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  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,745.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,580.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,220.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,310.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,985.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,650.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,155.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,005.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,825.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,655.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,450.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,450.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,450.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,367.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,575.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,290.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on July 3
Ends with lunch on July 8

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $750 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

Scholarships: We believe that everyone should have equitable access to Hollyhock program experiences, and that our diverse community should be reflected in all that we do. We are committed to identifying and removing barriers to access through our scholarship program. While we strive to be accessible and inclusive to all, a limited number of scholarships are available ranging from 25%-90% of costs.

We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Please contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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

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Mindful Self-Compassion

With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

July 3 - 8, 2022

Application is required before registering. You may apply here.

This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion, practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism, meet difficult emotions with greater ease, transform challenging relationships, and manage caregiver fatigue.

This program fulfills the prerequisite for MSC teacher training.

If you are interested in earning Continuing Education Credit for this program, please email Megan a week in advance of the training at [email protected]

Detailed Information

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

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an intensive training retreat version of an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on groundbreaking research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to greater emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.


At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

-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 savoring and self-appreciation
-integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life


This program is designed for members of the general public, as well as for professionals who wish to integrate self-compassion into their work. Participating in an MSC program satisfies a prerequisite for becoming an MSC program teacher. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in this 5-day MSC program for professionals. All are welcome!


Psychologists: This program is sponsored by the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.

Continuing Education Credit

The cost of CEs for this program is $40.00. If you are interested in earning Continuing Education Credit for this program, please email Megan a week in advance of this training at [email protected]


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, and group discussion. This is not a silent retreat.The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming warm and supportive companions to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.Self-Compassion.orgwww.MindfulSelfCompassion.org, and http://www.CenterForMSC.org/

Participant Guidelines

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing and comforting as well as opening us to emotional distress that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface during the program as we grow in our capacity to embrace and heal them. The teachers are committed to providing an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to developing compassion for oneself and others.

The following reading is recommended:
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Chris Germer


This program requires you to fill out a short application form. You may apply here.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday: Registration 2 – 5 pm, dinner: 6 – 7pm, first session 7 – 9:30 pm
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday:  9 am – 12 pm, 3 – 6 pm
Wednesday: 9 am -12:00 pm (afternoon free for personal practice)
Friday:  9 – 11:30 am


You may find our terms & conditions here.

Health & Safety

By order of the Provincial Health Office, we will be requiring all our guests to provide proof of at least one vaccination, starting September 12th 2021. Learn more here.


Megan Prager
Megan Prager, MA, is Co-Founder of Mindful Labs and Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), a Compassion for Couples Instructor (CFC), and an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute and for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well…
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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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