Peter Moore is a practical idealist and successful entrepreneur who works ardently over time to bring principle-based projects into reality. He helped found the Holistic Centers Network and has attended the annual International Holistic Centers Gathering for many years. In 1978, Peter co-founded Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center, and is its current Business Director. “Together we create the world we want to live in through linking up holistic centers the world over. I think of holistic centers as conscious communities whose mission it is to evolve and reify human potential, while having fun.”
In this keynote speech offered in Beijing, China a number of essential points are addressed. Peter tells the story of Breitenbush, developing it from a mere concept and ghost town to its present form as a successful legacy center, a holistic educational institution, in business for 40 years. The educational offerings are quite varied but they all have one thing in common: they amplify and make manifest the best qualities that innately exist within the people who participate in them. Simply put, this educational curriculum makes people happier and more effective in their lives by manifesting human potential. This work of Breitenbush, and indeed of all other holistic centers worldwide, advances both sanity and wellness for participating individuals, and for society in general.
The story of Breitenbush is not unique, it is a microcosm that reflects the macrocosm of developing holistic centers around the world. These centers are proliferating across the planet, in diverse societies and situations—urban/rural, first world/third world, capitalist/communist, northern hemisphere/southern hemisphere. Holistic centers act as culture change agents, in addition to the positive effects they bring forth in individual lives.
Some of the most common and popular socio-cultural memes of contemporary mainstream society were introduced decades ago in centers like Esalen, Omega and Findhorn. The linkage of both mystical and practical healing traditions of East and West is an example, there are many others. The story of Breitenbush is the successful story of a values-based organization that started out as a local expression of a universal evolutionary impulse, and has now connected and works collaboratively with many other such centers worldwide.