HCN Gathering April 30 - May 5

  • Sunday, April 30, 2023 - Friday, May 5, 2023
  • Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, OR
HCN Gathering April 30 – May 5

Presented by Breitenbush Hot Springs, Vitalist Institute  and the Holistic Centers Network

Over the course of the last three years we’ve witnessed the world go through unimaginable changes with an equally daunting future on the horizon. As holistic centers, we have significant opportunities to shape and model wise responses as humanity faces the polycrisis of climate change, economic inequality, food and water insecurity, the loss of democracy, and global conflict. This year’s Gathering will focus on how our centers can serve as beacons of social, spiritual and ecological sanity in a world that is losing its center.

We invite you to join us in attuning to the profound needs of the present moment and trying to gaze 200 years into the future. What is our special role in helping to shepherd humanity towards its full potential during this period of immense transformation? By cultivating our vision, developing fresh teachers and skills, and evolving new ways of being and doing business, can holistic centers play a vital role in helping to build systems, ideas and practices upon which the future will rely? 

Centers dedicated to the emergence of holistic and ecological consciousness have been meeting annually since 1985. This is a precious opportunity for those helping to guide these centers to come together in an open-hearted and relaxed spirit to share our stories, reflect on the many crises of our time, and look toward the future. What role do these centers, which are entirely autonomous yet spread across the globe, have in fostering a healthy, sustainable and multicultural future?

This year Breitenbush is excited to be co-hosting this event with Vitalist Institute in order to explore the impacts that Holistic Centers have on their guests. The theme is Social Sanity and that often begins with each of us as individuals. Utilizing Breitenbush’s model of care for their guests, attendees are invited to have a “Centers” experience and participate fully in the revitalizing well being programs, relax and restore in the healing hot springs, as well as engage in the explorations into meaning, strategy and celebration that the event offers. 

Thanks to the Daya Foundation we will be able  to embrace the international dimension of the Gathering by  inviting centers unable to attend in person to join us via Zoom. We are inviting centers from Latin America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere as we all aim to maximize our contribution to consciousness in these difficult times.

Join us April 30 – May 5 at Breitenbush Hot Springs to be part of these soulful, warm-hearted, and essential conversations and meditations. Select presentations will also be streamed for virtual attendees. This event is open to anyone who is deeply passionate about the work of these centers and conscious communities, including center directors, managers, guests, and presenters.

Full 2023 Event Schedule of Sessions & Activities 

Your experience will include:

  • Deep relaxation and unwinding in our natural hot springs, volcanic steam sauna and enjoying nature on high
  • Three opportunities a day to open and align your body through dynamic movement classes,  invigorating and liberating with breathwork sessions,  meditation and so much more.
  • Enjoy nourishing  your body and soul with 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals each day alongside inspiring company
  • Philosophical deep dives and interactive conversations into the underlying drivers of Holistic Centers cultural leaders
  • Practical explorations into strategies of being a Beacon of Social Sanity and ensuring the viability and appeal of centers in the future
  • Evening programming to build profound connections and celebrate with other attendees 
  • Rare opportunity to separate from your phone and computer and plug in and be present with nature’s biorhythms


Jamie Wheal is a writer and cofounder of the Flow Genome Project. He is the author of author of "Stealing Fire" and Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That’s Lost Its Mind.

Krishna Das is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as kirtan. He has released seventeen albums since 1996.

Christopher Maher: former Navy Seal, founder of True Body Intelligence. His knowledge and experience led him to develop a comprehensive system of total physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing and integration: the True Body Intelligence technology.

Sarahjoy Marsh, a certified yoga teacher, yoga therapist, fundraising expert, and author, is a vibrant, compassionate catalyst for transformation. She is Founder of DAYA Foundation.

Jeffrey Williams is the founder of Lifestyles of Light and Vitalist Institute. He is a multi-disciplinary transformation artist teaching and facilitating through movement, breath and sound, and self-governance.

Peter Moore: Co-founder and Business Director of Breitenbush Hot Springs HCN Keynote

Ralph White: Co-founder of New York Open Center and the International Holistic Centers Gathering

Swirl Jordan Moore: Co-founder of Vitalist Life, author “The Revolution of Self Love” Vitalist Life

Jonathan Collier: Conscious business consultant, cooperative expert Usher & Sage

Christian Holden: Co-founder HK Law Group, water and land protection, holistic center consultant

Mari Kelly: Co-founder of HK Law Group, land and water policy, operations strategist

The HCN bursary fund is available to support people from a range of centers, diverse backgrounds and different cultures and we welcome your participation in the annual Gathering.If you would otherwise be unable to join this experience of mutual learning and support amongst peers we encourage you to complete this application form.

For registration questions, please contact us at ec@breitenbush.com.

We hope you’ll join us at Breitenbush for a lively discussion about the present and future of holistic centers!

Peter Moore, Leslie Hoffman, Werner Brandt & Ralph White

HCN Board of Directors

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