Each year, centres from around the world gather at a conference known as The International Holistic Centres Gathering. The Haven is hosting the 2014 Gathering, and afterwards is offering this program, which ran very successfully at Esalen in 2013. If you are dreaming of starting a holistic center or are simply curious about how centers do what they do, consider joining this program for what is sure to be a weekend of rich discussion. This isn’t a step-by-step process on how to start a retreat center, however there will be representatives from various established retreat centers available to explain the beginnings of their organizations and how they conduct business. Representatives from The Haven and other retreat centers will facilitate this program. Together they represent over 100 years of experience in running centres. (more…)
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BACKGROUND NOTES TO SPLASH -
SPIRIT LED APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE HOLISM:
A MONTH-LONG HOLISTIC PEER GROUP PROGRAMME
Holistic living involves the whole self and therefore includes the following parts of the person:
Relationships between people and groups (Social)
If there is a hierarchy in holistic learning, the process should be led by the higher self or the spiritual self. A helpful analogy is that the whole person can be likened to a carriage and driver pulled by a horse. The owner is inside the carriage, the driver is high at the front with the reins of the horse in his hands. The owner represents the higher self (spirit); the carriage (body); the driver (mind) and the horse (emotions). The direction should be set by the owner, (the spirit) and not by the driver (the mind). Each part then has a clear function in making the carriage move to its destination.
So the idea is to gather a group of people together and do a month-long journey together, making goals and logging results. As individuals this enables us to look at our current ways of living holistically and expand on them or identify areas where we are weaker and need to improve. We can especially look and share at the ways we already let our spiritual or higher self lead out lives. I use meditation as a spiritual practice and can only work as a creative person if I listen to my higher self and wait for ideas to emerge. Creative work is a spiritual practice for me. Other people may use Taize or devotional singing or walks in nature or gardening. There are many, many ways to access the spirit.
Share the experience of the 2012 Holistic Centres Gathering hosted by the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland through this visual journey. Explore the venue Cluny Hill and it’s beautiful surrounds and meet some of the participants who came from around the world.
Enjoy a walk through the Findhorn Foundation Community and along Findhorn Beach with Tom Robinson and Peter Moore from Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon, the first arrivals for the 2012 Holistic Centres Gathering.
Are you interested in attending the next Gathering?
Held in Europe for the first time in a decade, this is a unique opportunity to connect with your peers from around the world and share ideas, insights, wisdom and experience in an open, supportive and creative way.
The community has drawn visitors from all over the world since it began in 1962 and the 50th birthday year is the perfect time to make the pilgrimage to Findhorn.
Full details of this unique event are available online here including how to book your place on either the 5 day or 7 day option. The week long option offers a deeper immersion into the community and integration of the learning gained from the Gathering.
Click the video to below to hear the interview with Ralph White, co-founder of the Centers Gathering and New York Open Center, Christine Lines, co-ordinator of the 2012 Gathering at Findhorn and Kutira Decosterd, co-founder of the Maui Eco Retreat in Hawaii.
To preserve the quality and depth of our dialogue, this event will be limited to 50 attendees (max. 2 people from any organization).
We encourage you to book your place early to attend this unique event.
For more information please contact the co-ordinator, Christine Lines, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone +44 (0)7582 505 496
We hope your center can be represented at our 2012 gathering and look forward to hearing from you!
love and blessings,
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Since the early days of the community, the Findhorn Foundation has been pioneering a new way of living on the earth and linking up with other centres all over the world to form a network of love and light.
Co-founder Peter Caddy said, “It is very much our work to be a point of synthesis, to link centres together to see where we can unite. Each centre has something different that we can learn from, that they can give to us, and we can give to them.”
In this spirit of synthesis the Findhorn Foundation hosted the annual International Holistic Centres Gathering in May 2012, a meeting of peers from around the world who came together to share ideas, experience, hopes and challenges, to learn from and inspire each other, and support the planetary transformation that is unfolding with increasing momentum.
One of the participants Peter Andrew from Network News in Wales said, “I experienced it as a rare opportunity for pioneering souls from around the world to gather for mutual support and affirmation, achieved in an ideal setting, and clearly planned with great care.” (more…)
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In May 2012, 37 people representing 27 centres in 16 countries on five continents gathered together at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland for the International Holistic Centres Gathering. Together we explored our unity in diversity, shared about our work and service in the world, exchanged ideas, challenges and experience. It was a time of learning from one another, in the spirit of supporting the planetary transformation that is unfolding in the world…
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, an international centre for holistic learning and an ecovillage, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. Each year the Gathering moves from one centre to another, and is a unique opportunity for a meeting of peers to enjoy friendship and connection, experience the host centre and become ambassadors for each others centre too.
EUROPE – EAST AND WEST
Finca Tierra, Canary Islands – Brigitte Maine Rothholz
Founded in 1999, 4 – 6 residents, offers workshops in holistic healing, personal grow, bodywork, and personal retreats.
Cortijo Romero, Spain – Alan Dale
Established in 1986, offers holidays embracing a journey of celebration, healing, restoration, learning and the greatest possible expression of human potential.
Representing Kalikalos, Greece – Dorota Owen and Roger Doudna
Dedicated to demonstrating the power of authentic community as a vehicle for building a new holistic world of peace and sustainability.
The Chrysalis Centre is one of the longest established, respected and leading residential holistic retreat centres in Ireland.
Chrysalis was founded by Ann Maria Dunne and opened in 1989 as a centre for reflection and spiritual renewal. It is a registered company with charitable status currently being lead by two directors and a seven member advisory board.
It currently rents the Ardenode Country House in Blessington, Co. Kildare (within one hour from Dublin near the Wicklow mountains and rolling farms of Kildare).
The main objective of Chrysalis is to provide services in personal and professional development, all encouraging and supporting guests to live their lives more fully, creatively and effectively. Since we started, thousands of people have benefited from their visits and we regularly receive heartfelt feedback about what a positive difference we have made to their journeys. (more…)
The Beshara School first emerged some forty years ago as of one of the UK’s first alternative healing centres at Swyre Farm in the Cotswolds.
Under the guidance of Bulent Rauf a Turkish émigré and man of the rarest refinement and wisdom, the vibrant and fertile mix of aspirations that characterised Swyre Farm became a more focused educational collective known as the Beshara School, or simply Beshara.
Since the early 70’s the School has been running courses in what is called intensive esoteric education more or less continuously at it’s main centre at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders. Courses and group study are also run around the world when there is a need and request. (more…)
Newbold House is a beautiful Victorian mansion set in an oasis of nature in the north east of Scotland. The Mission of this workshop and sustainability education centre is ‘developing, practicing and sharing skills for sustainable living, in harmony with ourselves, each other and the earth’.
The house is set in extensive organic gardens, surrounded by woods and close to wonderful coastline, ancient forest, river valleys and mountains. Newbold House has close ties to the nearby Findhorn Foundation spiritual community and ecovillage and can arrange visits and tours.
The centre is run by a small resident community with help from working guests and volunteers from all walks of life, who share a common vision. The house offers a wonderful nurturing venue for workshops, our ‘home-grown’ courses, personal retreats, B&B and special events.
Guests can enjoy a peaceful space to recharge their batteries, spend some time surrounded by nature, take part in a workshop or just experience life in community, exploring creative, sustainable ways of being and working together.