Founders + Friends

  • Hollyhock Leadership Centre Hollyhock Leadership Centre
  • 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Aug 1 - 4, 2019 (4 days)
  • Single w/shared bathroom* - CAD $789.00 Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $753.00 Couple w/ensuite* - CAD $663.00 Couple w/shared bathroom* - CAD $573.00 Twin w/ensuite oceanfront* - CAD $753.00 Twin w/ensuite* - CAD $663.00 Twin w/shared bathroom*

About This Event

Gather with Hollyhock founders and friends for a few wondrous summer days on the shores of Cortes Island. Celebrate Hollyhock’s history of inspiring, catalyzing and training change-makers. Learn about current activities and explore future potential with a relaxed mix of culture, meaningful conversation and delightful meals. Hollyhock provides a unique contribution to the practical leadership skills this world so greatly needs, together we can broaden the impact of this work.

“What really touched my soul was the people. I had the unique honour of hearing and feeling the powerful words of the founders and friends and leaders of Hollyhock, who spoke to me in poetry and story about the creation of this powerful vortex on our planet of the mission of this convening space, and of the gift that it is for us all to be partners in supporting it. Thank you Hollyhock founders for opening my heart and mind and for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your vitality for the renewal of us all.” – Joshua S. Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers; Founders + Friends 2016 Attendee

Imagine prime summertime near the end of the road on the west coast of the continent, with swimmable aquarium like ocean waters and the divine fresh water lake swimming near by. Walk the powerful coastal temperate rainforest ecology of Cortes Island. If you’ve been, you know. If not, you are in for a lifetime experience treasure for you and your family. Children never want to leave!

“Our family has made Founders + Friends a part of our yearly summer schedule. We love the natural beauty of Cortes Island, engaging with the always-inspirational community that gathers at this event, and contributing to the future of Hollyhock; a place that has deeply nourished us both professionally and personally.” – Chloe Gow-Jarrett, 3Fold Partners, Founders + Friends Attendee

On the last night of this event, Saturday August 3rd at 7pm, our annual fundraising soiree will be hosted by our Hollyhock neighbours Victoria and Ian Watson. At this enchanting evening under the stars, you will be able to connect over drinks and appetizers, enjoy heartfelt words and moving performances, and support Hollyhock’s work to build a fair just and inclusive future. Please RSVP to the soiree here and invite your friends.

 

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

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.

Reviews  
  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • S.Portico Bowman   September 24, 2019

      The Healing is Part of the Journey

    Do not let the planes, ferries, shuttles, or taxis required to reach Hollyhock deter you. This is part of the magic of the place. By the time you arrive much of what you need to leave behind has been untethered into one of those named transportation devices. The setting is astounding. The overall vibe is that everyone is happy to be there, and happy to have you among them.

  • Leslie Knight   September 22, 2019

      seriously funny, in writing and in life

    Great session! Not too large, not too small. Our group came together with just the right energy and the retreat centre provided the serenity and safety to let us be both serious and crazy. Hollyhock is well known for its beauty of location, but even better known for the delicious dishes its amazing staff serve up. And equally famous for its bread...both gluten and gluten free. Best of all...inter conversations between everyone attending concurrent sessions. Just pick a table and jump in. This is where lifelong friendships happen. In this crazy world it's reassuring to know that Hollyhock is there. Thank you. Did I mention the view from the outdoor Hot tub? Or the oyster roast on the beach? Yum!

  • Odette Auger   September 04, 2019

      connection, skill building

    The Podcast from Hear was an audio storytelling program at Hollyhock. How much honesty and strength a circle of women can have, multiplied by the setting. We shared and grew, our group of diverse identities and experiences. Young empowered women and courageous professionals and artists of decades of expertise. Poets, scientists, Indigenous artists, sound engineers, soundscape artists, audio storytellers, professors of journalism and writing~ we had it all, we shared openly and with great heart. I strongly recommend this amazing program! https://hollyhock.ca/p/909/podcasting-the-story-from-hear/

  • Tay Müller   July 22, 2019

      Excellent Weekend with Hollyhock

    1. Arrival experience - I was greeted by a shuttle during which the driver informed of us history and wildlife on the island. Upon checking in my accommodations were reviewed and explained. 2. Stay - All of my needs were met at Hollyhock. The room was clean - I was staying in a dorm and all of the beds were comfortable and well-equipped with extra blankets and pillows. The shower in the dorms is a bit small if you are a large person but there is a bathhouse as well. Meals were EXCEPTIONAL and more food than anyone could ever require was provided as well as 24/7 available refreshments in the guest lodge. Many beautiful places to enjoy your meals with a deck with an outstanding view. Hollyhock is right on the beach with access to many trails nearby. 3. Check out - Reception staff helped me find transportation off the island and checked with water taxis to see if there was room available for me. Overall, hosts and facilities were exceptional the entire time.

  • Claire Delisle   June 14, 2019

      Hollyhock Leadership Centre

    A wonderful experience. The staff is courteous, gracious, and hard-working. The garden is delicious. There is one person who volunteers at the Centre and she was rude to me. We had left our full cups at a table and gone to get dinner. When I returned, she was sitting at our table, and so I spoke to her. She then told me that she was trying to get some quiet time. And she seemed to think that I had welcomed myself to her table. It was an awkward moment. I think she maybe has issues with people.

  • Erica Køhn   May 28, 2019

      Namchi Bazaar's Core Matters Intensive at Hollyhock Retreat Centre

    I am two days out of my retreat with Namchi Bazaar at Hollyhock and am amazed at how that retreat continues to inform my daily life. Not only am I more aware of my alignment, but I am bringing more awareness and relaxation to muscles I habitually tense. I feel younger and taller in my body and my breathing is fuller than it has been in years. More than anything I feel so deeply relaxed. This was my 8th retreat at Hollyhock and the space was so supportive for diving deep. The hot tubs under the stars and looking out over the Salish Sea were the perfect support to unravelling my tensions and muscles. I loved the walk in the forest to our class and the beautiful skylight that allowed me to look up at the swaying cedars while I melted into the mat. May is the perfect season at Hollyhock, the garden is bursting, days are long and the hot tub is a welcome warm counterpoint to the brisk ocean. Hollyhock generously granted me a 'locals' scholarship which made my retreat possible. I am ever so grateful!!

  • Dustin Murray East   May 18, 2019

      Living example of the change we want to see!

    Arrived on a sunny day with big smiles and hugs in the reception area. Flowers and forest and ocean. What more could I ask for other than... Incredible garden sourced food, net level facilities, and a staff that truly cares about m well being. I feel alive and full of new knowledge to truly change the world and take my life to another level. Power spot. Go when you can, as life will never be the same. Bless you Hollyhock and all the people who have touched it.

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