photo by Alan Briskin
people gather — for a meeting, important conversation, healing
experience or to create something new, the place and its surroundings
affect the quality of the experience and its outcomes. Such
special gathering places are of a distinct and different order.
They are often described by their overall Gestalt, ethos or
embodied felt-sense, as “aesthetically vibrant environments
that come alive”, places that feel like “coming home”, “spaces
that facilitate healing or generative thinking.” In broad
terms, we have begun to describe these special places as transformational
Transformational places sometimes exist in powerful locations
that are embedded in or imbued by Nature. They can also be
created in any space or structure that is consciously infused
with energy that is life-giving and life-supporting. The power
and influence of transformational places is directly related
to the consciousness, the intentions and the social interaction
of those who are responsible for care and keeping of a place
and those gathering in these spaces.
Our intention is to seek to further understand and articulate
more precisely the nature of such transformational places
and how to access the larger energetic field of which they
are a part. In doing so, we seek to make transformational
places more visible and accessible to groups who gather in
service of a better world.
As part of this process, we have begun to create a special
listing of transformational places worldwide that we call
PlaceBook. We invite you to use it to
find these special places for your own transformational events.
If you have a recommendation of a place that you have personally
experienced as transformational and think should be part of
this listing, contact the PlaceBook coordinator with all pertinent information (using the template &
instructions in the "How
to Add a Place" page as a guide) and contact details to help us
take next steps.