• Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $3,521.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $2,721.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,389.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,221.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,310.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $3,994.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,678.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,157.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $1,997.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,837.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,673.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,477.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,477.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,477.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,457.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,714.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,317.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,217.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on Aug. 30
Ends with lunch on Sept. 3

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Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $825 CAD

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

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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Science and Poetry of the Salish Sea

With Dr. Marjorie Wonham and Melanie Koenderman

August 30 - September 3, 2023

How do you see the sea? Explore the ecology and poetry of the ocean with a place-based focus on the Salish Sea.

Through a unique combination of field observations, marine biology, and poetry, we will examine compelling and timely questions in the relationship between humans and the sea. Each day features a field activity at, on, or in the ocean, a biology primer, and a poetry discussion and creation session. Field activities include shoreline exploration, plankton collection, and kayaking.

Inspired by this hands-on experience, participants produce their own integrated scientific-poetic representation of a marine species, process, or concept. Scientists and poets are welcome, but no prior science or poetry background is required. Prompts will be provided for a wide range of starting points.

Program Activities

  • Shoreline exploration
  • Kayaking, wading or swimming
  • Reading and writing
  • Reflection and discussion
  • Themed yoga and meditation (for those who wish to join)


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Dr. Marjorie Wonham
Dr. Marjorie Wonham teaches and conducts research as a faculty member in Marine Biology at Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington. She has taught inquiry-based marine biology and biology-poetry courses from California to Vancouver Island, to scientific and interdisciplinary audiences. Her main areas of inquiry are marine biology, marine ecopoetics,…
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Melanie Koenderman
Melanie Koenderman works with educational institutions and foundations in Canada and abroad. She was the founding Dean of Students for Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia, and for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a consultant and coach, facilitator, and yoga and meditation teacher, and brings…
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