• Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $4,095.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,095.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $2,895.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,470.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,775.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,380.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,985.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,390.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,190.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,990.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,785.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,540.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,540.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,540.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,515.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,780.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,340.00
  • (All prices include CAD $1,215.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on Sept 17
Ends with lunch on Sept 22

Sample program schedule

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $725 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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People & Plants: Exploring Horticultural Therapy in the Hollyhock Garden

With Cheney Creamer

September 17 - 22, 2023

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Experience the raw beauty and power of the Hollyhock Garden like never before! 

Examine the principles and practices of horticultural therapy in this heart-opening, hands-on experience. While getting to know the plants, pathways, and hidden gems of Hollyhock, you will be guided through a wide variety of simple, yet profound, mindful, and meditative practices with nature as your teacher and resource.

This is an immersive therapeutic horticulture experience. It is not about learning how to grow a garden, but rather how to grow and deepen relationships with your environment to increase health and well-being for people and the planet. Let the Hollyhock Garden enliven your senses, stimulate your cognitive functions, and nourish your sense of compassion, purpose, belonging, and hope.

What is Horticultural Therapy?

“Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a formal practice that uses plants, horticultural activities, and the garden landscape to promote well-being for its participants. HT is goal oriented with defined outcomes and assessment procedures. HT sessions are administered by professionally trained horticultural therapists.” (www.chta.ca)

You can expect to: 

  • Examine what Horticultural Therapy is and isn’t and distinguish it from other disciplines such as Forest Therapy or Ecotherapy.
  • Experience daily therapeutic nature-based practices in and around the garden that are memorable, fun, and immediately effective at reducing the impacts of stress.
  • Practice methods of reconnecting with nature, proven to build personal resilience and provide measurable benefits in 5 key domains of wellness (physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual).
  • Explore a 4-step process for cultivating meaningful people-plant relationships, observing personal responses, and maximizing your therapeutic outcomes.
  • Play, breathe, and stop to smell the roses, and the radishes, and a whole lot more!
  • Create a customized nature-based wellness plan for integrating the learned practices into your personal &/or professional life when you get back home (no actual “garden” at home/work required!).


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

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.


Cheney Creamer
Cheney Creamer (B.A., V.F.T.C.) is an internationally recognized Horticultural Therapy Specialist, HeartMath® Certified Coach, and Organizational Wellness Consultant. She has over 20 years’ experience guiding individuals to cultivate meaningful relationships with nature with the purpose of building resilience to stress and strengthening their capacity for change. Cheney is the Founder…
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