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Amidst the wisdom of ancient cedars and the healing waters of the Salish Sea, find new pathways to enhance contemplative practices. Explore the wisdom of nature and the cosmos to elevate your energy and expand your consciousness.

Hollyhock´s students taking the Wisdom teachings program at Hollyhock retreat centre in Cortes Island, BC

Metta Vipassana: Awareness as a Path to Liberation

With Michele McDonald, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey and Sayalay Ma Kamalañani

April 21 - May 5, 2024
Experience Metta (unconditional love and kindness) Vipassana (insight) meditation on beautiful Cortes Island. In this 14-day silent retreat, discover the four immeasurables (unconditional love, wise compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity) through meditations that fuse these fundamental spiritual emotions with the intuitive wisdom of Vipassana. Develop compassionate awareness and a more…

Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out

With Jessika Hepburn and Yehudah Webster

May 8 - 12, 2024
Form antiracist habits and behaviors and strengthen your ability to achieve your racial equity goals through Jewish spiritual practice. Efforts to dismantle racism are often comprised of education, advocacy, and systemic change. These efforts are not enough —it’s crucial that we also do the inner work necessary to change our…

Nonviolent Communication From The Roots Up: Relating in a Fractured World

With Rachelle Lamb

May 22 - 26, 2024
"Rachelle facilitates community in an open, accepting way that challenges old beliefs and habits yet offers a loving way to relate to each other." - Past participant Since its initial publication in 1999, Nonviolent Communication by international peacemaker Dr. Marshall Rosenberg has been hailed worldwide as a pioneering approach to resolving…

Partnering with Compassionate Spirits: Activating Your Medicine Council (Vancouver)

With Julie Kramer

May 24 - 26, 2024
Conscious Lab
"Partnered with her helping spirits, Julie teaches with a singular, intrinsic clarity ... like that of a ringing bell. Those who choose to listen will be changed by it. They might even—by design, ultimately—discover their own music in the singing of everything." - T. Elliot For millennia, people worldwide have used…

The Universal Timekeepers: Reconstructing History Atom by Atom

With David J. Helfand

May 31 - June 5, 2024
Atoms are unfathomably tiny. It takes fifteen million trillion of them to make up a single poppy seed—give or take a few billion. And there’s hardly anything to them: atoms are more than 99.999999999 percent empty space. Yet we have learned to precisely count these slivers of near nothingness and…

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD and Megan Prager

June 9 - 14, 2024
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Application is required before registering. You may apply here. This 5-day residential program is an intensive form of the internationally recognized, eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. It is open to laypeople and professionals alike. Participants will learn to: understand the science of self-compassion,…

Coming Home: Exploring the Divine Abodes

With Dawn Mauricio

June 14 - 19, 2024
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With the world, news, and societal systems as they are, it is easy to fall into thinking we are not enough, believing we are separate, or being guided by fear. Yet, the timeless teachings of Buddhism remind us that our innate essence is one of boundless love and compassion, and…

Finding Fulfillment Through Tantra: Magnetize Your Heart’s Desire

With Yogacharini Maitreyi

June 14 - 19, 2024
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Did you know your heart's magnetic field is 5,000 times stronger than your brain’s? Or that the signals from the heart go instantaneously to the brain and regulate the brain’s physiology, making the heart a central node which regulates cognitive and emotional information? How would your life change if you new…

Pwātamowin “the act of dreaming”: A Yogic retreat

With Malina Dawn

June 30 - July 5, 2024
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Pwātamowin is a Cree word meaning “the act of dreaming.” But this is not the kind of dreaming you do when you sleep, it is akin to catching visions. This planet needs more healed people and a big part of that process is us being able to catch a beautiful…

Andean Wisdom: Deepening Your Relationship with the Four Elements

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

June 30 - July 5, 2024
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Weaving together Andean Wisdom Teachings, Ritual, Healing Meditation, and Intentional Practice, this 5-day retreat will provide you with powerful tools to transform and expand your life in beautiful ways. Working with the laws of nature allows for an abundant flow and grace to come into each day. This retreat is…

