The Art of Leadership at Hollyhock is Back!

Is it time to take your leadership to the next level? Join Michael Bell and I at the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock August 20-25, 2023.

Are you ready to deepen your leadership, strengthen your connection to purpose and expand your capacity for effective collaboration? From August 20-25, 2023, join the Michael Bell and I as we co-facilitating the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock, on spectacular Cortes Island, BC, Canada, territory of the toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) peoples. 

This 5 day intensive training blends deep inner reflection with immediately applicable skills and tools that can help us lead and live with more joy, ease, clarity, and impact. Together we’ll explore purpose, power, vision, collaboration, personal ecology and more, through a mix of individual reflection, large group dialogue and small group discussions.

Over the past two decades, thousands of participants from around the world have testified that this transformative 5-day training, originally developed and led by our mentor and friend Robert Gass, was a game-changer in their own leadership development. Michael and I have been facilitating the Art of Leadership through the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the organization Robert co-founded, for over 15 years.  Two years ago, Robert asked us to continue the tradition by facilitating the Art of Leadership at Hollyhock as well. 

As always, Michael and I bring a deep equity framework to all the work we do, from our stance as a bi-national, multi-racial facilitation team, to our focus on power-awareness and connection across differences.  We also bring global experience from working with a range of mission-based businesses, non-profit leaders and elected officials based out of the UK, Canada, the US, South Africa and many points in between.  


Here’s what some of our 2022 participants said: 

Connecting as a group in such a beautiful setting was transformative and restorative for me.

Excellent experience. I would recommend this training to everyone!

I was skeptical about the transformational value of a personal/professional development course… Now I am feeling re-energized and empowered to take back the control of my capacity, and to be in my power as a leader. 

I feel like I’ve levelled up my toolkit for both my professional and personal life. Thank you so much Michael and Suzanne!!

It is an incredible privilege to work with an elder in BIPOC community and vital to my positive experience in the program. Michael was able to make the content relevant and understandable for me as a BIPOC participant in ways that are impossible for white folks that are lacking similar lived experience and expertise.

Suzanne is generous and thoughtful facilitator that brings an appropriate degree of humility to her work as a white accomplice supporting the leadership of BIPOC.

The facilitators had such a gentle, yielding, respectful, and truly loving rapport with each other. That was inspirational and heartwarming to witness.

360 Feedback on Your Leadership!

One major asset of the program is a confidential 360 degree leadership assessment. Many leaders do not have the opportunity to receive confidential, targeted feedback from a circle of peers, subordinates, ‘bosses’ and others, all aimed at strengthening their leadership. This is a key part of the program, so apply early (and we’ll get your 360 process started!) 

Costs and Application

Tuition is tiered, ranging from CAD$825 to $1225 plus a $150 materials fee. Please note that room and board, which includes use of the hot tub, campus facilities, and more, is extra. Scholarships are available – please do not hesitate to ask.

Candidates are invited to complete a short application, here.  This will help us ensure our learning circle contains a diverse mix of participants, across race, gender, sector and more.  Successful applicants will be contacted with a registration password. 

The course usually sells out, and is already half full, so be sure to apply soon!  

Author: Suzanne Hawkes

I'm an organizational effectiveness consultant, facilitator and leadership trainer based out of Vancouver, Canada, and working across Canada and the USA

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