• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,690.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,525.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,165.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,200.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,875.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,540.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,100.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,950.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,770.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,600.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,395.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,395.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,395.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,312.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,465.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,235.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on August 14
Ends with lunch on August 19

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Supported Tuition: $495 CAD
Standard Tuition: $695 CAD
Love it Forward Tuition: $895 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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Summer Gathering: Inter-generational Elderhood- From Inequity to Integrity

With Rhys-Thorvald Hansen and Miik Wells

August 14 - 19, 2022

Something about the “distance” in “social distancing” spoke to a different measurement than that of “physical space between.” It plucked at the very threads of our social fabric, unraveled much of what too many folks believed was a well-crafted tapestry, and left too many already worn out weavers more exhausted and exasperated–as those believers retreated to the familiar unhealthy patchwork practices that perpetuate inequities.

So, even as different ways of Being, Doing, and Communing are created and curated and re/introduced into our social ecosystem, they are soon co-opted and corrupted by the very mechanisms these ways were made to address. And, in a plot twist many of us still don’t quite understand, those mechanisms aren’t only happening outside of us–in systems, institutions, corporations, and such…

Our inner selves have been the abandoned, neglected casualties of our outward obsession and compulsion with external control, certainty, and convenience, upheld by perpetual production and progress.

It’s beyond time to collectively and collaboratively invest in our social infrastructures and groundwork, if we are to cultivate a healthier world.

Welcome to the 34th Annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering.

For those of you who’ve been to previous iterations of the HSG, there will be familiarity. For those who haven’t been to this type of Gathering, there will be welcoming. For all of us who will be in attendance, there will be a wealth of opportunity–in the uncertainty of our collective happening–for us to recognize, reconnect, and remember our interdependence.

The Summer Gathering began in 1986 as a social experiment in innovative conference design. The Gathering is part exploration of ideas and embodiment and part summer holiday. It brings together a vibrant, diverse group of movers and shakers, social entrepreneurs, educators, healers, artists, and thinkers to explore social transformation and human consciousness.

Operating on the principle that real creativity at conferences happens over tea or in the hot tub, as well as in workshops, the Gathering has a flexible structure with plenty of time for informal conversation, creative expression, and fun.

  • Morning plenary sessions feature dynamic, interactive presentations by social entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists from a variety of disciplines.
  • The afternoons are self-organized open space — participants share their work and ideas with each other in simultaneous sessions. Afternoons also afford time for swimming, hiking, kayaking, massage, creative arts, and the like.
  • In the evenings we do our very best to experience collective joy through dance storytelling, play, an oyster barbecue, and connecting deeply with place



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.


Rhys-Thorvald Hansen
Rhys-Thorvald Hansen (they/them/theirs) is an artist and facilitator who works within the intersections of land justice, food sovereignty, and the nourishment of social movements. They practice their work with the belief that change is a constant that must be embraced with love in order to reach our fullest potentials as organizations, individuals, and communities. To that end, I place a high value on personal and community growth, learning new skills and information, and keeping shit real. When hosting community spaces, they embrace the messiness of sharing power, responsibility, and accountability, and always welcome you to say that which is uncomfortable.
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Miik Wells
My name is Miik (“mike”) Wells, and I’m a Black/Indigenous Man, Father, Brother, Son, Partner and Friend. My work is in tending to Self and Social Ecosystems by curating and conducting InnerActive learning and processing experiences. I’ve cultivated my way of facilitating social learning through multiple and varying roles with individuals and groups, spanning many different identities and cultures, for over 25 years. I approached all of my work capacities with my core of heart-centered, curiosity-activating, collectively-dynamic engagement–from children’s enrichment to team/community building to college leadership/mentorship to senior social activities to intergenerational gatherings. I express through my work that by…
Learn more about Miik Wells