It’s stunningly beautiful here at Esalen in Big Sur, California. As I gaze out over the gardens and the expansive blue sea, admiring the waves sparking in the sunlight, I breathe in the gift of being immersed here for the month. Weaving connections, bathing under the stars, being here is nourishing for the body, mind and soul. Conversing with staff and seminarians, there’s a shared sense of gratitude and wonder. The power of place is something holistic centers share, each one emerging from their unique land and culture. [Read more…]
The annual International Holistic Centers Gathering is approaching in May and we share this mini video to welcome all who are joining us. Explore the various websites and learn more about the different centers as we prepare to meet in person. During the week we’ll explore leadership and communication, programming and marketing, sustainability and spirituality. Enjoy morning yoga and meditation, sailing and kayaking, or relax with a soothing massage. Open space sessions and informal conversations over meal time create an inspiring and supportive meeting of peers. [Read more…]
Transformative Programs: The Omega Institute & the Art of Inspiring & Educating Audiences
The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in upstate New York has created innovative programming for more than 40 years. Founded by Eastern scholar Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, holistic medical doctor Stephan Rechtschaffen, and educator and author Elizabeth Lesser, Omega was conceived as a university for lifelong learning and serves as a gathering place for great thinkers, creatives, spiritual teachers, and social visionaries. [Read more…]
Experienced Gardener is needed NOW for Retreat Center Hui Ho’olana located on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Hui Ho’olana is a living sanctuary on the Hawaiian island of Molokai where inspiration, transformation, and goodwill come together to make a positive impact on individuals and the wider world we share.
Come enjoy the gorgeous weather and abundance of plant life on the small, natural island of Molokai. We have a rare opening for a volunteer Gardener to come produce salad greens and other veggies for our spring season workshops – April through June.
by Ralph White
January 13th 2019 marks the 35th birthday of the New York Open Center. It all began one freezing night at Cooper Union in the mythic year of 1984 when our first event, a Paul Winter premier of his SunSeeker album, launched our public programs. It was a night to remember. A packed house roared its support for this fledgling initiative that seemed finally to be bring the Big Apple its own holistic learning center dedicated to bringing the finest teachers and teachings from all over America and all over the world. [Read more…]
By Jenyng Wu
Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
The moment: an invitation to the Centers Gathering at Omega in 2018.
As the Finance and Operations Director at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, my work is predominantly internal. I love to build things, specifically systems and networks within an organization that then supports and enables its external work. At OAEC it is the inter-connections and intersections of ecology, education and advocacy. We explore solutions to the urgent ecological and social crises of our times and seek to model what a just and equitable transition could look like at our 80-acre demonstration and education site. So, when I was told about a network of centers gathering to share best practices and that the theme was diversity and inclusion, it just made sense that I should go. And so, I went. [Read more…]
Effective small business owners know how to manage a company, but they are also natural leaders who work on themselves as much as they do on their businesses. Being a leader involves doing everything we can to make ourselves a good example for employees in all areas. As leaders of holistic centers we might not always recognise ourselves as small business owners and feel the need to develop our business acumen instead. It’s important that we recognise the wealth of experience we have in the holistic field, while continuing to develop personally and professionally. [Read more…]
As a co-worker in the Findhorn Foundation for eight years, I became increasingly aware of the financial challenges within the non-profit world and spiritual culture of the community. In the role of leading the core educational offerings, the primary income stream for the organisation and the primary gateway for guests, I was determined to make this area as successful as possible. Non-profits can be a haven for the martyr archetypes!
The warrior is often active too. Reversing a ten-year trend of declining income over consecutive years, within my area of influence, I became a keen student of the many elements involved. Attending the Centers Gathering each year it was clear the financial dimension was the weak point in the holistic system for many other centers as well. [Read more…]
The New York Open Center is New York’s leading center for integrative learning, professional advancement, personal development, and social transformation. The goal of the Center is to provide an accessible home for transformative education and learning. At the core of our business and mission is programming. It is through programming – the delivery of public courses, seminars, conferences, and certificate trainings – that the Open Center sparks innovation and stimulates new thinking in both individuals and society. Every job and aspect of the program department needs to be aware of and aligned with this larger mission. [Read more…]
Esalen was started in the 1960’s when the two founders, Michael Murphy and Dick Price, realized that the exploration of human potential was being constrained in the academic world and there needed to be a place where people could explore the edge of what was possible for humankind. Today Esalen has a long legacy of exploration, creation and research on the edge of what is possible. Names like Abraham Maslow, Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, Ida Rolf and Fritz Perls have birthed ideas and movements at Esalen. [Read more…]