Peter Moore is a practical idealist and successful entrepreneur who works ardently over time to bring principle-based projects into reality. He helped found the Holistic Centers Network and has attended the annual International Holistic Centers Gathering for many years. In 1978, Peter co-founded Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat & Conference Center, and is its current Business Director. “Together we create the world we want to live in through linking up holistic centers the world over. I think of holistic centers as conscious communities whose mission it is to evolve and reify human potential, while having fun.” [Read more…]
The last 40 years have seen an explosion of interest in the West and worldwide in consciousness, personal growth, holistic practices, and green and sustainable values. This profoundly creative impulse of renewal, with its many positive consequences in wellness, psychology, meditation, ecology and the embrace of a globally interconnected future, has had an invigorating effect on a society that might well have continued on a course of decline and empty materialism. [Read more…]
Paul O’Brien, author of The Visionary I Ching: A Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision Making, announces that Huaxia Publishing House, a state-owned publisher in Beijing, China will publish and distribute a Mandarin translation of his modern version of the great Taoist classic. The contract was signed September 2017. The projected date of the Chinese book’s launch is January 2019. [Read more…]
By Werner Brandt
As a Board member of HCN it was a privilege to offer the Work That Reconnects in China last month. All six board members were invited to participate in the first Holistic International Wellness Forum in Beijing both as keynote speakers and faciliators of experiential workshops.
I arrived at Beijing airport in the late evening and was welcomed warmly by the translator. Quickly ushered off to meet our driver, we merged into a sea of late model cars that clogged the roads. 20 years ago roads in China were absent of automobiles; only bicycles and motorcycles were the primary mode of transportation. But this is modern Beijing, a city of twenty million, living in dense clusters of high-rise apartments throughout the city. [Read more…]
By Dan Hines
“We all have an inner wise navigator that is reliable and trustworthy. Our mystical traditions are unanimous that we all have a still point: a raised perch on the boat from where our soul-navigator can calmly whisper to us… where we are… and describe the vision of the island beyond the horizon, even when we are voyaging through rough confusing seas.”
Last month, I was graciously invited to speak for an hour to a crowd of over 700 leaders, entrepreneurs and community activists in a remarkable hotel complex just south of Beijing, China. These were some of the words that I voiced as I shared a set of stories, reflections and a guided meditation on the theme that was entitled “Holistic Navigation”. The gathering was given the hopeful title of the ‘Holistic Wellness International Forum’. The forum was co-hosted by both an inspiring organization I have visited in Beijing- Bene Wellness– and also by the global Holistic Centers Network. It lived up to the billing of being holistic and international. [Read more…]
Reflections from Mr Yu
Project Manager of Find Wellness Ecological Villages.
In partnership with Songlin Liu, Founder of Bene Wellness.
The following reflections were inspired by our visit to emerging ecovillages on Hainan Island after the Holistic Wellness International Forum in Beijing. After our first evening and a sharing of values and ideas, we invited Mr Yu to share his philosophy in writing. He embraced the opportunity and later said he hadn’t thought about the subject as deeply before.
Let me talk about something that has not been discussed on other occasions – the Chinese people’s thinking about why we need ecology in the world today. Environmental issues are one of the greatest concerns. Human beings face an extreme ecological crisis related to their own survival and development.
People began to wake up and reflect and the global movement for environmental protection developed. Ecology is of great significance and value to society in the 21st century, mainly manifested in the re-shaping of human values and the redefinition of the relationship between man and nature as a harmonious unification.
By Jeffrey Williams
Much of the story can and only will be told by time, yet what can be told of my recent travels in China is that there is something emerging. An impulse that has long been acted upon by initiators of holistic centers, alternative lifestyles, and modern day adopters of traditional wellness systems has been emerging in China and all over the world. [Read more…]
By Ralph White
A visit to China today for someone with an interest in holistic matters is a heartening experience. Our image of this country for decades has been that of relentless economic growth, and before that the horrors of the Cultural Revolution in the Sixties with its focus on the destruction of so much of China’s ancient heritage both culturally and architecturally. [Read more…]
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…]
In mid October I received an unexpected invitation to visit China for the third consecutive year. After the 2015 Centers Gathering in Beijing, Mr Liu, founder of the community that hosted the event, was inspired to build the Orenda Psychosomatic Medicine Museum showcasing the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the leading science of health care and the holistic movement in the Western world. They were keen to feature the Findhorn Foundation first, in recognition of the international community and their connection with the United Nations. [Read more…]