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Season Opening & Covid-19 | We are planning to open with a smaller capacity in April 2021. See below for all our in person programs, and learn more about our covid-19 protocols here.

Virtual Programs | As we traverse these unprecedented times together, we are continuing to offer online experiences to support your connection with yourself and community. Browse our upcoming virtual programs and access past recordings.

Teachers | Interested in presenting at Hollyhock? Submit your program proposal here.

Scholarships | Available for most programs, based on financial need. We prioritize Indigenous people, people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ2IA+, youth, elders, and those who can articulate how their Hollyhock experience will support positive impact in their lives and communities. Learn more.

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Work Exchange Program

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Cortes Island
Support our Cortes campus and get an intimate behind-the-scenes Hollyhock experience with our month-long work exchange program.

Metta Vipassana: Cultivating Love & Wisdom (Vancouver)

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 23 - 25, 2021
Vancouver
Take a breath in the city through the practice of silent Vipassana (insight/mindfulness) and Metta (loving kindness) meditation. Join a connected community of new and experienced meditators. Enjoy guided meditations, sitting and walking sessions, Dhamma talks, and meditation instruction.

Metta Vipassana: Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 28 - May 12, 2021
Cortes Island
Experience seven days practicing Metta and Vipassana meditation, followed by seven days of cultivating mindfulness. Develop compassionate awareness and a more loving heart with a unique integration of mindful movement.

Core Matter: Yamuna® Body Rolling & Pilates Essentials

With Namchi Bazar

May 12 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 10, 2021.
Activate a sense of centered well-being with simple routines easily practiced at home. Learn exercises that gently massage and adjust the whole body - inviting strength, release, and rejuvenation. Let go of unproductive movement patterns and heal injury. Namchi Bazar developed her unique somatic approach with 25+ years as a professional dancer, Pilates Instructor, Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner and mother of three.

Wim Hof Method, Breathwork & Your True Nature

With Cian Dalton

May 12 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 10, 2021.
Optimize your health with oxygen and cold exposure, reducing inflammation and strengthening your immune system. Learn practical tools to overcome stress, and develop a deeper connection to yourself and nature. Cian Dalton is a Breathwork Facilitator, Stretch Therapist, former Professional Boxer, and the first Certified Wim Hof Method Instructor in British Columbia.

ReAwakening the Spine: Yoga in the Lineage of Vanda Scaravelli

With Diane Long and Robin Stamm

May 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 14, 2021.
Yoga, or unity of body and mind, is about increasing sensory awareness. We can train and allow our body and breath to open into new avenues without seeking a particular position or asana (yoga pose). Indeed, without attention and freedom, even asana will distract from true listening. Diane Long is Vanda Scaravelli's longest student and has been developing and refining yoga for most of her life. Robin Stamm is a physiotherapist and yogi who is studying under Diane.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles (May)

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

May 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 14, 2021.
Learn to kayak on the pristine and protected waters around Cortes Island, from the comfort of the 43 foot Schooner, Misty Isles. Certified local guides share their knowledge and passion for the coast. All levels of experience welcome. Limited number of participants. Jonas Fineman is the seasoned sea captain and owner of Misty Isles. Kai Harvey is a wilderness guide and owner of Cortes Kayaks. They will also be offering this program on September 7-12, 2021.

Alchemy of Forest Bathing

With Amos Clifford

May 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 24, 2021.
When the discursive mind becomes quieter and the intelligence of the heart comes to the foreground, a new consciousness emerges. Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, and author of Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature.

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

May 30 - June 4, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Feb 28, 2021.
Revitalize, restore, and build resilience during this Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, health professionals, and their partners. This retreat includes teacher-guided mindfulness practice and discussion, with a focus on meditation technique. This activity is certified for 34 hours of CFPC Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Drs. Lau and Grabovac, MBCT mentors with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, are also offering a 5-day MBCT Professional Training on Sept 17, 2021.

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

May 30 - June 4, 2021
Cortes Island
Cultivate the skill of self-compassion in this empirically supported training program. Self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits, and satisfying relationships. Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones are Certified MSC Teachers. Megan is the Compassion Programs Director at UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Martin is a philosophy professor at Oberlin College, Ohio.

A Journey of Sound, Movement & Breath

With Michael & Ayi Wong Mayzel and Maria Filippone

June 13 - 18, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 14, 2021.
Connect to your inner process with therapeutic Sound Journeys, and learn about the foundations of sound healing. Enjoy grounding and dynamic yoga practices, and combine chanting with movement. Auditory vibration, movement, stillness, and breath provide the groundwork for healing and transformation. Michael Mayzel and Ayi Wong offer therapeutic Sound Journeys through Shanti Sounds in Nosara, Costa Rica, and internationally. Maria Filipone is a yoga instructor, pilates teacher, and Yoga Thai Massage Therapist.

