Eat Real to Heal: Boost Immunity & Reverse Chronic Disease

With Nicolette Richer

May 8 - 12, 2019
Cortes Island
Eat Real to Heal is a new way of eating and living based on a 100-year-old metabolic nutritional therapy. Rebuild your metabolism, kick-start your immune system, regenerate your tissues, and heal your body from the inside out.

Consciousness & Healing: The Hakomi Way

With Donna Martin and Georgia Marvin

May 17 - 22, 2019
Cortes Island
A body-centered and experiential form of psychotherapy, the Hakomi Method - created by Ron Kurtz - draws upon scientific, psychological, and spiritual knowledge to promote mindfulness, nonviolence, unity, and mind-body integration. Everyone welcome.

The Wim Hof Method & Becoming Human

With Daniel Cortez

May 17 - 22, 2019
Cortes Island
Tap into your primal nature and discover the healing power of breath, cold, movement, and ancestral health practices. Benefits include increased energy, reduced stress, better sleep, and practical takeaways for daily life. Cold exposures are gradual and accessible to all.

Core Matter: Yamuna® Body Rolling & Pilates Essentials

With Namchi Bazar

May 22 - 26, 2019
Cortes Island
Activate a sense of centered well-being with simple routines easily practiced at home. Learn exercises that gently massage and adjust the whole body - inviting strength, release, and rejuvenation. Let go of unproductive movement patterns and heal injury. Namchi Bazar developed her unique somatic approach with 30+ years as a Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner, Pilates instructor, professional dancer, and mother of three.

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

May 31 - June 5, 2019
Cortes Island
Revitalize, restore, and build resilience during this Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians, health professionals, and their partners. This retreat includes teacher-guided mindfulness practice and discussion, with a focus on meditation technique. Drs. Lau and Grabovac, MBCT mentors with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, also offer a 5-day MBCT Professional Training at Hollyhock, October 7-12.

Summer Solstice: Yoga, Ritual, Meditation

With Mara Branscombe

June 14 - 19, 2019
Cortes Island
Summer solstice honours the earth’s most dynamic time of expansion, growth, and abundance. Join the celebration with the art of breath, the healing of yoga, mindful meditation, and shamanic practices. Luminously integrate heart, body, and mind.

Finding Flow: Yoga, Dance, Pilates

With Loretta Laurin

June 23 - 28, 2019
Cortes Island
Maintain health, fitness, and joy at any age! Enjoy accessible dynamic movement and foundational practices from yoga, dance, and pilates. Lubricate the joints, liberate the spirit, and invite more ease and flow into your life.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles

With Michael Moore

June 28 - July 3, 2019
Cortes Island
Learn to kayak safely and comfortably as you explore this place of exquisite natural beauty. Captain Mike’s 43-foot schooner takes you to a new destination each day to discover pristine scenery, fascinating wildlife, and remarkable local history. No experience required, everyone welcome. Limit of 12 participants.

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

June 28 - July 3, 2019
Cortes Island
Cultivate the skill of self-compassion in this empirically supported training program. Self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, less anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits, and satisfying relationships.

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures

With Bill Ophoff

July 7 - 12, 2019
Cortes Island
With birds and wildflowers at their vibrant peak, explore Cortes Island’s magnificent rainforest and teeming waters. Learn about the stars, the sea stars, and everything in between on this adventure of inspiring hikes, kayaking, beach walks, and a sailing excursion to Mitlenatch Island – the “Galapagos” of the Georgia Strait. Limit of 12 participants.

Radical Aliveness

With Jody Holmes, PhD and Jonathan Godfrey

July 12 - 17, 2019
Cortes Island
Become RADICALLY ALIVE: present, whole, authentic, spontaneous. Through powerful group and individual healing processes, connect to your truth and strength, and allow your full potential to emerge. Live the life you long for. Continuing Education credits available.

Dance of Oneness®: Stella Maris

With Banafsheh Sayyad

July 14 - 18, 2019
Cortes Island
Explore the mysteries of Stella Maris through guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi poetry, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, deep silence, a sharing circle and lots of laughter. Dive into the sea of love as we dance in-doors, at the edge of the sea and in the sea.

Music for Collective Sound

With Morley and Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik

July 17 - 21, 2019
Cortes Island
Celebrate the power of our shared humanity: our racial, cultural, and religious diversity, and our interdependence with nature. Explore self-expression with music, songwriting, storytelling, meditation, yoga, and vocal release.

Aung Medical Qi Gong

With Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, CM, MD, OMD, PhD

July 18 - 21, 2019
Cortes Island
Realign vital energies with this ancient Chinese wellness practice of breath work, concentration, and movement. Learn hands-on how to intuit, assess, harmonize, and heal vital Qi for yourself and loved ones. -- Dr. Steven K.H. Aung, MD is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Alberta and a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Dancing from the Inside Out

With Margie Gillis

July 26 - 31, 2019
Cortes Island
Move into your body’s experiential wisdom to reveal the soul in motion. Listen to your body’s inner impulses, conversations, and emotions to deepen your well-being along with your artistic and creative expression. An exceptional opportunity. All levels welcome. -- Margie Gillis is an internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer, performing for 40+ years, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

SUP Yoga: Breathe, Stretch, Float

With Jen Craig-Evans

July 31 - August 4, 2019
Cortes Island
Experience the magical combination of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and yoga. Move fluidly with the ocean beneath you and feel the invigorating saltwater breeze on your skin. Guided forest meditation walks and SUP yoga evokes relaxation and empowers you to move naturally. Prepare to be humbled, and to laugh. A lot.

