The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) grew out of the conference ‘Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century’ hosted by the pioneering Findhorn Foundation and Community in 1995. Findhorn hosted GEN+20 in 2015, celebrating 20 years of this inspiring network that has since expanded into all continents. This year it was hosted by the fabulous Angsbacka in Western Sweden with over 600 participants from countries throughout Eastern and Western Europe. [Read more…]
Following on from the New Story Summit, hosted by the Findhorn Foundation in September 2014, we’re delighted to share that the New Story Film trailer has gone live on the New Story Film microsite and on social media, and I wanted to share with you the wonderful reception we have had within just the first few days.
The film will premiere in the Universal Hall and be live streamed as the Foundation’s gift to the world. We will announce the release date shortly.
In less than a week, 32 countries have signed up to screen the film with us. And here are the numbers of people we have reached so far:
- Vimeo – 9,500 +
- Microsite from FB – 3,900 +
- Facebook reach – 34,500 +
There is clearly a strong, global resonance with the work we are doing at this time on the planet and just to give you a taste, I am including a sampling of comments below. Humbling and inspiring! [Read more…]
by Peter Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Re-posted with kind permission from Breitenbush Hot Springs
A big stir around our circle recently has been a conversation/debate about what defines gender and who gets to decide. It appeared as a proposal to both recognize and actively support transgender people in their struggle for inclusion and acceptance in society, starting with women-only events at Breitenbush (whether sponsored by Breitenbush or not). It is noted that transgender people are perhaps the most persecuted population of all, suffering a host of abuses, from sexual violence to ridicule, ostracism, shunning, lack of public services, loss of employment and family abandonment, among other cruelties. [Read more…]
Richard Koob is the founder of Kalani, a non-profit retreat center in Hawaii’s tropical rainforest, who has made a remarkable contribution to self-development and education. He toured the world as a professional dancer before building the community with his partner in the 1970’s. Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center opened in 1982.
Before Richard retired from managing Kalani in 2013 it had become Hawaii’s largest and oldest retreat center. Kalani sponsors an extensive Community Arts Program, with more than 50 offerings per week, typically free to the public or by donation, including offerings of yoga, Hawaiian culture, dance and performing arts, wellness, and personal growth.
Kalani also sponsors special events; hosts diverse residential retreats and workshops; provides lodging and meals for guests; oversees volunteer, sabbatical, and visiting artist education programs; and houses a sustainable community of residents in an ecovillage.
In 2010 I attended the Holistic Centers Gathering in Hawaii and a year later engaged in the project of writing a book to share what I had learned in my personal journey about happiness and fulfilment since I left my corporate career, and how I found the principle that underlies the idiosyncratic joy of living of the Mediterranean cultures.
Attending the Centers Gathering at Findhorn in 2012 further inspired me and it is said that when we commit with something, the Universe commits with us. In my case, it was a bold decision to write a book in my second language, English, and intend to get it published, but, as the story goes, I sent it to a New York publisher and they decided to publish it, and my dream came true. The book was released 1st April 2014. [Read more…]
There is a magnetized sign that sticks to surfaces in my kitchen, it says, “Kindness is My Religion”. It gives me joy to see it. I tell my daughters that joy is the most revolutionary act possible if the heart remains open to the suffering out there, without denial. I don’t know if my daughters entirely get it yet, but I observe they’re taking it in. It’s a practice, living intentionally with kindness and joy.
Breitenbush Hot Springs was envisioned as an intentional community at our beginnings in the late 1970s. Kindness and joy were assumed to be at the heart of the community co-op, even during the inevitable disagreements over personalities, principles or practices. You can find kindness and joy embedded in our Credo, written in 1978. 35 years later, these qualities have found expression in a covert sort of way in the Breitenbush Facilities Council Charter, adopted in 2013, wherein the final principle is “Celebrate Success”.
To celebrate success and live with kindness and joy — this is not a conventional approach to conducting business in a cynical world. But I’d say we’re doing alright so far. [Read more…]
Come Alive is the enticing name of a program that draws people from all over the country, and further afield, to a tiny island of the West Coast of Canada. I imagine each one of us sitting in the opening circle were curious to find out what this really means, some perhaps clearer than others as to the reasons that drew us here.
For 30 years The Haven has offered programs in personal and professional development on beautiful Gabriola Island, B.C. and I was part of the latest intake responding to the invitation to ‘grow, transform, connect.’ After a few days exploring Vancouver I arrived via seaplane and then ferry, the day becoming progressively brighter with stunning views across the water.
I actually came to Canada to attend the annual Holistic Centers Gathering. However, travelling all the way from Scotland and with an ever curious spirit, I was keen to experience The Haven on a deeper level by extending my stay and immersing myself in the learning environment of another center. [Read more…]
During the 2013 Gathering hosted by Esalen last year, we received offers of funding for the first time to upgrade and redesign the website and create a strong identity.
Over the last 12 months we’ve been implementing this project and making steady progress. In advance of the 2014 Gathering hosted by The Haven this coming week, we’re delighted to the launch the new site…
You’re invited you to share your first impressions and offer feedback!
Hopefully the website will be a source of discussion during our time together and continue to evolve in support of the holistic movement around the world… [Read more…]
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