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General News · 13th June 2014

Dear Friends & Neighbours, June 2014

Happy Summer! Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and we’d like to share some of our news as we begin our 32nd season.

Our Hollyhock Cookbooks ~ Available in our store $24.95 *Please visit and buy your copy!
Hollyhock Garden to Table celebrates 30 years of garden-inspired cooking and exquisite meals with over 200 mouthwatering recipes and colour photos. Inspired by Nori, written by Moreka Jolar and Heidi Scheifley, forward by Dr. Andrew Weil, and recipe contributions from Cortes Islanders.
Hollyhock Cooks – Body, Mind & Soil is our bestselling original cookbook with all the classic recipes by Moreka Jolar and Linda Solomon, $29.95.

Green Initiatives
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Hollyhock was chosen to be one of BC'S Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, sponsored by BC Hydro, SVI and Vancity. This new station has been installed just outside the Hollyhock maintenance building and is available to all. A $5 charge fee applies. More details on

Special for Cortes Islanders
Hollyhock Dining
Looking for a fabulous place to dine out? Enjoy tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets including organic coffee & teas in our ocean-front dining room. Breakfast $15 + tax / Lunch$18 + tax / Dinner $29 + tax / Seafood Dinner $31 + tax. See for dinner meal themes, posted weekly, or call 935.6576 to reserve.

Islander Meal Deal
Buy an Islander Meal Card and get 5 meals for the price of 4!
ADULTS: 5 Lunches for $82 / 5 Dinners for $131 (Includes Tax), KIDS: 5 Lunches for $52/5 Dinners for $75. Visit Hollyhock reception to purchase your card and enjoy delicious meals seven days a week.
Take yourself and four friends for dinner including organic garden green salads, entrées, side dishes, desserts, juices, teas and coffee for only $131.

Islander Tuition Scholarships Available
Our scholarship fund grants partial tuition scholarships (up to 50%) for Hollyhock programs. Last year we granted 334 scholarships, including 49 to Cortes Islanders. For Islanders taking Hollyhock programs, we offer 10% off room/meals/day use (and tuition when not requesting a scholarship).

Islander Bodywork Discount
Take advantage of our 10% Islander discount and treat yourself to an ocean front hot tub experience and a relaxing and rejuvenating bodywork session.

Deluxe Half-Day Island Special June $95 plus tax
July-Sept, only $105 plus tax

The full Hollyhock Experience includes:
Soak in our ocean view hot tubs
1 hr. Hollyhock Massage
Gourmet Vegetarian Lunch, including organic coffee and teas
Call 250.935.6576 x231 to book

Supporting Local Teachers – Hollyhock offers a 50% program tuition discount to Public School teachers, supporting them to feed their existing skills and to grow new ones.

Presenter Evenings and Concerts
Participate in this remarkable experience that draws people from all over the world to Cortes and Hollyhock. Join us for Presenter Evenings and concerts throughout the season. If you would like to be added to our weekly update for presenter evenings, please contact

Stay Tuned
Visit and for regular postings announcing travel days, job opportunities, specials, ride share board, Presenter Evenings, concerts and weekly meal themes.

Visit our BLOG site
It’s bursting with inspiring articles, recipes, videos and images contributed by our wisdom-steeped presenters, dedicated staff, Board, share-givers and real world contributors like you. Check it out!

Welcome & Welcome Back
Thank You! To our new and returning staff whose hearts, skill and dedication help make Hollyhock the rare place it is. To neighbours who create the special and dynamic community that nourishes all of us. And to our generous Board of Directors, share-givers and donors who support Hollyhock’s programs, campus greening, and tuition scholarship fund.

Volunteer Program – Our first group of volunteers arrived on April 21st. This four-week program offers an opportunity for people to step out of the flow of their everyday lives, while living and offering service in a community setting in this island paradise we call home.

Check out life-long learning opportunities, and peruse our Online Catalogue.

Examples of Programs & Trainings that might interest you…
• Iyengar with Maureen Carruthers & Heather Graham, June 15-20
• Power of the Emotional Body with Deepa Narayan, PhD July 4-9
• Qigong for Health & Happiness with Mingtong Gu, July 4-9
• Aging & Growing Young Again with Rupert, PhD, Merlin & Cosmo Sheldrake, July 23-27
• Song of the Drum Dance of Life with Gordy Onayemi Ryan & Zoe Ryan, July 27-Aug 1

It remains our priority to cultivate local relationships with food growers, artists and service providers. You’ll recognize many islanders in our catalogue of program presenters, find beautiful art and crafts by local artisans in our gift store, and taste delectable fresh food from Cortes gardeners.

You are always welcome, and your support means so much to us.

Warm summer wishes,

Dana Bass Solomon
CEO Hollyhock