Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2024.
  • Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $4,255.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,255.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,055.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,630.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $5,095.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,700.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,305.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,550.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,350.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,150.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,945.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,700.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,700.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,700.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,675.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,100.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,500.00
  • All Packages Include CAD $1,375.00 Tuition

Date & Time Details:
Program begins: June 30
Program ends: July 5
Click here to view a sample program schedule.

Tuition: $800 CAD (5 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.

Email us about program

Shifting Consciousness and Healing Through Narrative

With Barbara Mainguy and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

June 30 - July 5, 2024

Join us for an extraordinary journey into transformation in the nestled space of the Hollyhock beautiful Cortes Island.

Rewrite your story through a loving process of exploration and change. Allow this non-ordinary island to breathe us into non-ordinary spaces of our consciousness. In the landscape, we will uncover the stories that we are living and explore their place in our lives. We will wonder how they are working to help us reach our heart goals; then, we will undergo a process to shift those stories into narratives that will help us achieve our purpose.

“Please give my deepest thanks for the medicine that each one of you (us) carried. Much gratitude with humility of such a special simple and wise group of humans.” – Esther, Past participant

We use stories, images, and making to shift our realities, through talking circles, guided meditations, writing exercises, making exercises with objects (and glue guns), ceremonies, singing and drumming, explorations in nature, and practicing awake dreaming. We will dialogue with elements of nature—the other-than-humans and the more-than-humans—find portals in the landscape, do ceremonies together, and play with possibility and growth.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn ways to awaken non-ordinary states of consciousness and how they can facilitate change and transformation.
  • Work with stories as guides to the spirit and meaning of transformation.
  • Learn the parts of stories and differentiate between heartfelt goals, ordinary goals, strategies or plots for meeting those goals, and obstacles and attitudes along the way.
  • Explore ways to re-write stories for ourselves to explore the things that limit our growth.
  • Explore ways to construct stories that can help people to identify and transcend obstacles.

Daily Schedule

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


Barbara Mainguy
Barbara Mainguy studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that, she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. She…
Learn more about Barbara Mainguy
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…
Learn more about Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD