• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,471.65
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,344.15
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,067.90
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,016.90
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $1,889.40
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,761.90
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,016.90
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,889.40
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,761.90
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,630.15
  • Dorm Lower Bunk – CAD $1,560.00
  • Dorm Upper Bunk – CAD $1,560.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,450.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,370.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,372.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 31
Ends with lunch on June 5

8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-12:15pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
2:30-5:30pm Afternoon Session
Afternoon Off on June 3
6:30-7:30pm Dinner

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $895

Inclusive Price: $1,370 - $2,685 / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice).

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Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

May 31 - June 5, 2019

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” -Dalai Lama

Come to Hollyhock to replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, other health and mental health professionals, and their partners. Learn specific skills to foster resilience and reduce the risk of burnout. MBCT, an integration of mindfulness meditation practices and elements of cognitive therapy, offers a different way to encounter and identify habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that can lead to overwork and stress. Development of specific burnout prevention strategies is included in the later stages of the program.

Retreat structure consists of large group teacher-guided mindfulness practices, including sitting, mindful movement and body scan meditations as taught in MBCT. Teacher-guided discussion, with a focus on meditation technique, supports the cultivation of sustained moment-to-moment attention. Periods of silence including guided practice further support a deepening of mindfulness. In addition, there will be time to take advantage of activities for relaxation and restoration in Hollyhock’s natural beauty.

Eligible for 20 hours of MOCOMP Section 1 unaccredited small-group activity credits for specialist Canadian physicians (40 hours total – 0.5 credits per hour). 

By the end of this retreat, you will:

  • Learn a precise, actionable definition of mindfulness and understand it’s relationship to well-being and resilience
  • Understand how to work with attention and awareness to develop mindfulness, matacognitive awareness, interoceptive awareness and equanimity
  • Practice the ability to attend to present moment experience in a more spacious, non-reactive, and effective way through a carefully sequenced progression of meditations, including:
    • Mindfulness of breath
    • Body scanning
    • Mindfulness of sounds and thoughts
    • Mindfulness of challenging experiences
    • Loving kindness
    • Mindfulness interoceptive exposure task (MIET)
    • 3 minute breathing space
  • Learn how to detect and skillfully respond to the warning signs of burnout by applying the Co-Emergence Model of Reinforcement
  • Develop practical and effective strategies for cultivating mindfulness and equanimity in daily life

Dr. Mark Lau & Dr. Andrea Grabovac will also be offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Training on October 7-12, 2019.


Mark Lau, PhD
Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych, who worked with Zindel Segal for 11 years, has 22 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, psychiatrist, has taught and supervised MBCT for 9 years. She is a 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. Her academic work focuses on mechanisms of mindfulness and the development of clinician competency in teaching mindfulness-based interventions. She is a co-founder of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute. drgrabovac.com
Learn more about Andrea Grabovac, MD