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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Metta Vipassana

April 25 - May 9, 2018 | 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.

The Art of Stillness – Vancouver

May 5, 2018 | Pico Iyer

This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for May, 2019 As the world accelerates to a post-human pace, how can we preserve our humanity, our sanity, our contact with everything essential? Through stories, statistics and specific daily pra …

Effortless Mastery

May 9 - 13, 2018 | Kenny Werner

Are you ready to discover the “master creator” who lives within? Kenny’s revolutionary process of Effortless Mastery – originally meant for musicians to remove the blocks to their creative process – was found to be equally valuable and profound for the …

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.

Fostering Resilience

May 18 - 23, 2018 | Mark A. Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC

“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” -Dalai Lama Come to Hollyhock to replenish and r …

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.

Aligning Your Head and Heart

June 1 - 6, 2018 | Catherine Roscoe Barr and Jenny Xenos

The Desire Map and The Life Delicious programs join forces for the very first time at Hollyhock, to give you powerful tools to fuel mind, body and spirit, and align your head and heart. Have you ever wondered why some people get into flow easily and ar …

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 …

Healing Power of Relational Constellations

June 10 - 15, 2018 | JoAnne Chartrand & Dyrian Benz, PsyD

On the path of life do you sometimes feel a disconnection from heart? Is it possible your heart has slipped into hiding? The heart often holds memories of ruptures and emotional wounds that go back several generations. These heart woundings interrupt u …

Spiritual Promiscuity

June 15 - 20, 2018 | Mirabai Starr

Join interspiritual author and teacher, Mirabai Starr, for an exploration of the many ways the wellspring of wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions resources us to become a resource for others. In this gathering, we follow the st …

Time of Transition

June 24 - 29, 2018 | Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

Let go of your old identity and lay the groundwork for a new sense of self. Life changes are times of passion and opportunity. The tension of the “in between” time is often coloured by the sadness of letting go, the difficulty of living with uncertainty, and the anticipation of new beginnings.

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 …

The Gift of Grace

June 29 - July 4, 2018 | Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD and Emmanuel O'Kane

Life has a way of supporting us in unforeseen and indescribable ways. The gift of life changing moments reveal a greater call and purpose. When we are able to discern the presence of grace, we have greater faith, trust and appreciation for our journey.

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 …

Awakening Through AstroDharma

July 4 - 8, 2018 | Catherine Pawasarat

Looking for a dynamic way to let go of old karma and conditioned patterns? Ready to lean more fully into the vision you have for your life purpose? AstroDharma supports your journey of self-discovery and transformation by leveraging Buddhist teachings …

From Illusion to Enlightenment

July 8 - 13, 2018 | Michael Roads

Discover a crystal clear path to inner peace and freedom. Take home a clear knowing of how to inner-grow from the deceit of illusion to the clarity of enlightenment, creating a fulfilling and enriching life. This transformational intensive raises your consciousness through a natural synthesis of simplicity, clarity, wisdom and truth.

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.

Padma Meditation

July 13 - 17, 2018 | Padma Shyam

Find real balance and clear awareness, and live your life in joy, strength and peace.  Padma shares her wisdom, laughter and inquiry from three decades of direct tutelage with a Himalayan meditation master. She skilfully guides you to find your own lasting ease, joy and experience of freedom. Beginner and advanced meditators welcome.

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.

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 …

Healing Family and Ancestors

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | Jill Purce

Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings, bringing harmony, joy and order into your daily life. Activate the unconscious field of the ancestors, making it a rich source of wisdom and illumination. Intensely healing, this program uncovers and restores aspects of the psyche normally closed to therapeutic methods, transforming negative patterns into natural blessings. Jill’s unique ceremonial shamanic healing rites, using chant and family constellations, heal the resonant field of the family. She works with each person, resolving recurring hurts in magical and oracular ways. Under her guidance you can heal your lineage and clear the field, enabling present and future generations to receive ancestral blessings and transforming clamorous ancestors into benign allies and powerful guides.

David Abram

Falling Awake

July 27 - August 1, 2018 | David Abram

How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The climatic changes now underway ensure that civilization will experience dramatic transformations in the near term future, indeed that humanity is about to undergo a sea change of immense proportions. How can we help such metamorphoses unfold in a manner beneficial not just to human elites, but to the greatest possible range of species, ecosystems, and cultures?

Earth Mate, Soul Mate

August 1 - 5, 2018 | Alina Frank and Dr. Craig Weiner

Your Earthmate-Soulmate is defined as the person who is ideally suited to make your daily life satisfying and easy, and who also happens to be the person you were pre-destined to meet and be with. Learn to design, attract/find and keep your “happily ev …

Science & Spiritual Practices

August 1 - 5, 2018 | Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, Merlin Sheldrake, PhD and Cosmo Sheldrake

Science tells us people who have a regular spiritual practice tend to live healthier, longer, more content lives. Explore the interface of science and spirituality, with thought-provoking discussion, reconnection to the natural world and direct intuitive experience.

Trauma, Body and the Brain

August 5 - 10, 2018 | Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD and Licia Sky

Trauma is not a story of what has happened in the past. The trauma that started outside shapes the perceptions and filters that determine how you currently experience your life; trauma keeps being replayed inside the theatre of the body.

Robert Gass & Judith Ansara

Sharing the Path

August 5 - 10, 2018 | Robert Gass, EdD and Judith Ansara

Rekindle and deepen your experience of love and connection. Join the thousands of couples who have attended our couples’ retreat and found their relationships infused with renewed passion, skillful communication, mutual respect, deeper friendship, and greater joy and pleasure.

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.

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


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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.