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Our teachers are curated for their quality, depth, integrity and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

Hollyhock SCI

Social Change Institute (SCI)

June 20 - 24, 2018 | Hollyhock

Social change leaders from across the continent gather to build capacity, develop inner leadership skills and rejuvenate during this five-day conference. Make valuable connections, deepen your impact, and generate new possibilities in this highly interactive and intergenerational gathering.

Time of Transition

June 24 - 29, 2018 | Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

Let go of your old identity and lay the groundwork for a new sense of self. Life changes are times of passion and opportunity. The tension of the “in between” time is often coloured by the sadness of letting go, the difficulty of living with uncertainty, and the anticipation of new beginnings.

Mandalas

June 24 - 29, 2018 | Paul Heussenstamm

The practice of painting can awaken the soul’s capacity for creativity. Transform your everyday consciousness into the inner artist that lives within you. This program is designed to introduce the possibility that you are an artist, and that the artist …

Radical Dharma

June 24 - 29, 2018 | Rev. angel Kyodo williams

It’s time to reimagine a path of healing, reconnect with beloved community, and manifest true justice. Radical dharma, or “complete truth”, is a way to enter the conversation about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out and pr …

Margie Gillis

Dancing from the Inside Out

June 29 - July 4, 2018 | Margie Gillis

Move into your body’s experiential wisdom and reveal the soul in motion. Develop your sensitivity to the connection between thought, feeling, spirit and body as you listen in to your body’s inner wisdom, impulses, conversations and emotions. Becoming sensitive to and engaging with this inner life provides information both for expanding well-being, as well as deepening your artistic and creative expression.

The Gift of Grace

June 29 - July 4, 2018 | Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD and Emmanuel O'Kane

Life has a way of supporting us in unforeseen and indescribable ways. The gift of life changing moments reveal a greater call and purpose. When we are able to discern the presence of grace, we have greater faith, trust and appreciation for our journey.

Sea Kayaking Adventures

June 29 - July 4, 2018 | Michael Moore

Learn to kayak safely and comfortably as you navigate the protected ocean surrounding Cortes Island. Glide gently on the surface of the sea, passing miles of pristine coastline, with seals, bald eagles and seabirds for company.

Holy Sh*t!

June 29 - July 4, 2018 | Ann Randolph

This program is now full. You may join the waitlist at this time. You may be interested in: Your Creative Self, Unleashed! Improv Workshop with Joshua Townshend-Zellner, July 4 – 8 Renegade Writing with Janelle Hanchett, Sept 12 – 16 From Pitching to P …

Your Creative Self, Unleashed!

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Joshua Townshend-Zellner

Tap in to your creative self and unleash your powerful thoughts, feelings and deepest desires. Feel them come to life in magnificent, dazzling and unexpected ways while working with improvisation games, impromptu writes, trust exercises and a host of o …

Indigenous Wisdom

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Kathi & Chris Camilleri

Journey back to the values of your village. During this experiential program, we will explore our personal roles in supporting the revival of the values that worked in indigenous villages for thousands of years. Enhance cultural safety skills through c …

Awakening Through AstroDharma

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Catherine Pawasarat

This program has been cancelled.  You may be interested in: Time of Transition with Thomas Atum O’Kane PhD, June 24 – 29 The Gift of Grace: In Life, Love, and Service with Thomas Atum O’Kane PhD and Emmanuel O’Kane, June 29 – July 4 From Illusion to En …

From Point-and-Shoot to Brilliant Photography

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Dr. Charles Steinberg

Master the magic of light, techniques of composition, and telling of story. Make quantum leaps in skill and creativity with a fun, supportive group. Follow the magical light of Cortes Island and create a personal body of work.

From Illusion to Enlightenment

July 8 - 13, 2018 | Michael Roads

Discover a crystal clear path to inner peace and freedom. Take home a clear knowing of how to inner-grow from the deceit of illusion to the clarity of enlightenment, creating a fulfilling and enriching life. This transformational intensive raises your consciousness through a natural synthesis of simplicity, clarity, wisdom and truth.

