• Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $5,737.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,337.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $4,057.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $3,462.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $6,693.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $6,140.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $5,587.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $3,350.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $3,070.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,790.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,503.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $2,160.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $2,160.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $2,160.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $2,125.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,900.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,880.00
  • All Packages Include CAD $1,705.00 Tuition

Date & Time Details:
Program begins: June 23
Program ends: June 30
Click here to view your detailed program schedule.

Tuition: $900 CAD (7 Nights)

Rooms & Meals: Rates listed below include room, 3 meals per day, use of hot tubs, and campus facilities. Tuition not included.

Room Type Nightly Rate 4 Nights / 5 Days 5 Nights / 6 Days
Private ensuite $451 $1,806 $2,257.15
Private shared bathroom $366 $1,462 $1,828
Twin shared bathroom $270 $1,081 $1,351.63
Dorm $180 $720 $900

All bookings are subject to a 10% campus fee and applicable taxes. Click here for more room types and rates.

Scholarships : Hollyhock recognizes that economic opportunity is not currently equal for all; we encourage and welcome anyone registering for a program to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications are open. Click here to learn more and apply.

Terms & Conditions: You may find terms & conditions here.

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Tapping the Stream: A Spring Writing Retreat

With Betsy Warland and Shaena Lambert

June 23 - 30, 2024

Tapping the Stream is a week-long retreat – free from interruption – to explore the direction of a work in progress, as well as to foster creativity through community with other writers.

“Tapping the Stream is the most wonderful workshop I have ever attended. The facilitators helped me get back to writing after a concussion and encouraged and inspired me to break through an inability to write, after 6 published books. Hollyhock is a magical and healing place for a brilliant and supportive workshop. It’s more than worth the investment.” – Judy Rebick, author and feminist

This unique retreat combines self-directed writing time, a one-on-one session with both Betsy and Shaena, several morning craft intensives (focusing on subjects such as character, point of view, proximity, etc), and two fireside evening conversations about writing and the writing life. The retreat will also include a salon, where writers can share their work in a staged reading.

Writers should be working on a project, or fully ready to dive in, in order to maximize their use of this deep dive retreat.

Sample Work

Please note that upon registration, participants will be asked to send a sample of their work; fiction, non-fiction, story, or memoir, as well as a brief (3 paragraph) description of the work as a whole. Shaena and Betsy will read these in advance.

Daily Schedule

Here is your detailed draft schedule.


Betsy Warland
Betsy Warland has published 14 books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and lyric prose including her best-selling 2010 book of essays on writing, Breathing the Page—Reading the Act of Writing. In 2023, a second edition of Breathing the Page will include nine new essays and be published by Cormorant Books, Toronto. In 2022,…
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Shaena Lambert
Shaena Lambert is an award-winning fiction writer, author of four books, most recently Petra (Random House Canada, 2020). Her other works are Oh, My Darling, Radiance and The Falling Woman. She has mentored writers and taught writing for over 15 years at some of Canada’s finest writing schools, including The Humber School for Writers and The Writers’…
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