5-DAY HOLLYHOCK RETREAT

About us

THE HOLLYHOCK PROGRAM

“Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe.”

Step by step, the Eat Real to Heal retreat shows you the art and science of using food as medicine to reverse chronic disease, one bite at a time. This means you’ll eliminate chronic pain and inflammation, your energy will return to youthful levels, you’ll enjoy restful sleep, yes – you will lose weight and look years younger too – but ultimately, you’ll achieve optimal health so you can live a long and thriving life.

Learn the principles of the Eat Real to Heal Lifestyle, a program Nicolette Richer designed based on her experience as a former certified Gerson Therapy Home Set-up Trainer. This new way of eating -and living- is based on a 100-year-old metabolic nutritional therapy, that will rebuild your metabolism, kick-start your immune system, regenerate your tissues and heal your body through cellular nutrification and detoxification.

Take your health into your own hands and learn to prevent and reverse cancer and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, skin conditions, Crohn’s, ME, allergies, asthma, arthritis, chronic pain, infertility, eye conditions and other autoimmune disorders and degenerative conditions.

With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians now being diagnosed with cancer and heart disease in their lifetime, 1 in 4 being diagnosed with other lifestyle-induced chronic illnesses such as Type II diabetes, autoimmune disorders, infertility and, more, the time is now to take your health back. And there’s good news! Medical research shows that we can cut these rates by 90% and more by adopting a plant-strong lifestyle and engaging in moderate exercise. Even better, you’ll be able to share your new knowledge and lived experience with family, friends and other loved ones to help them reverse their illnesses too.

Join us today to learn a new definition of what really constitutes “healthy food”. Never again will you want to start a diet or a cleanse after having experienced the Eat Real to Heal Lifestyle at Hollyhock.

You’ll go home with the skills, knowledge, formula and inspiration to keep on thriving in health and share all you learned with your family and community.

Hollyhock definitely captured my heart. The food is wonderfully balanced and full of flavour. The garden is mesmerizing and the staff is always welcoming with a smile. Accommodation was comfortable and clean. There is something enchanting about this place that is calling me back ~ Monica G

Event Highlights

  • Hyper Nutrition: you will be involved in hands-on activities that include daily preparation of organic cooked and raw meals, beverages, dressings, dips, juices, desserts, snacks and more.
  • Ultimate Liver Detox: support your liver daily by learning how to prepare and administer the ultimate liver detox out of the comfort of your own home. All materials will be supplied.
  • Daily restorative yoga practice: Restorative Yoga practiced regularly and mindfully can heal your body and your life. You will participate in and learn simple yoga practices to reduce stress, stimulate the immune system, improve strength and circulation, cleanse your lungs and liver, heal your digestive tract, release toxins, erase chronic pain, and improve your overall life.
  • Healthy Creative Journaling, Goal Setting and Meditation using PSYCH-K: Discover medicine for the soul and see your health concerns as an opportunity for awakening. Through creative journaling, you’ll create a vision for the health you want, diagnose the root causes of your health challenges, and creatively write a prescription to facilitate your self-healing journey and realize your optimum health goals.

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.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Schedule

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
— Nutrition + Detoxification workshop. Learn how to nutrify and detoxify your body, prevent and reverse heart disease using the Gerson Therapy, transform your energy levels, blood results, blood pressure and mood using organic, plant-based foods.

— Meals and cooking classes. Learn how to whip up delicious, disease-fighting plant-based meals and juices that are so nutritious and delicious, even lifelong carnivores will be impressed! Daily Gerson meals provided by our in-house chef.

— Creative Journaling. Discover medicine for the soul and see your health concerns as an opportunity for awakening. Through creative journaling you’ll create a vision for the health you want, diagnose the root causes of your health challenges, and creatively write the prescription for yourself to facilitate your self-healing journey so you can realize your optimum health goals.

— Yoga classes. Daily yoga practice for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced yogis, to stimulate your immune system, improve strength and circulation, cleanse your lungs and liver, heal your digestive tract, and release toxins.

— Quiet time for rest and reflection. Take a refreshing walk next to the river at sunrise or in the mountains, recharge with a good book, or treat yourself to a long nap. Your body will say “thank you” in so many ways.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

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”.

Accommodations

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.

Directions

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:

Seaplane:
1 hr from Vancouver
2 hrs from Seattle

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

Roadtrip
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:

Rideshare:
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.

Tags: cooking class detoxnutrition healing meditation organic food relaxation yoga

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