John Reed, COO of SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute

 SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute, the only retreat for personal awakening through ancient Chinese practices and the discovery of quantum science, today announced the appointment of John Reed as Chief Operating Officer, effective 8 October 2019. 

“John will be in charge of the business performance of OCTAVE Institute, developing a sales-driven culture throughout the organization and leading the OCTAVE Institute team to the next level,” said Frederick Chavalit Tsao, Founder. 

Reed brings more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry in the U.S., Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bali and Bhutan. He has worked at the helm of renowned hospitality organizations and has deep knowledge and understanding of the markets in South Asia and Indochina, especially Bhutan where he spent a significant part of his career building the AMAN brand.

Born in the U.S., Reed graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.

Reed will report to Chairman and Founder of OCTAVE Institute, Frederick Chavalit Tsao. Reporting to Reed directly are Eddy Ram, Managing Director, Hospitality, Village Operations and The Living Room in Shanghai; and Jamie Waring, Managing Director, Wellness.

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 steward of a family business that started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906. 

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; the Meditation Dome; and a seasonal schedule of fitness activities and mindfulness classes designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.  

For more information and reservations, visit or at +86 (512) 6788 1888.

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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