Shifting Consciousness and Healing Through Narrative

With Barbara Mainguy and Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD

June 30 - July 5, 2024
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Join us for an extraordinary journey into transformation in the nestled space of the Hollyhock beautiful Cortes Island. Rewrite your story through a loving process of exploration and change. Allow this non-ordinary island to breathe us into non-ordinary spaces of our consciousness. In the landscape, we will uncover the stories…

Four Agreements for a Better Life

With don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz

June 30 - July 3, 2024
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"Everything we do is based on agreements we have made - agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, how to behave, what is possible, what is…

Time of Transition

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 7 - 12, 2024
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Let go of your old identity and lay the groundwork for a new sense of self. Life changes are times of passion and opportunity. The tension of the “in between” time is often coloured by the sadness of letting go, the difficulty of living with uncertainty, and the anticipation of…
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Something Opens My Wings

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 12 - 17, 2024
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“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.” - Rumi Through meditation, movement, creative imagination and the soulful mystery of the Something, we will evoke the states and stages contained in Rumi's poem. Both Margie and…

Radical Dharma: Conversations

With Reverend angel Kyodo williams

July 21 - 25, 2024
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It’s time to create the conditions that reimagine a path of healing, reconnect with authentic community, and manifest true justice. Radical dharma (“complete truth”) is a way to enter the critical conversation about how the legacy of racial injustice and white supremacy plays out and prevents our collective awakening. We…

Art of Spiritual Guidance: 2 Year Program

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 21 - 26, 2024
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Spiritual Guidance is an art, a gift and a calling that has been long practiced in contemplative traditions to support spiritual development and personal transformation. The practice encourages the soul’s quest for expression, authenticity and greater intimacy with the Divine within oneself, one’s relationships, and the world. Develop skills for serving…

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual & Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 26 - 31, 2024
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Transform inherited patterns into magical blessings, bringing harmony, joy, and order into your daily life. Activate the unconscious field of the ancestors, making it a rich source of wisdom and illumination. This healing program uncovers and restores aspects of the psyche that are normally closed to therapeutic methods, transforming negative…

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth

With David Abram

July 26 - 31, 2024
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How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between ourselves and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? The deepening contortions of climate change – intensifying droughts, monster floods, flaring wildfires and heart-wrenching geopolitical cataclysms – all ensure that our species is tumbling toward…

Science, Art, Sound, & the Sacred

With Merlin Sheldrake, Cosmo Sheldrake and Rupert Sheldrake

July 31 - August 4, 2024
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Explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful, wild setting. What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. We will spend part of our time outdoors – in gardens, on seashores and in forests – connecting with…

Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Healing

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024
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This transformational five-day program uses personal writing as a path of self-discovery, authenticity, and spiritual growth. When you learn to express the whole truth about your life experiences – for personal use or publication – you come to understand the mythic dimension of your personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions,…

Body, Breath & Nature

With Loretta (Lo) Laurin

August 9 - 14, 2024
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Take a step outside of everyday life and reconnect to the landscape of your breath and body in nature. Reset and re-regulate your nervous system with an integration of yoga, pilates, and nature immersion. This is an opportunity to prioritize your self-care, decrease stress, and reinvigorate your capacity for balance.…

Non-dual Awareness: An Exploration of Effortless Presence

With Lama Tsultrim Allione

August 9 - 14, 2024
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“I gained so much for my meditation practice and feel so supported and somehow I feel different in the world since then. What I experienced cannot be put into words.” - Past participant We all have awakened presence within us which is created as a spark of bliss at the moment…

Slow Art, Somatic Practice, and Creative Rest

With Shauna Kaendo, Registered Art Therapist | BFA, RCAT and Trudi Smith, Registered Clinical Counsellor | MC, MA, PhD

