Retreat Center leader Joël B. Tan talks with Yasodhara Ashram’s Swami Lalitananda and karma yogi Danni Lynch about an incident involving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as it relates to cultural appropriation and racial, economic and generational differences.
The governance aspect and the pragmatic world have to be paid attention to and done well and having a well managed board, that is working on the right principles, is focused on the right topics and understands it’s role is vital.
For 25 years Joel Solomon served as Chair of the Hollyhock Board, weaving stewardship and profound responsibility with inspiration and realism. Dana Bass Solomon served 18 years as CEO and was instrumental in guiding Hollyhock to charitable status.
Loretta Laurin joined the Hollyhock team in 2016 and has a diverse background in social entrepreneurship. Loretta is committed to providing marketing support to the exceptional Hollyhock presenters and growing Hollyhock’s unique brand and impact.
For the past 20+ years, Jeffrey Williams, Founder of Vitalist Institute, has immersed himself in learning about the capabilities of the human body through rigorous study and application of traditional and modern wellness systems from all over the world.
Saralyn Kerrigan, Executive Director of Guest House Retreat Center has a passion for leadership training, cultural change and sustainability. She enjoys ensuring that teams fulfill the organizations mission and provide the best possible experience for guests.
Karen McAllister, Chair of Clear Sky Center and Mindful Money Coach, joined Board Members of HCN to share about our experience of group money coaching; how it’s helping to create a strong foundation for our network and support each center to thrive.
Joanne Station, Events Manager of Saratoga Springs, is dedicated to an integrated vision of holistic center work with a focus on the conventional business world. She has extensive experience in business and is now certified as a Conscious Business Change Agent.
In approximately 120 days Esalen replaced its entire IT stack of software to enable business process changes. Terence Gilbey, CEO and General Manager, guided us through how the challenge was approached and what lessons were learned along the way.
Christine Lines, Executive Director of HCN, hosted the call to reflect on the range of webinars offered in 2018, ranging from diversity and inclusion, marketing, programming, data & analytics, inner economics, decision making, HR and a holistic way of being.
Cameron Wenaus, from Retreat Guru and Nate Hughes, from Menla, both self confessed data geeks, applied data science to help us understand trends in cancellations. This can then help inform effective policy and communications for retreat centers.
Tatyana Sanikovich, Director of Human Resources at the Esalen Institute, offers an overview of the new staffing model introduced after the six month closure due to the landslide in 2017. During this time the institute lost $4.8M. In the words of General Manager and CEO, Terence Gilbey, “We took the hit as a gift!”
An expert in the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber and a strong voice on postmodernism, Doshin Roshi is the founder of Integral Zen. Explore the old ethic of perfection (and the pressure of living up to this expectation causing aspects of our personality to split off into shadows), and the new ethic of wholeness.
Susie Arnett, the Director of Luminary Programming at Kripalu, explores the age old questions of what do people want, where to find the next generation of speakers, diversifying one’s offerings with speakers of color, do you program topics or presenters, trendsetting and curating v. filling the holes and mission v. margin in the vetting process.
Terence Gilbey, General Manager and CEO of the Esalen Institute, has a 25 year career as a leader for large for-profit and non-profit organizations. Using some basic decision making models and leveraging Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs understand how people can engage in an organization to create a more sustainable and effective environment.
Karen McAllister, Board Chair of Clear Sky Center and Behavioural Money Coach, helps people and heart-centered organizations achieve their goals by releasing the suffering and tension around their relationship with money. With over ten years’ experience, Karen is intimately familiar with the struggles that people and organizations face.
Brinton Foy Reed, Director of Marketing, Events and Hospitality, at Breitenbush Hot Springs explores; How do you define a ‘successful’ workshop? What role do financial targets play in selection and evaluation of workshops? What metrics do you depend on most? What do you look for when booking presenters?
Doshin Roshi, Integral Zen Master, shares deep insight from 50 years of meditation practice and profound understanding of Integral theory through the work of Ken Wilber. Explore the challenges of holistic centers; collaborative decision making, emphasis on feelings, lack of accountability, rejection of hierarchies and limited financial sustainability.
Ali Slous, Director of Storytelling, at Kalani Honua, and Charlene Lo, Director of Marketing, at Hollyhock explore the journey from marketing to storytelling to outcome-driven process within our holistic centers. What is the larger story we’re all telling? Why are these centers we represent important in the world today?
Carol Donahoe, Director of Rhinebeck Programs, Omega Institute, and Leslie Hoffman, Director of Programs & Marketing, New York Open Center Programming explore; What is your canvas? What is your organization’s mission? What are the topics/themes/programs your organization values and is interested in offering?
Christine Lines, Executive Director, HCN, and Durga Das, CEO, Kashi Ashram explore; What do we mean by self care? What is your center’s cultural approach to self care and wellbeing? What are your personal challenges around this theme? What are your most supportive practices?
Adam Wolpert from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center explores; How do we engage sustainability in the running of a holistic center? Staff share about both the operations and program side including; waste and composting, energy, water use, the natural and build environment, food systems, finances, governance and relationships.
Cameron Wenaus, co-founder of Retreat Guru, and Les Hodge from Mount Madonna use technology to help inspire more people to book online. How can you turn more of your website visitors into participants? How many visitors are leaving your site instead of registering for their next programme or retreat?
Carol Donahoe, Program Director of Omega, shares their learnings from nearly four years of diving into this theme. Although Omega don’t claim to be experts they offer practical tools that we can all learn from. Carol highlights how it’s vital to have everyone on board. “The leadership team must be in agreement that this topic is a priority.”
Les Hodge shares his in depth expertise in this area. Learn how to develop a Google Adwords campaign using Mount Madonna as a case study . Discover ways to increase traffic to the program pages on your website. Increase the click through rate on adwords and conversion rates . Make your investment in adwords as cost effective as possible.
Jurgen Muthmann, Data Architect from the Findhorn Foundation, explores; Why the FF started this project and the learnings, challenges and possibilities. How can you collate and transform guest and programme data into digital monthly reports for review, that can inform decision making and develop a culture of shared financial responsibility?
Carol Donahoe and Veronica Domingo, our hosts at Omega, and Christine Lines, Executive Director of HCN hosted an opportunity for participants to meet prior to the Gathering. Review the schedule planned for the five days. Prepare for our time together, explore shared hopes and intentions for the Gathering and build the anticipation.