Enjoy this special ‘first-time’ virtual program being offered by Robert Gass and Judith Ansara. They are beloved long-time teachers at Hollyhock and are also well-known/loved by other legacy centres in our network. Join a profound journey for a lifetime of loving. The magic and aliveness of our loving connection is too often lost in deadening habits, competing priorities and the pressures of daily life. Rekindle and profoundly deepen your love and partnership by learning the attitudes and skills of conscious partnership.[Read more…]
Occidential Arts & Ecology supports change makers and communities to design for a resilient future. We live in a time of profound challenges that require immediate, courageous and strategic responses. We are confronted by global ecological and climate crises, by widespread social injustice, and by economic and governance systems unwilling and unable to correct the course.
OAEC’s work focuses on cultivating ecological literacy and building the capacity of civic and social movement leaders and organizations to guide their communities toward an ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially just future. We see that the most innovative and effective change is happening at the regional and local levels — all around the world.
We work with communities in our own home region of Northern California, and we learn from and support similar efforts in many other parts of the U.S. and world. Join us! Please note that we are actively seeking a diverse applicant pool, and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.
Conversation with Thomas Hübl, contemporary mystic and collective trauma expert
Thursday, 3 June
11am – 1pm PT | 2 – 4pm EST | 7 – 9pm BST | 8 – 10pm CEST
The call is for the whole Findhorn Foundation Community, local and global, along with centers in the Holistic Centers Network and Retreat Center Collaborative, along with other communities through the Global Ecovillage Network and Foundation for Intentional Communities who bring their solidarity and witnessing capacity. In compassion for all communities impacted by fire, we invite you to join us in a practice of Global Social Witnessing as we mindfully attend to the recent fires in the Findhorn community with an embodied awareness, and explore possibilities for integration and learning.[Read more…]
By Peter Moore
It’s a busy time, but that’s not new news. To begin, some background, for this is how my mind works. It starts with words that have definitions that develop principles that then give meaning to direct experience.
I have focused recently on 3 “e” words, all related, having distinct meanings. “Efficiency” is the first one. We have to be efficient just to get through this difficult situation we’re in. To me it means using the least inputs (resources—money, time, labor, emotional turmoil, etc.) to derive the most outputs. Efficiency is a driving force here at BHS these days, and not just for me. It enters into all our planning and implementation.[Read more…]
The Findhorn Foundation is a 58 year old spiritual community based in the NE of Scotland where it runs courses based on the three foundational principles of Inner Listening, Co-creation with the intelligence of nature and Work as love in action. Despite its small size and remote location it has had a global impact, creating a space where tens of thousands of people have had their lives transformed and gone on to be influencers for good across the world.
At this time of planetary transformation, the Foundation is going through its own process of radical transformation in response to the challenges brought about by the COVID pandemic and, more recently, a catastrophic fire that destroyed two of the most cherished buildings on one of our Campuses. The Accounts function has commenced its own transformation as we have moved from Sage to Xero and our Finance Manager of 20 years has retired. We are therefore looking for someone to join us on the next part of this adventure.
For over 35 years the annual Holistic Centers’ Gathering has been taking place and in 2021 we met for the second time in the virtual space, focusing on the theme of Emerging Resilience. 64% of attendees were previous participants and 36% were attending an HCN Gathering for the first time. Nearly 250 registrants represented 50 different organisations and we celebrate online tech making it easier for staff in each center to engage in the various sessions.
60% of folk were from the US and we also welcomed friends from Canada, UK, Bolivia, Brazil, China and the Philippines. The session offered by the HCN JEDI Pod and the keynote with Rhonda Magee were both strongly embraced as awareness grows around the importance of social justice work within holistic centers. The Business of Impact session where money and spirituality meets was also a highlight as more centers recognise themselves as purpose driven organisations. 62% of centers describe themselves as non-profit or non-taxable, 12% as a mission-impact organization, 6% for profit and 20% other (eg. emerging centers). Wisdom and innovation were freely shared in the heartfelt conversations with 72% of participants from established centers and 28% from emerging centers.
As we prepare for the Virtual Gathering, commencing on Monday, and engage once again via zoom rather than in person, we continue to reflect on the role and contribution of our place based centers. We know ourselves, and from the many guests that traditionally visit, there is a ‘transformational field’ that supports inner growth in these environments. However, the way we’ve been able to plan our travel has changed profoundly and uncertainty over the future remains. Will people feel safe to travel again? Have their priorities changed? How can we best support wellbeing, spiritual growth and activism that can have the greatest impact in these times? What are the elements that are supportive both on retreat and at home? Join us as we work together for the development of a more conscious and ecological world.
Building Spaces that Breathe:
A Designer and Meditator’s Reflections on Creating Transformational Atmosphere
By Armand Graham
You can meditate anywhere, but retreats are special: a pause from the everyday that nourishes body, mind and spirit. As a meditator, architectural designer, and co-founder of ATMOS, I enter retreat centers for my own spiritual growth and also to learn how spaces can support people to turn inward and gain insight. Having practiced meditation for many years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore this question at several retreat centers, such as the Garrison Institute, Insight Meditation Society, the Omega Institute, and others.[Read more…]
In our outreach to centers we’re grateful for our deepening connection with Nazare Uniluz in Brazil and Sacha Runa Shamanic Community in Bolivia. Friends from both communities will be joining us for the Virtual Gathering 3-6 May as together we serve the personal and global transformation that the world calls forth. We invite you to join us in conversation with anthropologist Wade Davis as we explore the roles our centers play within the global north and south. As we collectively expand our awareness around the injustice in the world and the ways we can engage and educate around inner and outer action, we’ve also invited mindfulness teacher Rhonda Magee and environmentalist Bill McKibben.[Read more…]
KRIPALU AND HOLLYHOCK’S LIBERATION SERIES
Join renowned speakers Karen Mahon Carrington, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, and Nick Demeris in the next program of our Liberation Series, a collaboration between Kripalu and Hollyhock. Spend time online in this live program unpacking our current climate crisis and how we can collectively move forward in liberation.
The pandemic has been a long haul. We are slowly starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we know we are not quite there yet. We know you’ve had to demonstrate a lot of resilience this year, and that this pandemic has affected some people more than others. The pricing options on the program below have been updated to offer you the option of joining this virtual program free of charge.[Read more…]
Earlier this year we planned a fundraising webinar with the Findhorn Foundation (FF) as a case study and scheduled it in late April to share as much data as possible. In conversation recently with fundraising consultant Brett Cobb, he mentioned that it’s harder to fundraise in the second year of a crisis and the organisation needs to demonstrate how it’s been using the funds received to inspire ongoing donations.
Many of you are aware that on Monday the FF and Community lost two precious buildings to fire, the Community Center and Main Park Sanctuary. Who would have imagined such a crisis in the year following on from the enormity of the pandemic. Thank you to all for the outpouring of love and support that is so appreciated by the whole community. Simon and Brett are still ready to offer the webinar as planned. We invite you all to join what I’m sure will be a conversation of great depth combined with practical insights.