The Holistic Centres Gathering is traditionally five days of discussion, presentations, sharing and learning, as well as an experience of the host community. The Findhorn Foundation, who are hosting the 2012 Gathering, traditionally offer seven day programmes, hence this year there are two options.
The five night option commences on Saturday 12 May and concludes on Thursday 17 May. The seven night option concludes on Saturday 19 May and includes an interactive group version of the Transformation Game, played in teams around a path on the floor.
The Group Game provides a unique opportunity for personal learning and group experience as well as time to integrate the experience of the Gathering. It will enable you to focus on areas that interest you both individually and collectively, to work creatively together to bring insight and resolution to them and explore ways of moving forward together, supporting each other with our work around the world in our respective centers and communities.
It also offers the opportunity to explore how you relate in groups and how to work together most effectively, helping you identify your own strengths and attributes, release non-productive patterns, and learn about our interconnectedness in tangible ways.
You will work in teams of three or four people; each team will identify issues you wish to explore and results you want to achieve together. These purposes provide the foundation for each team’s Game. Then, focusing around the Game path on the floor, each team will deal with the emerging opportunities, challenges and successes related to its purpose.
At any one time, there will be one player for each team who focuses the play. The purpose of each team works out not only through the Focus Players’ interaction with the Game, but also through the interactions and experiences within each team, and between the teams.
Moving along the path brings opportunities to receive insights, face and identify challenges, share appreciations and feedback, experience miracles and transformation, go through periods of isolation, give and receive service, and exercise creativity.
Other potential experiences include exercising free will, checking and acting on intuition, finding new ways and resources to deal with difficulties and setbacks, exploring how to reduce stress, experiencing synergy, and sharing awareness and blessings with one another and with the earth.
The Game provides a context in which personal awareness, group work and spiritual growth are magnified and quickened. Individual growth and learning are inevitable, however this version of the Game is played beyond the personal level.
By engaging in mindful play together, we can explore our interconnectedness in tangible ways, realise our potential to effect change in ourselves, our groups and our world, and help generate hope, vision and movement in our collective body of the Holistic Centers Gathering.
The concept for the Transformation Game was conceived in 1976 by Joy Drake when she was living in the Findhorn Foundation, with the aim to increase awareness on the spiritual path and reflect the essence of the Findhorn experience. The Game evolved over many years and in different incarnations, from the first group version, called the Planetary Game, which was included in a workshop in 1977, to the Game in a Box that was launched in 1987. Today there are trained facilitators holding games all over the world.