• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,535.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,120.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,910.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,655.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,260.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,865.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $1,167.50
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,630.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,430.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,225.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $980.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $980.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $980.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $955.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $1,660.00
  • Commuter – CAD $780.00
  • (All prices include CAD $655.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on May 29
Ends with lunch on June 3

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Registration Fee: $225 CAD

Campus Rates: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include registration fee). Click here for details.

Scholarships: We believe that everyone should have equitable access to Hollyhock program experiences, and that our diverse community should be reflected in all that we do. We are committed to identifying and removing barriers to access through our scholarship program. While we strive to be accessible and inclusive to all, a limited number of scholarships are available ranging from 25%-90% of costs.

We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Please contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

Health & Safety: Learn more about our Covid-19 policies and procedures here.

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Mindfulness Meditation for a Happy Life

With Robert Beatty

May 29 - June 3, 2022

Meditation is as natural as breathing. With support and skillful guidance, you can learn to use the ancient practice of mindfulness to relax, overcome psychological and emotional obstacles to happiness, and find ease and freedom in your days. The path of awakening has always been within you, waiting to be revealed. Come discover that you are not your moods, racing mind, compulsions, addictions, or wounds from the past. You are, just beneath the surface, a being of love, compassion and wisdom.

This retreat includes sitting and walking meditations, lectures, and discussions, as well as music, poetry, and movement. Individual guidance and instruction are available. Return to your life and relationships rested, renewed, and inspired.

This program is held in noble silence (except sessions). Common areas on campus are shared with other guests.

A deep sense of inner spaciousness and spiritual support – past participant, 2021

Please note: Tuition does not include a fee for the presenter. This is a dãna-based retreat (see below for details).

What is Dãna?

Dãna is an ancient Pali word meaning “giving” or “gift.” Dãna is at the heart of the 2,500 year old Buddhist tradition. Going back to the days of the Buddha, he and the monastic community offered the teachings freely to lay people, as a form of dãna. In turn the lay community, through their generosity, or dãna, ensured that their teachers’ basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and medicine were provided.

When the Buddha would give a public discourse, he usually began with teaching on the importance and the benefits of dãna. The act of giving itself is of immeasurable benefit to the giver; it opens up the heart, diminishes for a moment one’s self-absorption and places value on the well-being of others. The key is that the act of giving itself is the natural expression of a connected and loving heart.

The fee you pay to attend this retreat covers the basic retreat costs; none of your registration fee is payment to the teacher leading the retreats. Teachers offer the teachings with a spirit of generosity and trust that their lives and work will be supported by those who are receiving the life-giving teachings. This is a real expression of the truth of interdependence.

Read More from Robert Beatty on dãna.

Related Programs

Mindfulness Meditation: A Way of Love and Compassion, Sept. 16 – 21, 2022 with Robert Beatty


A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.

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Health & Safety

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Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty, MES, MSW, is the founding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community and a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America in the 1970s. Robert integrates Western psychology with the systematic training of the mind and heart offered by…
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