The Holstee Manifesto came to me at a tumultuous yet inspiring time in my life. I had just made this, what felt like, “transition” from being a straight man to gay man (in retrospect knowing fully it was bound to happen at some point). I had graduated University but wanted to relinquish any expectation I had convinced myself of in going out and find a “real job”. I had abandoned one relationship, got into another, and then left that one too. A colleague, who is so enthusiastic about life, showed me the Holstee Manifesto poster online. I immediately bought half a dozen from the website and shared it with my closest friends (and even my ex!).   It made me realize life is short. I should be grateful for the hurdles I’ve jumped over—not because there are hurdles in life but because I, Mark, JUMPED over them. I thought about what I loved and thought about doing it often. So I signed up to do yoga teacher training and, voila, I now teach yoga because I love it. I now know life is for sharing, and appreciating every last bite of a LIFE you can sink your teeth into.  I now know that I am gay and that is okay. I can stop over-analyzing that and be proud of my own story. It’s the only one where you can write your own ending.

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Welcome to Holstee

Our monthly membership helps conscious people (like you!) libe a more meaningful life through actionable guide, inspiring art, thought-provoking content and a like-minded community.


Our Themes

Distilled from our Manifesto, positive psychology, the science of mindfulness, and ancient philosophic studies we have identified twelve themes core to living both fully and mindfully. We mapped these twelve themes to each of the twelve months in a year. Together with our community we explore one each month.


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