• Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $2,772.50
  • Single w/ensuite* – CAD $2,357.50
  • Single w/shared bathroom* – CAD $2,147.50
  • Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* – CAD $4,130.00
  • Couple w/ensuite* – CAD $3,735.00
  • Couple w/shared bathroom* – CAD $3,340.00
  • Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* – CAD $2,067.50
  • Twin w/ensuite* – CAD $1,867.50
  • Twin w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,667.50
  • Three-share w/shared bathroom* – CAD $1,462.50
  • Women Dorm – CAD $1,217.50
  • Women Dorm - Upper Bunk – CAD $1,217.50
  • Tent Site Single – CAD $1,192.50
  • Tent Site Couple – CAD $2,135.00
  • Commuter – CAD $1,017.50
  • (All prices include CAD $892.50 base amount)

Date & Time Details:
Starts with dinner on June 14
Ends with lunch on June 19

6:00-7:00am Silent Meditation (self-guided) every morning*
6:45-8:00am Morning Harlequin Row on June 18*
7:00-8:00am Morning Yoga on June 15-18*
9:00-9:30am Garden Tour on June 17*
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-12:15pm Morning Session
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
Afternoon Off on June 17, Guided Nature Hike 1:30-4:00pm*, Smelt Bay Paddle 1:30-5:30pm**, Mitlenatch Cruise 1:30-6:30pm**
2:30-5:30pm Afternoon Session
6:00-6:30pm Oyster Appetizer Beach BBQ on June 18*
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
7:30-10:30pm Sunset Lagoon Paddle on June 15**

*Optional Activities
**Optional Activities with additional charge

Location: Cortes Island

Tuition: $525

Package Price: $1,002.50 - $2,315 / 5 nights. Includes tuition, room, all meals, and Hollyhock activities (depends on accommodation choice). Excludes Taxes and fees.

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Morning Altars: Grieving with Impermanent Earth Art

With Day Schildkret

June 14 - 19, 2019

Grief is a way of loving what has been lost, and love is a way of grieving what hasn’t yet left us. In our modern culture, we are grief-illiterate and death-phobic. We don’t know how to mark loss so that we can grieve well and, therefore, love well. Instead, our culture tells us to only value growth so that many of us suppress, bypass, or get stuck in our grief.

Grief must be metabolized and processed so that it can feed our life. Nature, art, and ritual are three ways cultures around the world have been transforming grief into beauty for thousands of years. Separately, these three things can open our hearts, bring us back to our center, and connect us back into what’s meaningful. But TOGETHER, they become a resource and skill so we can feel human again.

Morning Altars is a 7-step practice of creating impermanent earth altars made from nature, akin to mandalas, that is a time-tested mindfulness practice to express grief, memory, love, and prayers through nature, art and ritual.

In this weekend workshop, we will dive deep into the story of what we are grieving — be it the passing of a friend, the loss of a relationship, or a major life change — and create impermanent earth art devoted to who we are letting go of. We will learn new ways to grieve through skills such as wonder, creativity, prayer, community, and impermanence. This is a simple yet highly-effective practice for any stage of life. Learning to grieve well is also learning to live well.

Join Day Schildkret, internationally renowned earth artist and author of “Morning Altars” for a hands-on practice that BuzzFeed calls, “a celebration of life and nature.” This retreat will give you a much-needed digital detox that will calm your mind, connect you back to the wisdom of the earth, and give you the tools and teachings to turn your grief into beauty.


Day Schildkret
Day Schildkret is an award-winning queer author, artist, ritualist, teacher and is internationally known for Morning Altars, which BuzzFeed calls, “a celebration of nature and life.” With nearly 100k followers on social media, Day has worked for close to two decades with thousands of individuals, communities and organizations to help…
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