Hello and greetings, this is Peter Moore, founding president of the Holistic Centers Network (HCN). I write from Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center in Oregon, where I serve as Business Director of this particular holistic center. Breitenbush typically serves some 30,000 guests each year and is a place I have been involved with since 1978.
I write to share the exciting news of my successor, Jenyng Wu, as President of HCN.
Like many of you, I have attended the International Holistic Centers Gathering (IHCG) for many years. The 35-year history of this gathering is a wild story in itself, and each holistic center represented by those who have attended over the years is a miracle of human evolutionary ingenuity. IHCGs have been hosted in centers diversely located across North America, UK, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia and China. There is no doubt this gathering of social, spiritual, ecological and educational activists represents an upwelling of sane response to the current human condition, but it is more than that. This annual event has also served as a fertile mental meeting ground for all who have engaged in it, sharing best practices, deep experiential knowledge and amazing stories of survival and thriving. No doubt, this is movement work.
About 10 years ago a small group of us began dreaming into the possibility of giving greater organizational structure to what was, at that time, the 25 year long, all-volunteer initiative of the IHCG. In time the Holistic Centers Network came into being and I have acted as president of this fledgling organization over these formative years.
And now it is with real pleasure that I pass this role on to my friend and colleague. Jenyng has been serving on HCN’s board and is the Operations & Finance Director of another amazing place, the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, located in the coastal mountains of northern California. During a recent board retreat I introduced the motion to name Jenyng to this role and she has graciously accepted the Board’s unanimous and enthusiastic vote. You will be hearing more from Jenyng very shortly next week.
No doubt we have further formative times ahead of us as HCN, like many of you, adapt to these unprecedented times. I believe these times call for reimagining our work as holistic centers and our purpose towards holistic education, and I am confident this transition of leadership will position us well for this next iteration of HCN. We exist to serve our membership, providing connection and collaboration at a global level, and we will be further fine-tuning what this means in this time of evolution and change. I will continue on the board as member at large, and look forward to this next year with real anticipation, as all of our centers worldwide meet the moment of the current storm and emerge resilient, renewed and ready for what our constituents and the world needs.
It has been my privilege and honor to serve as your president these last few years.