Joy of Ukulele

July 8 - 13, 2018 | Kimo Hussey

Discover a blueprint to learning, playing and enjoying ukulele for many years. Maximize your skill and satisfaction with this inexpensive, portable, forgiving and fun instrument that is experiencing a worldwide renaissance.

Discover Cortes

July 8 - 13, 2018 | Bill Ophoff

The natural world is your classroom as you hike, kayak and sail amid the wild beauty of Cortes Island. Discover the flora and fauna of both land and sea along with local history and geological phenomena as you adventure forth with our knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches, colourful tide pools, windswept bluffs, and a mysterious bog. Our lush temperate rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife including deer, raven and eagles.

Continuum Movement®

July 13 - 18, 2018 | Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz, PhD

Discover a different view of aging that doesn’t include cognitive decline and limited mobility. The movement, breath and sound practices of Continuum® support you to reclaim the fluidity of your body and rejuvenate your vitality.

Padma Meditation

July 13 - 17, 2018 | Padma Shyam

Find real balance and clear awareness, and live your life in joy, strength and peace.  Padma shares her wisdom, laughter and inquiry from three decades of direct tutelage with a Himalayan meditation master. She skilfully guides you to find your own lasting ease, joy and experience of freedom. Beginner and advanced meditators welcome.

Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition

July 13 - 16, 2018 | Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, MD

Realign your vital energies with this ancient Chinese wellness practice of breathwork, concentration and movement. Gain a greater appreciation of yourself, others and the natural environment through experiencing the gentle, relaxing and rejuvenating aspects of this traditional discipline. Learn the four basic breathing techniques and practice them along with concentration and posture/movement exercises.

Masterclass in Creative Collaboration

July 18 - 22, 2018 | Adam Wolpert

Experiment, play and explore as we embrace a creative approach to collaborative group work. Through practicing presence and unlocking our creativity we can realize our potential as inspired and skillful facilitators or participants in any group system. …

The Future of Children

July 19 - 22, 2018 | Phillip Moore

Experience the new educational paradigm in ways that forge authentic inter-personal bonds, deepen intra-personal awareness, and connect with the outdoors. This work/playshop is designed to provide a seamless set of experiences that awaken new ways of t …

The Summer Gathering

July 22 - 27, 2018 | Rick Ingrasci, MD & Peggy Taylor

Join a multigenerational, diverse group of change makers at the 32nd Annual Hollyhock Summer Gathering. Experience true belonging in a creative community. Learn about local solutions that are catalyzing wide scale social change. Share your gifts and pr …

Peace Building Through Music

July 22 - 27, 2018 | Morley

Celebrate the power of our shared humanity, racial, cultural and religious diversity and interdependence with nature. Explore self-expression through music, guided meditation, conflict resolution games, dialogue facilitation techniques, vocal release, …

IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials

July 22 - 27, 2018 | Kim Haxton (Potowatomi)

IndigenEYEZ is medicine for relationships. Bring forth the wisdom of our ancestors into todays modern world. Discover tools for fostering healthier relations with others. Through cultural stories and teachings, we share skills for healthier relations with self, others, nature and culture. Our program draws on the land and the wisdom of our Ancestors to deepen senses and intuition. Feet on the ground, we offer tools that can be used in staff meetings, planning sessions, HR, community engagement—anywhere people gather.

