Hollyhock retreat centre is a registered not-for-profit located on beautiful Cortes Island in British Columbia. Hollyhock offers almost 100 programs each year. 


Spring Holiday – June

Flexible Dates
Reconnect to yourself and nature in our spectacular West Coast island setting. Take a breath of fresh air outside of the city, and enjoy the serenity and beauty of our local landscape. Our holiday packages include: Accommodations A variety of accommodations are located throughout our lush campus, ranging in price…

Flying SOULO: Your Story on Stage

With Tracey Erin Smith

June 23 - 28, 2024
Transform your life stories into a Solo Theater Show or a Keynote Talk. Using improvisation, writing exercises and one-on-one coaching with award-winning director Tracey Erin Smith, uncover the stories that need to be told and transform your experience into a powerful and entertaining show or talk. "Tracey is a true…

Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Betsy Warland and Shaena Lambert

June 23 - 30, 2024
Tapping the Stream is a week-long retreat - free from interruption - to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers. “Tapping the Stream is the most wonderful workshop I have ever attended. The facilitators helped me get back…

Wild Soma Being and Becoming: Embodied Practices for Collective Thriving

With Andrea Nann, Julia Aplin, Roula Said and Shannon Litzenberger

June 23 - 28, 2024
In this time of intersecting social, political, and planetary crises, how do we embrace and honour all that is arising in us as bodies? What if we listen closely to what we feel in our hearts, what we sense in our bones, and what we know in our guts? Can…

Pwātamowin “the act of dreaming”: A Yogic retreat

With Malina Dawn

June 30 - July 5, 2024
Pwātamowin is a Cree word meaning “the act of dreaming.” But this is not the kind of dreaming you do when you sleep, it is akin to catching visions. This planet needs more healed people and a big part of that process is us being able to catch a beautiful…

Four Agreements for a Better Life

With don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz

June 30 - July 3, 2024
"Everything we do is based on agreements we have made - agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is…
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Closer Together: A Weekend with Sophie

With Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

July 5 - 7, 2024
"Hollyhock is a sacred, special and transformative place. It’s an honour for me to host this retreat where the theme of togetherness, compassion and relationship to ourselves will allow us to dig deeper and come Closer Together." - Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Sophie Grégoire Trudeau invites you on a deeply personal journey…

Nature Paints Itself

With Jeremy Herndl

July 7 - 12, 2024
What if the world created us humans to speak its names, sing its rivers and winds? What if nature paints itself, using our deft human hands and the tactility of sight to emulate its textures, colours and spaces? In this workshop we shall enter the space of nature, the garden,…

Dancing from the Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 7 - 12, 2024
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…
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Ebb & Flow: Kayak & Yoga Immersion (July)

With Kai Harvey and Jasmine Hillier

July 7 - 12, 2024
Immerse yourself in the rhythms of the natural world and the ebb and flow of the Salish Sea.  Hollyhock, located on the southern coastline of Cortes Island (on the unceded land of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose), ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin), and ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) Nations) is an ideal basecamp and launch…

Connecting to Source: Yoga, Meditation, Ritual

With Mara Branscombe

July 12 - 17, 2024
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…

Singing in the Vocal River

With Rhiannon

July 12 - 17, 2024
Hear your own song and learn new ones as you find your place in the world of music and invention. Co-create vocal magic in a safe, dynamic circle of singers, delving into the possibilities of spontaneous composition and the language of storytelling. Working alone, in pairs, and in ensemble, meld…
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Something Opens My Wings

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 12 - 17, 2024
“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.” - Rumi Through meditation, movement, creative imagination and the soulful mystery of the Something, we will evoke the states and stages contained in Rumi's poem. Both Margie and…

Discover Cortes: Adventures in Nature (July)

With Bill Ophoff

July 12 - 17, 2024
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 Hollyhock's knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches,…

2024 Canadian Psychedelic Summit

With Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Kim Haxton and Orane Cheung

July 17 - 21, 2024
Cortes Island
Register for the 2024 Canadian Psychedelic Summit and secure your spot at the 3rd annual gathering on Cortes Island.    What to Expect Led by facilitator and ceremonial practitioner Kim Haxton, our time together will center the embodied knowledge of Indigenous peoples, creating space for ceremony, storytelling, and connection with…

Radical Dharma: Conversation

With Rev. angel Kyodo williams Roshi

July 21 - 25, 2024
It’s time to create the conditions that reimagine a path of healing, reconnect with authentic community, and manifest true justice. Radical dharma (“complete truth”) is a way to enter the critical conversation about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out and prevents our collective awakening. We…

Art of Spiritual Guidance: 2 Year Program

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 21 - 26, 2024
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…

