Geopoetics Symposium

About This Event

The connections between geography and creativity cut to the heart of the human imagination of how we live on and with the Earth. At its root, geography—from the Greek “earth-writing” or “earth-description”—speaks to how we both represent and create our place on the Earth, a calling that is at once empirical, scientific, aesthetic-creative, and political. - Eric Magrane, "Situating Geopoetics" (2015)

This symposium invites writers, artists, scholars, and educators engaged with geopoetics, an emerging field of creative practice at the nexus of poetics and geography. Leading and emerging figures in geopoetics, ecophilosophy and place-based education will dialogue, lead seminars, present works, create, and cross-pollinate.

Together we will consider geopoetics in the context of settler-colonialism, climate change and the sixth extinction to share strategies for staying with some of the more troubling questions and realities of scholarship, education and art in the Anthropocene. For instance, what role can imagination play in fostering new ecological relations and paradigms? What lyric strategies might we employ to incorporate other-than-human agents into public life? How might we find adequate ways to grieve what has been lost while nurturing futures of multispecies flourishing? At a time of ecological precarity, this gathering offers space for rethinking and remaking relations with/in a more-than-human world.

An optional five-day residency (April 18–22) will follow, for those who wish to stay on to write, work on projects or collaborate further, culminating on Earth Day. If participants are willing, one of the intentions of the symposium/residency will be to envision, design and eventually produce a publication based on conference discussions, writings and happenings.

Learn more about the Geopoetics Artists' Residency

**save 15% off Rooms and Meals if registered for both Geopoetics Symposium and Residency**

We invite proposals for plenaries/panels, workshops, participatory artworks, place-based activities, writing workshops, performance/performance lectures, embodied experiments, etc. Topics and themes may include (but are not limited to):

History & Current Trends in Geopoetics / Ecopoetics / Geohumanities /Ecophilosophy

Indigenous Resurgence & the Geopoetics of Decolonization

Feminist Geopoetics / Geopoetic Sensualities / Somatics / Healing

Lyric Philosophy / Poethics / Geopoetics of Loss

Ecological Linguistics / Ecocriticism / Witness & Withness

Multispecies & Interspecies Collaborations

Place as Co-Teacher / Teaching in a More-Than-Human World / Land-Based Pedagogy

Black & Indigenous Anthropocene

More-Than-Human Agency / Materiality / Relational Ontologies

Staying with the Trouble / Strategies of Adaptation / Turning toward the Terrestrial

Political Ecology / New Climatic Regime / Geopoetics of the Bioterriat

Proposals due January 17, 2020

Proposals should be 300-500 words and may include plenary/panel discussions, workshops, performances, participatory artworks, etc. Please also include a short bio or artist statement, and links to previous work if available. Proposals are only required for those who wish to present at the symposium; those attending as participants do not need to send proposals. Send proposals and inquiries to: (contact info blocked)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Some scholarships will be available for those with financial need or barriers to attending. To apply for a scholarship, register for the event and follow the scholarship prompts. This conference has been developed in partnership with Hollyhock and Simon Fraser University. As such, scholars may be able to draw on conference travel and professional development funds to assist with fees, travel and accommodation costs; artists/writers may be able to apply for travel or other funding from their arts council. We are committed to co-creating an inclusive gathering. We hope you will join us.

This symposium is convened by Erin Robinsong and Michael D. Datura

Image Credit (above): angela rawlings | intime | from Sound of Mull, 2019

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  
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  • 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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