I can’t tell you how much spending the week with some of the most experienced, patient, and loving people in my up and coming field meant to me. I came back with a vibe that has been contagious! Many great things have happened, and what you have shown me it is no doubt infectious. You are all doing such great work, worthy of a legacy to leave behind. You have shown me the way, and I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart. I realized there is so much to learn, not just about myself, but bringing something…….different. We are all filling the gap, so to speak, for the type of learning experience we feel will give fuel to present and future generations that create a better place for all. I’m in total admiration, believe me!
I feel compelled to participate in any way you all feel I can contribute, so please let me known if you have any thoughts. I will absolutely put in as much time as I can to see that retreat centers around the world can connect and benefit as I have from being around such an inspiring group!
Peace, Love, and Freedom!
Cheers! (From North Idaho!)
Eureka Institute – Executive Director
In April 2013, Esalen Institute hosted the annual Holistic Centers Gathering. Here is an interesting timeline about the development of the organisation…
1930 Michael Murphy was born in Salinas, CA and Dick Price was born in Chicago, IL.
1952 Murphy and Price graduated from Stanford University where each independently experienced transcendent moments and extraordinary spiritual experiences.
1956-1957 Murphy resided at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India and formulated an integral practice that engage mind, body, emotion, and spirit.
1956-1957 Price was involuntarily signed into Institute of Living and began to formulate his later focus on alternative therapies.
1960 Price and Murphy met at the Cultural Integration Fellowship in San Francisco.
1961 Price and Murphy moved to Murphy family property at Big Sur Hot Springs.
1962 Esalen Institute incorporated as a non-profit educational foundation that offered weekend seminars with Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, and Ansel Adams and other artistic and intellectual luminaries. Continue Reading »
The curriculum for this multi-disciplinary Master’s Degree program emphasizes perennial wisdom, the best of modern thought, academic excellence, and the importance of integration and reflection.
Develop the skills, wisdom and confidence to engage and provide leadership within:
- Urban and Rural Neighbourhoods
- Global Organizations
- Voluntary Associations
- Educational and Business Systems
- Intentional Communities
- Communities Impacted by CatastropheClick here to download the PDF of the Masters Degree Program in Community Studies
San Francisco Zen Center is one of the largest Buddhist sanghas outside Asia. It has three practice places: City Center, in the vibrant heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, whose organic fields meet the ocean in Marin County; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center—the first Zen training monastery in the West—in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur.
These three complementary practice centers offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures, and workshops.
The mission of Zen Center is to make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. Zen Center is a practice place for a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks guided by teachers who follow in Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s style of warm hand and heart to warm hand and heart. All are welcome.
For more information, please visit our website at www.sfzc.org
In April 2013, 28 people from 20 different centers and organisations gathered together for the annual Holistic Centers Gathering. Hosted this year by the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California, the participants shared best practices, business models, challenges and ideas.
The list of centers represented is included here and more news of the Gathering will be posted soon… Continue Reading »
One of the tasks I spend most of my time on at The Haven is bringing our existence to the notice of people, otherwise known as marketing. I have not had any formal marketing training, but with the increasing importance of social media over the last few years I am finding many innovative, accessible and low cost ways of accessing a greater number of people.
The Haven has been active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus for a few years now; we have our own blog and Vimeo and YouTube channels. There are always new social media opportunities on offer, and it can sometimes be somewhat overwhelming to manage it all!
Through 2012 I took on two new projects which I hoped would build on our current marketing efforts and offer new ways of reaching people. In early 2013 we launched The Haven app and on March 18 2013, The Haven was the venue and a sponsor for TEDxGabriolaIsland; I was the chief organizer for the event. Continue Reading »