June 6th to June 11th, 2014 — The Art of Empathy Retreat at Hollyhock

January 19, 2014

The Art of Empathy West Coast Retreat

Balancing Connection, Self-Awareness, and Healthy Intimacy

Friday, June 6th through Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Hollyhock gardenEmpathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us trip over it because we weren’t taught how it works. In this six-day program at the delightful Hollyhock Learning Centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia, you’ll join empathy pioneer Karla McLaren in an experiential exploration of The Art of Empathy.

No matter where you start — whether you’re highly empathic or whether you’re having difficulty accessing your empathy — you’ll learn how to work with empathy in grounded and accessible ways.

In this six-day, five-night program, you’ll explore:

  • The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy and how to work with each one
  • A unique empathic approach to emotions and social intelligence that will make your empathy much easier to understand
  • Five Empathic Mindfulness Skills to help you live more comfortably, empathically, and authentically
  • Specific empathic communication skills to nurture healthy empathy in your relationships at home, at work, and in your community
  • Numerous self-soothing skills to help you access your empathy in challenging situations
  • Ideas and practices to help you create healthy empathic environments at home and at work — for yourself, your children, your family, and your co-workers

Flowers at HollyhockIf your empathy is too intense, you’ll learn how to manage it more comfortably, and if empathy is confusing for you, you’ll learn how to understand it more clearly.

No matter where you start, you’ll learn how to balance connection and intimacy with self-awareness and self-care, and you’ll learn how to develop healthy empathy!

Cost and registration details

Tuition is $545 Canadian for the six-day Art of Empathy program (Friday, June 6th through Wednesday, June 11th, 2014), plus your choice of food and lodging options. See the Hollyhock site for registration information.

About Hollyhock Learning Centre

Hollyhock ocean viewHollyhock is Canada’s premiere learning center, and it’s a wonderful island retreat surrounded by natural beauty and stunning vistas. Each day of your stay, you’ll spend time in the Art of Empathy workshop, plus you’ll have options for movement, contemplation, nature walks, bodywork, and evening learning programs — it’s a very relaxed and comfortable way to learn.

Hollyhock is also famous for its delicious vegetarian buffet meals. If you’d like to try a healthier lifestyle or get your eating and exercise back on track, Hollyhock is an excellent destination. It’s really a 3-for-1: You get a relaxing island vacation, a delicious health retreat, and an Art of Empathy workshop all in one! I hope to see you there!

Learn more or register at the Hollyhock site.

Hollyhock Learning Centre is on Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada

1-800-933-6339 or (250) 935-6576 (outside North America)



Amy Emberling January 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

Dear Karla,
I have just discovered you and your work. It’s been exhilarating! I am finding it your books helpful, thought provoking and I expect actually transformative.

I have struggled to manage my empathy for years — primarily regulating my emotions and keeping healthy boundaries. Additionally, I am one of those people who has often been labelled as “emotional”. I have resisted believing that any emotion is bad but have felt relatively alone in this position and certainly completely inarticulate about why I thought this. Your work is helping me tremendously. Thank you for doing it. I hope to meet you some time. Amy Emberling

Karla January 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

Welcome Amy! Yes, we who are branded as “emotional” often get shoved off to the side. Finally, people are realizing that emotions are possibly the most important thing to understand in this world. Yes!

Karla May 21, 2014 at 10:11 am

Hello All — If you’re coming in at Campbell River on Friday the 6th, I’ve reserved a water taxi for 3:15 pm on Friday, June 6th, and you’re welcome to share the ride.

Please contact Discovery Launch Water Taxi at (250) 287 -7577 and join us! I’ll also set up the shuttle to Hollyhock from the Cortes ferry terminal, so once you’re in the water taxi with me, you’re home free. See you soon!

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