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Hollyhock Sampler May

May 10 - 13, 2020
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2020.
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it…

The Way of the Guide: Forest Therapy

With Amos Clifford and Christy Thomson

May 15 - 20, 2020
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2020.
Way of the Guide explores a process of working in partnership with the more-than-human world to discover and nurture the unique seeds of medicine carried by each person. Supporting the growth of these seeds calls forth a constellation of gifts that is the person’s way of embodying power and beauty.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

May 29 - June 3, 2020
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Mar 31, 2020.
Learn to kayak on the pristine and protected waters around Cortes Island, from the comfort of the 43 foot Schooner, Misty Isles. Certified local guides share their knowledge and passion for the coast. All levels of experience welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Jonas Fineman is the seasoned sea captain and owner of Misty Isles. Kai Harvey is a wilderness guide and owner of Cortes Kayaks. They will also be offering this program on Sept 11-16. mistyislesadventures.com

Hollyhock Sampler June

June 7 - 10, 2020
Cortes Island
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it has been…

Luminous Threshold: The Art of the Personal Altar

With Lisa Gibbons

June 7 - 11, 2020
Cortes Island
What do you find sacred and how do you express it? Create a personal altar and learn techniques such as creating antiqued surfaces, acrylic painting, collage, assemblage, and using beeswax and gold leaf. Deepen your experience with meditation, journalling, and guided nature inquiry. Art materials provided.

Beekeeping & Hive Health

With Steve Sheppard, PhD

June 7 - 12, 2020
Cortes Island
Honey bees and humans have interacted for thousands of years. Use your senses fully to engage in a process that strives to build a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Awareness of the complexity of this highly social organism is key to appreciating the art of mindful beekeeping. All experience levels welcome.

Hollyhock Sampler July

July 3 - 6, 2020
Cortes Island
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it has been…

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures

With Bill Ophoff

July 3 - 8, 2020
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.

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga

With Marie Soleil Boisvert

July 8 - 12, 2020
Imagine practicing yoga while floating on the clear ocean water surrounding Cortes Island. Trade in your yoga mat for a stand-up paddleboard and challenge your sense of balance! Find your centre; practicing awareness, mindfulness, and presence. Expect the unexpected, and lots of laughter! Limited to 12 participants.

Drawing Towards the Earth: Making Journals for Life

With S. Portico Bowman

July 12 - 16, 2020
Cortes Island
Learn how to draw with graphite, charcoal, red ocher, and other earth elements. Drawing from the life and works of Paulus Berensohn (1933-2017), you’ll also create a coptic stitch Arcadia Playshop journal and a bookmark in the Bargello tapestry technique. Berensohn’s healing arcadia frames the path to ecological recovery on a global scale.

Horse Play for Families

With Oriane Lee Johnston

July 16 - 19, 2020
Make friends with the horses on a farm near Hollyhock. Learn to groom, lead, and communicate with them, and to play in the field with empathy and self-assurance. Kids ages 9+, with an adult. Limited to 12 participants.

Science & Spiritual Practices

With Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake

July 29 - August 2, 2020
Science sheds new light on many spiritual practices, including rituals, pilgrimage, meditation, chanting, and rites of passage. Explore spiritual traditions and reconnect with the natural world through singing, listening, looking, telling stories, thinking, and having fun.

Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

With David Abram

August 7 - 12, 2020
Awaken your animal intelligence, shake your senses free from outmoded concepts, and invigorate your felt experience. Through elemental encounters with the land, creaturely shapeshifting, and heartfelt conversation, open a new relationship between your body and the breathing earth.

Hollyhock Sampler August

August 17 - 20, 2020
Cortes Island
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it has been…

Discover Cortes: Nature Adventures

With Bill Ophoff

August 17 - 22, 2020
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.

Hollyhock Sampler September

September 1 - 4, 2020
Cortes Island
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it has been…

Forest to Sea: Earth Based Medicine

With Yarrow Willard

September 1 - 6, 2020
Cortes Island
Awaken your inner herbalist and deepen your connection to the healing power of nature. Learn to create lasting health practices, make herbal medicines, and sharpen your senses as you build relationships with the plants, mushrooms, and seaweeds of the West Coast.

Sea Kayaking Adventures Aboard Misty Isles

With Jonas Fineman and Kai Harvey

September 11 - 16, 2020
Cortes Island
Learn to kayak on the pristine and protected waters around Cortes Island, from the comfort of the 43 foot Schooner, Misty Isles. Certified local guides share their knowledge and passion for the coast. All levels of experience welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Jonas Fineman is the seasoned sea captain and owner of Misty Isles. Kai Harvey is a wilderness guide and owner of Cortes Kayaks. They will also be offering this program on May 29-June 3 mistyislesadventures.com

Earth Wisdom, Horse Wisdom: A Nature Retreat with Horses

With Oriane Lee Johnston and Kera Willis

September 11 - 14, 2020
Cortes Island
Journey into the heart of the world with horses as our guides. Practice breath and body meditation, hands-on touch, joyful play with the herd, and a journey ride on horseback. Limited to 12 participants.

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

With Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

October 5 - 9, 2020
Cortes Island
Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Fungi offer powerful, practical solutions to enhance both human and ecosystem health. Roam the wilds of Cortes Island and learn mushroom identification, easy-to-grow cultivation methods, as well as various culinary and medicinal applications. -- Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is a renowned, award-winning mycologist. The Star Trek Discovery series recently named a character - Astromycologist Starfleet Lt. Commander Stamets - in his honour.

Hollyhock Sampler October

October 9 - 12, 2020
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 31, 2020.
3 Perfect Nights - Enjoy a taste of adventure and relaxation with our Hollyhock Sampler: 2 one-hour massage or healing art treatments New! 1 guided stand-up paddle board adventure OR private yoga session Access to Hollyhock amenities Abundant natural beauty, ocean front beach, and hiking trails French intensive garden – ideal setting for photography, painting, meditating Ocean-view hot tubs Complimentary activities: Morning meditation and yoga, naturalist events (morning rows, afternoon guided hikes, garden tours) By-donation Presenter Evenings from visiting faculty *based on weather conditions, stand-up paddle board may be replaced by an additional massage session I have known about Hollyhock for 30 years and it has been…

Wild Mushrooms & the Mycology of Consciousness

With Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.)

October 14 - 18, 2020
Cortes Island
Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Fungi offer powerful, practical solutions to enhance both human and ecosystem health. Roam the wilds of Cortes Island and learn mushroom identification, easy-to-grow cultivation methods, as well as various culinary and medicinal applications. -- Paul Stamets, D.Sc., is a renowned, award-winning mycologist. The Star Trek Discovery series named a character - Astromycologist Starfleet Lt. Commander Stamets - in his honour.

Alchemy of Forest Therapy: Week-Long Immersion

With Amos Clifford and Christy Thomson

October 18 - 25, 2020
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jul 31, 2020.
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.