General News · 13th June 2020
Andrea Fisher, Campus Director
Over the past few weeks, we have been working hard to make decisions about Hollyhock's future. We weighed considerations around the health and safety of this island community as well as the need for local employment opportunities. We consulted with a number of you, our island stakeholders through staff feedback, conversations with residents and Cortes organizations and collaborative zoom calls with the community.
We have decided to host a very limited opening of our campus. We will have very limited accommodations and tent sites, take-out dinners a few days a week, outdoor naturalist excursions, our retail store, and body work studio with strict health and safety protocols in place for all areas. This limited opening will begin in July. We will continue to reassess, adapt, and update you with our plans.
We have also decided to cancel all our in-person programs for the 2020 season, save for a few select options. It was not an easy decision to make. Every summer, for 38 years we have been welcoming some of the best and brightest teachers and thinkers to this beautiful island to inspire people, and we had an amazing program on offer this year. That being said, it has became clear that hosting programs in the way we always have would not be possible this year. For those of you who are enrolled in programs, please be patient while we roll out our communication for each individual program, as some will be rescheduled to next year or be taken online.
In the meantime, we are also going to be digging into the work of re-designing our organization for 2021 and beyond. We are expecting that we will be operating at a much lower guest capacity for the foreseeable future and that begs the question - if we can only run a limited number of programs, what should we run? We are committed to running programming that builds diverse, bold leaders who will co-create a world where people live in right relationship with themselves, each other, and the natural world. We hope you will join us in this vision.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding through these unprecedented times. We understand the ripples of our decision will impact our seasonal workers, our partners and Cortes Island tourism. Please reach out to me if you have any comments or questions and come by to visit our bountiful Garden.