Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people working to make the world better.
A visit to Hollyhock, Canada's Leading Educational Retreat Centre, is the start of a journey, often a journey of a lifetime. A not for profit centre, Hollyhock is an unparalleled centre of learning and connection that exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better. 2007 marks 25 years of offering world class programs, retreats and conferences.
Intriguing Programs ~ Unique Conferences ~ Exquisite Holidays ~ Restorative Getaways
The Hollyhock land as a place of gathering, feasting and celebration begins with the Salish people of this coast. Named for the bright red Hollyhocks found growing in the garden over 25 years ago, the centre is one among a global network of organizations working to bring forth understanding and skills for living a wise, balanced and fulfilled life. Certain kinds of knowledge, insight, and culture are invaluable for maintaining society and creating conditions for peace and harmony. Hollyhock is dedicated to providing the best tools available in contemporary times for personal, professional and organizational development.
Our programs focus on five main themes that reflect our mission:
~arts & culture
~business & leadership
~world change & service
Our most popular conferences include:
~Social Venture Institute
~Social Change Institute
~Media That Matters
~Web of Change
Hollyhock is committed to stepping lightly on the earth, providing healthy food, protecting biodiversity and conserving water and energy. The forty-acre oceanside property is perched on the edge of Desolation Sound, just south of the recently protected Great Bear Rain Forest.
All-inclusive stays at Hollyhock include:
~Three beautiful, mostly organic, vegetarian buffet meals each day
~A range of cozy accommodations from ocean view luxury rooms to tents beneath ancient cedars
~Round and rustic meeting rooms
~Evenings with world class presenters
~Weekly wild oyster barbecues on the beach
~Ocean-view hot tubs
~Organic coffee, and hot and cold teas at all hours
~Organic fruit and toast bar
~Winding forest trails
~Almost daily morning movement and yoga sessions
~Weekly tours through our kaleidoscopic organic garden
While at Hollyhock, you can also book, for a fee:
~Guided kayak tours
~Sailing adventures aboard the Misty Isles
Hollyhock is an environmentally responsible meeting location that produces outstanding results. Bring a group of 15 - 105 for a one-of-a-kind conference or for networking, strategic planning, team-building or relaxing together. Hollyhock's spectacular setting, professional staff and beautiful, natural facilities enable your event to be effective and memorable. Groups who have enjoyed Hollyhock's facilities include - Vancity, Ernst & Young, Global Eco-Village Network and ForestEthics.
"I have never learned so much, laughed so hard...
and felt so hopeful for the work of us humans in the world."
~Aileen Sweeney, Social Venture Network
"Hollyhock may be the most powerful catalyst for progressive change in this country"
~Bill Roberts, S-Vox