As many of us spend more time in the virtual world and centers pivot to create supportive online offerings, we discover it is possible to share love, learning and connection in this way. Although online events will never replace the in-person experiences we love and value, there are silver linings to be found in the unexpected. In person and hybrid events will hopefully be possible in time to come. For now we share a range of tools, services and practices to nourish us during this time. We invite you to be in touch so we can expand upon the offerings shared below.
Our inaugural Virtual Gathering of Holistic Centers has been a heartwarming and inspiring experience, strengthening connection, communication and collaboration throughout the network. Over the course of the gathering, we noticed an element of surprise around an emerging idea… sharing love and connection IS, indeed, possible in the virtual world. Online events will never replace the in-person experiences we love and value. However there IS a loving harmony to be found between humans, nature, and technology. In fact, this is one of the most powerful ways to increase impact, connection, and revenue for centers around the globe. [Read more…]
The Open Center, the country’s longest running urban holistic health and education center, has announced the launch of New Yorkers for New York, a free public service created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Yorkers for New York will provide frontline and essential workers, as well as all other local residents struggling with stress and anxiety, the mental and emotional wellness support they need right now amidst the city’s current health crisis. The program will offer an array of free tools, resources and services to those working to keep our community healthy, safe and nourished. [Read more…]
To my friends and colleagues, known and unknown within the Holistic Centers Network, a warm greeting. I am Peter Moore, business director of Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center in Oregon. I also serve as president of the Holistic Centers Network and have been looking forward with great anticipation to the next International Holistic Centers Gathering (IHCG), scheduled for May this year at one of my favorite holistic centers on Earth, Esalen Institute in California. [Read more…]
Our friends at Retreat Guru are in the unique position of having access to tons of data. They’ve created an insightful COVID-19 industry impact report for retreat and holistic center leadership that is now available to view via the link below.
We also encourage your contribution in the survey designed to collect questions and ideas from HCN members. These will inform Retreat Guru’s presentation Retreat Industry Data & Trends in 2020 during HCN’s Virtual Gathering for Holistic Centers 3-7 May.
The Findhorn Foundation are delighted to announce the online release of their new documentary INNER CLIMATE CHANGE this Friday, 24th April 2020 at 8am BST and to invite you to join our worldwide audience. Featured in the documentary are Charles Eisenstein, Polly Higgins, Jonathon Porritt, Vandana Shiva, Argaangak Angakkorsuaq and many more known and unknown climate activists. [Read more…]
By John Sirabella
In response to this time of heightened anxiety and isolation due to the COVID–19 heath crisis, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review is offering free virtual meditations along with Q&A’s from some of our most beloved teachers, including Tara Brach, Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chödrön, Sharon Salzberg, and Roshi Joan Halifax, and Koshin Paley Ellison.
It was nearly a month ago that we made the decision to cancel our annual in person Gathering and pivot to a virtual gathering instead. We’ve all been through so much change and in many ways the life we knew is hardly recognisable. Early on we were tracking centers various responses to Covid-19 in a shared google doc as we navigated the uncharted waters together. From monthly webinars we shifted to weekly community calls. Some simply a space to share with friends and peers, to witness and support each other. Some with a focus on how to transition to online programming or respond with fundraising initiatives adapted to these times. [Read more…]
Watch Fantastic Fungi… At Home
On March 26th
Fantastic Fungi Day is More Global Than Ever
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Dorothy Maclean, Co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation
January 7th 1920 – March 12th 2020
Dear Friends of Findhorn around the world,
We received the news the morning of 13 March that our beloved Dorothy passed on peacefully the previous evening. Judy McAllister, who travelled and taught with Dorothy over the years, has been a dear friend for decades and one of her dedicated caring team, was with Dorothy during this time.
Dorothy celebrated her 100th birthday with the entire community in the Universal Hall at Findhorn in January. We celebrate that she lived to share this with us, and for all the love and wisdom that she brought into our world. Personally I’ll always remember her bright blue eyes, shining with an inner knowing; a deep connection with the divine. Her words of wisdom are a precious reminder of what’s important; that love is the great meaning of life and we all have the ability to connect with nature.