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, Canada and China.
Board of Directors
Peter Moore is the co-founder and current Business Director of Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center. He is also co-founder and president of the board of the non-profit Breitenbush Eco Fund whose principal project is the Holistic Centers Network.
“I believe there is an evolutionary impulse occurring in human populations across our world, regardless of economic, political or cultural background. This impulse is holistic in nature and trends toward sustainability. As imperfect as our species is, we are evolving, and the evolutionary trajectory is towards ethical, principle-based consciousness.
Holistic centers are places where people come to reframe their life experience in a new lens, creating a refreshed perspective. From this “retreat”, they can “advance” back into their known world using the insights and tools gained during their time at the holistic center. Thousands of holistic centers are influencing millions of peoples’ lives.”
Founder of the Holistic Centers Gathering
Ralph White is the co-founder of the New York Open Center, the city’s leading venue for holistic learning for the last 33 years. He currently directs the Art of Dying and Esoteric Quest conferences. He is the author of the memoir, The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning, and edited Lapis Magazine for six years. He is a world traveler, speaker, writer, sometime radio host, and organizer of multiple events to do with consciousness, spirituality, ecology and social change over the last four decades. He was present at the first Gathering of Holistic Centers over thirty years ago and has attended them faithfully ever since. He lives in New York City.
Christine is Executive Director of the Holistic Centers Network and Network Weaver of the Findhorn Foundation, the spiritual-eco-holistic learning community in the north of Scotland. She is passionate about the global community and weaving the network of holistic centers. A writer and traveller at heart, she worked in Travel and Tourism for over ten years and values the outer adventure and the inner journey. Christine has over 17 years experience organising retreats and programs, and first heard about the Holistic Centers Gathering in 2010 as the Retreats Manager of the Byron Yoga Centre in Australia. She has been dedicated to the development of HCN ever since. Findhorn has been her home for eight years and she often travels in her dual role.
Werner has worked with technology for over 30 years, specializing in using online platforms to enhance collaboration and build community networks. He has developed the website, Work That Reconnects Network and Deep Times Journal based on the teachings of Joanna Macy. He is a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects and has participated in trainings with Animas Valley Institute and the Compassionate Listening Project. His website is http://dharmaseeds.org/
Carol has worked in the retreat center business for over 20 years, originally as a consultant, for three years as the Director of a Women’s Spirituality Center, and for the past 13 years at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies where she currently holds the position of Program Director. Her passion is creating programs that have the ability to transform people’s lives, and her experience has shown her the capacity holistic centers have to create those opportunities. She is a natural networker and connector who enjoys bringing others together to see what greater gifts can emerge out of the connections. She spent a great deal of her life travelling the world, living in several locations in the U.S. as well as Japan, Germany and France. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.
Sean Feng is one of the few pioneers in the early 1990’s to have traveled along the path of personal growth that was unheard of in China until many years later. He went to The Haven to study with the founders, Jock and Ben, and other teachers there and earned its diploma in counselling. Sean returned to China in 2000 and helped found Haiwen Institute, the Haven affiliated teaching center. He supervises their Diploma in Counseling and there are now over five thousand graduates from Haven core programs in China. In 2015 Sean hosted the first HCN Gathering in Beijing. In 2017 he joined the Beijing based Bene Wellness Institute as its Director of Education and liaison of International Relations and actively strengthens our connections with the holistic impulse in China.
Ling (Charlene) Lo is the Program Director at Hollyhock Leadership Institute on Cortes Island, in British Columbia, Canada – the traditional and ancestral territories of the Klahoose, Tla’amin and Homalco Nations. Her work plays at the intersection of inner wellness and outer social impact – and her passion for leadership, building equity and scaling purpose-driven work led her to join the HCN board in January 2020. Ling is Canadian-born Chinese, and Southwestern Ontario was her home before moving to Hong Kong in 2012 to (re)connect with her roots, culture and Cantonese language. After spending all of her professional life known as ‘Charlene,’ she is exploring the reclamation of her given Chinese name ‘Ling’ (more on that story here).
Jenyng is the Operations and Finance Director at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. Her work focuses on the internal systems that support the external work of the Center. From personnel to financial management to developing tools, Jenyng is always looking for solutions where efficiency meets efficacy and learnings integrate into the DNA of the organizational culture. Prior to OAEC, Jenyng spent over 15 years building companies from the ground up. She uses this lens to vision with others new ways forward towards ‘creating the world that she wants her boys to inherit.’