Category Archives: Community Events

These are events hosted by Hollyhock friends and partners. If you have an event to share, please email

Raising the Roof: Support Our Greenhouse!

After decades of service, the garden greenhouse is ready for retirement and replacement.

Most of you know how it feels to step into the Lodge at meal time—to smell and savour the incredible food that grows outside in the garden and the greenhouse. Will you help Hollyhock by supporting this project?

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Sneak Preview of 2017 Programs! Early Bird Discount!

Get a head start and check out some of our Cortes Island 2017 programs! Please check this page for updates as new programs are added. Dates are subject to change.

  • Register now for these programs and be guaranteed your favourite room.
  • Book before Friday, Dec 16th, 2016 and receive 10% off 2017 season rates!
  • A $395 CDN deposit is required at time of registration and you will be sent a confirmation letter in January with firm costs and dates.

TO REGISTER CALL 1.800.933.6339

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22-Apr 26-Apr Margery Moore, Denise Williams, Jocelyn Macdougall &

Mike Rowlands


Gender, Diversity & Leadership in Technology

26-Apr 10-May Michele McDonald & Steven Smith Metta Vipassana:

Awareness As A Path to Liberation

10-May 14-May Donna Martin & Shelley Winton Whole-Hearted Embodiment
10-May 14-May Jocelan Coty Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal
14-May 19-May Rachelle Lamb Nonviolent Communication:

Relating with Heart and Conscience

14-May 18-May Amy Robertson & Marlene Liddle Weaving from the Wild
19-May 24-May Chen Lizra The Power of the Cuban Spirit
19-May 24-May Shine Edgar Dreamtime Didjeridu
24-May 28-May Bill Weaver, Tracey Friesen, &

Sue Biely

Media That Matters: Story Money Impact
24-May 28-May Julian Griggs The Art & Craft of Effective Facilitation
28-May 2-Jun Kathleen Horne Expressive Arts for Body/Mind/Spirit
28-May 2-Jun Tania Fierro & Delyse Sylvester Creating Teams That Trust
28-May 2-Jun David Wagner Living Meditation
2-Jun 7-Jun Gibran Rivera Evolutionary Leadership
2-Jun 7-Jun Shaena Lambert Going Under the Words:

Creating Fiction & Memoir

7-Jun 11-Jun Hollyhock Social Change Institute
16-Jun 19-Jun Farah Nazarali & Erica Pinksy Heart in Conflict
16-Jun 19-Jun Jill Angelo Sacred Space at Home
16-Jun 19-Jun Joel Solomon Accelerate Your Enterprise
19-Jun 23-Jun Leslie Davenport Deepening Climate Advocacy
19-Jun 23-Jun Rob Selmanovic Somatic Yoga:

Movement Solutions for Pain Free Living

23-Jun 28-Jun Alina Frank & Dr. Craig Weiner Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 & 2
23-Jun 28-Jun Jack David & Robin Robertis Creative iPhoneography
23-Jun 28-Jun Lisa Gibbons, Cathie Dunlop, &

Dayna Davis

Art, Story, Spirit
28-Jun 2-Jul Fleet Maull Mindful Leadership for Social Transformation
2-Jul 7-Jul Bill Ophoff Nature Adventures
2-Jul 7-Jul Kimo Hussey Joy of Ukulele
2-Jul 7-Jul Thomas Atum O’Kane Time of Transition
7-Jul 12-Jul Margie Gillis Dancing From the Inside Out
7-Jul 12-Jul Michael Moore Sea Kayaking Adventures aboard Misty Isles
7-Jul 12-Jul Rhiannon Singing in the Vocal River
7-Jul 12-Jul Thomas Atum O’Kane The Five Dimensions of the Mystical Heart
12-Jul 16-Jul Constance Kellough Innerbody Meditation
12-Jul 16-Jul Cristi Christensen Chakra Yoga
16-Jul 21-Jul Michael Stone & Marilyn Arsenault Running with a Meditative Mind
16-Jul 21-Jul Ann Randolph Write Your Life for the Page & the Stage
21-Jul 25-Jul Kelly Terbasket IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials
21-Jul 26-Jul Rick Ingrasci Hollyhock Summer Gathering
30-Jul 4-Aug David Abram Falling Awake:  The Ecology of Wonder
30-Jul 4-Aug Gordy Onayemi Ryan & Zoe Ryan Song of the Drum, Dance of Life
30-Jul 4-Aug Jill Purce Healing Family & Ancestors:

Ritual & Resonance

30-Jul 3-Aug Stephen Jenkinson Money & the Soul’s Desire
4-Aug 9-Aug Lauren Walker Art of Energy in Yoga
4-Aug 9-Aug Robert Gass & Judith Ansara Sharing the Path: For Couples
4-Aug 8-Aug Rupert Sheldrake, Merlin Sheldrake,

& Cosmo Sheldrake

Science & Spiritual Practices
4-Aug 8-Aug Stephen Jenkinson Die Wise
9-Aug 13-Aug Blake D. Bauer Unconditional Self Love
9-Aug 13-Aug Martha Peterson The Myth of Aging
9-Aug 13-Aug Shivon Robinsong Singing for Change
13-Aug 18-Aug Ann Bradney Radical Aliveness:

