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Book now and get 10% off listed prices! Offer valid until May 20, 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 August 19
Ends with lunch on August 24

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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Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 19 - 24, 2022

This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth. When you learn to express the whole truth about experience and to discern your own soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. The realization that you are the storyteller – not the story – frees you to examine beliefs, expectations, and biases that have limited your sense of self. As Mark teaches,

“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

Scientific studies have shown that a consistent writing practice has the ability to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Using targeted writing prompts, small-group sharing, and inspirational lessons and readings, Mark guides you through a process of self-inquiry designed to deepen insight, heal obsolete narratives, and hone your writer’s craft. Writing As a Spiritual Practice has helped thousands of people around the world to achieve their creative and spiritual goals. Known for his intuitive work with students, Mark creates an atmosphere of warmth, wisdom, and safety in which to do this powerful practice.

In Writing As a Spiritual Practice, you will learn to:

  • Use writing as a path of healing and insight
  • Cultivate witness consciousness in personal storytelling
  • What it means to tell your “untold story”
  • Recognize the importance of exploring the psychological shadow as a part of spiritual awakening
  • Enrich personal narrative with spiritual wisdom
  • Practice the five essential elements of effective storytelling
  • Develop an ongoing, transformative writing practice

I cannot say enough about this profound writing practice to heal, and awaken. I went away feeling weightier, more embodied, with a deep sense of having recovered more of my authentic voice, and depth of presence. – Krystal Dyan, 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.


Mark discusses the core question that motivates both memoir writers and spiritual seekers:

 

Presenter

Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the author of seven books, including the international bestseller Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and his latest book, Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Tricycle, and Harper’s Bazaar. He blogs regularly for Psychology Today and offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth around the world. Mark graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, and received a fellowship to…
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