• Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,264.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $1,228.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $1,138.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,048.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $1,228.00
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,138.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,048.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $955.00
  • Dorm Lower Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Dorm Upper Bunk – CAD $874.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $808.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $760.00
  • Commuter – CAD $761.50

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on Sep 1
Ends with lunch on Sep 4

8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-12:00pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
3:15-6:00pm Afternoon Session
Afternoon Off on Sept 2 or 3
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
8:00-10:00pm Evening Session

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $475

Package Price: $761.50 - $1,264 / 3 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes taxes and fees.

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Into the Heart: A Nature Retreat with Horses

With Oriane Lee Johnston and Kera Willis

September 1 - 4, 2019

How long has it been since you felt kinship with life beyond your own? What does it mean to truly learn from another species? Come journey into the heart of nature with horses as our wayfinders.

Horses naturally attune moment-by-moment to changes in each other and in their environment. Being in their presence rebalances humans, too, by bringing the energy fields of our hearts and brains into a state of coherence––that’s why being around them feels so good. A herd teaches us the practice of equanimity––equine-imity––to stand “in the middle of all” with true composure. Within a community of horses, we learn how to strengthen our resilience, love and wise action in response to the challenges of our life and the world today.

Our field days–– on a beautiful Cortes Island farm––include breath and body meditations, joyful play with the horses on the ground, quiet reflection with the herd and hands-on, up-close connection. Everyone welcome.



Oriane Lee Johnston
Oriane Lee Johnston brings natural horsemanship, spiritual guidance and her years as former program director for Hollyhock to her work as educator and mentor. Horse journeys have taken her riding in the sacred mountains of Ecuador and volunteering with horses in Africa. orianelee.com   P.C. Charles Steinberg Read my blog on Hollyhock Talks
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Kera Willis
Kera Willis is founder and teacher at Mountain Horse School in Pemberton BC, where she creates transformative encounters between horses, humans and the natural world. With her team of animal collaborators that include horses, ducks, a sheep and a pig, she specializes helping children and adults experience a sense of belonging– both to themselves and to the natural world. mountainhorseschool.com
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