Dance of Oneness®: Stella Maris

  • Hollyhock Leadership Centre Hollyhock Leadership Centre
  • 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jul 14 - 18, 2019 (5 days)
  • Single w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,547.00 Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $1,499.00 Couple w/ensuite* - CAD $1,379.00 Couple w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,259.00 Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* - CAD $1,499.00 Twin w/ensuite* - CAD $1,379.00 Twin w/shar

About This Event

Stella Maris is the sun in the sea, a reference to Mother Mary, and originally, the Goddess Isis. It is the Persian Mehrab which was later used in mosques to indicate the direction of prayer. Mehrab points us to the secret that at the heart of darkness is a blinding light—our journey toward light is through darkness, and our guide is love. Mehr in Persian means the sun but it also means love. Mehrab then is the sea of love, the sea of light.

Explore the mysteries of Stella Maris through guided and free-style dance, whirling, Sufi poetry, chanting, yoga, meditation, wisdom teachings, deep silence, a sharing circle and lots of laughter. Dive into the sea of love as we dance in-doors, at the edge of the sea and in the sea.

Dance to submerge yourself in the sea of love, melt and give yourself fully to the divine love energy that moves through all of existence. You’ll be surprised to find that surrendering in this way is the key to transforming all your relationships…with your body, yourself, the people in your life, and life herself.

Dance of Oneness® is dance as a spiritual path and a science of embodiment, integrating 3 dimensions: rigorous dance technique and self expression, wisdom teachings, and healing. It is based in Tai Chi, Persian dance, whirling, flamenco and Middle Eastern tribal dances, Sufi teachings, Divine Feminine Wisdom, the Gurdjieff Work, Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system.

“Banafsheh is one of the greatest sacred dancers I have seen.” –Deepak Chopra

Check out this visual pairing for the “Dance of Oneness”:

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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

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Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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