The Gift of Ground: A Yoga & Nature Immersion

Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Sun, 09/15/2019 - Fri, 09/20/2019
$575 CDN + Accommodation

About This Event


Sold Out! You can still contact Hollyhock if you would like to get on the waiting list.

Program Description

Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation, Fiji and David will help you physically and mentally find your ground - to create and trust your own strong foundations in body and mind. To help deepen your experience, there will be guided nature immersions, where we learn to source the stability, energy, and harmony offered by the earth. These deep roots help us uncover the strength to surrender and release resistance, enabling us to move with the friendly force of gravity. We will apply these principles in dynamic yoga classes designed with optional modifications and opportunities to challenge that will suit all levels of practitioners. The result of our time and effort will be a newfound lightness in the way that you practice, and ultimately how you live.


Event Schedule

Click on the 'Register' button above to see the full schedule.


We needed a special venue for our Gift of Ground retreat, and we found it at Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre. Secreted away on Cortes Island at the mouth of British Columbia’s Desolation Sound, with buildings tucked beneath the spreading bows of old-growth cedars and access to a coastline populated by orcas and eagles, Hollyhock embodies the natural immersion that is this retreat’s central focus.

The Centre’s commitment to environmentalism is evident in its green building practices, and all-organic, locally-sourced menu, and is leavened through relationships with the First Nations on whose lands the Centre is built. Combine all this with beautiful accommodations, a library, hiking, kayaking, and massage and bodywork services, and you have everything you need to leave your hectic city life behind. For nearly forty years, Hollyhock has provided a nurturing and supportive environment for holistic learning and growth. What better place to deepen your practice and reconnect with the natural world?


Stunning buffet-style all-organic vegetarian meals are served up three times a day at Hollyhocks cosy Dining Room, and once a week the chefs pull together to produce a fresh-caught seafood feast accompanied by beach side BBQ oyster appetisers. Produce is sourced primarily from the Centre’s very own intensive organic garden, and chefs are happy to accommodate any specific health or dietary restrictions. And if you happen to find yourself a little peckish between meals, you can grab a bite from a 24-hour snack bar stocked with bread, condiments, fruit, coffee, and tea. For more information please see:


Hollyhock offers a variety of accommodation options to suit most styles and budgets. Cosy up to a loved one in a Couple’s ocean side room, share a Twin room with a friend, get communal with a Dorm room. All built accommodation will feature tasteful decor, plenty of exposed wood, and natural light. For those looking to reconnect with the land, booking a Tent site is also a terrific option. Whatever you choose, your accommodation costs will include your food, amenities, and access to one of the most stunning natural environments on earth!

How to Get There

Hollyhock is located the just outside the community of Mason’s Landing on Cortes Island, British Columbia. Though remote, Hollyhock is accessible via seaplane, water taxi, car and ferry, and even bus and. Guest services are happy to provide shuttle services to and from ferry, seaplane, and water taxi terminals, and will also help you find a rideshare through their rideshare board. More information on these services is available on Hollyhock’s website here:

A detailed pamphlet on getting to and from the Centre is available for download here:


"I attended two yoga retreats that were lead by David Procyshyn and Fiji McAlpine. They truly are a dynamic duo! Fiji's sessions offer challenging practices that push you to your edge in a careful way. David's classes offer a restorative balance to the physical challenges that Fiji presents. David's guided meditations are first rate. I have never felt as strong, relaxed, and at peace as I did during the last two retreats with these two incredible instructors. They are both fabulous people who care about their students' health and well being. I am attending another retreat with them later this year, and simply cannot say enough good things about their retreats and the careful planning that they put in to making them so superior. Thanks David and Fiji!"
- Janna, Retired, Virginia, USA

"I recently returned from Chacala, Mexico having attended the Embrace the Edge retreat with David and Fiji. What a dynamic duo! Once I recovered from my celebrity shock (I have followed them for 5 years on video before getting to meet them IN PERSON!), I got to know them as people, with their families, friends, having dinner, swimming in the ocean, enjoying a hike. Having down time to spend getting to know them was truly special. During the practices, they are an amazing team. David's calm voice resonated with ease and comfort during his practices and meditations. Fiji's superb descriptions and explanations help you really understand not just your stance or technique, but the benefit and reasoning behind it. They balance each other well during a practice, and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed every sweaty moment! We both increased our abilities (poses we never accomplished before!) and our resolve to keep up our daily practice and meditations. Inspiration was everywhere, but never stronger than on our mats, together."
- Margot, Zumba Instructor, NH, USA

"Attending a retreat recently with David and Fiji provided a wonderful opportunity to both challenge and broaden my practice thru Fiji and relish in the quieter more meditative aspects of yoga that David presents so eloquently."
- Alison, Artist and support worker, BC, Canada

"It was a wonderful experience to attend a retreat where both David and Fiji were present. They complement each other gracefully ensuring that every participant's needs were met thoughtfully. It was a privilege to be able to listen to David or Fiji teaching while the other circulated to adjust or encourage us. David's experience in guiding meditation was huge bonus."
- Hillary, NYC, USA

"David and Fiji are the perfect complements, balancing intense practice with calm contemplation"
- Anthony, Business Executive, Boston, USA
"I have attended 3 DoYogaWithMe retreats.  Fiji and David work perfectly in tandem.  Fiji leads challenging vinyasa flow sessions while breaking down elements of the poses to improve alignment.  David balances the week with pranayama and restorative sessions.  Perfect combo!" 
- Loralie, Realtor, North Carolina, USA

Teacher Bios


Carole G 2 years ago

Hello, I was interested in the HollyHock retreat & wrote to the venue but they do not have any information about the morning & afternoon sessions. Can you please give me a sense of what these involve?

thank you

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi Hana. Yes, you're right. Hollyhock is busy updating their site and will have the prices online when it's ready. In the meantime you can call them to get details around pricing for accommodations. The number is at the top.

soleilune 2 years ago

I would like to register for the event, but want clarification when it comes to accommodation. The price does not say if it's included or not. Can you clarify? Thanks!

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hello there. Thanks for pointing that out. The price does not include accommodations. And just an fyi, the deadline to receive a discount was recently extended to January 31, 2019. You can call 1-800-933-6339 to ask any questions or submit a deposit to hold a spot.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Take care,

LAKSHMIJEE 2 years ago

Hello, would like to clarify the dates of this event as Hollycock site mentions this as Sep 12-15 while you mention this as 15-20 Sep 2019. Its my 50th birthday on Sep 21 and i was just thinking:-).

David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi there. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy. The dates on this page are correct (Sep 15-20, 2019). I will notify Hollyhock to have them change the dates on their site.
Hope to see you there... just before your 50th!