Frequently Asked Questions

Contents

  1. What is the Findhorn Foundation?
  2. How did the Findhorn Foundation start?
  3. What does the Foundation do?
    1. Holistic Learning
      1. Workshops, Courses, Events
      2. Findhorn Foundation College
      3. The Quest – Home Learning Course
      4. Iona and Erraid
    2. Community and values
      1. Statement of Values – Common Ground
      2. Community Association – NFA
      3. Organisations in the Community
      4. Decision-making
    3. Nature/environment/ecovillage
      1. Ecovillage Project at Findhorn
      2. Ecological Building
      3. Living Machine
      4. Wind Generation
      5. Solar Energy
      6. Ekopia Resource Exchange
      7. Ecovillage Workshops
      8. Findhorn Ecovillage Experience and Ecovillage Design Education
      9. Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
    4. Outreach work
      1. United Nations Affiliation
      2. Findhorn Consultancy Service
      3. Outreach Workshops
      4. Resource People Network
      5. Website
      6. Cooperation with other Communities
      7. Local activities
  4. Does the Foundation and community follow a particular religion?
  5. How is the Foundation doing financially?
  6. How many people live there?
  7. How can I come and visit?
    1. Visitor reception
    2. Staying longer in the Foundation and community
  8. Who are the Foundation’s trustees?
  9. Are there any books about the Foundation?
  10. Where are the founders now?

1. What is the Findhorn Foundation?

The Findhorn Foundation and community aims to inspire and encourage transformation in human consciousness, to help create a positive future for humanity and our planet. We are a holistic learning centre, community and ecovillage, offering experiential learning and a holistic leadership programme. Based on practices which recognise the interconnectedness of all life, our community life and workshops stimulate a more inclusive awareness, leading to sustainable choices for individuals, and for humanity as a whole.

The structure of the Findhorn Foundation (the Foundation) is a charitable trust formed in 1972, ten years after the founders began living at Findhorn and working together in their experiment to 'bring heaven down to earth'. The Foundation is dedicated to holistic and spiritual learning and to demonstrating sustainability, cooperation and co-creation with nature and the environment. Our objectives include: "… the advancement of religion, by means of teaching, example and demonstration, recognising the essential truths of all religions and spiritual teachings"; "… the establishment of a holistic learning centre to further these objects"; "… the conservation and preservation of the natural world by… teaching, example and demonstration of the harmonious relationship between humanity and all other forms of life." We are located in Moray, on the northeast coast of Scotland, between Inverness and Aberdeen.

As the Foundation is a charitable trust, no individuals benefit financially. We have no shareholders and all our operating surpluses are reinvested for the future growth of the Foundation. The Foundation is registered for Value Added Tax (VAT), and pays rates on its buildings. Everyone is liable to the usual local and national laws and taxes.

We see our role as practising, learning about and demonstrating the interconnectedness of all life. Our activities link the spiritual, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of life. The main areas of our activity are:

Holistic Learning – through spiritual practice, experiential learning, courses, workshops, ecovillage workshops and conferences;
Community – practising holistic values, conscious relationships, holistic leadership and decision-making;
Ecovillage – working in partnership with nature, with sustainable values, using ecological building techniques and alternative energy systems; and
Outreach – via United Nations affiliations, consultancy work, outreach workshops, and our network of friends of Resource People around the world.

The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.


2. How did the Findhorn Foundation start?

Our origin is the small community established in 1962 by Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclean at the Findhorn Bay Caravan Park, a mile from the village of Findhorn. They did not intend to start a community, but were brought together through their individual commitments to follow a spiritual path. The garden they planted to supplement their diet flourished with spectacular results, due to Peter's intuition and determined efforts, Dorothy's ability to communicate with the intelligence of nature, and Eileen's inner guidance. The garden attracted many people to come and visit, and then to live and work with them, and a community was born based on spiritual principles that were put into practical application. Over the past 45 years, people who are committed to creating a positive model of cooperative and spiritual living have come to live together in an adventure of consciousness that is the Findhorn Foundation and Community.

In 1970 a young American named David Spangler arrived in the community and realising that an 'education of consciousness' was taking place here, helped to formally establish a structure using the environment and activities already in place. From then on our holistic learning activities have grown to be a major area of work. Life in the community itself is the school, and work, daily practice, relationships and situations are the teachers.

From the 1980s onwards, a practical result of the Foundation and community's values has been the development of the Ecovillage at Findhorn, an experiment to combine everything learned so far about the interconnectedness of life and cooperation with nature. The Ecovillage makes use of the best of current thinking and ecological technologies to support our aim to create a sustainable culture and environment.


3. What does the Foundation do?

3.1 Holistic Learning

We are an learning centre for the application of spiritual principles in everyday life. Learning within the Foundation can be described as transformative self-discovery, which brings each person closer to knowing their own essential nature and context in the world. As a community, we aim to practise a lifestyle that honours the interrelationship of all life, and this provides an integrated environment for ourselves and others to learn about holistic values.

Our most frequently run course is the Experience Week. We also offer workshops, conferences and special events, and long-term guest programmes. The activities of the Foundation are carried on from our two main sites: The Park, situated near the village of Findhorn; and Cluny Hill, in the nearby town of Forres. We are also custodians of the small island of Erraid where there is a small and almost self-sufficient community, and a retreat house on the sacred island of Iona.

3.1.1 Workshops, courses and events

We offer a variety of workshops and courses in spiritual and personal growth, holistic leadership, community development, ecovillage, the arts and healing. These vary in duration from weekend workshops to programmes lasting three months. Running regularly throughout the year is the Foundation's Experience Week, which is a broad introduction to living in the community and its work. This experiential course covers how we work with nature and with each other; our daily spiritual practice; how we practise ‘love in action'; and how we take group decisions. As such, it provides a glimpse into the everyday experience of living here. It is primarily a group experience, giving our guests an insight into who we are and what we are doing. Through this experience, participants often gain insights into who they are, and for many, this week is a transformative process and turning point in their own personal growth.

Follow-on workshops such as Spiritual Practice and Exploring Community Life, and longer term programmes such as Living in Community Guest, Spiritual Deepening, and Living Essentials Apprentice Programme, give more depth of experience. These programmes prepare participants for work, service and leadership both here in the community and in their everyday lives in the world.

The Foundation also offers international conferences and special events. Approximately 3000 guests from more than 40 different countries participate in these events in any given year.

3.1.2 Findhorn Foundation College

Established in 2001, the College is an independent non-profit, charitable company which evolved from the Foundation with a distinctive role to develop holistic courses in further and higher education and continuing professional development. It draws on the experience of the Findhorn Foundation and Community and outside educators and institutions. In 2011 the College earned BAC accreditation.

The mission of the College is to provide education for inner growth and outer action with courses including Learning English in Community (for foreign language speakers), business and professional skills, sustainable living, and the arts. The College's Findhorn Community Semester is a 14-week study abroad programme for undergraduate students and is accredited within the USA. Certificates of Completion can be awarded at the end of each course. Participants may be able to gain credit towards a qualification if already enrolled at another College or University.

Visit the College website
Email the College:
+44 (0)1309 674247

3.1.3 The Quest – Home Learning Course

The Quest is a home learning course (280 pages, A4 book format) created by a development team in the community. It is a practical course for personal and spiritual discovery exploring new and old systems of wisdom, and can be used both for personal reflection and professional development. It provides a framework by posing questions and identifying issues that arise in a spiritual search, and by giving reflective exercises. The user then explores and clarifies their own answers.

The Quest is in use in the UK and 23 countries across the world, where people are forming Quest groups to meet and share their journey, or taking The Quest into groups to which they already belong. Others use The Quest on their own, as daily reflective reading or to clarify and deepen their life experience and spirituality in daily life. It is also used as course material at a university in Australia.

Visit The Quest website
Email The Quest:
+(44) 01309 692155

3.1.4 Iona and Erraid

The islands of Iona and Erraid are located off the coast of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland, approximately 200 miles from the Foundation. The Foundation's house, Traigh Bhan, on the island of Iona, is used for retreats throughout the year. Our staff are encouraged to spend time on Iona for their own spiritual development and renewal during winter months. The house is available in the summer and other weeks throughout the year for our guests to retreat, with a resident custodian on hand. Traigh Bhan has a garden, a sanctuary overlooking the sea, and is well equipped. Guest weeks are advertised in the Findhorn Foundation guest programmes brochure and on the Iona online page.

On the Isle of Erraid is a small resident community of about five members and their children who live in eight former lighthouse keepers' cottages. The Erraid community is an outpost of the Foundation and residents act as caretakers of this small island which belongs to a Dutch family. The community grow their own organic vegetables, tend sheep and cows, fish, make candles and spin wool in their craft studios. They have a meditation sanctuary set on the hillside with a beautiful view across the sea to Iona. Guests are welcome to share their life and the island.

Email Isle of Erraid:

3.2 Community and values

By living in community, the people at Findhorn actively engage with spiritual values in everyday life. All of the varied activities and relationships we experience give the potential to put these into practice 24 hours a day, and expresses our commitment to spiritual service.

The Foundation is part of a larger and evolving community of approximately 450 people who have chosen to participate in this ongoing experiment. Belonging to the community is expressed by joining the NFA Community Association, meditating together, growing and preparing food together, building houses together, welcoming guests together and singing, dancing and celebrating together. Over the years the community has become so big that not everyone gathers together on a regular basis any longer. Instead, smaller groupings of people, with specialised interests or areas of work, have formed smaller communities within the larger community. The largest of these groupings is the Findhorn Foundation itself, which is a community within the community that has grown around it.

The skills of community building are practised here in the new forms of decision-making, conflict resolution, employment and business, and child and adult learning. New ideas are pioneered and tested out in this small-scale model of the world at large, as we believe that the cooperative skills needed for building community are applicable in many situations and will be a much needed resource in the future.

3.2.1 Statement of Values – Common Ground

Our community values statement, called Common Ground, covers 14 points that we expect each other to uphold. The Findhorn Foundation (the largest organisation within our Community Association) applies these values in all of its activities. Common Ground expands upon these points:

  • Spiritual Practice
  • Service
  • Personal Growth
  • Integrity
  • Respecting Others
  • Direct Communication
  • Reflection
  • Feedback
  • Nonviolence
  • Perspective
  • Cooperation
  • Peacekeeping
  • Agreements
  • Commitment
3.2.2 Community Association – NFA

The New Findhorn Community Association links individuals and organisations who are part of the community and provides a structure for some aspects of community-wide decision-making. The NFA was set up in 1999 to give coherence to our rapidly growing and diverse community of businesses, charities, healers, artists and individuals. All members of the NFA agree to abide by our shared statement of values, Common Ground.

There are currently 33 organisations and businesses who form the NFA's Forum of Organisations. The Forum focuses on the economic and social wellbeing of the Community and has an advisory role to an elected NFA Council. The NFA is governed by an elected Council of up to 12 members and two elected listener-convenors who are non-voting co-chairs of the Council. These listener-convenors serve by listening to Community Association members, identifying key issues, focusing community attention on them, and calling meetings to address them. The aim of the Council is not to undertake functions on behalf of the community, like normal local government, but rather to empower members at grassroot level to resolve problems themselves, and come up with innovative development projects. The financing of the Association is through member subscriptions, donations and fundraising events.

3.2.3 Organisations in the Community

Alongside the Findhorn Foundation, some of the other organisations in the NFA Community Association are:

  • Findhorn Flower Essences – healing essences made at Findhorn
  • Living Technologies – Living Machine sewage treatment technology
  • Phoenix Community Stores – wholefoods, books, crafts, café
  • Build One – ecological builders
  • Ekopia – resource exchange for raising capital; local currency system
  • Game of Transformation – makers of the Game and trainers in its use
  • Healthworks – a local holistic healthcare centre
  • Youth Project – run by and for young people, involving numerous activities
  • Moray Art Centre – offers exhibitions, events, classes and art residencies.
  • Trees for Life – restoring the Caledonian forest in Scotland
  • Newbold House – a smaller, local sister community
  • Ecologia Trust – works in Russia to promote positive change

New Findhorn Directions (NFD) – the trading subsidiary of the Findhorn Foundation established in 1983 to run the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, a holiday caravan park with some residential caravans. Since then various businesses have been added and then become independent. NFD's businesses are important for maintaining essential services in The Park and include the Findhorn Wind Park, Living Machine, and Park Energy and Water. NFD have recently built two holiday accommodation eco-chalets overlooking Findhorn Bay.

3.2.4 Decision-making

In the Findhorn Foundation decisions are made daily by individuals and by each relevant department. A Management Team consisting of 11 people make decisions which affect the organisation as a whole, and this team consult with a Council of committed members (approximately 40 in number) who meet regularly to discuss issues and participate in team-building activities. The Management Team are responsible to the Trustees of the Foundation, who meet four times per year.

Decisions are made by a process of listening to or reading information about a proposal, asking questions to learn the facts, and also meditating to open a space for intuitive information to be included in the decision-making process. Sometimes silence is used to create this meditative space, called 'attuning', where each person does their best to find an inner state of mind in which goodwill is foremost and any outcome will be one which serves as the best for all. Sometimes people share their thoughts, feelings, and any other information gained from attuning, and then a vote is taken.

The aim of taking time to attune in the decision-making process is so that, if possible, a unanimous decision can be arrived at. If a unanimous decision cannot be made, then those who are in the minority are asked if they can be a loyal minority, i.e. if they will support the decision of the whole. Most decisions are made unanimously or with a loyal minority by consensus. If this is not possible, then votes will be counted and a majority of 90% must be reached for a proposal to be accepted; this is to ensure that any decision effectively represents the wishes of the whole and will not be subject to ongoing divisiveness within the community. If this majority cannot be reached, time is given for more information to be gathered and the proposal will be presented again in the future.

3.3 Nature/environment/ecovillage

An important part of the Findhorn Foundation's work is cooperation with nature, based on an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life and respect for all living beings. Attuning to nature and the environment gives information about how best to work in harmony with natural forces and the landscape to create an environment which sustains the whole and promotes positive growth. The Foundation is deeply and actively engaged in practical and beautiful environmental projects based on our attunement with nature. These include the construction of innovative ecological housing, the use of renewable energy systems, and community based environmental schemes such as recycling and waste water treatment.

3.3.1 Ecovillage at Findhorn

An ecovillage can be described as a human settlement which is sustainable ecologically, economically, culturally, socially and spiritually. The Ecovillage at Findhorn includes many local partners who together are building a physical development of ecological housing and infrastructure at The Park, and who are also putting into practice the values of our spiritual community.

When the Foundation purchased the orginal Findhorn Bay Caravan Park in 1982, becoming custodians of the land, it pledged to develop the site in ways that reflected our spiritual values. In that same year the Foundation organised a Onearth Gathering – Building a Planetary Village which sowed the seeds for ecovillage development at The Park. Now the Ecovillage supports a sustainable way of life for residents, demonstrates ways to co-create with nature, and provides a living laboratory for our ecovillage-based programmes. In 1998 The Ecovillage at Findhorn was awarded Best Practice designation by The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.

3.3.2 Ecological Building

Within The Park ecovillage we have developed a unique construction system, environmentally sound and energy efficient, using natural and non-toxic materials, and a 'breathing wall' structure, which allows the fabric of a building to beneficially interact with people to moderate humidity and air quality. These building methods have been collected and published in the UK's first technical manual on ecological building, Simply Build Green, based on our own experience and research.

Straw bale construction and the Earthship system using recycled car tyres are also part of our experiment, and we remain open to more new and innovative ecological solutions for the built environment. Our buildings and methods are a major resource for environmental education locally, nationally and internationally, and the Foundation actively welcomes visits and holds open days to attract public attention to demonstration ecological buildings.

Ecological buildings at The Park, Findhorn include a cluster of houses made from recycled whisky barrels, a guest lodge and youth building with turf roofs, and a development of more than 40 ecological houses of various designs.

3.3.3 The Living Machine

Constructed at Findhorn in 1995, the Living Machine is a natural sewage treatment facility which breaks down sewage with an ecological method using bacteria that live on plants contained in large and deep water barrels. The resulting effluent is of a standard far higher than that of traditional chemical treatment and has obvious benefits from an environmental point of view. This technology was developed by John Todd and is at the forefront of development in this area. Our Living Machine is the first of its kind in the UK.

3.3.4 Wind Generators

The Findhorn Foundation currently owns and operates four wind generators which supply 100% of The Park’s electricity requirements, with surplus electricity exported to the national grid.

3.3.5 Solar Energy

Within our community we have developed an effective solar panel that uses light efficiently and does not require direct sun. A community company, AES Solar Systems, manufactures and installs this solar panel internationally. Many of our new homes and even mobile homes use solar panels to preheat hot water.

3.3.6 Ekopia Resource Exchange

Ekopia is an Industrial and Provident Society which is in some ways similar to a bank, but it is controlled by its members who have one vote each regardless of their investment. To date there are over 180 Ekopia members. It supports a range of community interests and activities, including investment in our local cooperatively owned Phoenix Community Stores. In May 2002 Ekopia launched the Eko community currency system, and approximately 20,000 Ekos are in circulation. This system supports localisation of our economy and helps to generate and keep wealth within the community. People deposit £s in exchange for Ekos, and while individuals spend these locally, Ekopia uses the £s as loans to support the growth of community projects.

3.3.7 Ecovillage Workshops

Ecovillage workshops at Findhorn, and around the world with our partners in the Global Ecovillage Network, covers all aspects of building an ecovillage. Courses at the Findhorn Foundation include Ecovillage Experience Weeks, Creating Sustainability Here and Now, and Right Livelihood. Our month-long Findhorn Ecovillage Experience has run for 15 successive years. The Foundation has been participating in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005 – 2015 by extending our range of ecovillage programmes.

3.3.8 Findhorn Ecovillage Experience and Ecovillage Design Education

Applied Ecovillage Living has been designed for people who are involved in building or sustaining communities. It is designed to make the best use of the information available from the Ecovillage at Findhorn, and to provide a practical forum for learning and for developing action plans. The workshop is in four separate modules including ecological building, organic food production, renewable energy systems, cooperative economies, group building and holistic health. Participants in the workshop are students and professionals from architectural, engineering and building careers, permaculture and horticultural researchers, alternative technologists, business people interested in ethical development, local and central government officers, and members of ecovillages.

Ecovillage Design Education is run by Findhorn College for people who are engaged in educating others about ecovillages and sustainability, and is a training for trainers. It is endorsed by UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research. EDE has been developed by leading-edge sustainability educators from around the world and covers all elements of an ecovillage-based education for both urban and rural settlements: Social Design; Ecological Design; Economic Design; and Worldview.

3.3.9 Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

The Findhorn Foundation is a founder member of Global Ecovillage Network, an organisation which links ecovillage projects worldwide and disseminates information between and about ecovillages. We are an active member of GEN – Europe. GEN was started in 1995 at a Findhorn Foundation conference, Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities – Models for 21st Century Living, which attracted 400 participants with as many turned away due to lack of space. From 12 ecovillages in 1995 there are now 15,000 in GEN, spread over six continents around the world.

Visit the GEN-Europe website

3.4 Outreach work
3.4.1 United Nations Affiliation

The Foundation became a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information in 1997, and is committed to disseminate information and raise public awareness about the goals of the United Nations, and about issues of global concern related to sustainability, environment, peace and shelter.

The Foundation engages with the work of the UN specifically in the areas of information, sustainability and values, and is a member of UNESCO Planet Society Network and United Nations Environment & Development – UK Committee. Since 1998 the Findhorn Foundation's representatives at UN Headquarters in New York have been attending weekly UN DPI/NGO Briefing sessions, as well as regular Values Caucus meetings and events, Spiritual Caucus meetings and meditations, Sustainable Development Committee meetings, and various other conferences and workshops at the UN. They have also arranged a programme of informal meetings between UN ambassadors and groupings of NGOs, and play an important part in bringing a spiritual perspective to many people in the UN organisation.

Visit the UN website

3.4.2 Findhorn Consultancy

The Findhorn Consultancy Service translates the Foundation's experiential techniques and perspectives to management and organisational consultancy, team building and staff development. Since 1998 the Consultancy Service has offered its services to an increasingly diverse range of businesses, organisations and other communities.

The Consultancy Service, with the Social Venture Network (UK) and three other business partners, have originated two successive Walk Your Talk events at the Findhorn Foundation; a gathering for leaders of socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Responsible businesses are those who are concerned with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. The Walk Your Talk events have created an opportunity for these business people to benefit from peer learning and to create mutually supportive trading relationships. Some of the UK's leading responsible businesses participated in these events, such as Triodos Bank, Traidcraft, and The Phone Co-op.

3.4.3 Outreach Workshops

Outreach workshops take us to many parts of the world, including all parts of Europe, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Brazil and Australia, to share the tools and values of the Findhorn Foundation. Our staff are invited to give presentations and workshops in conjunction with local hosts, including a special Taste of Findhorn workshop. See our outreach workshops page or contact the Foundation for information about what may be available in your area.

3.4.4 Resource People Network

This worldwide Resource People network is a group of approximately 182 people located in 34 countries who act as points of contact and who represent the Foundation and its principles in their local area. They can be approached for questions about Findhorn and they distribute information material. Most of our RPs have lived in the community in the past and they know both the history, the current development and the day to day life of the Findhorn Foundation and community.

