Father-and-son Gabor and Daniel Maté lead this candid and probing inquiry into what it means to outgrow and transform past-based dynamics in adult parent-child relationships.

The American teacher and author Ram Dass once said, “If you think you’re so enlightened, go spend a week with your parents.” Family relationships are often fraught with complexity, and the unique relationship between parent and child can be challenging well into adulthood. Old dynamics have a way of clouding our views of one another in the present, giving rise to unpleasant reactions and interactions. Sometimes we seek to avoid conflict by keeping each other at an emotional arm’s length, creating yet another impediment to genuine connection.

Moving beyond these repetitive patterns would free us up to relate to one another in the present and enjoy the many benefits of an authentic relationship. But how?

This program examines the historical source of old patterns with compassion, humour and insight, and—most importantly—helps to clear the way for a new relationship, unencumbered by what came before.

This popular program has been extended to include an extra half-day for deeper processing and integration.

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.



Daniel Maté is an award-winning musical theatre composer, lyricist, and educator, recently returned to Vancouver after ten years in New York City. He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Prize for Lyrics, a Jonathan Larson Grant, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music and Lyrics, and was recently named Touchstone Theatre’s Composer/Lyricist-in-Residence for the coming year, thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Daniel has designed and led songwriting workshops for young people and adults in inner-city schools and recovery homes from Brooklyn to South Central Los Angeles. Locally he has taught masterclasses at Capilano University and at Vancouver-area high schools. Daniel has also narrated audiobook versions of three of his father’s best-selling books, winning AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award for his reading of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife Dr. Tanya Maté, N.D.


In this video Gabor and Daniel share a few tips and their wishes for parents and adult children:

Registration is available for one or both events.

$40 CDN for Evening Public Event Only
$285 CDN for Full Program (includes evening public event)
10% off for seniors / students / non-profits


Friday, November 16, 7:00-9:30pm (Public Event)
Saturday, November 17, 9:30am-5:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 9:30am-1:00pm


SFU Woodwards – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

*Note: Pre-Registration is required for this program.

*Questions about this event can be directed to KK Hodder, Program & Marketing Coordinator: kk@hollyhock.ca or 604-661-4119

*Hollyhock Vancouver Program Cancellation Policy
Cancellations within 180 days of ticket purchase, and at least 1 week before the start of the program forfeit $50 or 50% of ticket price (whichever is less), with the remaining balance refunded. Cancellations more than 180 days after ticket purchase, or less than 1 week before the start of the program forfeit 100% of ticket price.