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Hero’s Journey, Inner Alchemy at Hollyhock

October 25, 2015 - October 30, 2015

For most of us, the ego is locked in a life-and-death struggle with the shadow. We’re continually pulled back and forth between the excitement of exploration on one hand, and the fear of abandonment and rejection on the other. The Hero/ine undertakes the courageous journey to assimilate ego and shadow, tapping into inner, previously unknown gifts to triumph over lifelong challenges in the guise of opponents. The results blossom as the harmonious union of light and dark that characterizes a truly healthy, integrated human being. Exquisitely humbled by the process, we offer all that we have learned to benefit all beings in our lives. This program features teachings, exercises and guided meditations to shepherd us through the fearless, meditative and experiential path of the hero’s journey.

Video: Hero’s Journey Retreat

For further insight and inspiration, read Doug and Catherine’s recent article on Transforming Demons to Allies and Six Benefits of the Hero’s Journey.

What others say about our retreats

Working with Doug and Catherine at the 5 day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified for me not only my deepest heart’s desire but what I need to face and overcome to manifest it. Doug and Catherine are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
This retreat was right on the mark, a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. The journey has opened access to undiscovered strengths in myself and I could not be more thankful.
Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
This course impacted my artistic statement and my performances since, while taking other artists and collaborators in this journey. It is a brilliant course both for artists that are arts maker and those who wants to experience life as art.
Maya Lewandowsky
Artistic Director and Founder / La Caravan Dance Theatre
The Hero's Journey retreat helped me to access both my strengths and my dark shadow side that interfere with my reaching my fullest potential. Now I am able to better integrate these two parts of myself, allowing both to unfold, rather than one suppressing the other. Making both sides more explicit, more conscious in this retreat, I lost some fears I didn't know I had, and I continue to use the tools today, a few years later.
Lisa Feder
(PhD) Professor of Anthropology


This program on the hero’s journey is offered on the basis of dāna, or generosity practice. Learn more about dāna.

Location & Registration

This program is presented at beautiful Hollyhock retreat center on Cortes Island in BC.  Please visit the Hero’s Journey course page for registration, accommodation and meal fees at Hollyhock. There is a generous discount currently available for meals & accomodation.   Scholarships are also available: apply at Hollyhock’s Scholarship Program.



October 25, 2015
October 30, 2015
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(250) 935-6576


Manson's Landing
Cortes Island, BC V0P 1K0 Canada
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(250) 935-6576