• CAD $450.00 – Standard - FULL WORKSHOP - Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Date & Time Details:
Public Talk
Friday, March 24, 2023 at 7-9pm
Weekend Workshop
Saturday, March 25th, 9:30am - 4:00pm and
Sunday, March 26th, 9:30am - 4:00pm

Public Talk
The Cultch (York Theatre), 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Weekend Workshop
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Meg Power
[email protected]

Tiered Tuition:
Generous: $525 CAD
Standard: $450 CAD
Reduced: $375 CAD

Pricing Note: We ask that you reflect deeply and select the tier that is most appropriate for your financial situation. Choosing the “Generous” tier directly impacts fellow participants to access the full workshop and supports Hollyhock in continuing to offer meaningful programs. If you are applying for a scholarship, please choose the "Standard" tier.

Scholarships: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities.

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. 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. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit.

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The Story That Your Illness Tells (Vancouver)

With Dr. Gabor Maté and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

March 24 - 26, 2023

Interested in the Evening Public Talk only? Purchase tickets here.

Illness of mind or body can be seen as random misfortune or a genetically decreed calamity. While the latter does occur, it is rare. In most cases there is nothing pre-ordained about a disease, nor is it a stroke of bad luck. One way to see illness is as dynamic process, a manifestation of a life lived in a certain family and a certain culture.

In other words, there is a story behind it which, if understood and expressed, can help move the process towards healing. In this interactive workshop, two veteran medical doctors, both trained in modern Western medicine but who have both studied alternative ways of understanding how we become ill or healthy, will lead participants to gain active agency over their health through the power of narrative.

Event Format

Evening Public Talk:
Friday, March 24, 2023
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, followed by book signing
The Cultch (York Theatre), 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets here

Full Workshop (ticket includes Public Talk):
Saturday, March 25th & Sunday, March 26th
9:30 am – 4:00 pm both days
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver (ground floor)
Tickets here

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.


Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté (pronounced GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, Gabor…
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Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as…
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