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

Pwātamowin “the act of dreaming”: A Yogic retreat

With Malina Dawn

June 30 - July 5, 2024
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…

Four Agreements for a Better Life

With don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Jose Ruiz

June 30 - July 3, 2024
"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…
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Something Opens My Wings

With Margie Gillis and Thomas Atum O'Kane, PhD

July 12 - 17, 2024
“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: Conversation

With Rev. angel Kyodo williams Roshi

July 21 - 25, 2024
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
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…

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

With Julie Kramer

July 26 - 28, 2024
Bridge and Enrich Lives Society
"Julie is a natural and gifted teacher. Attending her introductory workshop is like stepping into a portal of divine possibility, providence, and wonder that envelops the entirety of the weekend. Whether you decide on a whim to tag along with a friend or are traversing your own dark night of…

Healing Family & Ancestors: Ritual & Resonant Family Constellations

With Jill Purce

July 26 - 31, 2024
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
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
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…
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You Are Not Your Story

With Mark Matousek

August 4 - 9, 2024
"I cannot say enough about this profound writing practice to heal, and awaken. I went away feeling weightier, more embodied, with a deep sense of having recovered more of my authentic voice, and depth of presence." - Krystal Dyan, Past participant Realizing you are not your story is a quantum…

Body, Breath & Nature

With Loretta (Lo) Laurin

August 9 - 14, 2024
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
“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…

Depth Ecology Camp

With Nora Bateson, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Rex Weyler and Kairn Mahon Carrington

August 14 - 18, 2024
Humans do not stand apart from the earth and its living systems. To address our global challenges, we must start from our roots as creatures of this Earth. What does it mean to take action and adopt a genuinely ecological frame for seeing our world, our selves, and our human…

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
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
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 (4 nights)

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 24 - 28, 2024
This program is now full. Dan is offering the same program over 3 nights August 28 - 31, 2024. "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…

Nine Patterns of Developmental Pathways: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of the Enneagram System (3 nights)

With Dan Siegel, M.D.

August 28 - 31, 2024
"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…

Opening to Inner + Outer Change: A Life Balance Retreat

With Celeste Young and Meera Bawa

August 29 - September 1, 2024
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…

Andean Wisdom Teachings: Walking the Path of the Heart

With Jhaimy Alvarez Acosta

September 1 - 6, 2024
Immerse yourself in the Indigenous teachings of the Andes during this transformative, expansive and grounding retreat experience with Traditional Andean Wisdomkeeper and Curandero (Healer) Jhaimy Alvarez-Acosta from Cusco, Peru. The focus of our time together will be to cultivate and deepen our personal relationship to ourselves and the world around…

End-of-Life Doula Training (INELDA)

With Nicole Heidbreder

September 6 - 11, 2024
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
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…

Becoming a Spiritual Healer Level I: The Essentials

With Julie Kramer

September 12 - 18, 2024
This year-long, blended learning professional training is designed for individuals who are called to facilitate spiritual healing and tend to the spiritual well-being of others. Those who feel drawn to working exclusively as spiritual healers, as well as those who feel drawn to offering spiritual healing in concert with one…

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

With Annie Klein

September 22 - 26, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
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
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 23, 2024.
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 (2024)

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

September 27 - October 2, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jun 28, 2024.
"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
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 7, 2024.
“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…

Wild Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness

With Jim Gouin and David Sumerlin

October 16 - 20, 2024
Book now and get 10% off accommodation prices. Offer valid until Jul 17, 2024.
Save the world, one mushroom at a time. Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer powerful, practical solutions to enhance both human and ecosystem health. Through lecture, discussion, and foraging: Learn easy-to-grow cultivation methods using a hands-on approach. Gain the skills to identify at least twenty-five species of mushroom, both wild and cultivated. Delve…