Morning Altars: Grieving with Impermanent Earth Art

  • Hollyhock Leadership Centre Hollyhock Leadership Centre
  • 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 14 - 19, 2019 (6 days)
  • Single w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $2,315.00 Single w/ensuite* - CAD $2,165.00 Single w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,840.00 Couple w/ensuite Oceanfront* - CAD $1,780.00 Couple w/ensuite* - CAD $1,630.00 Couple w/shared bathroom* - CAD $1,480.00 Twin w/

About This Event

Grief is a way of loving what has been lost, and love is a way of grieving what hasn’t yet left us. In our modern culture, we are grief-illiterate and death-phobic. We don’t know how to mark loss so that we can grieve well and, therefore, love well. Instead, our culture tells us to only value growth so that many of us suppress, bypass, or get stuck in our grief.

Grief must be metabolized and processed so that it can feed our life. Nature, art, and ritual are three ways cultures around the world have been transforming grief into beauty for thousands of years. Separately, these three things can open our hearts, bring us back to our center, and connect us back into what’s meaningful. But TOGETHER, they become a resource and skill so we can feel human again.

Morning Altars is a 7-step practice of creating impermanent earth altars made from nature, akin to mandalas, that is a time-tested mindfulness practice to express grief, memory, love, and prayers through nature, art and ritual.

In this weekend workshop, we will dive deep into the story of what we are grieving — be it the passing of a friend, the loss of a relationship, or a major life change — and create impermanent earth art devoted to who we are letting go of. We will learn new ways to grieve through skills such as wonder, creativity, prayer, community, and impermanence. This is a simple yet highly-effective practice for any stage of life. Learning to grieve well is also learning to live well.

Join Day Schildkret, internationally renowned earth artist and author of “Morning Altars” for a hands-on practice that BuzzFeed calls, “a celebration of life and nature.” This retreat will give you a much-needed digital detox that will calm your mind, connect you back to the wisdom of the earth, and give you the tools and teachings to turn your grief into beauty.

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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