Virtual Programs

While we’ve had to cancel our in person programs this year (learn more about our COVID-19 response here), we won’t stop shining our light! We are scheduling more online offerings every week, to support your connection with yourself and community, as we traverse these unprecedented times together.

Catalogue | Want to view all our offerings in one place? Download our digital catalogue or request a paper catalogue in the mail.

Teachers | Interested in presenting at Hollyhock? Learn more and submit your program proposal.

Scholarships | Scholarships are 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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Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals (Online)

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

November 5 - 6, 2020
Revitalize, restore, and build resilience during this Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, health professionals, and their partners. This program includes teacher-guided mindfulness practice and discussion, with a focus on meditation technique.

Sex Death Enlightenment: Mark Matousek in Conversation with Joan Borysenko (Free, Online)

With Mark Matousek and Joan Borysenko, PhD

November 14, 2020
"It’s hard to know when you’re having a breakdown in New York City. The symptoms of living here, succeeding here, and losing your mind here are almost identical." So begins Matousek’s 1996 breakout memoir about leaving a fast-track publishing life (working for pop artist Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine) and hitting the dharma trail in search of a meaningful life and spiritual wisdom. Join Mark Matousek and Joan Borysenko, international bestselling authors & speakers in the field of spirituality and healing, for an intimate discussion on the themes of Mark Matousek's re-released edition to his landmark memoir, Sex Death Enlightenment:…

A Hollyhock Documentary Premiere Watch Party & Fundraiser (Free, Online)

With Hollyhock Leadership Institute and Bill Weaver

November 20, 2020
It's been a year full of uncertainty and challenges for us all. We at Hollyhock are continuing to pivot to meet the emerging needs of today's world. This year we had to cancel the majority of our 2020 programs - the closure deeply affected our organization, but it also revealed what is important and taught us how to stay resilient, creative, and hold true to our values. Join us for an interactive evening and a premiere a 20-minute Hollyhock documentary by Bill Weaver. We look forward to sharing our story and listening to yours. The event will include a showing…

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

With Dr. Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté

November 21 - 22, 2020
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.

Mindfulness & Compassion Weekend Retreat (Online)

With Robert Beatty

December 5 - 6, 2020
Join us in a weekend of turning inward in community. Take a break from the news and your usual life responsibilities. Practice mindfulness to realize that you are not your fears, moods, racing mind, compulsions, addictions, or wounds from the past. Awaken from the trance of everyday life and person-ality and connect with your deep resources of healing and compassion.

Metta Vipassana: Cultivating Love & Wisdom (Vancouver)

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 23 - 25, 2021
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
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
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.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles (May)

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

May 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
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 to 12 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. mistyislesadventures.com

Mindful Self-Compassion – 2021

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.

A Journey of Sound, Movement & Breath – 2021

With Michael Mayzel & Ayi Wong and Maria Filippone

June 13 - 18, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Joy of Ukulele – 2021

With Kimo Hussey

July 1 - 6, 2021
Cortes Island
Move beyond basic ukulele technique and establish effective practice strategies to master this joyful instrument. Explore fretboard geography, embellished chords, signature progressions, melodies, harmonies, and critical listening. Kanikapalu (jam sessions) and optional hula lessons culminate in a final performance.

Fearless Abstract Painting – 2021

With Samantha daSilva

July 6 - 11, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Tantra for Couples: Cultivating Sacred Intimacy – 2021

With Devi Ward Erickson and Chris Erickson, PhD

July 6 - 11, 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.

Dancing from the Inside Out – 2021

With Margie Gillis

July 6 - 11, 2021
Cortes Island
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 – 2021

With Rhiannon

July 11 - 16, 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.

The Mystery of the Soul – 2021

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 Jan 22, 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.

Time of Transition – 2021

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
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 – 2021

With Jill Purce

July 21 - 26, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Aung Medical Qi Gong – 2021

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

July 22 - 25, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Science & Spiritual Practices – 2021

With Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake

July 26 - 30, 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.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life – 2021

With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan

July 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
Bumbamba! Join us in a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the music and dance of the Olatunji Drums of Passion at Hollyhock. Activate the fire in your hands, the beat in your feet, and the song in your heart on a soulful journey to the well of inspiration in our reunion at the Olatunji Hall.

Building a Vocal Community™ 2021

With Ysaÿe Barnwell, PhD

July 30 - August 4, 2021
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 2021

With David Abram

July 30 - August 4, 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 2021

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
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.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story 2021

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
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 2021

With Mara Branscombe

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
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 – 2021

With Janelle Hanchett

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
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 2021

With Martha Peterson

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
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 2021

With Fiji McAlpine

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
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) – 2021

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

September 7 - 12, 2021
Cortes Island
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 to 12 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 29-June 3 mistyislesadventures.com

Psoma Yoga Therapy 2021

With Donna Martin & Shelley Winton

September 7 - 12, 2021
Cortes Island
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 – 2021

With Oriane Lee Johnston

September 12 - 15, 2021
Cortes Island
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 2021

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

September 12 - 17, 2021
Cortes Island
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 2021

With Robert Beatty

September 17 - 22, 2021
Cortes Island
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.

Peace, Poetry & Prayer 2021

With Farah Nazarali

September 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
Peace is at the core of our being. Peace visionaries know that bringing peace into the world involves courage, collective action, and renewal of the spirit. This program combines peace, poetry, yogic practices, and universal prayers and rituals to dedicate ourselves to inner harmony, family reconciliation, reverence for the Earth, and peace in our world.

Whole Human Health 2021

With Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie

September 26 - 30, 2021
Cortes Island
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 – 2021

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.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Levels 1-2 (Vancouver) – 2021

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

October 15 - 17, 2021
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.