Healing Family and Ancestors

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | Jill Purce

Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings, bringing harmony, joy and order into your daily life. Activate the unconscious field of the ancestors, making it a rich source of wisdom and illumination. Intensely healing, this program uncovers and restores aspects of the psyche normally closed to therapeutic methods, transforming negative patterns into natural blessings. Jill’s unique ceremonial shamanic healing rites, using chant and family constellations, heal the resonant field of the family. She works with each person, resolving recurring hurts in magical and oracular ways. Under her guidance you can heal your lineage and clear the field, enabling present and future generations to receive ancestral blessings and transforming clamorous ancestors into benign allies and powerful guides.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | Gordy Onayemi Ryan and Zoë Ryan

Awaken the fire in your hands, the heat in your feet, and the love in your heart in an energizing and inspiring week of rhythm, song and dance with Zoe, Gordy, Sanga and Ade — the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion. Sing, dance and play with the masters in a soulful journey to the well of inspiration and creativity. Everyone welcome.

David Abram

Falling Awake

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | David Abram

How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The climatic changes now underway ensure that civilization will experience dramatic transformations in the near term future, indeed that humanity is about to undergo a sea change of immense proportions. How can we help such metamorphoses unfold in a manner beneficial not just to human elites, but to the greatest possible range of species, ecosystems, and cultures?

Building a Vocal Community™

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | Ysaye Barnwell, PhD

There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a ‘vocal community’ at its best. Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike share the common experience of l …

Earth Mate, Soul Mate

August 1 - 5, 2018 | Alina Frank and Dr. Craig Weiner

Your Earthmate-Soulmate is defined as the person who is ideally suited to make your daily life satisfying and easy, and who also happens to be the person you were pre-destined to meet and be with. Learn to design, attract/find and keep your “happily ev …

Science & Spiritual Practices

August 1 - 5, 2018 | Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, Merlin Sheldrake, PhD and Cosmo Sheldrake

Science tells us people who have a regular spiritual practice tend to live healthier, longer, more content lives. Explore the interface of science and spirituality, with thought-provoking discussion, reconnection to the natural world and direct intuitive experience.

Founders + Friends

August 2 - 5, 2018 | Hollyhock

Gather with Hollyhock founders and friends for a few wondrous summer days on the shores of Cortes Island. Celebrate Hollyhock’s history of inspiring, catalyzing and training change-makers. Learn about current activities and explore future potential with a relaxed mix of culture, meaningful conversation and delightful meals. Hollyhock provides a unique contribution to the practical leadership skills this world so greatly needs, together we can broaden the impact of this work.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

August 5 - 10, 2018 | Alina Frank and Dr. Craig Weiner

Learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques or “The Tapping Technique”) and join millions worldwide who have found the most sought after energy psychology approach on the planet. EFT has gained rapid popularity because it has been demonstrated to quickly and effectively resolve dysfunctional feelings, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs which can lead to challenges in relationships, health, right livelihood and disease. Learn to implement this powerful mind-body approach which is supported by peer-reviewed research, drawing from the fields of interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity, and epigenetics.

Robert Gass & Judith Ansara

Sharing the Path

August 5 - 10, 2018 | Robert Gass, EdD and Judith Ansara

Rekindle and deepen your experience of love and connection. Join the thousands of couples who have attended our couples’ retreat and found their relationships infused with renewed passion, skillful communication, mutual respect, deeper friendship, and greater joy and pleasure.

Trauma, Body and the Brain

August 5 - 10, 2018 | Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD and Licia Sky

Trauma is not a story of what has happened in the past. The trauma that started outside shapes the perceptions and filters that determine how you currently experience your life; trauma keeps being replayed inside the theatre of the body.

Fermentation, Herbalism & Folk Wisdom

August 10 - 15, 2018 | Heather Wolf

Immerse yourself in the practices of folk fermentation and herbalism— living arts passed through the ages by cultures the world over. Through play and hands-on experience, learn to make a wide variety of vegetable ferments, brews, herbal elixirs, and m …

Healthy Running with Mindful Strides

August 10 - 15, 2018 | Marilyn Arsenault

Mindful running brings ease to your body and calm to your mind. Learn how to move well in day-to-day activities, and balance effort with stillness. This retreat includes daily movement, hands-on coaching and simple meditative trail running. No experience required.

