Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

  • Hollyhock Leadership Centre Hollyhock Leadership Centre
  • 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • May 17 - 22, 2019 (6 days)
  • Single w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,860.00 Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $1,800.00 Couple w/ensuite* - CAD $1,650.00 Couple w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,500.00 Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* - CAD $1,800.00 Twin w/ensuite* - CAD $1,650.00 Twin w/shar

About This Event

Learn a deceptively simple and boldly creative approach to sustaining connection and addressing conflict—in a time petitioning for robust examples of human courage, honesty and radical empathy. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a language rooted in heart and conscience and is ultimately a faithful map for any relationship struggling to find a reliable horizon in stormy seas. For lovers, leaders, and cynics alike.

We don’t need experts to tell us that communication matters. Our relationships are evidence enough. We are ‘relational’ creatures and our ability to thrive and attend to life’s challenges depends significantly on our ability to cultivate and nurture healthy connections. But what if the ways in which we’ve been educated to relate only increase the divide between ourselves and others? And what if the areas we focus on when attempting to resolve conflict actually throw us off the scent of what’s really at stake and needs attention?

Awesome! Highly recommended. The most inspiring and relevant interpersonal communication course I’ve attended. -Past Participant

This transformative program teaches you to: 

identify and break through limiting patterns of thought and speech

build a reliable and time tested language reservoir that enhances connection

become more discerningly responsive and less impulsively reactive

tune into the unspoken needs underlying what people say

cultivate greater compassion for self and others

Learning is supported through:

engaging presenter led instruction and discussion

individual, dyad and group exercises (both written and oral)

supportive audio/video clips

time to integrate and reflect

Change your experience of conflict and relating with this dynamic and life honouring approach grounded in both spiritual and emotional intelligence as well as ecological wisdom.

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

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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.

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.

Amenities

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

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy 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”.

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.

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