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  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,880.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $1,820.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $1,670.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,520.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,820.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,670.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,520.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,365.00
  • Dorm Lower Bunk – CAD $1,230.00
  • Dorm Upper Bunk – CAD $1,230.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,120.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,040.00
  • Glamping – CAD $1,157.50
  • Commuter – CAD $1,042.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on August 23
Ends with lunch on August 28


6:00-7:00am Silent Meditation (self-guided) every morning*
6:45-8:00am Morning Harlequin Row on August 27*
7:00-8:00am Morning Yoga on August 24-27*
9:00-9:30am Garden Tour on August 29*
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-12:15pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
Afternoon Off on August 26, Guided Nature Hike 1:30-4:00pm*, Lagoon Paddle 1:30-5:30pm**, Desolation Cruise 1:30-6:30pm**
3:00-6:00pm Afternoon Session
6:00-6:30pm Oyster Appetizer Beach BBQ on August 27*
6:30-7:30pm Dinner 7:30-10:30pm Bioluminescence Paddle on August 24**

*Optional Activities
**Optional Activities with additional charge

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $565

Package Price: $1,042.50 - $1,880 / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes taxes and fees.

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Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2019

“When you tell the truth, your story changes.
When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

This transformational program introduces students of all levels to spiritual memoir and writing as a path of self-knowledge. When we learn to tell the whole truth about experience and to discern our own soul’s journey, we come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions, and so-called mistakes. Through writing exercises and group dialogue, students examine their inner lives as doorways to transpersonal wisdom, beginning with early biography, through emotional maturity, adult and family life, rites of passage, loss and growth, as well as treasure troves of must-tell stories. The objectives of this course are radical truth telling, increased mindfulness, and increased skill in writing.

Liberated from the myth that our stories are us, and aware that every life narrative is a work of fiction, we’re freed of the unnecessary limits these fictions impose on us. Investigate the mysterious connection between the person you believe yourself to be and the internal witness who sees beyond the conscious mind into the secrets of your heart. Using writing exercises, group dialogue, and one-on-one time with the presenter, learn to shape your life’s raw materials into teaching stories, and discover that even your darkest, most unexpected interludes carry within them the seeds of redemption.

Presenter

Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek is the award-winning, best-selling author of Sex Death Enlightenment, When You’re Falling, Dive, and other books. He is also a teacher and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry. He brings over three decades of experience as a memoirist and editor to his penetrating and thought provoking work with students. His workshops, classes, and mentoring have inspired thousands of people around the world to reach their artistic and personal goals. His latest book, Writing To Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery has just been published. markmatousek.com
Learn more about Mark Matousek