Dancing the 5 Elements

August 10 - 15, 2018 | Zoë Ryan and Gordy Onayemi Ryan

Dive into a soulful dance journey to awaken to the call of your own essential elemental nature. Become fully present in your body, breath and heartbeat. Invoke the vibrancy and vitality of the earth, fire, water, air and space. Let your playful self arise. Allow your natural jester to shine and radiate.

The Naked Voice Wisdom School

August 15 - 20, 2018 | Chloë Goodchild

Your authentic voice is your most intimate soul friend. It is a unique bridge between you, and the rest of the world. It is the mouthpiece of your soul’s deepest longing. Naked Voice Wisdom explores vocal sound especially, as an essential portal and an urgent catalyst for the evolution of conscious loving relationships on planet Earth.

Shine

Dreamtime Didjeridu

August 15 - 20, 2018 | Shine

Enter into the powerful earthly sound of the Australian Aboriginal didjeridu. Deepen your awareness of the breath, voice and expression unique to your body as you listen in and create your own rhythms.

Robert Gass

The Art of Leadership

August 15 - 20, 2018 | Robert Gass, EdD

This dynamic, internationally acclaimed program is for leaders committed to making a difference in the world through politics, business, education, or community service. Learn to empower and engage others in effective action to broaden the impact of your work.

Council of Waters and Trees

August 20 - 24, 2018 | Amos Clifford

Sink deeply into the medicine of the forest. Combining Forest Therapy (also known as Shinrin-Yoku) and the Way of Council, embark on a personal, healing encounter with the more-than-human world and gain skills for council leadership.

Singing for Change

August 20 - 24, 2018 | Siobhan Robinsong

Experience how singing can boost energy, enliven spirit, build community and create positive social impact. Take home a repertoire of fun, easy-to-learn songs about change and transformation. We are at our best as singing beings. All voices welcome.

Martha Peterson

Move without Pain

August 20 - 24, 2018 | Martha Peterson

If you have “tried everything” for your back, neck, shoulder or hip pain, and have only experienced short term relief, come learn how to achieve long term pain relief and improved muscular function – on your own – whenever and wherever you need it. Use your brain to “re-set” your muscles to lengthen and relax as you restore optimum muscle sensation and control. The result is more fluid, efficient movement, more energy, improved breathing, drastic reduction of functional muscle pain and improved awareness of what it feels like to move, from the inside out.

The Story From Hear

August 24 - 29, 2018 | Jenni Schine & Jennifer Moss

Tune into the power of sound, listening and place-based audio storytelling. Attentive sound walks, story creation guidance and technical skills for podcast production advance your acoustic projects within a supportive group environment.

Art of Spiritual Guidance

August 24 - 29, 2018 | Atum O`Kane

Spiritual Guidance is an art, a gift and a calling that has been long practiced in contemplative traditions to support spiritual development and personal transformation. The practice encourages the soul’s quest for expression, authenticity and greater intimacy with the Divine within oneself, one’s relationships, and the world. Develop skills for serving as a spiritual guide to others while deepening your own spiritual foundation. This in-depth two year training program takes an interfaith approach and incorporates the insights of transpersonal psychology with special emphasis on Jungian psychology.

Stephen Jenkinson

COME OF AGE

August 24 - 28, 2018 | Stephen Jenkinson

Contemplative sorrow: the kind that is courageous and willing to learn the trouble of its time in a way that principled anxiety is not. We might yet craft an eloquence that serves the terrible beauty we are about to bequeath to the young. For elders in training, young and old.