A Radically Alive Workshop

13-Aug 18-Aug Charles Steinberg Digital Photography: Capturing the Light
13-Aug 18-Aug Robert Gass The Art of Leadership
18-Aug 21-Aug Hollyhock Founders & Friends
18-Aug 23-Aug Bessel Van Der Kolk & Licia Sky Trauma Body & the Brain:

Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm & Play

18-Aug 23-Aug Bill Ophoff Nature Adventures
18-Aug 23-Aug Donnalea Van Vleet Goelz Continuum:

Movement, Breath, Sound & Imagery

18-Aug 23-Aug Mark Matousek Writing to Awaken:

Memoir as a Path of Transformation

23-Aug 27-Aug Ann Mortifee &

Kristen Scholfield-Sweet

Moving into the Unknown
23-Aug 27-Aug Licia Sky Songwriting, Attunement & Embodied Voice
23-Aug 27-Aug Tracy Theemes Money Mindfulness
24-Aug 27-Aug Dr. Steven Aung Aung Medical Qi Gong & Intuition
27-Aug 1-Sep Elizabeth Claire Burr & Daynaa Davis Women’s Retreat
27-Aug 1-Sep Lori Goldberg Painting Beyond the Ordinary
27-Aug 1-Sep Mark Lau & Andrea Grabovac Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training (MBCT)
1-Sep 6-Sep Heather Graham & Dale Costanzo Healing Power of Yoga & Art
1-Sep 6-Sep Michael Moore Sea Kayaking Adventures aboard Misty Isles
1-Sep 6-Sep Thomas Atum O’Kane Art of Spiritual Guidance:

A Two-Year Training Program

6-Sep 10-Sep Dan Hines Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courge & Renewal Retreat
6-Sep 10-Sep Joyce Hawkes & Helen Folsom Cell Level Healing:

Wild Awakening for Health

6-Sep 10-Sep Padma Shyam Padma Meditation:

Finding Balance and Joy!

10-Sep 13-Sep Mark Wolynn Break the Cycle of Inherited Trauma
10-Sep 13-Sep Rob Schwartz Your Soul’s Plan:

The Spiritual Meaning of Your Life

10-Sep 13-Sep Veronica Kallos Lilly &

Richard Harrison

Tuning In: The Self of the Therapist
13-Sep 17-Sep Joel Solomon, Theo Lamb,

Mike Rowlands, & Pam Chaloult

Social Venture Institute
17-Sep 22-Sep Ann Marie Chiasson Energy Healing Essentials: Exploring Vitality Healing & Increased Awareness
17-Sep 22-Sep Chloe Goodchild The Naked Voice Wisdom School:

Journey Into the Secret Heart of Sound

17-Sep 22-Sep David McEown A State of Mindfulness with Watercolours
22-Sep 27-Sep Gaye Hanson & Bev Gray Shamanic Explorations in Nature:

Spiritual Plant Connections

22-Sep 27-Sep Banafsheh Sayyad Dance of Oneness: Dance Your Passion!
22-Sep 27-Sep Ian MacKenzie, John Wolfstone, &

Benjamin von Mendelssohn

Healing of Love:

Sex Partnership & the  Village

27-Sep 1-Oct Erica Ross Slow Dance
27-Sep 1-Oct Oriane Lee Johnston Your Emerging Future
1-Oct 4-Oct Mirabai Bush & Gopi Kallayil Search Inside Yourself
4-Oct 8-Oct Web of Change (Flagship) Web of Change Local
8-Oct 13-Oct Jan Zwicky Poetry & Contemplation
8-Oct 13-Oct Robert Beatty Mindfulness Meditation/Vipassana:

The Practice of Waking Up

13-Oct 18-Oct Robert Bateman Master Artists Seminar
18-Oct 22-Oct Paul Stamets Mushrooms: Wild & Mysterious

1.800.933.6339 Book your 2017 Program Today!

The Ripple Effect of a Gift to the Scholarship Fund

We recently reached out to past Hollyhock scholarship recipients  to share the impact of their Hollyhock Experience and to participate in our “Circle of Giving” to support future scholarship recipients. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our past recipients and the ripple effect of receiving a scholarship has had on their lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to share some of these stories with you.

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Orchard Revitalized with a little help from our friends.

Thanks to the kind stewardship of Rupert Sheldrake and donations from many friends of Hollyhock, the Hollyhock Orchard received the loving care it needed over the winter. It was cleared of brush and several old and rotten apple trees were taken down. The stumps were injected with mycelium spors. The soil was prepared with feed and healthy new saplings were planted including 2 Juliet plums, 2 liberty apples, 2 Italian plums, 2 heirloom hazelnuts and soon to be planted 2 mulberries. Tending to the Orchard will benefit future generations as it continues to flourish and nourish.

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Hello Again: Maté Family Dynamics

This article written by Daniel Maté upon reflection of his upcoming Hollyhock program in Vancouver with his dad, Gabor Maté .

In manmate1y ways, my father and I leading this “Hello Again” workshop together is a natural expression of the still-unfolding process that is our relationship. We continue to stumble, as many adult children and their parents do, over a fundamental challenge: how to know and relate to each other—and ourselves—not as intertwined characters in an epic family drama but as the two independent grown people we are now?

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