Nature & Nurture Yoga: Embracing Abundance

With Fiji McAlpine

July 21 - 26, 2024
"Fiji is a phenomenal instructor. She created a wonderful atmosphere and allowed us to blossom and learn within our own space." - past participant Embrace the abundance of August in the Pacific Northwest on spectacular Cortes Island. Summer is the season to savour the fruits of the year's growth. The…

Partnering with Compassionate Spirits: Activating Your Medicine Council (Vancouver, July)

With Julie Kramer

July 26 - 28, 2024
Bridge and Enrich Lives Society
"Julie is a natural and gifted teacher. Attending her introductory workshop is like stepping into a portal of divine possibility, providence, and wonder that envelops the entirety of the weekend. Whether you decide on a whim to tag along with a friend or are traversing your own dark night of…

The Song & Dance of the Drum at Olatunji Hall

With Gordy Onayemi Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 26 - 31, 2024
Bumbamba! - Celebrate Life! Activate the Fire in your hands, the Beat in your feet, and the Song in your Heart on this Soulful journey in Rhythm at the Olatunji Hall. We will drum, dance, and sing inside the iconic Olatunji Hall and outside the Hall in the circle of…

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual & Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 26 - 31, 2024
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. This healing program uncovers and restores aspects of the psyche that are normally closed to therapeutic methods, transforming negative…

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth

With David Abram

July 26 - 31, 2024
How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between ourselves and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The deepening contortions of climate change – intensifying droughts, monster floods, flaring wildfires and heart-wrenching geopolitical cataclysms – all ensure that our species is tumbling toward…

Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred

With Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and Rupert Sheldrake

July 31 - August 4, 2024
Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting. What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. We will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with…

Presence Psychotherapy Training: Integrate Spirituality With Trauma Work (28 CE Credits)

With Michelle Lepak

August 4 - 9, 2024
Note: Continuing Education Credits available. See below for details. Presence Psychotherapy is a trauma therapy that integrates spirituality, internal inquiry, and relational attunement to facilitate healing. Developed by Michelle Lepak, this intensive 5-day training, rooted in evidence-based practice, helps clients orient to Four Dimensions of Presence to sense compassion in…

Energy Medicine Yoga: The Path to Boundless Joy

With Lauren Walker

August 4 - 9, 2024
Join Energy Medicine Yoga founder, Lauren Walker, for a profound, immersive and transformative experience. In our 5 days together, you will gain a deep understanding of the truth: Energy is All There Is - body, mind and spirit. Most importantly, you will learn to apply Lauren’s signature Five Star Method…
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You Are Not Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024
"I cannot say enough about this profound writing practice to heal, and awaken. I went away feeling weightier, more embodied, with a deep sense of having recovered more of my authentic voice, and depth of presence." - Krystal Dyan, Past participant Realizing you are not your story is a quantum…

Whole Human Health

With Lawrence Cheng, MD, CCFP(EM), MPH and Devon Christie, MD, CCFP, RTC

August 9 - 14, 2024
Embody your well-being potential! Join us on this five day immersive retreat to learn, explore and experience true health and healing, from a cellular to whole-being level. Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie expertly guide you through their unique and holistic synthesis of functional and mind-body medicine, and share…

Body, Breath & Nature

With Loretta (Lo) Laurin

August 9 - 14, 2024
Take a step outside of everyday life and reconnect to the landscape of your breath and body in nature. Reset and re-regulate your nervous system with an integration of yoga, pilates, and nature immersion. This is an opportunity to prioritize your self-care, decrease stress, and reinvigorate your capacity for balance.…

Non-dual Awareness: An Exploration of Effortless Presence

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 9 - 14, 2024
“I gained so much for my meditation practice and feel so supported and somehow I feel different in the world since then. What I experienced cannot be put into words.” - Past participant We all have awakened presence within us which is created as a spark of bliss at the moment…

Depth Ecology Camp

With Nora Bateson, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Rex Weyler and Kairn Mahon Carrington

August 14 - 18, 2024
Humans do not stand apart from the earth and its living systems. To address our global challenges, we must start from our roots as creatures of this Earth. What does it mean to take action and adopt a genuinely ecological frame for seeing our world, our selves, and our human…

Kanikapila: Expanding the Magic of Ukulele

With Kimo Hussey

August 14 - 18, 2024
If you play the ukulele, you likely understand the joyful power of this small but mighty instrument. At Hollyhock this summer, discover kanikapila, the magic that erupts when playing and creating music together. With Hawaiian ukulele master Kimo Hussey as your guide, go beyond rudimentary play and explore the myriad…

Slow Art, Somatic Practice, and Creative Rest

With Shauna Kaendo, Registered Art Therapist | BFA, RCAT and Trudi Smith, Registered Clinical Counsellor | MC, MA, PhD

August 14 - 18, 2024
Bringing our bodies into the conversation through creative process. In this therapeutic arts program, we get curious about what self-care practices can look and feel like both individually and in community. Through creative meanderings we will experiment with solo and collaborative art-making processes, for example, bilateral drawing, collage, watercolour, bookmaking,…

Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart: Insight Meditation Retreat

With Celeste Young

August 18 - 24, 2024
During this weeklong silent meditation retreat, we will focus on practices that quiet the mind and open the heart to support the unfolding of insight and compassion. We will learn to bring mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, facilitating a renewed sense of connection with our own bodies,…

The Art of Leadership (2024)

With Michael Bell and Suzanne Hawkes

August 18 - 23, 2024
The Art of Leadership is by application only. Click here to apply! Are you committed to making a difference in the world? In social change, socially responsible business, education, politics or community service? Learn to inspire, engage and collaborate with others in effective action to broaden the impact of your…

Discover Cortes: Adventures in Nature (August)

With Bill Ophoff

August 18 - 23, 2024
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 Hollyhock's knowledgeable, fun-loving naturalist. Explore ancient forests, sandy beaches,…

Nine Patterns of Developmental Pathways: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of the Enneagram System (4 nights)

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 24 - 28, 2024
This program is now full. Dan is offering the same program over 3 nights August 28 - 31, 2024. "Freud’s theory of the unconscious and Darwin’s model of evolution continue to help us understand the findings from current research on human behavior....Daniel Siegel’s theory of Mindsight—the brain’s capacity for both…

Cyanotypes on Fabric

With Sarah Fuller

August 24 - 28, 2024
This alternative photography workshop focuses on the historical Cyanotype photo process, using objects and plants from the Hollyhock ecosystem to create one-of-a-kind images on fabric. Participants will learn how to create Cyanotype prints on fabric and will be encouraged to use natural elements from the Hollyhock ecosystem to create photograms.…

Nine Patterns of Developmental Pathways: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of the Enneagram System (3 nights)

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 28 - 31, 2024
"Freud’s theory of the unconscious and Darwin’s model of evolution continue to help us understand the findings from current research on human behavior....Daniel Siegel’s theory of Mindsight—the brain’s capacity for both insight and empathy—offers a similar 'Aha!'" - Daniel Goleman, Author, Emotional Intelligence In this immersive, interactive workshop retreat with…

Opening to Inner + Outer Change: A Life Balance Retreat

With Celeste Young and Meera Bawa

August 29 - September 1, 2024
How well we navigate changes and transitions has a direct impact on the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction we experience in our daily lives. If you’re considering a big change, are in the midst of one now or are still feeling the effects of past changes, this unique retreat…

Andean Wisdom Teachings: Walking the Path of the Heart

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

September 1 - 6, 2024
Immerse yourself in the Indigenous teachings of the Andes during this transformative, expansive and grounding retreat experience with Traditional Andean Wisdomkeeper and Curandero (Healer) Jhaimy Alvarez-Acosta from Cusco, Peru. The focus of our time together will be to cultivate and deepen our personal relationship to ourselves and the world around…

End-of-Life Doula Training (INELDA)

With Nicole Heidbreder

September 6 - 11, 2024
Learn how to provide companionship, comfort, and guidance to those facing a terminal illness or death. As part of this training, learners receive self-paced video exercises as pre-work, an end-of-life doula guide and training workbook, live lectures and presentations from INELDA educators, small group and paired exercises, and self-paced exercises…

Healing at the Edge: Conscious Living/Dying

With RamDev Dale Borglum

September 6 - 11, 2024
Imagine living without fear. Imagine approaching the unknown with an open heart. There is a path to this freedom. "I recommend anything that Dale teaches.” - Ram Dass For over 40 years, RamDev Dale Borglum has been in close contact with many people who were approaching death. Almost all of these…

Salish Shorelines: A Saltwater Journey (September)

With Jonas Fineman and Jasmine Hillier

September 6 - 11, 2024
Join Cortes Island guides and mariners for a kayaking exploration of the Salish Sea surrounding the renowned Hollyhock Campus. Each day’s adventure offers a safe and comprehensive foray into the seascapes and histories of Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. Launching from various beaches around Cortes Island as well as…

Essential Somatics: Free Your Movement!

