Photographing the flowers of Hollyhock

Well, well, well, look who it is! It’s meeeeeeee! I’ve been simply buried my darlings. The last couple months of my life have been completely taken up with the Great Job Hunt of 2013. It was epic, and successful! Whew! Now that I’m gainfully employed I can turn my attention back to the important things like blogging! Lucky you! Today’s post is about a course I took through Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC.

Basil: The Flowers of Hollyhock on Cortes Island

Hollyhock on Cortes Island

So, last fall I did an internship with Hollyhock. I’m not going to go into detail about what they do here because you can get all of that information over on their great website. Suffice it to say that it’s a great organization and I highly recommend checking them out!

From the website:

Our campus rests in the traditional territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations; on what is currently called Cortes Island. Before us, it transitioned from a place of gathering, to a pioneering homestead, to the site of an important human potential education centre. It is on this foundation that Hollyhock’s founders dreamed of creating a lifelong learning centre.

As kind of a thank you I had the pleasure of attending one of their workshops on Cortes Island this past weekend. It.was.fantastic. It was a nine hour trek to get to Cortes Island from my beloved Vancouver, but it was well worth the long haul. Cortes Island is astonishingly beautiful, all lush, and green, and rugged. I’m pretty sure I saw a lynx… even though the lovely driver of the van I took to Hollyhock from the ferry landing was pretty sure it was a domestic cat. Potato potato right?

Pink: The Flowers of Hollyhock on Cortes Island

Photographing the flowers of Hollyhock

The workshop I took part in was called Photographing the Flowers of Hollyhock and we did exactly that! We spent our sessions in Hollyhock’s insanely gorgeous garden and I relished every second. There were only three of us taking the workshop so we each got loads of individual attention from our totally fab instructor, Allan Mandell.

Petal: The Flowers of Hollyhock on Cortes Island

There was a painting workshop taking place at the same time, and also a few people who were just there on holiday so there was lots of company.

The food

Now let me tell you about the food. It was divine. *Swoon*. It was mostly vegetarian and nearly all of it comes from their garden. I stuffed myself shamelessly. It was glorious. They made salad dressings that tempted me to drink them straight up. One morning there was strawberry lemonade bread. I heard angels sing when I ate it.

Beauty: The Flowers of Hollyhock on Cortes Island

The best part of the workshop? The strawberry lemonade bread beautiful photographs I have and the wonderful people I met.

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