Fireworks Factory: Camp David for Marketers

  • Hollyhock Leadership Centre Hollyhock Leadership Centre
  • 445 Highfield Road, Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sep 29 - Oct 3, 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

Registration by application. Apply here.

Fireworks Factory is unlike any marketing and communications conference you’ve been to before. It’s an intimate, four-night retreat where big ideas like trend spotting, neuromarketing, and campaign ideation will change the way you think about marketing and impact the way your organization communicates with the world. It’s also where you’ll meet thought partners, co-conspirators, and even friends.   

“This was a rare bird in my typical conference year: a small, intimate gathering where every speaker was keynote-calibre, the discussions were deep and the takeaways were truly thought-changing.” Laura Authier, Director of Marketing, University of Fraser Valley

You should come to Fireworks Factory if:

You’re a senior-level marketing or communications professional who wants to have bold conversations about big ideas and strategy.

You’re a decision-maker for your organization (or, as a consultant, you help clients make important strategy decision).

You’re excited to talk about big ideas, not WordPress plugins, or how to optimize click throughs or Instagram ads.

You’re not evil, nor is the organization you work for.

Each year we welcome a mix of communicators from companies, non-profits, agencies and institutions. We find this mix generates a certain conversational frisson and important cross-industry learning.

“This was the first non-BS marketing conference I’ve ever gone to. Talk about intimate and interactive. Egos (if they existed) and titles were parked at the door and everyone is looking to share and learn from one another. Can’t wait until next year!” Kenny Grant, Full Stack

Speaker Sneak Peek

Check out the top-notch speaker line-up, with more to come:

CanadaLand’s Jesse Brown will help communicators make sense of today’s fractured and flummoxing media landscape.

Psychologist, neuroscientist and marketer Diana Lucaci will share neuromarketing strategies you can adapt for your work.

We’ll be treated to a private concert by JUNO-nominated singer and songwriter Khari Wendell McClelland. Plus, he’ll teach us how to be better facilitators, leaders and people.

An unorthodox learning experience. Fireworks Factory speakers aren’t the usual suspects and you won’t find them on the regular Pacific Northwest circuit. Compelling speakers combine with collaborative sessions, where attendees present case studies and seek feedback on ongoing projects. Also, we hate panels, so there won’t be any! We’re in the process of recruiting this year’s speakers. Speakers at past Firework Factories include the CBC’s Nora Young, HootSuite’s Cameron Uganec and Charity Water’s Paull Young.

A burgeoning trust network. We’re all in this working world together. Our professional life is buoyed and eased by a trusted network of peers who can offer advice, support, and opportunity. Fireworks Factory offers the chance to build these connections with fellow professionals over four intimate days at the Hollyhock.

A break from the city and into the woods. We’ve found that getting away from normal routines allows us to focus on the conference and our fellow attendees. The conference gives attendees a chance to recharge in nature and get the brain space needed to think up new ideas and challenge the status quo.

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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.


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.


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

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Dairy Free


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”.


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:

1 hr from Vancouver
2 hrs from Seattle

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

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:

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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