The Holistic Centers Network (HCN) provides creative networking opportunities that strengthen communication, connection and collaboration, among holistic centers around the world, and hosts the annual Centers Gathering. HCN and Centers Gathering are the primary initiatives of the Breitenbush Eco Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit social benefit organization based in Oregon, USA. The Board of Directors are located in the USA and China. [Read more…]
The International Holistic Centers Gathering serves as the principal meeting point for Centers both well established and new that address the new consciousness currently emerging worldwide. It includes rural retreat centers, urban learning centers, accredited and non-accredited organizations, that work toward the goal of transforming individual lives and fostering a culture of greater holistic, ecological and spiritual awareness and practice. [Read more…]
The Centers’ Gathering began very informally in the mid 80’s with a weekend get together of some of America’s major centers at the Tarrytown Conference Center an hour north of New York City. Participants included program and executive directors from the New York Open Center, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute. A clear sense quickly emerged that there was genuine value in the Centers meeting in a relaxed and friendly spirit of collaboration.
By Ralph White
The origins of the International Holistic Centers’ Gathering came about almost accidentally when in 1985 the owner of Tarrytown Conference Center located an hour north of New York City, a former Life magazine journalist, invited the directors and program directors of a handful of holistic centers to spend the weekend discussing the trends emerging in our culture. I was fortunate to be among that original group and it has been a strong blessing, one that has opened many doors, that life has enabled me to attend almost every Gathering since over the course of thirty years.
The Gathering began informally in the mid 80s and moved between various centers on the East and West coast of the United States. During the 90s it was hosted by various centers in Eastern and Central Europe, before returning to North America in the 00s. In 2012, the Gathering welcomed representatives from five continents becoming truly global. In 2015 it was held in Asia for the first time and hosted by a Center in China. View the complete timeline below. [Read more…]