August 14 - 18, 2024
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Bringing our bodies into the conversation through creative process. In this therapeutic arts program, we get curious about what self-care practices can look and feel like both individually and in community. Through creative meanderings we will experiment with solo and collaborative art-making processes, for example, bilateral drawing, collage, watercolour, bookmaking,…

Radiant Mind, Compassionate Heart: Insight Meditation Retreat

With Celeste Young

August 18 - 24, 2024
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During this weeklong silent meditation retreat, we will focus on practices that quiet the mind and open the heart to support the unfolding of insight and compassion. We will learn to bring mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, facilitating a renewed sense of connection with our own bodies,…

Nine Patterns of Developmental Pathways: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of the Enneagram System

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 24 - 28, 2024
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"Freud’s theory of the unconscious and Darwin’s model of evolution continue to help us understand the findings from current research on human behavior....Daniel Siegel’s theory of Mindsight—the brain’s capacity for both insight and empathy—offers a similar 'Aha!'" - Daniel Goleman, Author, Emotional Intelligence In this immersive, interactive workshop retreat with…

Menopause Mastery: Empowering Midlife Transitions

With Kate Milne and Teresa Isabel Dias

August 24 - 28, 2024
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Learn strategies and practical tools to navigate the challenges of the transition of menopause effectively. In Menopause Mastery we’ll explore menopause's physical, emotional, and mental aspects, learn targeted and effective wellness strategies, explore how to better manage the transition, hormonal options, and create a personalized wellness plan for your healthier…

Opening to Inner + Outer Change: A Life Balance Retreat

With Celeste Young and Meera Bawa

August 29 - September 1, 2024
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How well we navigate changes and transitions has a direct impact on the degree of well-being, purpose, and satisfaction we experience in our daily lives. If you’re considering a big change, are in the midst of one now or are still feeling the effects of past changes, this unique retreat…

End-of-Life Doula Training (INELDA)

With Nicole Heidbreder

September 6 - 11, 2024
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Learn how to provide companionship, comfort, and guidance to those facing a terminal illness or death. As part of this training, learners receive self-paced video exercises as pre-work, an end-of-life doula guide and training workbook, live lectures and presentations from INELDA educators, small group and paired exercises, and self-paced exercises…

Healing at the Edge: Conscious Living/Dying

With RamDev Dale Borglum

September 6 - 11, 2024
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Imagine living without fear. Imagine approaching the unknown with an open heart. There is a path to this freedom. "I recommend anything that Dale teaches.” - Ram Dass For over 40 years, RamDev Dale Borglum has been in close contact with many people who were approaching death. Almost all of these…

From Age-ing to Sage-ing®: Deepening the Sage Within

With Annie Klein

September 22 - 26, 2024
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A great gift of our older years is the potential for deepening wisdom and expanding possibilities.  As more and more of us are living longer, we want these extra years to be vibrant, inspiring and fulfilling. This program will help you discover what gives your life meaning as you age.…

The Nourished Woman Goddess Retreat

With Abneet Kaur Sandhar

September 22 - 26, 2024
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Aligned. Knowing. Full Bloom Radiance. Clear. Shining. Grounded. These qualities all exist within us, yet for so many women, we feel depleted and defeated. Our attention being pulled in many different directions, with a low-grade fever of constant overwhelm. We may feel racked with guilt, shame, and comparison, constantly feeling…

Cultivating Wellbeing for Health Professionals

With Andrea Grabovac, MD and Erin Burrell, MD, FRCPC

September 27 - October 2, 2024
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"In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel 'burnout' setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself." -Dalai Lama Replenish and revitalize yourself in this mindfulness-based meditation retreat for health professionals and partners.…

Eldering in Times of Transformation

With Cheryl Rose, Juana Berinstein and Zhiish McKenzie

October 6 - 10, 2024
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“A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species.”  - Carl Jung There comes a time when you find yourself, perhaps to your surprise, in a new land which is unlike any part of the long…