Dive In to Expressive Arts

August 29 - September 2, 2018 | Kathleen Horne & Tamara Teeter Knapp

Dive in to Expressive Arts, whether for the first time, or as an opportunity to renew your creative connection! Immerse yourself in the power and beauty of the expressive arts modalities, including visual art, movement, sound, music, rhythm, drama, wri …

Walk2Talk

August 29 - September 2, 2018 | David Baum, PhD

As our world becomes increasingly connected, the way we communicate has become increasingly disconnected. We are talking more, but listening less. Our communication is interrupted, one-dimensional, rapid-paced, distracted, multi-tasked and… ineffective. Walk2Talk is intended to promote a simple, yet powerful idea: we talk better when we do it walking. When we talk side-by-side moving, a conversation can reach depths that doesn’t happen when we sit face-to-face.

Dance of Oneness®

September 2 - 7, 2018 | Banafsheh Sayyad

The time is NOW to connect deeply with what you truly love, to align yourself with Source energy and ignite your creative flame. Dance of Oneness® is a body/spirit based practice that nourishes this flame, supporting you to be passionately alive and present, and to be of true service to this world.

Wildcrafted Art Intensive

September 7 - 12, 2018 | Nick Neddo

Renew your creative nature through crafting your art tools and materials directly from the wild. A playful and profound exploration of the handmade approach to making art, this program strengthens the bridge to your inherent creative superpowers and th …

Climate + Spirit

September 7 - 12, 2018 | Hollyhock

As the climate crisis deepens, do you struggle to maintain hope? Gather with others who feel called to nurture personal and community resilience to face the future. Draw wisdom and strength from spiritually grounded, transformative practices that support our individual and collective capacity to meet the challenges ahead with awareness, acceptance and action. By application.

Your Soul’s Plan – Vancouver

September 7 - 9, 2018 | Robert Schwartz

Discover your life plan–a plan you yourself created! Before we are born, we plan the circumstances, relationships and struggles we will experience in our upcoming lifetime. Gain greater insight into the spiritual meaning and purpose of the people and challenges in your life in this illuminating, deeply healing program.

Renegade Writing

September 12 - 16, 2018 | Janelle Hanchett

How do we discover the story we wish to tell? And what blocks us from telling it? Once we start, what keeps us from finishing, and how do we stop using fear as an editor? Balance discussion of craft with the analysis and deconstruction of mental blocks …

Whole Human Health

September 12 - 16, 2018 | Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Maia Love

Embody your well-being potential! Join us on this four day immersive retreat to learn, explore and experience true health, from a cellular to whole-being level, by connecting to your innate body intelligence/wisdom. Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Maia Love …

Watercolour as a Path to Awareness

September 12 - 16, 2018 | David McEown

Explore watercolour’s magical flowing spontaneity and essential techniques as you paint directly from nature. Enhance your perception, way of “seeing” and connectedness to the earth with this travel friendly medium.

Business Inside Out

September 16 - 19, 2018 | Urszula Lipsztajn & Mike Rowlands

Take a fresh, bold approach to growth. Find a sustainable way to thrive as you scale your impact and grow your business. Today’s entrepreneur doesn’t just care about business growth. You’re working to build a company that delivers on a social mission. …

Equine Guided Learning

September 16 - 19, 2018 | Oriane Lee Johnston & Kera Willis

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 the natural world, and back, with horses as our wayfinders. Horses, by nature, attune moment-by …

Organs and Emotions

Sept 16 - 19, 2018 | Farah Nazarali & Jennifer Clarke

Emotions are an integral part of our lives and hold the key to spiritual growth and transformation. When you understand and honour the intelligence of emotions and the connection between emotions and the body, you can tap into unlimited health and find …

Social Venture Institute Hollyhock (SVI)

September 19 - 23, 2018 | Hollyhock

Join and learn alongside mission-based entrepreneurs from across sectors and generations for a five-day dynamic gathering to share goals, challenges and successes. SVI is a practical, problem-solving alternative “business school” within a confidential and supportive setting. For leaders of established small business and non-profit enterprises.

