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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.

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

This program has been cancelled.  You may be interested in: Leading Through the Body with Bettina Rothe, September 28 – October 3, 2018 Finding Neutral: Pilates + Yoga for Centred Living with Loretta Laurin, October 7 – 12, 2018 Calling all rebels, lea …

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 has been cancelled.  Other programs during September 28 – October 3: Leading Through the Body with Bettina Rothe This program is for people facing the world as it is, staring wide-eyed and reaching sideways for another’s hand. It is for pe …

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.

Metta Vipassana

April 24 - May 8, 2019 | Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

Experience seven days practicing Metta (unconditional love and kindness) meditation, followed by seven days of Vipassana (insight) cultivating mindfulness, on beautiful Cortes Island.

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.