Yoga and Movement Research Body, Feedback, Flow with Diane Bruni, May 2018, Cortes Island, Canada

About us

Enhance your movement capacity through deep introspective explorations with Body Loop resistance bands. Our days will include dynamic movement and yoga, restorative, somatic and meditative practices.

The Body Loop is a new tool developed by Diane Bruni, to heighten kinesthetic integration also known as proprioception. Proprioception is the integration of information received through cells in the skin that communicate with the brain via the nervous system. It signals where body parts are in relationship to other body parts, and how the body is moving through space. The Body Loop stimulates mechanoreceptors in the skin, thereby increasing the amount of information being transmitted to the brain, through a sensory motor feedback loop. This helps illuminate areas of weakness, injury and lack of sensation.

By creating a safe container for movement, an exploration of these ‘blind’ spots then becomes reintegrated into the whole body. The Body Loop offers adaptable levels of resistance, through easy velcro sizing options, and the increased load builds strength and stability while safely increasing flexibility. Resistance stretching is the most effective way to lengthen and strengthen muscles at the same time.

Many people describe the feelings of comfort, relaxation and calmness from using the Body Loop as live feedback during yoga and movement. It may be adapted to offer varying degrees of pressure, depending on the needs of the person. The feelings of compression and traction increase one’s sense of being present in the body, of being embodied. Some have even described using the Body Loop is like receiving a ‘big hug.’

All levels welcome, including people with existing injuries. No previous yoga experience necessary.

Diane Bruni has been teaching yoga for over twenty years. She founded Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto and was the first Ashtanga teacher in Canada. -

The loops are incredible teachers, I can feel and access more sensation and information about my body while using the loops, this knowledge about my body helped me self correct and find optimum alignment. ~ Amy, Past Participant

Venue Highlights

Hollyhock sits on the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations. We are committed to renewing our relationships with the First Nations peoples on whose territories we are guests.

Since 1982 Hollyhock has built upon the history of this land as a place of gathering, a pioneering homestead, and the site of an important human potential education centre. On this foundation of gathering, pioneering and learning, Hollyhock’s founders dreamed of creating a lifelong learning and leadership curriculum to inspire, nourish and support people intent on service to a better world.

Hollyhock became a not-for-profit in 2006 to strengthen carrying out our mission into the future. With your help we can keep this as a thriving centre for skill-building, lifelong learning and stewardship of the natural world, inspiring, nourishing and supporting people making the world better for another 30+ years.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant


6:00 – 7:00 • Meditation or Weekly Morning Row
7:00 – 8:00 • Yoga/Movement (most days)
8:30 – 9:30 • Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 • Weekly Garden Tour
9:30 – 12:30 • Program Session

12:30 – 1:30 • Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 • Weekly Guided Hike, Sailing or Kayaking, Massage

3:00 – 6:00 • Program Session
6:00 – 6:30pm • Weekly Oyster Barbecue
6:30 – 7:30 • Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 • Program Session or Open presentation by visiting faculty (1-3 per week)

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free


A feast for the senses! Renowned fresh, sumptuous food has made our Hollyhock kitchen famous. Our French-Intensive garden supplies vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers to each meal, gracing your table with food that is nourished with care every step of the way.

Our healthy, organic, vegetarian fare features ingredients from our abundant gardens located just outside our kitchen door, and well as local BC foods.

Meals at Hollyhock are globally-inspired and prepared with love and skill in our Hollyhock kitchen. Enjoy weekly wild seafood dinners and beach-side oyster appetizer barbecues. We serve organic grains and organic produce sourced locally, whenever possible. Organic herbs, flowers, greens, and vegetables are harvested daily from the Hollyhock garden. Our orchard produces many beautiful fruits featured on the dessert menu seasonally and served in our 24/7 fruit bowl, offering. Our meals are created and served “family style”.


A variety of accommodations are located throughout our lush campus, ranging in price to suit most budgets. Choose from private, beachfront or ocean facing rooms, dorm-style lodging or cabins that nestle in the quiet seclusion of the forest. Our beautiful campsites are also available, with a cedar bath house conveniently located for your use.

Room fees include all Hollyhock basics, like stimulating presenter evenings, delicious, organic meals, morning yoga/meditation classes, guided naturalist walks and tours of the garden, as well as luxurious soaks in our ocean-view hot-tubs. Telephones and wireless Internet are centrally located.

Room Options Include:
Single: 1 Person
Twin: Couple or Friends, 2 beds.
Couple: Couples or Friends sharing 1 bed.
Family/Friends: 3 or more adult friends or family /2 beds
Dorm: Up to 6 people/bunk beds
Tenting with full-service bath house (bring your own tent and bedding)
Roommates can be assigned, upon request, in twin and dorm rooms only.


Our address is: PO Box 127, Manson’s Landing
Cortes Island, B.C. V0P 1K0 Canada

There are a variety of ways to get here. They include:

1 hr from Vancouver
2 hrs from Seattle

Fly & Water Taxi:
2 hrs from Vancouver
3 hrs from Seattle

Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle

Public Trnsport (Ferry)
Approx 6 hrs from Vancouver
Approx 10 hrs from Seattle

Other ideas:

Lighten your footprint and cost by sharing a ride with a fellow Hollyhock traveler – you might make a new friend! Create a free account on our secure Ride Share Board.

Electric Charging Station:
We are proud to offer an electric vehicle charging station on campus. Plan your stops with PlugShare.

Hollyhock Shuttle:
Complimentary for Onsite guests to and from ferry, seaplane, water taxi and ferries.

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