• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,537.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $1,489.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $1,369.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,249.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,489.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,369.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,249.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,125.00
  • Dorm Lower Bunk – CAD $1,017.00
  • Dorm Upper Bunk – CAD $1,017.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $929.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $865.00
  • Glamping – CAD $959.00
  • Commuter – CAD $867.00

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on August 28
Ends with lunch on September 1

6:00-7:00am Silent Meditation (self-guided) every morning*
6:45-8:00am Morning Harlequin Row on August 31*
7:00-8:00am Morning Yoga on August 29-31*
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 30, Guided Nature Hike 1:30-4:00pm*, Smelt Bay Paddle 1:30-5:30pm**
3:00-6:00pm Afternoon Session
6:00-6:30pm Oyster Appetizer Beach BBQ on August 31*
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
8:00-10:00pm Evening Session
8:00-9:30pm Evening Session on August 28 7:30-10:30pm Bioluminescence Paddle on August 29**

*Optional Activities
**Optional Activities with additional charge

Tuition: $485

Package Price: $867 - $1,537 / 4 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes taxes and fees.

Scholarships: Most scholarships are 50% tuition, with a limited number of full scholarships available. Apply within your registration form. Click for more info.

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Podcasting: The Story from Hear

With Jennifer Moss and Jenni Schine

August 28 - September 1, 2019

The Story from Hear is a 5-day creative retreat on the power of sound, listening, and place-based podcasts. Deepen your listening and audio storytelling skills in a supportive and multi-faceted group environment. Sonically explore and document the unique coastal rainforest environments that surround Hollyhock through attentive sound walks guided by acoustic ethnographer Jenni Schine. Enjoy the relaxing natural environment and opportunities for research and productive time to advance personal acoustic projects. With experienced radio producer and creative writing professor Jen Moss, you’ll receive professional feedback on your ongoing projects. 

After listening to inspiring case studies and collecting audio field recordings, you’ll have the chance to create individually-tailored audio projects, informed by the rich sonic landscape and culture of beautiful Cortes Island. These pieces may be broadcast online and via local radio. No matter your level of audio storytelling experience, this program enables you to deepen your creative and technical skills while connecting with other sound-minded professionals. So come, put your best ears forward, and mingle with other acoustic explorers and communicators from a variety of fields. Discover the socially transformative power of sound and listening in the spectacular setting of Hollyhock.


Jennifer Moss
Jennifer Moss has spent nearly 20 years as a storyteller in various media. Starting in theatre, she moved into the print journalism, radio, podcasting, and digital interactive fields. Her writing revolves primarily around arts, social issues, and character-driven stories. Jen has worked extensively in radio production for both CBC and Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver. She won a Jack Webster Award for Best Audio Feature in 2010 for Wild Art, a story about an artist and recovering addict. Jen has been a writer and interactive story producer on numerous award-winning interactive projects, including Bear 71 (NFB), Seven Digital Deadly Sins (The Guardian),…
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Jenni Schine
Jennifer Schine is a sound artist, broadcaster, and community-engaged researcher whose work explores the oral histories and soundscapes of coastal British Columbia. She is a member of The Kingcome Collective, a place-based arts initiative that creates and promotes reconciliation projects between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Jenni was selected to attend the 2016 WNYC Women’s Podcast Festival in New York City, and recently produced Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp (2017) for CBC’s Ideas series and End of the Line (2014) for CBC’s Living Out Loud series. Jenni created and co-instructs Acoustic Ethnography at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. In 2012, she…
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