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Wisdom Teachings

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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


Tantra and the Energetics of Intimacy: A Traditional Immersion

With Yogacharini Maitreyi

June 16 - 21, 2023
Cortes Island
Learn Tantric practices and tools for your daily life that create deeper self connection, self awareness, healing and resilience. Work with your mind and prana and experientially understand the principles of Tantra.

Open to the Sacred: A Meditation Retreat

With Dawn Mauricio

June 21 - 25, 2023
Cortes Island
What is your relationship to the sacred? Do you turn away from it or use it as a support for these turbulent times?

Mindful Self-Compassion

With Megan Prager and Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD

June 25 - 30, 2023
Cortes Island
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, practice self-compassion in daily life, motivate themselves with kindness…

Nitõtitān – Let’s Listen: A Yogic retreat to deepen connection to self, community and Land

With Malina Dawn

June 30 - July 5, 2023
Cortes Island
Nitõtetān is a Cree word meaning ‘Let’s listen’. Listening deeply is key to living in balance. Living in balance means we are not only taking good care of our selves, but being an active and willing participant in life. We take care of our communities, the earth and all our…

Time of Transition

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 9 - 14, 2023
Cortes Island
Let go of your old identity and lay the groundwork for a new sense of self.

Art of Spiritual Guidance: The Reunion

With Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD and Margie Gillis

July 14 - 19, 2023
Cortes Island
Reunion - Remembrance - Renewal - Rededication. A 5-day reunion gathering of Spiritual Guidance graduates from around the world.
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Falling Awake: The Ecology of Wonder

With David Abram

July 28 - August 2, 2023
Cortes Island
How can we open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? Exploring practices useful for grounding and thriving in weird times, we'll ponder how our lives might be of service to the more-than-human earth.

Science, Art, Sound, and the Sacred

With Merlin Sheldrake and Cosmo Sheldrake

August 2 - 6, 2023
Cortes Island
What we call art and science both arise from our faculties of imagination, wonder, and curiosity. In this program, we explore the entanglements between science, art, sound, and the sacred in a beautiful wild setting. 

Andean Wisdom: Deepening Your Relationship with the Four Elements

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

August 20 - 25, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 10% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jun 20, 2023.
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…

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

With Annie Klein

September 13 - 17, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jun 14, 2023.
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. An…

Cultivating Wellbeing for Health Professionals

With Mark Lau, PhD and Andrea Grabovac, MD

September 22 - 27, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jun 23, 2023.
"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 cognitive therapy (MBCT) meditation retreat for physicians,…

Intentional Evolution Yoga Retreat

With Fiji McAlpine and Mary Prefontaine

October 1 - 6, 2023
Cortes Island
Book now and get 15% off campus rates! Offer valid until Jul 2, 2023.
Embark on a transformative 6-day yoga retreat, immersing yourself in a realm of self-discovery and renewal, set against the captivating backdrop of Cortes Island. Led by the exceptional duo of Fiji and Mary, this retreat invites you to explore the depths of your being, connecting your physical practice with inner…