Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 6, 2021.
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,430.00
  • Single w/ensuite* – CAD $2,280.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,955.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $3,790.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $3,490.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $3,190.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,895.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,745.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,595.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,305.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,305.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,305.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,195.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,230.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,117.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on July 6
Ends with lunch on July 11

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition : $565 CAD + $75 CAD Material Fee

Package Price: $1,195 - $2,430 CAD / 5 nights. Includes tuition, materials fee, 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 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.

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Fearless Abstract Painting

With Samantha daSilva

July 6 - 11, 2021

The process of creating evolves into ideas – you do not need an idea before you begin to paint. On the contrary: the process of creating will evolve into an idea. Let go of fear, silence your inner critic, tune into your intuition, and explore your own artistic style in a safe and supportive environment.

Using rollers rather than brushes, tables instead of easels, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, salt, sand, and wood shavings, you will create ethereal textured abstracts. Through these wonderfully liberating and addictive techniques, you begin to play the process into shape and ideas will emerge.

When you push the paint around, add water, tilt the canvas, and play the process, the shapings of your idea will emerge. Your inner creativity (often dormant or silenced by many layers of “realistic”, linear-type thinking) begins to blossom, grow, and bring balance to your everyday life, reminding us that there is a creative source in all of us.

This program is for you if you have:

  • Fear of the blank canvas
  • Fear that your idea isn’t good enough
  • Fear that your idea had not only been done before, but done better by somebody else
  • Fear that due to lack of technical skill, you will not be able to give your ideas shape and form on the canvas
  • Fear that your work will be judged
  • Fear that your work will be ridiculed
  • Fear that you will have “proof” that you aren’t a real artist or really creative after all

This class exceeded my expectations in every way. I feel so inspired and now have so much knowledge to move forward in my creative process. It was very transformational. – past participant

No previous experience necessary, just an open mind and an open heart.


We will supply several large canvases per student (covered by materials fee). Students will also be sent a supply list.


Please check back soon for a full program schedule.

Terms & Conditions

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Check out a time-lapse of Samantha creating one of her deeply textural, multi-medium pieces:


Samantha daSilva
Samantha daSilva is a professional artist and educator, living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born in Brazil, daSilva was inspired at an early age by her copiously artistic family. Her grandmother, a portrait artist, her aunt, an accomplished jewellery designer, and her mother, a water colourist, all influenced daSilva to experiment with a variety of mediums. Upon graduating high school, daSilva opted out of attending art school for a career path that was ‘safer’ and ‘more secure’. But life has a magnetic force that pulls you back to where you need to be. Ten years and an array…
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