In Relation: Dancing as a Living System

With Laura June Albert and Loretta Laurin

June 18 - 23, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 19, 2021.
Experience your body as a living system in relation to nature and our wider social-political landscape. Explore embodiment practices, dance technique, and movement research to expand your range and capacity for interconnection. Elements include western contemporary dance, solo and contact improvisation, anatomy, and nature immersion. Laura June Albert is an educator, researcher, cultural organizer, and artist. Loretta Laurin is a movement facilitator of 10+ years.

Holy Sh*t: Writing the Sacred & Profane in Life

With Ann Randolph

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 1, 2021.
No mud, no lotus. Mine the mud of your life journey to uncover the lotus of your unique, powerful story. Profound transformation occurs when you write and speak aloud both the sacred and the profane, the joy and the suffering. Speak your truth on the page, stage, and in life. Ann Randolph is one of the most gifted and innovative writer/performers in the US. Her solo shows include Squeeze Box and LOVELAND.

Joy of Ukulele

With Kimo Hussey

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 1, 2021.
The ukulele is easy to learn, portable, and FUN to play. Kimo will share his master blueprint to learning, playing, and enjoying this beautiful instrument for many years to come. Kimo Hussey is one of the finest ukulele players on the planet. He performs and teaches worldwide.

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures (July)

With Bill Ophoff

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 1, 2021.
With birds and wildflowers at their vibrant peak, explore Cortes Island’s magnificent rainforest and teeming waters. Learn about the stars, the sea stars, and everything in between on this adventure of inspiring hikes, kayaking, beach walks, and a sailing excursion to Mitlenatch Island – the “Galapagos” of the Salish Sea. Limited to 12 participants. Bill Ophoff is Hollyhock’s knowledgeable and most humorous naturalist. He will also be offering this program on August 18-23, 2021.

Fearless Abstract Painting

With Samantha daSilva

July 6 - 11, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 6, 2021.
The process of creating evolves into ideas. Ditch the fear and approach your next blank canvas with excitement and creative energy! Using rollers, tables, acrylics, canvas manipulation, plaster, sand, and wood shavings, create ethereal textured abstracts and become the fearless artist of your dreams! No previous experience necessary. Samantha daSilva is a professional artist, educator, and creator of the Fearless Abstract Painting technique.

Tantra for Couples: Cultivating Sacred Intimacy

With Devi Ward Erickson and Chris Erickson, PhD

July 6 - 11, 2021
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 6, 2021.
Tantra is an ancient spiritual science designed to activate, heal, and enrich every area of life. Learn practical and effective Tantric methods to cultivate a deeply sacred, utterly joyful, and profoundly pleasurable intimate connection - in and out of the bedroom. Devi Ward Erickson is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert and Certified Sexologist and Founder of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education. Chris Erickson holds a PhD in Political Science and is a Certified Authentic Tantra® Coach.

Dancing from the Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 6 - 11, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 6, 2021.
Move into your body’s experiential wisdom to reveal the soul in motion. Listen to your body’s inner impulses, conversations, and emotions to deepen your well-being along with your artistic and creative expression. An exceptional opportunity. All levels welcome. -- Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, performing for 40+ years, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Singing in the Vocal River

With Rhiannon

July 11 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 11, 2021.
Rhiannon’s expertise lies with the connection between body and voice, teaching the invention of melody, harmony, rhythm, language, and story while guiding the singer towards the heart and soul of their musical self. Rhiannon is a gifted singer, performance artist, composer, author, and master teacher.

The Mystery of the Soul

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 11 - 16, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 11, 2021.
The mystery of the soul can be embraced, experienced, danced, and explored, but never exhausted or diminished. Reclaim and celebrate the mystery of your soul with dance and spiritual teachings. Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, performer of 40+ years, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, holds a doctorate degree in transpersonal psychology and is a former senior teacher in the Sufi Order International. Margie will also be offering Dancing from the Inside Out on July 6 - 11, 2021 and Atum will also be offering Time of Transition on July 16 -…

Time of Transition

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 16, 2021.
Life changes are times of passion and opportunity. Working with teachings from Jungian psychology and various spiritual traditions, detach and break free from old roles and expectations. Ritual, reflection, and wisdom guide your journey and passage toward your new sense of self. Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, holds a doctorate degree in transpersonal psychology and is a former senior teacher in the Sufi Order International. atumokane.com

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual and Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 21 - 26, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 21, 2021.
Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings. Jill’s unique ceremonial, shamanic healing rites, using chant and family constellations, restore coherence within family fields in oracular ways, unavailable in normal therapy. Excluded relations are reintegrated as powerful allies. Relatives do not need to be living. Individuals and families welcome. Renowned internationally, author Jill Purce pioneered both the sound and ancestral healing movements in the West.

Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition

With Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, CM, MD, OMD, PhD

July 22 - 25, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 22, 2021.
Realign vital energies with this ancient Chinese wellness practice of breath work, concentration, and movement. Learn hands-on how to intuit, assess, harmonize, and heal vital Qi for yourself and loved ones. Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Alberta and a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Science & Spiritual Practices

With Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake

July 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 26, 2021.
Science sheds new light on many spiritual practices, including rituals, pilgrimage, meditation, chanting, and rites of passage. Explore spiritual traditions and reconnect with the natural world through singing, listening, looking, telling stories, thinking, and having fun. Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, biologist and author, is joined by sons Merlin, PhD, and Cosmo. Merlin is a fungal biologist, author, and musician. Cosmo is an internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and producer.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life

With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 26, 2021.
Activate the fire in your hands, the beat in your feet, and the song in your heart! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the music and dance of the Olatunji Drums of Passion at Hollyhock. Sing, dance, and play on a soulful journey to the well of inspiration. Everyone welcome. Gordy Onayemi Ryan, Zoë Ryan, Sanga Francis, Ade Harris are the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion. They performed with world renowned Nigerian drummer and educator, Babatunde Olatunji, after whom the hall this program will take place in is named after.

Building a Vocal Community™

With Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

July 30 - August 4, 2021
Cortes Island
An awesome power emerges when uncommon voices are blended for the common good. Experience traditional African music, African American spirituals, and civil rights anthems while learning about their extraordinary historical, social, and political context. Everyone welcome.

Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

With David Abram

July 30 - August 4, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Apr 30, 2021.
Awaken your animal intelligence, shake your senses free from outmoded concepts, and invigorate your felt experience. Through elemental encounters with the land, creaturely shapeshifting, and heartfelt conversation, open a new relationship between your body and the breathing earth.

Sharing the Path: For Couples

With Judith Ansara & Robert Gass

August 13 - 18, 2021
Cortes Island
Rediscover and deepen the joy and intimacy of your loving partnership. Break free from negative patterns while learning practices of authenticity, self-responsibility, empathy, deep listening, problem solving, and sacred sexuality. Enjoy a deeply connecting time together and take home profound tools to support your life as a couple.

The Art of Spiritual Guidance: 2 Year Program

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

August 18 - 23, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 19, 2021.
A Two-Year Training Program. 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. This in-depth training takes an interfaith approach while encompassing insights from transpersonal and Jungian psychology. - Thomas Atum O’Kane, PhD, holds a doctorate degree in transpersonal psychology and is a former senior teacher in the Sufi Order International.

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures (August)

With Bill Ophoff

August 18 - 23, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 19, 2021.
With birds and wildflowers at their vibrant peak, explore Cortes Island’s magnificent rainforest and teeming waters. Learn about the stars, the sea stars, and everything in between on this adventure of inspiring hikes, kayaking, beach walks, and a sailing excursion to Mitlenatch Island – the “Galapagos” of the Salish Sea. Limited to 12 participants. Bill Ophoff is Hollyhock’s knowledgeable and most humorous naturalist. He will also be offering this program on July 1-6, 2021.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 24, 2021.
Memoir is a path of self-knowledge. Learn to tell the whole truth and your essential stories will emerge, bringing insight and transpersonal wisdom. Writing exercises and group dialogue guide you toward creative discovery, increased mindfulness, and better composition. Everyone welcome.

Connecting To Source: Yoga, Meditation, and Ritual

With Mara Branscombe

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 24, 2021.
Since ancient times, the human collective has aligned with the seasons, the elements, the rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the earth as a way to source pure energy and connect to one’s inner compass. The mind-body science of yoga, combined with the practice of meditation, breath-work, and the alchemy of earth based rituals creates a channel that leads to present moment awareness, mind-body-spirit integration, and a wild transformation within. As the summer cycle comes to its completion, we can honour the earth’s dynamic time of expansion, growth, abundance and harvest. As we attune to the earth’s rhythm, may we take…

Write From Power: Accessing Your Stories

With Janelle Hanchett

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 29, 2021.
What do I do with my fear surrounding writing? How do I manage criticism? What if I say something wrong? Develop a new relationship with your writing practice by exploring concrete ways to write honestly in spite of fear, show up authentically on the page, and define for yourself the power of your unique story, voice, and perspective.

