Is it the tranquil sound of lapping waves or the sweet scent of coastal cedar forest that makes Hollyhock, a Canadian educational center, so magical? This rustic idyll on remote Cortes Island, north of Vancouver, exists to inspire, empower, and nourish people who strive to make the world a better place.
Commune with nature
Ramble rainforest trails, row at full moon through bioluminescent waters, attend a star talk, sail to a seabird colony, or flop in a weathered Adirondack chair beside the rocky, driftwood-strewn beach.
Get garden therapy
Hollyhock’s heart is its one-acre biodynamic garden, which attracts guests like bees. The organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs provide food for the mostly vegetarian meals, and flowers become breathtaking bouquets.
Enroll in a workshop
Expand your horizons in courses such as illustrating a nature journal, global activism, woodcarving, vegetarian cooking, Tibetan Buddhism, storytelling, yoga, or African drumming.
Opt for a didjeridu session, in which Australian aboriginal-trained healers use the instrument’s vibrations to open chakras and unblock energy. You lie on the floor in Hollyhock’s beautiful cob (a mix of clay, sand, and straw) sanctuary as the therapists direct sound waves along the body’s meridians.
Makes about 10 cups