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Book now and get 10% off listed prices! Offer valid until May 1, 2022.
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,645.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,480.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,120.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,110.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,785.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,450.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,055.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,905.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,725.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,555.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,350.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,350.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,350.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,267.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,375.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,190.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on July 31
Ends with lunch on August 5

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $650 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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Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

With David Abram

July 31 - August 5, 2022

The garden colours, raven calls, salt water cleanse, sanctuary embrace and warmth of the human heart and spirit sit with me still, still, still. – Program Participant, 2019

How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The uncanny effects of the current pandemic, and the broader contortions of climate change, ensure that our species is tumbling toward a sea change of immense proportions. Exploring practices useful for grounding and thriving in weird times, we’ll ponder how our lives might be of service to the more-than-human earth.

A dawning recognition of the power and primacy of place, an awareness of wildness unfolding wherever we turn our attention, a new humility in relation to other earthborn entities – whether salmon or cedars or storm clouds – and a radically transformed sense of the sacred: all these are struggling to be born at this teetering moment on our whirling dervish of a world. How can this altered awareness settle deep into our muscles and bones, and how can it come most powerfully to expression in our lives?

Join us for a program vivid with personal discovery and collective exploration – a gathering rich with storytelling, magic, and heartfelt conversation. Together, we’ll pool our findings toward a new experience of the enveloping earth as an exuberant, improvisational, and sentient reality – and of ourselves as full-bodied participants (along with the bears and the crickets) in the emergence of that reality.

(Please note that this program will entail some walking, and time spent outdoors).

This program supports you to:

  • Deepen your sensory and perceptual skills
  • Enter into richer relationship with the more-than-human natural world
  • Awaken to the beauty and power of indigenous cosmologies
  • Learn fresh ways of attuning to your home-place, enhancing your experience of the local earth wherever you live
  • Wildly expand your philosophical toolkit
  • Hone your poetic and storytelling skills
  • Replenish your sense of wonder
  • Become a more effective agent of cultural metamorphosis

David is an excellent presenter – knowledgeable, soulful, poetic and passionate. I am profoundly grateful for this experience. – Martha Sorensen, 2019

Schedule

A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.

Terms & Conditions

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.


Listen

An audio essay on the pandemic, by David Abram, from March, 2020
An interview with David Abram, from August, 2020

Watch

Narrated and informed by David Abram, Becoming Animal is a film about the interactive human/animal experience. Watch the trailer below:

Presenter

David Abram
David Abram is a cultural ecologist and geophilosopher who teaches widely on several continents. He’s the award-winning author of  The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology. Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. Named by both Utne Reader and Resurgence as one of a hundred visionaries changing contemporary culture, David is a magical teacher who transforms lives. His writings on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. Co-founder of the Alliance for Wild…
Learn more about David Abram