With Martha Peterson

September 11 - 16, 2024
If you have “tried everything” to relieve your chronic muscle or joint pain for the long term and have only experienced short term relief (or none at all), then this week-long training program is for you. Come and learn how to restore freedom of movement, resolve chronic muscle tension, so…

Harnessing Your Nature’s Potential

With Restore Human

September 11 - 15, 2024
Join us for a transformative three-day journey, designed to empower you to become a better mechanic and pilot of your own human spaceship. Regardless of your fitness level or experience, our program will help you understand and enhance your body's capabilities, regulate your nervous system, and broaden your movement potential.…

Becoming a Spiritual Healer Level I: The Essentials

With Julie Kramer

September 12 - 18, 2024
This year-long, blended learning professional training is designed for individuals who are called to facilitate spiritual healing and tend to the spiritual well-being of others. Those who feel drawn to working exclusively as spiritual healers, as well as those who feel drawn to offering spiritual healing in concert with one…

SAORI: The Zen of Weaving

With Terri Bibby

September 22 - 27, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
"Terri flawlessly combined the techniques of SAORI with the philosophy. I didn’t want the week to end" - Past Participant Explore the beautiful SAORI weaving philosophy from Japan where there are no rules and no mistakes. This philosophy encourages you to “look out through eyes that shine” and see beauty…

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

With Annie Klein

September 22 - 26, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
A great gift of our older years is the potential for deepening wisdom and expanding possibilities.  As more and more of us are living longer, we want these extra years to be vibrant, inspiring and fulfilling. This program will help you discover what gives your life meaning as you age.…

The Nourished Woman Goddess Retreat

With Abneet Kaur Sandhar

September 22 - 26, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
Aligned. Knowing. Full Bloom Radiance. Clear. Shining. Grounded. These qualities all exist within us, yet for so many women, we feel depleted and defeated. Our attention being pulled in many different directions, with a low-grade fever of constant overwhelm. We may feel racked with guilt, shame, and comparison, constantly feeling…

Cultivating Wellbeing for Health Professionals (2024)

With Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC and Erin Burrell, MD, FRCPC

September 27 - October 2, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
"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 Replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based meditation retreat for health professionals and partners.…

Harmony Within: A Journey of Songwriting and Reconnection

With Leah Abramson and Samantha Parton

September 27 - October 2, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
Writing can be a powerful tool of self-expression and intimacy with one's deepest thoughts and feelings. The “Harmony Within” workshop explores songwriting as a medium, a practice, and a journey through which we can reconnect with our creative source, our vulnerability, and our inner wisdom, harnessing the healing power of…

The Art of Resting Well

With Farah Nazarali

September 27 - October 1, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
Bring your tired and weary souls for a restful, restorative, and rejuvenating retreat that is an immersion into the art of resting well. This experiential retreat is designed to provide rest for your body, mind, and spirit through land-based and somatic practices--guided beach walks, mindful forest walking, sunset gazing, restorative…

Psoma: The Heart and Soul of Therapy

With Donna Martin & Shelley Winton

October 6 - 13, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 7, 2024.
How can we assist someone on their healing journey without any suggestion of something wrong, something to fix? Can we recognize healing as an inside job… the unfolding of intrinsic wholeness, rather than a return to wholeness? Is it possible to be the kind of presence that is itself a…

Fermentation of Place

With Kirsten K. Shockey

October 6 - 10, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 7, 2024.
Learn to collaborate with the microbes that make your foods delicious and your health vibrant. Join world-renowned fermenter, Kirsten K. Shockey in this unique fermentation master class to learn how to ferment confidently and safely in your kitchen. You’ll learn the art and science of this ancient craft by exploring…

Eldering in Times of Transformation

With Cheryl Rose, Juana Berinstein and Zhiish McKenzie

October 6 - 10, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 7, 2024.
“A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species.”  - Carl Jung There comes a time when you find yourself, perhaps to your surprise, in a new land which is unlike any part of the long…

Listening to Fish and Water: The Art of Survival

With AM Kanngieser and Zoe Todd

October 11 - 15, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 12, 2024.
What lessons can we learn about transformation from fish, water, and other inter-connected oceanic and river beings or ecosystems? As Dr. Leroy Little Bear says, fish have survived multiple calamities on Earth over half a billion years. He urges us to ask the fish for guidance on how to navigate…

Wild Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness

With Jim Gouin and David Sumerlin

October 16 - 20, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 17, 2024.
Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer powerful, practical solutions to enhance both human and ecosystem health. Through lecture, discussion, and foraging: Learn easy-to-grow cultivation methods using a hands-on approach. Gain the skills to identify at least twenty-five species of mushroom, both wild and cultivated. Delve…

Wim Hof Method, Breathwork and Your True Nature

With Cian Dalton and Carolyn Schmidt

October 16 - 20, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 17, 2024.
"We are so successful at being comfortable that comfort is becoming the enemy of success" - Wim Hof Using the Wim Hof Method and other practices, we will explore our TRUE NATURE as human beings, stripping away the layers to reveal our most authentic powerful selves. Optimize your health using…

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

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

November 15 - 17, 2024
SFU Harbour Centre - Segal Rooms
Learn EFT, the most sought after energy psychology approach on the planet. Emotional Freedom Techniques or “The Tapping Techniques” are used by millions of people worldwide.  These techniques can quickly and effectively resolve dysfunctional feelings, thoughts, behaviours and beliefs which can lead to challenges in relationships, health, right livelihood and…