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  • Private Cabin Oceanfront – CAD $4,205.00
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $3,205.00
  • Single w/ensuite – CAD $3,005.00
  • Single w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,580.00
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront – CAD $4,995.00
  • Couple w/ensuite – CAD $4,600.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom – CAD $4,205.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront – CAD $2,500.00
  • Twin w/ensuite – CAD $2,300.00
  • Twin w/shared bathroom – CAD $2,100.00
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom – CAD $1,895.00
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Male Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Mixed Dorm – CAD $1,650.00
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,625.00
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $3,000.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,450.00
  • All Packages Include CAD $1,325.00 Tuition

Date & Time Details:
Program begins: August 4
Program ends: August 9
Click here to view a sample program schedule.

Tuition: $750 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.

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You Are Not Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024

“I cannot say enough about this profound writing practice to heal, and awaken. I went away feeling weightier, more embodied, with a deep sense of having recovered more of my authentic voice, and depth of presence.” – Krystal Dyan, Past participant

Realizing you are not your story is a quantum leap in self-discovery. Learning that you are the storyteller, not the story, liberates the mind from its narrative ruts and connects you to greater well-being.

In this workshop, veteran memoirist, writing mentor, and author of Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery, Mark Matousek guides you through a series of transformational exercises designed to dissolve harmful, obsolete stories, increase spiritual awareness, and illuminate psychological shadows that may prevent you from flourishing.

Known for his insightful questions, Mark has used his Writing to Awaken method to help countless people around the world to reach their personal, professional, and spiritual goals. He creates an atmosphere of gentle support and safety that accelerates the self-inquiry process. The workshop will include daily writing practice, breakout groups, one-on-one time with Mark, and plenty of time for group conversation. You do not need to be a writer to benefit from this workshop. Writing to Awaken focuses on truth-telling, curiosity, and courage not polished prose, and on writing as a tool for healing and self-realization.

Program Objectives

  • Separate the storyteller from the story
  • Free yourself of obsolete narratives and a false self-image
  • Strengthen your ‘witness awareness’ and practice objectivity
  • Integrate the Golden Shadow (your suppressed creativity and power)
  • Appreciate paradox and personal contradictions
  • Increase well-being through truth-telling

Let Mark be your guide on this journey to psychological wellness and wisdom. His workshops and courses have helped thousands of people around the world to reach their creative and spiritual goals. As he puts it, “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.”

Daily Schedule

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


Mark Matousek
Mark Matousek is an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing for personal, professional, and spiritual development. He is the Founder of The Seekers Forum, an online community for self-inquiry, and the author of seven books, including the international bestseller Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, Writing to…
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