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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.

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.

Fostering Resilience

May 31 - June 5, 2019 | Mark A. Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Lau and Dr. Grabovac will return to Hollyhock May 31 – June 5, 2019! Contact us to pre-register and get a 10% early bird discount: 1-800-933-6339 “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you fe …

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.

Robert Gass

The Art of Leadership

August 4 - 9, 2019 | 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.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

October 7 - 12, 2019 | 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.

Paul Stamets

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

October 17 - 21, 2019 | 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.