Move Without Pain: Essential Somatics

With Martha Peterson

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 3, 2021.
Learn to use your brain to reverse the physical effects of stress, restore brain to muscle connection, and defy creaky old age. Create a routine of easy, safe, and essential Somatic Movements to eliminate chronic pain and keep you moving fluidly and effortlessly throughout your life.

The Gift of Gratitude: Fall Yoga Retreat

With Fiji McAlpine

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 3, 2021.
Gratitude enhances and enlivens every aspect of our life, and can be intentionally brought into our daily routines. Celebrate this season of gratitude with dynamic flow and nourishing yin yoga practices. Learn to mindfully connect to the present, allowing yourself the opportunity to ground and appreciate all that is.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles (Sept)

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

September 7 - 12, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 8, 2021.
Learn to kayak on the pristine and protected waters around Cortes Island, from the comfort of the 43 foot Schooner, Misty Isles. Certified local guides share their knowledge and passion for the coast. All levels of experience welcome. Limited number of participants. Jonas Fineman is the seasoned sea captain and owner of Misty Isles. Kai Harvey is a wilderness guide and owner of Cortes Kayaks. They will also be offering this program on May 16-21, 2021.

Psoma Yoga Therapy

With Donna Martin & Shelley Winton

September 7 - 12, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 8, 2021.
Experience a gentle body-mind/spirit practice for healing that can be integrated with Hakomi (mindfulness-based self-discovery). Learn how habitual tension and movement patterns may have psychological meaning, discover and transform the roots of unnecessary suffering, and find the keys to true health and freedom. No experience is necessary.

Earth Wisdom, Horse Wisdom: A Nature Retreat with Horses

With Oriane Lee Johnston

September 12 - 15, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 13, 2021.
Journey into the heart of the world with horses as our guides. Practice breath and body meditation, hands-on touch, joyful play with the herd, and a journey ride on horseback. Limited to 12 participants.

Heart of the Condor: Andean Wisdom Teachings

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

September 12 - 17, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 13, 2021.
Ground yourself in the wisdom teachings of the Andes while discovering the keys to harmonizing the three bodies of the serpent (mind), puma (body), and condor (soul). Connect to your heart, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos with the support of traditional Andean Indigenous knowledge, passed down through generations since time immemorial.

Mindfulness Meditation: A Way of Love and Compassion

With Robert Beatty

September 17 - 22, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 18, 2021.
Wake up from the trance of everyday life. You are not your moods, anxiety, compulsions, past wounds, or addictions. Awaken to the freedom, love, compassion, and joy that is your natural state. This program is held in silence (except sessions) — common areas on campus are shared spaces.

Whole Human Health: Functional Medicine 2.0

With Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie

September 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 27, 2021.
Embody your well-being potential! Create your own personalized optimal wellness plan for lasting health and happiness informed by a synthesis of integrative and functional medicine, mind-body medicine, and leading-edge neurobiology. For anyone seeking an empowered approach to their own personal health.

From Age-ing to Sage-ing®: Deepening the Sage Within

With Annie Klein and Nancy Gray-Hemstock

September 30 - October 4, 2021
Cortes Island
“Sage-ing” is a new approach to growing older. Discover skills, philosophies, perspectives, and tools to improve the second half of your life. Recognize the value of experience, and learn to respond in practical and positive ways to the changes that occur as we age.

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

With Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

October 4 - 8, 2021
Cortes Island
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, as well as various culinary and medicinal applications. -- Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is a renowned, award-winning mycologist. The Star Trek Discovery series recently named a character - Astromycologist Starfleet Lt. Commander Stamets - in his honour.

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

With Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

October 13 - 17, 2021
Cortes Island
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, as well as various culinary and medicinal applications. -- Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is a renowned, award-winning mycologist. The Star Trek Discovery series named a character - Astromycologist Starfleet Lt. Commander Stamets - in his honour.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Levels 1-2 (Vancouver)

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

October 15 - 17, 2021
Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson St. Vancouver
Learn powerful evidence-based Clinical EFT tapping techniques to quickly and effectively create changes in negative emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. This training is for individuals looking to use EFT for self-help, and to integrate it safely into professional client-based practices. -- Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner, DC, are internationally respected EFT trainers and directors of the EFT Tapping Training Institute.

Dark & Stormy Writing Retreat

With Shaena Lambert and Betsy Warland

October 17 - 24, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 18, 2021.
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