Hollyhock Sanctuary Benefit and Guided Meditation (Free, Online)

With Deepa Narayan, Oriane Lee Johnston and Robert Beatty

March 7, 2021
Sacred spaces are places that inspire meaningful transformation. Join Hollyhock Board Member, Deepa Narayan and longtime Hollyhock Presenter, Robert Beatty for a discussion on sacred spaces, followed by a guided meditation with Oriane Lee Johnston streamed from the Hollyhock Sanctuary. Earthen built structures can last 500 years with the right care and maintenance, however, it can be challenging to do in our beautiful but wet west coast rainforest. Currently the Sanctuary’s carefully crafted living green roof is leaking and raising concerns that the integrity of the building may be at risk. While Hollyhock has many needs in light of the global…

The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (Online)

With Megan Prager

April 8 - May 13, 2021
Book now and get 10% off listed prices! Offer valid until Mar 8, 2021.
The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion is an adaptation of the empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion program, designed to support the cultivation of self-compassion. SC-MSC was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion, and Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness, compassion and psychotherapy.

Metta Vipassana: Cultivating Love & Wisdom (Vancouver)

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 23 - 25, 2021
Take a breath in the city through the practice of silent Vipassana (insight/mindfulness) and Metta (loving kindness) meditation. Join a connected community of new and experienced meditators. Enjoy guided meditations, sitting and walking sessions, Dhamma talks, and meditation instruction.

Metta Vipassana: Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 28 - May 12, 2021
Cortes Island
Experience seven days practicing Metta and Vipassana meditation, followed by seven days of cultivating mindfulness. Develop compassionate awareness and a more loving heart with a unique integration of mindful movement.

M̓i tel’nexw Leadership Transformation

With Chepximiya Siyam' Hereditary Chief Janice George, Squamish Nation, Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph, Squamish Nation, Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee, Squamish Nation and Lloyd James Attig, Muskoday First Nation, Plains Cree

May 16 - 21, 2021
Cortes Island
Are you ready to unlearn supremacy and apply Indigenous teachings to your work? Learn new ways of being from Squamish Elders and Decolonial Facilitators in this 5-day immersive training and transformation. M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Transformation is an experiential learning designed with an appreciative approach that responds to improving what is currently lacking in “cultural competency” training. Learn models of Indigenous resilience that can be applied by everyone to leadership settings now. Elders will share how the Squamish Nation has continued to thrive through overwhelming adversity while supporting their community of learners to do the same. There are teachings and love…

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

May 30 - June 4, 2021
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. This activity is certified for 34 hours of CFPC Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Drs. Lau and Grabovac, MBCT mentors with the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, are also offering a 5-day MBCT Professional Training on Sept 17, 2021.

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

May 30 - June 4, 2021
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. Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones are Certified MSC Teachers. Megan is the Compassion Programs Director at UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Martin is a philosophy professor at Oberlin College, Ohio.

Connecting To Source: Yoga, Meditation, and Ritual

With Mara Branscombe

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 24, 2021.
Since ancient times, the human collective has aligned with the seasons, the elements, the rhythms of the sun, the moon, and the earth as a way to source pure energy and connect to one’s inner compass. The mind-body science of yoga, combined with the practice of meditation, breath-work, and the alchemy of earth based rituals creates a channel that leads to present moment awareness, mind-body-spirit integration, and a wild transformation within. As the summer cycle comes to its completion, we can honour the earth’s dynamic time of expansion, growth, abundance and harvest. As we attune to the earth’s rhythm, may we take…

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: The Healing Power of Telling Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 24, 2021.
Memoir is a path of self-knowledge. Learn to tell the whole truth and your essential stories will emerge, bringing insight and transpersonal wisdom. Writing exercises and group dialogue guide you toward creative discovery, increased mindfulness, and better composition. Everyone welcome.

Alchemy of Forest Bathing

With Amos Clifford

August 28 - September 2, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until May 29, 2021.
When the discursive mind becomes quieter and the intelligence of the heart comes to the foreground, a new consciousness emerges. Forest Alchemy is our ongoing exploration of what happens when we connect head, heart, and body in the crucible of the forest. Amos Clifford is the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, and author of Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature.

The Gift of Gratitude: Fall Yoga Retreat

With Fiji McAlpine

September 2 - 7, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 3, 2021.
Gratitude enhances and enlivens every aspect of our life, and can be intentionally brought into our daily routines. Celebrate this season of gratitude with dynamic flow and nourishing yin yoga practices. Learn to mindfully connect to the present, allowing yourself the opportunity to ground and appreciate all that is.

Mindfulness Meditation: A Way of Love and Compassion

With Robert Beatty

September 17 - 22, 2021
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jun 18, 2021.
Wake up from the trance of everyday life. You are not your moods, anxiety, compulsions, past wounds, or addictions. Awaken to the freedom, love, compassion, and joy that is your natural state. This program is held in silence (except sessions) — common areas on campus are shared spaces.