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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Nonviolent Communication

May 13 - 18, 2018 | Rachelle Lamb

Learn a deceptively simple and boldly creative approach to sustaining connection and addressing conflict in a time petitioning for robust examples of human courage, honesty and radical empathy. NVC is a language rooted in heart and conscience and ultimately a faithful map for any relationship struggling to find a reliable horizon in stormy seas. For lovers, leaders and cynics alike.

Tiny Houses 101

May 18 - 23, 2018 | Kenton Zerbin

Learn what tiny homes are all about! In this four day intensive course, gain the inspiration and information you need to start designing and building your very own tiny house! Together, we’ll strategically cover the following topics: Basic home design …

Media That Matters

May 23 - 27, 2018 | Bill Weaver, Sue Biely & Tracey Friesen

Savvy media makers are going beyond just producing a product: they are creating an alchemy of compelling narrative, mission-aligned financing, and ingenious outreach strategies that is shifting world views. Today’s best projects are a dynamic synergy of story, money, and impact. Together we focus on how and where these forces meet. We also explore new partnerships in filmmaking, financing, and distribution that are fostering a thriving renewal in media communities while providing powerful tools for change agents.

Activate: digital leadership

May 27 - May 31, 2018 | Hollyhock

Join the sharpest digital minds from political and advocacy campaigns, creative agencies, and progressive causes for five days of hard-skills training in digital tactics and leadership. Gain clarity on how to intelligently activate your organization from the inside, and crack the code to engaging your target audience to win campaigns, raise money, and hit your goals.

The Activist as Mystic

June 6 - 10, 2018 | Dan Hines

A ‘Circle of Trust’ experience based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. Join us for an exploration into our shared ‘blessed unrest’: an informed, mystical, active and loving resistance to the world as it is. In th …

Creating a Climate for Change

June 6 - 10, 2018 | Tzeporah Berman & Clayton Thomas-Müller

Creating a Climate for Change: Activist Training is a skills training designed for people advocating for a safe and just climate future. This includes building awareness and engagement on climate change, designing social movement strategy and campaigns …

Evolutionary Leadership

June 10 - 15, 2018 | Gibrán Rivera

Do you dream of taking your life’s work to the next level? This program helps you find clarity in your calling, equips you with the strategic skills necessary to actualize your dream and makes you part of a strong, committed community of doers. No matter where you are in the process, this program meets you where you are and builds from there.

Evolutionary Leadership Graduate Program

June 15 - 20, 2018 | Gibrán Rivera

The Evolutionary Leadership program is now in its fourth consecutive season at Hollyhock. What started as a small workshop to help participants launch their dream projects has blossomed into a thriving network of doers. The program requires both a comm …

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.

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 …

Indigenous Wisdom

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Kathi & Chris Camilleri

Journey back to the values of your village. People of all ancestries traditionally lived in a village system for thousands of years. Explore the village model and learn how you can replicate aspects of what worked so well for so long in your life, fami …

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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.


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.

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.

Business Inside Out

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

Take a fresh, bold look at ‘growth.’ Blend together the leading approaches of agile strategy, design thinking, and lean startup, with the self-compassion, habit-defining, and goal-setting skills essential to personal resilience and effectiveness. Learn …

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.

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.

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 …

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.