International Holistic Centres’ Gathering
12–17 May 2012
In the early 1960’s, Eileen Caddy, co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation and Community, received the guidance, “You are part of a tremendous network and each member is closely linked… This is a network of light; therefore each should be linked with the others. Learn to feel the intertwining and intermingling of each centre until not one is left on it’s own. The strength comes through the linking up of the centres.”
Since the mid 1980’s, many of the world’s leading holistic learning centres have met annually to share notes, best practices, successes and challenges, and ponder the overall direction of the changes in consciousness and action to which they are dedicated.
This Gathering is an occasion when many different centres, often from different cultures, speak openly, honestly and warmly of their experiences, lessons, hopes and concerns. In this way, we deepen our sense of the worldwide movement towards holistic, spiritual and ecological awakening, and find inspiration and community in the often hard won wisdom of others.
In 2012, the Holistic Centres Gathering will be held in Europe for the first time in over a decade, and hosted by the Findhorn Foundation as part of the celebrations for its 50th year.
If you work in or with a holistic centre (broadly defined as a place where learning, growth and consciousness are enhanced), we invite you to join us for this uniquely valuable experience of collective learning and support, the practical exchange of ideas and information, and the evolution of the ‘network of light’ emerging from shared values and intentions.
Together, in a heart-centred and candid atmosphere, we will exchange perspectives on the holistic vision vital for a healthy and sustainable future, and find nourishment from the joy, love and inspiration that consistently animate this Gathering.
To read co-ordinator Christine Lines’ experience of the 2011 Gathering which was held in California click here.
Includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals.To book the five-day Gathering please click here. We request that you submit your introductory letter at the time of booking – please scroll down for more details.
Transformation Game Extension
For those of you who would like to stay for a full week, we are offering a follow-on additional two days playing a group version of the Transformation Game® at a special discount. This is a unique opportunity for participants from the different centres to play together as a group, to explore the holistic vision and the way ahead. Integrate your experience of the Gathering during these two days and discover tools of transition. You will find more information about the Transformation Game® at Findhorn here.
Income related price (click here for more information): £495 / £595 / £695
Includes 7 nights accommodation and all meals.
To book the seven-day Gathering, including the group Transformation Game®, please click here. We request that you submit your introductory letter at the time of booking – please scroll down for more details.
Expand your Experience
If you book the seven-day Gathering and would like to explore the ethos of this unique community more deeply, you can participate in the Essential Findhorn programme Experience Week for the week preceding this event, i.e. 5th May. If you do so you will receive a discount of £100 on the published prices of the Experience Week which will be applied at the time of full payment. To book this Experience Week please click here. Please make sure you advise our Bookings Department that you are attending both events by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you apply for the Gathering please email us an introductory letter telling us about yourself and your inspiration to attend. Please include background information about the holistic centre you represent, your associated role, if you have attended previous Gatherings, and any particular topics you are interested in exploring. We request that you submit your letter via email to the co-ordinator email@example.com
This introductory letter is your first step into the spirit of the Gathering and helps the co-ordinator prepare the programme. We will treat your letter as confidential and respond to you personally to confirm your place.
Please note that the Gathering will be limited in numbers to ensure the most engaging experience for all participants and we encourage you to book early.
To assist with your travel arrangements please click here for details on how to get to Findhorn.
If you are travelling long distance and require pre-Gathering accommodation please click here for details of the local Bed & Breakfast options. If you would like to extend your stay without playing the Game of Transformation please arrange your own accommodation.
If you are interested in attending the Gathering and have limited financial resources please write to us and request a bursary. Limited support is available to make this event accessible to as many people in as many countries as possible.
We request that you arrive for registration between 11:00am and 12:00pm on Saturday 12th May.
If you book the five-day Gathering it is scheduled to end at 10:30am on Thursday 17th May. If you book the seven-day Gathering it is scheduled to end at 9:00am on Saturday 19th May. Please make your travel arrangements to fit in with these times if possible.
For further information about this Gathering you can contact the co-ordinator Christine Lines at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Willoner has a long association with the Findhorn Foundation where he currently works as the Conference and Events Co-ordinator. He began his close involvement with the community in 1967 and brings his experience of the early years and friendship with the three co-founders to his role as Co-focaliser of the 2012 Gathering. He has a passion for the richness of community and learning from one another.