Narratives of Abundance – With Tracey Friesen and Dr. Amir Niroumand

A rich and deeply immersive experience built on fierce hope and a belief in the power of future-visioning to drive the transition toward a more sustainable and resilient post-carbon world. This gathering weaves together the impulses that led to the creation of both Story Money Impact and Abundance Community Farm.

We all need to see and believe in positive examples of social experiments that are pioneering new ways for us to reimagine a better future, living in harmony with the land and each other.

Together we will explore models of collectivity and interdependence that when skillfully framed through artistic practices can motivate people toward action for social change. To amplify these actions, the workshop will strengthen the capacity and network of impact-oriented storytellers and media makers. To achieve this goal, we will bring participants through exercises that range from deep-dive group discussions to practical skills building workshops to somatic experiences, in touch with the powerful land on which Hollyhock rests.

Capacity is limited to ensure an intimate shared journey.


A detailed schedule will be available 1-2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.

Terms & Conditions

You may find our terms & conditions here.

Starts with dinner on May 24 
Ends with lunch on May 28
Sample program schedule

LOCATION: Cortes Island 

Generous: $675 CAD 
Standard: $600 CAD 
Reduced: $525 CAD 

Pricing Note: We ask that you reflect deeply and select the tier that is most appropriate for your financial situation. The “Generous” tier will support Hollyhock in continuing to offer meaningful programs and also support your fellow community members who are experiencing financial hardship. 

CAMPUS RATES: Campus rates include accommodations, meals, Hollyhock activities, use of hot tubs and campus facilities (does not include tuition). Click here for details.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Program experiences are enriched by having a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect global plurality. Our scholarship program is one of our key strategies to expand program access to underrepresented and marginalized communities. 

A limited number of scholarships are available per program with awards ranging from partial to full tuition. We encourage applicants from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders. 

Please apply for a scholarship within your program registration form. We ask for a 5% refundable deposit to apply. Contact us directly if you are unable to pay this deposit. 

IMAGE CREDIT: Jan Vozenilek (featured photo)

About the Presenters

Tracey Friesen has over 30 years’ experience in Canada’s cultural sector. In the decade before joining the Canadian Media Producers Association’s BC Branch in 2020, she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation, Roundhouse Radio and Mindset Foundation, plus authored ‘Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change’, which led to the founding of a charitable […]Learn more about Tracey Friesen 

Dr. Amir Niroumand is recognized as a social entrepreneur with a primary interest in utilizing food as a tool for changing cultural values and norms. In 2016, he founded Abundance Community Farm in Agassiz, BC, as a social experiment in creating a community culture that thrives in harmony with nature. The farm operates based on […]Learn more about Dr. Amir Niroumand