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  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,370.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,205.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,845.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $5,560.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $5,235.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,900.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,780.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,630.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,450.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,280.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $2,075.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $2,075.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $2,075.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,992.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,825.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,915.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on September 16
Ends with lunch on September 21

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $1375 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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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): 5-Day Professional Training

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

September 16 - 21, 2022

Take your next step on the transformative journey of becoming a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher. Receive a thorough grounding in the 8-session group MBCT program designed to prevent depressive relapse. Learn how to bridge the gap between the MBCT treatment manual and the moment-to-moment process of teaching therapeutic mindfulness skills in a group setting.

This intensive 5-day interactive training is a mix of didactic, experiential, and small group learning. During the program, you will:

  • experience the MBCT program as a participant
  • role-play client-practitioner encounters in a simulated MBCT classroom
  • receive hands-on experience delivering the core aspects of MBCT, including leading meditation and guiding inquiry
  • be supported to cultivate your own meditation practice and work with what arises in your own practice to build a foundation from which to teach MBCT that goes beyond scripts or techniques

This course is one of the prerequisites for UCSD MBCT Teacher Qualification/Certification.

By the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the core teaching elements of the MBCT program
  2. Define the role of sustained meditative practice in facilitating emotion regulation and defusing negative thought patterns
  3. Guide group participants through the core mindfulness practices utilized in MBCT.
  4. Discuss the relevance and importance of meditation practice and self-inquiry for the facilitator of MBCT and how this informs the integration of awareness practices within a psychotherapy frame
  5. Describe the origins and rationale behind MBCT

Through personal meditation practice, a simulated MBCT classroom, and role-plays of client-practitioner encounters, this highly interactive professional training aims to provide the clinician with the key teaching aspects of the MBCT program.

Participation in this program requires pre-approval. To be accepted, participants must have the following:

  • Participants must be health care professionals.
  • An advanced degree in mental health-related field
  • Previous experience of meditation
  • A personal commitment to establishing a daily meditation practice
  • Familiarity with cognitive behavioural therapy techniques
  • Professional experience in working with depression
  • Familiarity with facilitating group process


This program is by application. If you meet the criteria outlined above, you may Apply Here.

Related Programs

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals, May 20 – 25, 2022 with Dr. Lau and Dr. Grabovac.


A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. The daily schedule for this training is rigorous, with sessions scheduled from 7:15am – 9:00pm, with one to two hour meal breaks. Time to participate in extracurricular activities is very limited.

Special Terms & Conditions

Please note this program has a special cancellation policy of one month rather than 14 days. 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 Lau, PhD
Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 25 years experience as an internationally respected MBCT teacher, trainer and researcher. Mark is an MBCT mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and is one of a handful of MBCT trainers who provide the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. His academic work focuses on the mechanisms underlying MBCT’s effectiveness and evaluating effective methods of disseminating MBCT. vancouvercbt.ca
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Andrea Grabovac, MD
Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is an inpatient psychiatrist at Vancouver Hospital. She has taught and supervised MBCT for 12 years. She is a mentor with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, and teaches the 5-day MBCT Professional Training in North America. Her academic work focuses on the development of clinician competency in delivering mindfulness-based interventions. As a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) Institute, she trains mental health clinicians in implementing MiCBT both for themselves and with clients. Together with Dr. Mark Lau, she facilitates Fostering Resiliency retreats for health care professionals…
Learn more about Andrea Grabovac, MD