They say Change is the only Constant. It is now time for the work of Clove&Clive to be taken over by a non-profit charitable organization known as Wisdom Inspired Supportive Endeavour (WISE), or what we like to call "WISE, the foundation". WISE will assume the responsibility of carrying out the activities planned by Clove&Clive in the past and moving them forward. Rest assured this is mainly an administrative change, and that the people behind Clove&Clive are the same ones behind WISE.
You will see that this newsletter is very much like what Clove&Clive has been sending you regularly in the past. What is new then? Well there is a new website (wise.foundation) to represent WISE on the net, and you will start to see links to it where appropriate.
What will happen to Clove&Clive? The cozy Clove&Clive center at Kelana Jaya will continue to be maintained but will now be run by WISE. Clove&Clive Sdn Bhd as a business entity will be wound up voluntarily in due time.
What is new then? The most significant change participants of past courses and retreats at Clove&Clive will notice is that, wherever WISE could, it will offer its courses as sponsored activities, in other words, participants do not pay a fee to join — or, to put it in even simpler words, the classes are free! Free because the expenses involved have already been sponsored by members and supporters of WISE. This is in line with WISE's objective as a charitable organization to give the gift of education and wisdom to anyone who is inclined to make the effort to live a life with greater authenticity, clarity and equanimity — and WISE will continue to do this — as what Clove&Clive did too, without imposing any religious agenda. Clove&Clive has not charged any participation fee for some of its classes for some time now; WISE is just taking this a step further.
WISE also has a dream. Since retreats play an important part in its training programs, it has plans to create a purpose-built retreat center which will facilitate this training. In the past, Clove&Clive has been renting various third party facilities to conduct retreats. They are generally satisfactory, but there is also the constant hurdle of rising rental costs, and limits to the suitability of the venue for our purpose. If WISE has a retreat center — purpose-built and all — to call its own, it will be better able to offer that center to its participants for their use. WISE will work towards garnering the necessary supportive conditions to realize this dream.
May you have continued trust in us and your own journey in the practice of wise awareness. We shall meet you again soon, and this time as WISE.
Clove&Clive and WISE Team
UPDATE 2017-04-07: It has come to our attention when we originally titled this blog entry here "The WISE Foundation" we may have inadvertently given the impression that our organization is known as such. Wisdom Inspired Supportive Endeavour is our official name and we use the acronym WISE for short in many places. So, "WISE, the foundation" is the more appropriate way to describe it, and we have amended this blog entry accordingly.