Metta Vipassana: Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

April 24 - May 8, 2019
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.

Resident Service Program

Package Dates
Cortes Island
Support our work and get behind-the-scenes experience with our month-long immersion program, including: 3 wonderful Hollyhock meals each day Comfortable shared accommodation with other residents 4 hours/week of dedicated yoga, personal growth, mindfulness practice, island adventures, and guided nature immersion Access to a variety of onsite amenities and activities, including ocean-view hot tubs, presenter evenings, oyster BBQs, morning rows, guided hikes, and more. 30 hours/week of active service alongside our staff, including experience in our kitchen, housekeeping, garden, hosting, store, maintenance, and production departments. Available Session Dates: April 22  – May 23 May 23  – June 24 June 24 –…

Metta Vipassana: Cultivating Love & Wisdom (Vancouver)

With Michele McDonald and Steven Smith

May 10 - 12, 2019
Vancouver Venue TBA
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.

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.

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.

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.

The Art of Stillness (Vancouver)

With Pico Iyer

July 6, 2019
As the world accelerates to a post-human pace, how can we preserve our humanity, our sanity, our contact with everything essential? Reclaim life’s hidden luxuries, spaciousness, intimacy, and attention through stories, statistics, and specific daily practices. This program includes a keynote and a workshop on stillness. Pico Iyer is the best-selling author of a dozen books, including The Art of Stillness—the second book

Council of Waters and Trees

With Amos Clifford and Christy Thomson

July 17 - 21, 2019
Cortes Island
Sink deeply into the medicine of the forest. Combining Forest Therapy (Shinrin-Yoku) and the Way of Council, embark on a healing encounter with the more-than-human world, and gain skills for council leadership.

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation

With Mark Matousek

August 23 - 28, 2019
Cortes Island
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.

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.

Mindfulness Meditation

With Robert Beatty

October 12 - 17, 2019
Cortes Island
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. -- Robert Beatty MES, MSW, is a Buddhist meditation teacher of 35+ years.