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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.

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 …

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.

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.

Renegade Writing

September 12 - 16, 2018 | Janelle Hanchett

This program is now full. You may join the waitlist at this time. You may be interested in: The Story From Hear: Place-Based Podcasts with Jenni Schine & Jennifer Moss, August 24 – 29 From Pitching to Pages: Writing for Film & Television with P …

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.

Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition

July 18 - 21, 2019 | 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.