• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,685.00
  • Single w/ensuite* – CAD $2,535.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,210.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $4,300.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $4,000.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $3,700.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $2,150.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $2,000.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,850.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,695.00
  • Women only Dorm – CAD $1,560.00
  • Women only Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,560.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,450.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,740.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,372.50

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

6:00-7:00am Silent Meditation (self-guided) every morning*
6:45-8:00am Morning Harlequin Row on June 3*
7:00-8:00am Morning Yoga on June 1-3*
7:00-8:15am Morning Session on June 4 and June 5
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:00-9:30am Garden Tour on June 3*
9:30am-12:30pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
Afternoon Off on June 3, Smelt Bay Paddle 1:30-5:30pm**, Mitlenatch Island Cruise 1:30-6:30pm**, Guided Nature Hike 2:00-4:00pm*
3:00-6:00pm Afternoon Session
6:00-6:30pm Oyster Appetizer Beach BBQ on June 3*
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
7:30-10:30pm Sunset Lagoon Paddle on June 1**

*Optional Activities
**Optional Activities with additional charge

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $895

Package Price: $1,372.50 - $2,685 / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes Taxes and fees.

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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

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). 

This program has also been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 25.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits.

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

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Dr. Mark Lau & Dr. Andrea Grabovac will also be offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Training on October 7-12, 2019. Register for both to get 10% off tuition.


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…
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