In describing this gathering, no one does better than Ralph White, founder of the New York Open Center:
“The heart of the International Holistic Centers’ Gathering is the meeting of so many diverse groups in a spirit of love, mutual support and unity. Whether they come from Australia or Siberia, Scotland or Santa Cruz, a similar noble vision lives at the core of most centers and changes for the better the lives of the many thousands who attend their programs. Holistic centers always take courage, inspiration and insight from each other’s work. Ultimately they know that their very existence worldwide is powerful evidence that the awakening for which we all yearn is alive and well, and probably living in a center near you.”
The transformation of individual lives and a global culture of holistic, ecological and spiritual awareness and practice.
The International Holistic Centers Gathering serves as the principal meeting point for Centers both well established and new, that address the new consciousness currently emerging worldwide. A valuable instrument of planetary awakening it aims to include all centers on all continents.
Now spanning more than thirty years, the original impulse for the Gathering is still inherent today – a recognition of the genuine value in the Centers meeting in a relaxed way to exchange insights, information, best practices and, equally importantly, sharing the spirit of friendship, collaboration and mutual support.
The Gathering began informally in the mid 80s and moved between various centers on the East and West coast of the United States. During the 90s it was hosted by various centers in Eastern and Central Europe, before returning to North America in the 00s. In 2012, the Gathering welcomed representatives from five continents for the first time in its history becoming truly global.
Many people have supported the Centers’ Gathering during its 30 year history. For the last five years there has been a core group who together represent over 100 years of experience in running centers. Each year they reconnect in the spirit of friendship, recriprocal learning and mutual support, and delight in the new constellation of participants which varies from year to year.
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