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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.

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Wim Hof Method

May 9 - 13, 2018 | Daniel Cortez

Experience the power of the cold, the breath, and the ability to tap into your primal nature! Because we wear clothes and artificially control the temperatures at home and at work, we’ve greatly reduced the natural stimulation of our bodies, atrophying …

Yoga and Movement Research

May 13 - 18, 2018 | Diane Bruni

Enhance your movement capacity through deep introspective explorations with Body Loop resistance bands. Our days will include dynamic movement and yoga, restorative, somatic and meditative practices. The Body Loop is a new tool developed by Diane Bruni …

Wild Cortes: Birds, Flowers & Poetry

May 23 - 27, 2018 | Rex Weyler and George Sirk

Come, explore poetry in nature and nature in poetry. Sit, drink tea and share beloved verses in some of Cortes Island’s most treasured places. Live the poetry, and immerse in the wonder of the more-than-human world. This is the first time in over a decade that Rex and George have presented this extraordinary, awe-inspiring program.

Forest Bathing & Sea Scrubbing

June 6 - 9, 2018 | Diana Beresford-Kroeger

The human body is a molecular machine. Sometimes this machine needs tuning up as it ages. Forest bathing and sea scrubbing, both from the natural world, provide this tune-up for you. The human body, with its surface layer of epithelial tissue, is desig …

Summer Solstice

June 15 - 20, 2018 | Mara Branscombe

Since ancient times, summer solstice has been celebrated as a sacred turning point in the year to honour the earth’s most dynamic time of expansion, growth and abundance. As we attune to the earth’s rhythm, we, too, have the opportunity to embody a par …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whole Human Health

September 12 - 16, 2018 | Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie

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. Devon Chr …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …