Community co-founder Dorothy Maclean celebrates her 94th birthday on January 7 and remains a wonderful source of inspiration for so many of us.
Her ready smile is legendary and as the sole surviving co-founder we revere her as a friend, teacher and reminder of the early pioneering days when she famously communicated with the overlighting intelligence of the Nature kingdom, receiving practical messages about what to plant, where and when.
Often I’ve been lucky enough to share time with her and a recent highlight happened last month when Bookings co-focaliser Sarah Mason and I decided on an impromptu outing to Findhorn Beach. Crossing a dune and negotiating a path along the uneven, pebbled beach was a major physical challenge, but our Dorothy was undeterred: “I haven’t done this in years,” she enthused.
Asked if she had any goals in her 95th year, Dorothy smiled that familiar radiant smile and insisted: “No goals. I just do what God wants me to do.”
Casting her mind back a half century to the modest beginnings at the Original Caravan, she explained: “God told me that I needed to tune into the Nature spirits. Otherwise we would never have been in contact with the Devas and might just have been a meditation group.”
Dorothy’s example of co-creation with the intelligence of Nature remains one of the cornerstones of the Findhorn Foundation community, although now in this phase of her life, it is her strength of character and determination to continue following a path of love and service that inspires so many of us.
Happy Birthday Dorothy!