nature. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required. The program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.

“I have been given a window into a different way of perceiving myself, a kinder, more tender self-perception. And for that I will forever be grateful.” – Tuval, 2019 participant


You must apply before registering for this program. APPLY HERE

Continuing Education Credit

More details on earning CE credits to come. If you are interested in learning more, please email Jeremy at [email protected].


Please check back for a full program schedule.

Terms & Conditions

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Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD
Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD, is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2010, and found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work from there. He took MSC from Chris and Kristin as a five-day intensive at Esalen, in California, in January 2013, and was then invited to be part of the CMSC’s first teacher training course—led by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, and Steven Hickman—in 2014. Martin teaches the eight-week in-person version of MSC in his home area, and has taught…
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Joel Grow, PhD
Joel Grow, PhD, is a Seattle-based clinical psychologist and mindfulness facilitator and trainer. His work includes individual psychotherapy, group classes such as Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, and training. He offers evidence-supported treatment that incorporates self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance-based approaches. His approach aims at helping people lead a full and meaningful life, by clarifying what is deeply important for each person and practicing skills for working effectively with the pain and stress that life inevitably brings. Joel’s background includes providing behavioral health care and trainings/workshops in community agencies, VA and private hospitals, corporations, and government agencies. Before graduate school,…
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