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  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,670.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,505.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,145.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,160.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,835.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,500.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,080.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,930.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,750.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,580.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,375.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,375.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,375.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,292.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,425.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,215.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 15
Ends with lunch on May 20

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $675 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.

Necessary Trouble Collective is also offering scholarship opportunities, particularly for BIPOC folks. Email [email protected]

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

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Necessary Trouble: Nonviolent Communication for a World that Works for All

With Leonie Smith, Catherine Strickland and Meenadchi

May 15 - 20, 2022

If you have a vision of creating a world that works for all, and have struggled in realizing this vision – you are not alone. Join us for this rare opportunity to explore tools of nonviolence and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a way that lifts and respects the experience of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.

This program is open to everyone – we welcome a mixed race group to explore different perspectives, dynamic tensions, and how the tools of NVC can help. This is nonviolence communication through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. We extend a special invitation to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour who are curious about learning NVC in a way that centres their experience.*

Do you struggle to maintain connection when you are in conflict?

  • Have you ever been surprised at someone’s reaction or hurt feelings about something you said that you thought was an “innocent” comment or question and longed to find a way to reconnect?
  • Do you long to connect with people with different perspectives but find yourself lost as to how to navigate those relationships?
  • Do you long to step up and contribute to creating a world of radical inclusion and compassion?
  • Do you long to offer a path forward that prioritises deep connection, even when there are substantive differences?

This practical, skill-building program will teach you how:

  • To make room for full and authentic expression
  • To offer and receive hard-to-hear messages that support trust-building and real partnership in collaborative decision-making 
  • To understand how your positionality (your own personal history and sense of place) can impact how you are experienced and received by others with different positionality.
  • To address harm that arises from your words and actions in a meaningful way.

Learning Outcomes:

  • We will learn and explore nonviolent communication through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens
  • Learn and practice self-empathy as a decolonizing tool
  • Explore, through somatic expression and constellations, blocks to connection to ourselves and others
  • Learn how not to give up on yourself in dialogue
  • Gain strategies to disrupt systemic racism by sharing your truth in ways that hold everyone with care
  • Learn how to use nonviolent communication to move from the stuck-ness of shame and blame to creating real change that is responsive to real needs
  • Explore how to recognize when communities are recreating the toxic cultures that they are working to dismantle and to create strategies to bring the community back into alignment with its core values

*For BIPOC individuals who feel moved to attend and are not able due to financial restrictions, Necessary Trouble Collective has scholarships available. Please contact [email protected]


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 double vaccination, starting October 24th 2021. Learn more here.


Leonie Smith
Leonie Smith is a first generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage working at the intersection of nonviolence (which is about recognising and welcoming the full humanity of all people) and anti-racism,  anti-oppression (ARAO).  She is the principal at her consultancies, The Thoughtful Workplace and Necessary Trouble Collective. In her work she provides practical tools to turn values and principles into doable solutions supporting more cohesive and humane communities of all types. She is a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication. The Thoughtful Workplace Necessary Trouble Collective People of Colour for Nonviolent Communication
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Catherine Strickland
Catherine Strickland (she/her) is a white settler living on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),and Səlí” lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Catherine spent 20 years as a professional climate change policy and program manager, analyst and researcher before suffering a debilitating brain injury in 2010. She was also the Executive Director of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication for the five months leading up to the accident. She now spends her time volunteering within her Unitarian faith community on antiracism, anti-oppression and spiritual practices for social change. She is a member of the leadership…
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Meenadchi (pronouns: Meenadchi/they) is a facilitator and somatic practitioner whose work centers the softness of our shadows as we deepen into our light. Meenadchi’s movement work began first as a performer and dancer, shifting into the mental health and trauma sector through suicide prevention, rape crisis advocacy, and daily functioning/skill-building for folks with serious mental illness and complex trauma histories. Meenadchi’s primary modalities are Non-Violent Communication, Family Constellation Therapy, and craniosacral therapy. Meenadchi is the author of Decolonizing Non-Violent Communication. www.traumainformednvc.com
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