Retreat centers are “national parks for the soul”. *
Damanhur is a spiritual community and a United Nations recognized model for a sustainable society in Damanhur, Italy. “To walk in Damanhur is to walk through past, present and future. Ancient mysteries and the forgotten wisdom of great civilizations coalesce with a fresh, tech-infused vision of an evolving potential future.” [Read more…]
Dive Deeper into Analytics and Trends
Wednesday 14 November, 10am PST
One of the areas we’ve been exploring in recent months is how can we attract more return participants, as well as reach new audiences for the retreats and workshops on offer at the many different holistic centers. If we want to expand our reach and deepen our impact in the world there are various considerations. [Read more…]
Baba Hari Dass, master yogi, teacher, and the founding inspiration of the Mount Madonna Center and Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, and Sri Ram Orphanage in India, died peacefully at home in Bonnie Doon, California on September 25, 2018.
Baba Hari Dass, or Babaji, as he was affectionately known by the many thousands of students and devotees who knew him, was a silent monk born on March 26, 1923 in Almora in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. [Read more…]
Group Retreat Sales Manager at Menla Retreat & Healing Spa
Looking for a role that’s more than just a job? Working at Menla means being part of an intimate and vibrant community, working for a meaningful cause, and being in a health-oriented and stunning natural environment. Owned by Tibet House US–the Dalai Lama’s cultural center in America–Menla is a 325-acre non-profit retreat center in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York which features spiritual and wellness retreats and a world-class Tibetan healing Spa. [Read more…]
By Peter Moore
Breitenbush Hot Springs
When I found my way to Breitenbush, in the spring of 1978, just a few souls lived here. There were no divisions of labor between us then, so everybody worked to do everything that needed to be done—new foundations and roofs for cabins, miles of trenches for new pipes (drinking water, geothermal heating pipes from the hot water wells we drilled, septic pipes, electric conduit pipes), cooking to keep the workers going, and lots more. Our fledgling community, which grew to about a dozen in the first three or four years, consisted mostly of twenty-somethings, with a couple of teenagers and one or two over-thirty people. We all shared a lot of meals together. [Read more…]
By Peter Moore
Breitenbush Hot Springs
Nature density as a remedy for nature deprivation was not among the original concepts we started with when we began the arduous work of repairing and preparing to re-open the defunct Breitenbush resort. In the 1970s we were enamored with more holistic lifestyle notions, including self-reliance, appropriate off-the-grid technologies, organic foods, consensus decision-making, egalitarian gender and labor relationships, and a kind of “be here now” nature-based spirituality, not to mention love of the hot springs.
Tatyana Sanikovich, Director of Human Resources at the Esalen Institute, hosted our October Webinar – Staffing and Students: An Esalen Case Study. Birthplace of the human potential movement, Esalen was founded in 1962 by Michael Murphy and Dick Price. Michael is still an active founder and closely involved in the Center for Theory and Research.
“We offer 500 to 600 workshops a year,” Tatyana explained. “There are 149 beds available in circulation and we try to stay around 120 in terms of occupancy, that’s our new model.” In February 2017, a huge landslide buried a large section of California’s scenic highway in Big Sur, closing Esalen to guests both north and south for over six months, the longest closure in their 50+ year history.
Last autumn I was contemplating my travel plans and juggling a proposed visit to the Community of Living Ethics in Italy and International Peace Initiatives in Kenya. Then an invitation to give a presentation in China arrived and I listened to where I felt most called. It would be my third visit to China over consecutive years and from the very first I was curious about the emerging eco-holistic impulse that was positively tangible. In recognition of the support we’d received since hosting our first Gathering in Beijing in 2015 and the possibility of new doors opening, there was an inner nudge to prioritise the visit to this vast continent. [Read more…]
Hollyhock has been transforming North American society for over thirty-five years. From our humble beginnings in 1982 as a project of Greenpeace founders and human potential movement leaders, Hollyhock has catalyzed connection, personal growth, and progressive social change. Our main campus is located on Cortes Island, BC, and we also run programs in Vancouver and beyond. [Read more…]