would the optimum healthy state
of anything look like?
uses the metaphor of health to give fresh
perspectives that can lead to the flourishing of
virtually any and all aspects of our lives.
Holism – an Expanded View
HORSE MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE we see in the world endless
opportunities for enhanced wellbeing.
We have coined the term deep
holism to mean: the
inclusive view that everything in the natural
world exists in a subtle balance of
interrelationships and interdependencies that
can influence the vitality of a person or other
living organisms in ways great or small.
holism understands that virtually anything
can have an influence on the health and
flourishing of living organisms — all that has
been handed to a person or other living organism,
their choices, their levels of awareness,
environmental conditions, social structures and
policies, availability of resources, cultural
constructs, support systems, personal
relationships, and so forth. Because nature is the
primary and clearest expression of deep holism, it
is both our philosophy and our practice to look to
nature for therapeutic guidance.
intention of this deep holistic model is to
sensitize and enrich your perspective that you
might identify in each moment anything that may be
healing or harming the person [or other living
organism] and act to enhance their vitality and
flourishing. In this model of healing nothing is
excluded, the domain is expansive without limit.
is a challenge to the conventional view of
holistic, or complementary or integrative
medicine. We have stretched the conventional
boundaries of understanding of what makes a
living organism thrive. We have recently
completed a chapter, accepted for
publication in a major medical textbook,
that defines a far more complete
understanding of the possible determinants
of health of a person. This highly inclusive
exploration reaches far into societal,
economic, environmental, cultural,
political, interpersonal, psycho-spiritual
and other factors that directly or
indirectly affect the possibilities and
options for wellbeing.
Documentary and Audio
the years our production arm, HORSE MOUNTAIN
STUDIO, has produced a range of
media, including audio, books,
and films. Documentary
films such as "Walking at the
Edge" and "Beyond Belief", a film now in
production, push boundaries of thought on
issues such as conscious dying and finding
common ground beyond the realm of polarizing
beliefs and belief systems.
Since 2009, the WORLD IN BALANCE AWARDS have rewarded students at varying levels in their educational journey who demonstrate capacities for creative holistic thinking and who bring their insights into direct application and action within mainstream culture.