• 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 June 17
Ends with lunch on June 22

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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Building Skills for Change

With Olivia Chow

June 17 - 22, 2022

Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world? This training program is for you. Build a strong foundation in the fundamentals of community organizing and learn how to build power and win change.

This was the best training I have completed in many years. The instructors were knowledgeable and the feedback from them has helped me in addressing the challenges in my advocacy campaigns. I highly recommend this training to anyone who is thinking of changing our world for the better. – 2021 spring program graduate

The Building Skills for Change program is based on the mastery of five key leadership practices:

  1. How to articulate a story of why we are called to lead, a story of the community we hope to mobilize, and a story of why we must act now.
  2. How to build intentional relationships as the foundation of purposeful collective actions.
  3. How to create structure that distributes power and responsibility and prioritizes leadership development.
  4. How to strategize turning your resources into the power to achieve clear goals.
  5. How to translate strategy into measurable, motivational, and effective action.

We ensure optimal engagement with short lectures, followed by interactive group work that puts the teachings to practice. We guarantee one facilitator to every six students to ensure our break-out sessions are intimate and every student is properly supported. You will finish the program equipped with the practical and effective organizing skills you need to be a leader and create change in your community.

It allowed us to create targeted plans for potential funders, board members, and messaging to local municipal councillors to garner their support. The material gave us a better picture on how to prioritize certain tactics, as well as measure if they would be successful or not. – Lisa Ryan, affordable housing activist

This program is offered in partnership with Institute for Change Leaders


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

Learn more about Hollyhock’s current health and safety policies here.


Olivia Chow
For over thirty years, Olivia Chow has been an effective and well-known public figure, serving in Toronto’s municipal politics and on the national stage as a Canadian Member of Parliament. She was voted Best City Councillor seven times by readers of NOW magazine and Best MP in 2010. Readers of the Toronto Sun voted her Top Torontonian in 2012 and Canadian Immigrant magazine named her as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. Olivia also wrote the best selling memoir “My Journey”, published in 2014. As a founder of the Institute for Change Leaders, Olivia and her team of 30+ trainers…
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