Sangha Retreat By Octave Institute Launches To The West From Suzhou, China Eastern Philosophy Meets Western Science For Radical Transformation

SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute delivers, a new path to awakening to a new consciousness. Ultimately, it is where we discover greater purpose and personal wellbeing.

An innovative, fully-immersive health and wellness retreat, SANGHA Retreat is the vision of Fred Tsao, a shipping magnate and fourth-generation leader of a family business, whose book Quantum Leadership: New Consciousness in Business shows how leaders can flourish by changing their consciousness to better serve business as well as humankind.  He believes wealth and wellbeing should go hand-in-hand.
Fred Tsao has pursued the quest for a better way to live and work for the past 30 years. He has seen the profound and positive impact that a shift in awareness can have on people and society. SANGHA Retreat is the place where he brings together all of this knowledge.
SANGHA Retreat is spread across 47 acres overlooking Yangcheng Lake in the historic garden city of Suzhou, China, west of Shanghai. The elegant design of SANGHA Retreat’s low-rise buildings, overseen by Fred’s brother, architect Calvin Tsao of Brooklyn-based Tsao & McKown, uses local stone, natural and reclaimed materials that flow alongside gardens, water elements and central courtyards.
When asked why he chose China for the first SANGHA retreat, Fred’s response is direct. 
“Why not China?” he said. “In the West there is still so little understanding of this extraordinary country and its culture, but for all our differences, on a human level, we are one. There is not enough tolerance and understanding of different cultures, which leads to separateness and unhealthy levels of disconnection. SANGHA Retreat will help break this down.”
While SANGHA Retreat opened in 2017, Fred has spent the last two years adding to and refining elements of the retreat. Today SANGHA Retreat includes an advanced medical clinic with an international team of doctors and wellness experts; an expansive healing spa with a 12-stage hydrothermal circuit; movement studios and gym; a sound healing and meditation dome; a restaurant serving customised menus featuring local, organic products; 60 guest suite accommodations; eight lakeside villas; and a complete village to accommodate and host quantum leadership retreats with translation services for summits, celebrations and festivals.
Sangha means community in Sanskrit and the offering is so much more than a traditional resort or spa. Fred has indeed created a community – something not yet seen in a travel and wellness experience on this scale. 
The unifying principle behind SANGHA Retreat is derived from the Chinese wisdom of retreat, the need to withdraw and go within (Yin) to expand our horizons and therefore our potential in order to have the outward energy (Yang) to propel us towards our goals. Inspired by practices of Tao and Confucius, SANGHA Retreat fuses traditional Eastern wisdom with modern Western science to create integrated, holistic retreats to help guests begin the transformation they seek.
Retreats are customised to each guest, beginning with a comprehensive wellness assessment that determines a programme of exercise, treatments, and personalised meals. Guest suites are designed for relaxation and a good night’s sleep, with a crystal mandala beneath each bed.
SANGHA Retreat is a radical and pioneering wellbeing destination. It is in the business of health and transformation – to help people awaken to be the best version of themselves and ultimately lead a more fulfilling life. With a focus on raising consciousness, it has been created for the need of our time. 

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