The Hygeia Foundation was founded in 1977 by John Clausen and Clark Easter. Named after Hygeia, a Greek and Roman Goddess of Health, the Foundation’s mission is to promote respect for all life and awareness of the interconnectedness of all creation.
The Hygeia Foundation is run by volunteers, apart from paid support for IT, legal and accounting services as required. Our main office is in New Canaan, CT, USA. We also have an office in Findhorn, Scotland and a registered office in New York.
John’s work focuses on philanthropy, networking, investing and sustainability education. Since the late 1960s he has been studying and exploring inner and outer dimensions of the evolution of consciousness and culture, as well as pursuing a passionate interest in healthy soil and sustainable food systems.
John lived in the Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland from 1974-77 and has been closely associated with the community ever since. He currently represents the Findhorn Foundation and Gaia Education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Since the mid seventies John has been intimately involved in the organization and development of many groups, communities and ecovillages.
He taught Transcendental Meditation and The Science of Creative Intelligence in the UK and the USA from 1971-1977 and has been practicing meditation for 46 years.
John grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Boston University and has traveled extensively.
Ralph was born in Los Angeles in 1930, attended UCLA and UC Berkeley law school, worked as a lawyer for many years, and now lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
He has been actively involved in philanthropy for a long time, particularly supporting people who aren't fully respected and empowered, like women, people of color, gays and lesbians.
He has been a supporter of the Threshold Foundation for over 30 years and served on its governance and granting committees in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 1986 he has actively supported Escuelas para la Vida, a Spanish non-profit dedicated to helping people on the margins of society learn to be subjects of their own history rather than objects of others’ history.
Ralph has been a dedicated meditator for the last several years, and hopes to, some day, become a wise and tranquil old fellow.
Clark has been a leader in software and online businesses since 1989, founding or cofounding multiple companies in the geospatial, health, and educational areas. He has unique expertise in designing software for individual education plans and individual care plans for disease management, as well as geospatial software with sensor integration.
He is currently working with 3 software startups – one to cut carbon emissions in the trucking industry, one to cut water usage in fruit and nut orchards in California, and one to use findings from Positive Psychology and Neuroplasticity to increase Happiness and Flow in the corporate workplace.
He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Santa Monica, a named inventor on multiple software patents, a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and a long time meditation practitioner.
Clark lives by the sea in Cambria, CA with his wife Ute and their two dogs.
Matthew has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. He studied Zen in Japan, Tibetan Buddhism in India, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, Thailand, and the United States.
Matthew resides in West Newbury, MA and is a founder and the guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport.
He also teaches at various retreat centers including the Omega Institute, the Insight Meditation Society, Kripalu and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC).
He taught Buddhism at the Tufts University from 1998-2013, and has been a member of the Religious Services Department at Phillips Exeter Academy since 2008, where he leads meditation groups for students and faculty.
Frances lived in the Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland for 15 years, where she worked in various areas, including gardening, education, management and building ecological houses. She left there in 1992 to join her husband, John Clausen, in Connecticut. Since 1997 they have been representing the Findhorn Foundation at the UN Headquarters in New York City, where she co-chairs the Spiritual Caucus and serves on the council of the Values Caucus at the United Nations.
Since 2009 Frances has been the Treasurer and Administrator for Hygeia.
Frances grew up in England, has a degree in Psychology, has traveled extensively around the world and has been a keen organic gardener since early childhood.
Max grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, with summers at Lake Tahoe and on a ranch in Montana. He has lived in Helena, Montana for the last 40 years.
He studied at Dartmouth College and Chicago Theological Seminary.
Max currently chairs the Board of Timeless Seeds, a Montana based packager of organic lentils, other pulse crops and ancient grains and is a partner in a family land and livestock business.
He started and owned a small restaurant, has been part of a small publishing operation, and helped start a non endowed foundation to raise funds for granting throughout the NW and Northern Rockies in areas including human rights, environment, and sustainable agriculture.