The roadmap is emerging from this year of extreme change... HCN will continue to do what it does best: connect, collaborate and build community for our network— all the while sharing our light of holistic learning to make a better world.Jenyng Wu, HCN’s new Board President
Join the network of wisdom and experience, sharing insights and innovations in an open and creative way. Connect through shared values and intentions, exploring soulful solutions in uncertain times.Christine Lines, HCN’s Executive Director
For over 35 years HCN has been dedicated to serving holistic education centers around the world. These centers focus on all aspects of conscious and sustainable living, with the intention to transform our direct experience through a deepening connection with ourselves, each other, nature and the spirit of life.
For over 35 years the annual Gathering has taken place and in 2021 we met for the second time in the virtual space, focusing on the theme of Emerging Resilience. Nearly 250 registrants represented 50 different organisations and we celebrate online tech making it easier for center staff to engage in various sessions. We share some of the reflections and the powerful threads weaving through the conversations as we step into the next phase of being catalysts for change. The replays help us deepen into the wisdom and support inherent in the network. One of the recurring themes is clearly ‘we need each other more than ever’ and the more we lean into that the more possibilities open up.
As we prepare for the Virtual Gathering on Monday, we continue to reflect on the role and contribution of our place based centers. We know ourselves, and from the many guests that traditionally visit, there is a ‘transformational field’ that supports inner growth in these environments. However, the way we’ve been able to plan our travel has changed profoundly and uncertainty over the future remains. Will people feel safe to travel again? Have their priorities changed? How can we best support wellbeing, spiritual growth and activism that can have the greatest impact in these times? Join us as we work together for the development of a more conscious and ecological world.
In our outreach to centers we’re grateful for our deepening connection with Nazare Uniluz in Brazil and Sacha Runa Shamanic Community in Bolivia. Friends from both communities will be joining us during the Virtual Gathering 3-6 May as together we expand our perspective and serve the personal and global transformation that the world calls forth. Join us in conversation with anthropologist Wade Davis as we explore the roles our centers play within the global north and south. Join us we collectively expand our awareness around social injustice and the ways we can educate around inner and outer action with mindfulness teacher Rhonda Magee and environmentalist Bill McKibben.
This Kripalu-Hollyhock colaboration on Earth Day Apr 22 includes 2 x 2-hour sessions. You’re welcome to join either of the two sessions, or both. A free community tier maximizes access. Although this is a high-value program the team are keen to welcome as many people and voices into the ‘room’ as possible. The more people we have learning decolonizing practices for our spaces and organizations, the more effective we’ll be at addressing the climate crisis and social inequities - and we don’t want finances to be a barrier to that! Join renowned speakers Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, and Nick Demeris in this Liberation Series.
This gathering has been INCREDIBLE. As a small center based way out in Yosemite National Park, I really feel folded into the greater network. This feels so vital. Thank you for creating this!Heather Sullivan, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Balanced Rock Foundation
Access all the incredible content from our 2020 International Gathering in May and enjoy a unique opportunity to connect with your peers involved in other centers worldwide.
Wisdom and experience, insights and innovations, shared in an open and creative way.