|Guidelines for establishing
and operating Holotropic Centers and Holotropic Retreats
|As of February
Holotropic Centers and Holotropic
Retreats should be operated as independent entities based
on the free interpretations of the ideas and philosophies
of the organizer. No regulations or rules are necessary.
Nevertheless, it is possible
that an individual could operate an unrelated organization
under the name of Holotropic Center or Holotropic Retreat,
or for the name to be deliberately misappropriated That would
cause confusion among the public, and a great deal of trouble
for organizers who are operating their centers conscientiously.
To prevent this possibility, we hereby stipulate the following
the facility: Holotropic
Center or Holotropic Retreat
the center: Holotropic Center
the retreat: Holotropic Retreat
the network: Holotropic Network
|A. Holotropic Centers
and Holotropic Retreats
||The purpose of
these facilities is to support the personal growth and development
of the consciousness of clients. The center operator must always
keep this in mind, though there is no need to express this purpose
openly. Most clients will be mainly interested in ridding themselves
of pain, recovering from fatigue, or in being healed; they might
not be thinking of personal growth and consciousness development.
The first step, therefore, is to meet client demands.
consciousness is an internal process; outsiders must not force
or control this process. Each operator should provide minimum
support and guide the individual on the internal journey.
and clients must understand that they should learn and progress
together. The operator should not put himself above the client
or teach the client.
operator should try to develop his own consciousness. This process
is unending; operators should realize that it is ongoing throughout
life. The network will provide workshops and seminars for the
operators, but participation is optional.
||The operator should
not seem to be strong-arming the client. The operator must not
use threats or intimidation to sell services or products.
||There is no one
dogma, philosophy, or methodology in the facility that must
be followed. Operators can devise their own methodologies based
on their individual philosophies. Operators should not adhere
to any particular method on account of narrow-mindedness, but
should objectively keep the guidelines in mind and continue
the pursuit of learning.
criticizing philosophies or methodologies that are not to your
liking. Try to accept the philosophies of others, coexist with
them and learn together. Share information and communicate actively
with other operators to help each other improve. Avoid promoting
the methodology of your facility as being superior to that of
|It is highly possible
that the facility will have some religious bent, but even if
this is the case the facility must remain open to peoples of
all religions. The facility must not try to force its clients
to join any particular religion. As long as the facility follows
the guidelines mentioned above, however, it is perfectly acceptable
for a religious organization to run a facility.
will operate independently of each other. The network offers
advice regarding establishment and operation, support, joint
promotion, and information exchange, but no financial support
will be provided.
Each facility is free to determine its own fees, but is not
to demand unreasonably expensive fees by using trappings of
spiritualism and other such decor to attract clients.
of the facility will be carried out under the auspices of the
||The facility must
be a corporate member of the network. The corporate membership
fee is 100,000 yen per year. This might seem a financial burden
for the facility, but because the facility has the requisite
ten members by definition, and because a 20 percent discount
is given to facilities with that number of members, the financial
burden is offset.
||Even if a facility
does not use the name "Holotropic," if the facility has been
approved by the network or is a corporate member, it can participate
in information exchange and joint promotion.
||The network can
expel any facility if its operation deviates widely from the
purpose of the organization; violates the guidelines; or is
suspected of having committed crimes or acts against society.
Also, the facility can resign immediately and without question
from the organization when continuing in the organization discommodes
the facility. After resigning or being expelled from the organization,
the operator cannot use the name Holotropic. Dismissal or resignation
will be finalized by a written notice as of the date of issue.
In either case, the fee will not be refunded.
|B. Holotropic Centers:
Guidelines for Establishment and Operation
||The center must
fulfill the requirements to operate as a licensed hospital.
must focus on natural cures and be mindful of excessive medical
intervention. Dispensation of medication, examinations and operations
beyond what are necessary are forbidden.
||Blend into the
community, and if possible (although not mandatory), set up
and operate a committee with the purpose of promoting wellness
among clients and the local community.
||Focus on the client's
psychological well-being. Emotional care should extend beyond
treatment of the illness to include support for the client to
face having become ill and the process of treatment required.
Such acknowledgement on the part of the client is vital for
development of the consciousness and personal growth of the
patient. Keep in mind that sometimes this emotional support
can lead the client toward an "existential transformation."
with people who are not patients. Help both patients and non-patients
to maintain good health.
||Provide care for
those who are approaching death, as well as their families,
to enablethem to accept death as a natural conclusion to life.
Provide grief care.
||When the center
has reached maturation it should be able to offer six kinds
of care: physical, emotional, health maintenance, spiritual,
prenatal, perinatal, neonatal, and care of the dying. It would
be ideal for such care to be supported by the majority of the
members. That is, instead of joining National Health Care insurance,
our members will be provided cradle-to-grave care by paying
fees to the center. If the number of centers increases, it will
be possible for members to enjoy the centers' services even
if the members move or are traveling. Currently, of course,
such center operation is impossible. Just providing a portion
of the six kinds of care within the context of an ordinary clinic
is a good enough start. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the operator
will have the determination to move one small step at a time
toward realization of the ideal facility.
|C. Holotropic Retreat
||The retreat provides
basically three types of care: emotional, health maintenance,
and spiritual. There is thus no need for a resident doctor or
for examinations and medical treatment. Acupuncturists who can
practice acupuncture and moxibustion, however, are highly encouraged.
||The retreat as
a rule should provide lodging and healthy meals. It is desirable
that the retreat provide healing bodywork, private health care,
and services for mental and physical healing as well as relaxation.
seminars and workshops for the three types of care listed above,
and for consciousness development and personal growth.
||It would be preferable
to locate the retreat in a natural environment, such as near
the ocean (rivers, lakes), in forests, or at hot springs (not