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SUZHOU, CHINA – May 2, 2019 – SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute has announced a key addition to its executive team, welcoming Debbie Misajon as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing to spearhead the international communications and brand task force.

Located west of Shanghai in Suzhou (a UNESCO World Heritage site), SANGHA Retreat is a transformative, holistic health and wellness retreat providing an immersive experience in nature, healing and harmony. Embracing ancient Chinese wisdom backed by Western science, SANGHA Retreat supports guests on their path to self-clarity and wellbeing, making lasting lifestyle changes through customized programs that include comprehensive wellness assessments, nutrition, exercise, mind-body practice and healing treatments. 

Inspired by the Sanskrit word for “community,” SANGHA Retreat is situated on 47 acres on Yangcheng Lake, 30 minutes from downtown Suzhou and 1.5 hours from Shanghai. The design is intimately scaled with private courtyards and walkways connecting SANGHA Retreat’s clinic, spa and 60-suite hotel with OCTAVE’s live-work-learn community for quantum leadership retreats, and 108 private villa residences.

Debbie Misajon brings more than 30 years of global sales, marketing and management experience and was most recently the Director of Sales and Marketing for The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

She previously held an executive position at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, on the heels of an international career with Aman Resorts, collectively spanning a decade where she led sales across China, India and Sri Lanka. She launched Aman’s first private jet journey; doubled occupancy in the then little-known Kingdom of Bhutan; and was the company’s first sales representative in the United States. Early in her career, Misajon gained valuable insights managing Western region sales activities for Leading Hotels of the World and while working with Hilton International and Hilton Hotels Corporation. She also launched both Epic Hideaways and Elegant Hideaways, web-based luxury villa rental and on-site businesses in Hawaii.

About SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute

Located west of Shanghai on the outskirts of Suzhou, China, SANGHA Retreat combines Eastern philosophies backed by Western science to help people awaken to a life of greater purpose and personal wellbeing. With a focus on raising consciousness, it has been created for the need of our time by visionary Fred Tsao, fourth-generation shipping magnate and family business steward.

The 47-acre retreat, designed by Tsao & McKown, includes AT ONE guest suites; AT ONE Clinic, offering comprehensive wellness assessments and wellbeing programs; AT ONE Healing Spa with extensive spa treatment menu and hydrotherapy circuit; THOUGHT FOR FOOD restaurant; Meditation Dome; and a seasonal schedule of fitness activities and mindfulness classes designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.

For more information, or to book a retreat, please visit  

Contact: Babs Harrison

About OCTAVE Institute

More than a school of life, OCTAVE Institute is a platform to help people find clarity, harmony and a new level of consciousness and freedom. It is comprised of SANGHA Retreat, the VILLAGE, and AITIA in Suzhou; and THE LIVING ROOM, an urban support center in Shanghai. The VILLAGE is a live-work-learn community for personal and communal learning, executive retreats, conferences, summits and festivals including the AT ONE International Festival, an annual, international festival that brings together thought leaders and holistic practitioners to address current issues. AITIA powers the communal programs at OCTAVE Institute. Together they create the foundation for growth towards a purposeful life, mindfully lived.

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