Yin Yoga & Social Justice

September 23 - 28, 2018 | Dia Penning and Danielle Hoogenboom

Calling all rebels, leaders, healers, seekers and knowers. How do we confront and contain our energy, while making our bodies conduits for change? What does it take to create change, both internal and external? Let’s gather together to explore the comp …

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

September 23 - 28, 2018 | Mark A. Lau, PhD, R Psych and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC

Take your next step on the transformative journey of becoming a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher. Receive a thorough grounding in the 8-session group MBCT program designed to prevent depressive relapse. Learn how to bridge the gap between the MBCT treatment manual and the moment-to-moment process of teaching therapeutic mindfulness skills in a group setting.

Leading through the Body

September 28 - October 3, 2018 | Bettina Rothe

“Embody the change you wish to see in the world.” — Bettina Rothe Become more embodied, resilient and powerful. Learn how to access the physical body as a domain of learning, change and transformation. Discover how the way you sit, stand and move chan …

Ritual + Practice for the Urban Homestead

September 28 - October 3, 2018 | Carmen Spagnola & Ruben Anderson

This program is for people facing the world as it is, staring wide-eyed and reaching sideways for another’s hand. It is for people seeking emancipation from the myth of progress. It’s for those who need to gather and grieve a lack (or the disappointmen …

Radical Aliveness

October 7 - 12, 2018 | Ann Bradney

There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself or about others. You seek out and value the d …

Cell-Level Healing

October 7 - 11, 2018 | Joyce Hawkes, PhD and Helen Folsom

Embark upon a guided deep exploration of your innate ability to focus energy for health and wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Looking within, both through powerful micrographic images of cells, and through time-honoured practices, we explore the healing nature of our physicality and our minds. We touch the heart of stillness in meditation, enjoy hands-on practice, sing ourselves to joyfulness, and deepen our ability to be of service to ourselves and to others through the refined techniques of Cell-Level Healing.

Finding Neutral

October 7 - 12, 2018 | Loretta Laurin

Embody a state of effective yet easeful strength, clarity, and confidence. Learn fundamental Pilates, yoga, and body language techniques to reset from stress-states and empower a more alive and aligned life. Your body tells a story about your life. Str …

From Pitching to Pages

October 12 - 17, 2018 | Peter Behrens

If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for film and television. This program is for writers seeking to transform a story, an idea, concept or treatment into a feature script or television pilot, as well as writers revising first draft pages i …

Robert Beatty

Mindfulness Meditation

October 12 - 17, 2018 | Robert Beatty

Waking up from the trance of everyday life is like waking up in the morning. The dreams just fall away. Come listen to the call from within and realize that you are vastly more than your person-ality. You are not your moods, racing mind, compulsions, addictions or wounds from the past. Mindfulness potentiates this awakening to the freedom, love, compassion and joy that are your natural state.

Paul Stamets

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

October 17 - 21, 2018 | Paul Stamets, D.Sc

Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Fungi offer powerful, practical solutions to enhance both human and ecosystem health. Roam the wilds of Cortes Island and learn mushroom identification, easy-to-grow cultivation methods, and various culinary and medicinal applications.

Drawing and Painting – Vancouver

October 20 - 21, 2018 | Lori Goldberg

Set free your inner creativity and explore extraordinary methods of drawing and painting. Develop a better understanding of self-expression and the creative process as you joyfully rediscover your innate sense of play!

Hello Again – Vancouver

November 16 - 18, 2018 | Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté

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.

Julian Griggs

Alchemy of Group Facilitation – Vancouver

November 19 - 21, 2018 | Julian Griggs

Finding meaningful and enduring solutions to real-life problems demands engagement with multiple interests across many lines of difference. Bringing out the very best from a diverse group of individuals can be challenging, and requires a subtle mix of compassionate support, sensitivity and insight. The facilitation needed in such settings involves alchemy – part science, part art, perhaps even a dash of magic – to transform divergent viewpoints and competing interests into agreed upon solutions and alignment on next steps.