Song of the Drum, Dance of Life

With Gordy Ryan and Zoë Ryan

August 9 - 14, 2019
Cortes Island
Activate the fire in your hands, the heat in your feet, and the love in your heart. Sing, dance, and play with drum masters, in a soulful journey to the well of inspiration and creativity. Everyone welcome. -- Gordy Onayemi Ryan, Zoë Ryan, Sanga Francis, Ade Harris - the core of the Olatunji Drums of Passion - performed with Babatunde Olatunji.

Running with Balance, Mindfulness & Strength

With Marilyn Arsenault and Lindsay Lynk

August 14 - 19, 2019
Cortes Island
Purposeful running and breathing eases the mind and body. Learn to balance mobility and stability in the body, while minimizing injury. Enjoy functional daily movement practices, creative running techniques, and meditative trail running. No experience required.

Forest to Sea: Earth Based Medicine

With Yarrow Willard

August 23 - 27, 2019
Cortes Island
Awaken the herbalist within and deepen your connection to the healing power of the natural world. Learn to recognize health and disease, stagnation, and flow as you sharpen your senses and build relationships with the medicinal plants, mushrooms, and seaweeds of the west coast.

Garden to Table: Cooking & Mindful Movement

With Rebeka Carpenter

September 1 - 6, 2019
Cortes Island
Cultivate a nourishing experience with Hollyhock chefs, gardeners, and yoga teachers. Enjoy hands-on culinary play inspired by the harvests of the garden, and refresh with gentle yoga and mindful movement. A rare opportunity to discover the process from garden to table, and to create some of Hollyhock’s extraordinary vegetarian dishes!

Whole Human Health: Functional Medicine 2.0

With Dr. Lawrence Cheng and Dr. Devon Christie

September 6 - 11, 2019
Cortes Island
Embody your well-being potential! Create your own personalized optimal wellness plan for lasting health and happiness informed by a synthesis of integrative and functional medicine, mind-body medicine, and leading-edge neurobiology.

The Gift of Ground: A Yoga & Nature Immersion

With David Procyshyn and Fiji McAlpine

September 15 - 20, 2019
Cortes Island
Find your ground – physically and mentally – through the practice of yoga, pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and guided nature immersions. Learn to source the stability, energy, and harmony of the earth to discover a newfound lightness in your practice and in your life.

Move Without Pain: Essential Somatics

With Martha Peterson

September 20 - 25, 2019
Cortes Island
Learn to use your brain to reprogram your muscles and defy creaky old age. Create a routine of easy, safe and essential somatic movements to eliminate chronic pain and keep you moving fluidly and effortlessly throughout your life. -- Martha Peterson, CHSE, CMT, author of Move Without Pain, “tried everything” for chronic pain before finding Hanna Somatics.

Shifting Tides: Autumn Equinox Yoga

With Natalie Rousseau

September 25 - 29, 2019
Cortes Island
Gather together in honour of shifting tides, the autumn equinox, and our movement towards the dark season of the year. Explore yogic wisdom practices and teachings to gracefully transition from summer to fall, with an emphasis on personal ritual and true self care.

Envisioning Peace: Foundational Practices

With Farah Nazarali

September 29 - October 3, 2019
Cortes Island
Bridge the inner practices of yoga, Buddhism, and meditation with the outer relational skills of nonviolent communication and conflict resolution. Use body, mind, and speech to envision peace, communicate with courage, and contribute to a fair and just future for all.

Living Awake: Grief, Grace & Gratitude

With Lilli Ruth Rosenberg and Katheryn Trenshaw

September 29 - October 3, 2019
Cortes Island
Now is the time to live your most radiant life from a place of resilient well-being. Experience and learn how surrendering into life’s rising and falling cultivates essential happiness and true freedom.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Levels 1-2 (Vancouver)

With Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner

October 4 - 6, 2019
Blue Horizon Hotel, Baker+Arrowsmith Rooms (31st floor)
Learn powerful evidence-based Clinical EFT tapping techniques to quickly and effectively create changes in negative emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. This training is for individuals looking to use EFT for self-help, and to integrate it safely into professional client-based practices. -- Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner, DC, are internationally respected EFT trainers and directors of the EFT Tapping Training Institute.

Meditation & Internal Arts: Balancing Movement and Stillness

With Dr. Mark Sherman and Paul Bromley

October 12 - 17, 2019
Cortes Island
Open your body and relax your mind. Chinese Internal Arts such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Bagua offer insight into the subtle energies of the human body. Interweave these practices with mindfulness and meditation to reawaken your capacity for healing and presence.