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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.

Residency Service Program

Package Dates
Cortes Island
The 2019 Resident Service Program is now full. Please check back in January, when applications will be opened for the 2020 season. Support our work and get behind-the-scenes experience with our month-long immersion program, including: 3 wonderful Hollyhock meals each day Comfortable shared accommodation with other residents 4 hours/week of dedicated yoga, personal growth, mindfulness practice, island adventures, and guided nature immersion Access to a variety of onsite amenities and activities, including ocean-view hot tubs, presenter evenings, oyster BBQs, morning rows, guided hikes, and more. 30 hours/week of active service alongside our staff, including experience in our kitchen, housekeeping, garden,…

Move Without Pain: Essential Somatics

With Martha Peterson

September 20 - 25, 2019
Cortes Island
Learn to use your brain to reprogram your muscles 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. -- Martha Peterson, CHSE, CMT, author of Move Without Pain, “tried everything” for chronic pain before finding Hanna Somatics.

Painting & Drawing: Transforming the Ordinary

With Lori Goldberg

September 25 - 29, 2019
Set your creativity free. Connect with your intuition and unique visual intelligence, while building skills in the techniques of drawing and painting. This insightful hands-on program is a playful exploration into self expression and awareness. All levels welcome.

Envisioning Peace: Foundational Practices

With Farah Nazarali

September 29 - October 3, 2019
Bridge the inner practices of yoga, Buddhism, and meditation with the outer relational skills of nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. Use body, mind, and speech to envision peace, communicate with courage, and contribute to a fair and just future for all.

Living Awake: Grief, Grace & Gratitude

With Lilli Ruth Rosenberg and Katheryn Trenshaw

September 29 - October 3, 2019
Cortes Island
Now is the time to live your most radiant life from a place of resilient well-being. Experience and learn how surrendering into life’s rising and falling cultivates essential happiness and true freedom.

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

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

October 4 - 6, 2019
Blue Horizon Hotel, Seymour Room (31st floor)
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.

Flying SOULO: Your Story on Stage

With Tracey Erin Smith

October 7 - 12, 2019
Transform your life’s stories into a Solo Theatre Show or Keynote. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and one-on-one coaching, uncover the stories that need to be told and reveal your truth in a powerful and entertaining show.

Meditation & Internal Arts: Balancing Movement and Stillness

With Dr. Mark Sherman and Paul Bromley

October 12 - 17, 2019
Open your body and relax your mind. Chinese Internal Arts such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Bagua offer insight into the subtle energies of the human body. Interweave these practices with mindfulness and meditation to reawaken your capacity for healing and presence.

Mindfulness Meditation

With Robert Beatty

October 12 - 17, 2019
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. -- Robert Beatty MES, MSW, is a Buddhist meditation teacher of 35+ years.

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

With Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

October 17 - 21, 2019
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.

Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents & Their Adult Children (Vancouver)

With Dr. Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté

November 22 - 24, 2019
Explore what it takes to outgrow and transform old dynamics in parent/adult-child relationships. Clear the way for a new relationship grounded in authenticity and mutual compassion, unencumbered by what came before. -- Dr. Gabor Maté is the author of 4 bestselling books published in 25 languages, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, and recipient of the Order of Canada. Daniel Maté is an award-winning theatre composer and lyricist who also runs a popular "mental chiropractic" service.