3.4.5 Website

This website averages more than 66,000 visits per month. On our pages are descriptions of all our current workshops and events, information about who we are and community news articles. Our programmes brochure is downloadable as a pdf file. The site also features photo galleries, virtual tours, and daily excerpts from founder Eileen Caddy's book, Opening Doors Within.

3.4.6 Cooperation with other communities

Many communities, including ones in Russia, Ireland and the USA, have been inspired by, or model themselves on, the Findhorn Foundation and community.

In our local area, we have connections with Newbold House, a spiritual community which welcomes guests to their beautiful house set in seven acres of woodland and gardens. Newbold was born in 1979, originally as an extension of the Foundation and has since developed its own unique expression. It is now firmly established as an integral part of the Foundation's wider community. Locally there is also a small community at Woodhead who are part of the larger Community Association.

3.4.7 Local activities

We host numerous activities for the people of Moray, including a variety of art classes at the Moray Art Centre and performances at our Universal Hall. We welcome visits by local schools to see various aspects of our ecovillage development.

In 2003 an independent report commissioned by our local Moray Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise (now Highlands and Islands Enterprise – Moray) noted that the Foundation 'is a key player in the Highlands and Islands economy, generating over £5 million in local household income and supporting over 400 jobs'. The MBSE report further noted that the Foundation attracts many residents and visitors to an area which does not have a significant tourism profile, so helping to sustain services and community life in Findhorn and Forres and broadening the skill base in our local area.

The report also commended the Foundation for implementation of innovative sustainable development policies and practices, including the Findhorn Ecovillage, and its entrepreneurial support of new business ventures and expansions in Moray. However, the most affirming and satisfying aspect of the MBSE report was that it showed we are making a significant contribution to the local area not only economically but on social, educational, cultural and environmental levels.


4. Does the Foundation and community follow a particular religion?

We honour and recognise all the major world religions, and also many new expressions of spiritual principles. Guests and staff follow whichever path they choose for their own spiritual growth. In the community we focus on the common principles which underlie all these paths

David Spangler has written about the community: "There is no more difficult place to be than in the midst of a pioneering and creative centre. It is an exciting place, but a challenging one … it is not a retirement village. It is not a spiritual retreat, or a place for quiet meditation. It is a place for strong, dedicated, joyously creative souls who are willing to work … to unfold and demonstrate a practical vision for a new world. In so doing, they find that the new world has been within themselves all the time."


5. How is the Foundation doing financially?

Total income for the year 2011/12 was £2,393,542 and expenditure was £2,350,411 leaving a surplus of £43,131. Most of the Foundation's income, more than 60%, comes from our courses and conferences, with rents and donations making up a large portion of the rest.


6. How many people live there?

Currently there are about 120 co-workers in the Findhorn Foundation, of whom about 70 are on staff and the rest are local volunteers, and some are full or part time parents with dependent children. The Foundation provides board and lodging for residential full-time staff and guests, and an allowance of £200 a month is paid to each full-time member of staff. Non-residential staff receive the national minimum wage.

Currently 210 people are members of the Community Association, NFA, and a further 200 people living locally are associated with the community by attending events, and celebrations and participating in some way in the life of the community.


7. How can I come and visit?

Every year we welcome thousands of visitors from around the world to participate in our community life in a variety of ways. If you can stay for a week or more, then an Experience Week is the best way to connect with the spirit of Findhorn and engage with our vibrant, diverse community. Completing an Experience Week is generally a requirement for participation in other Essential Findhorn workshops. Our calendar of events will give you a full description of all our programmes, events and workshops. If you would like a printed copy of our programmes brochure please email your request.

If you are unable to stay for 7 days for an Experience Week or other workshop, you can join us as a Short Term Guest for between 1 and 6 days. You will still have the opportunity to join in our service departments, meditate in the sanctuaries and engage in community activities. The programme costs £18 a day, which includes lunch and dinner, and is available most times of the year, but we suggest you contact our Visitors Centre in advance (see contact details below) to check whether it is available during the time of your visit. You don’t need to book, just come to the Visitors Centre when you arrive. You will need to find your own accommodation, perhaps using this list of local BandB’s or the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park.


7.1 Visitor Reception

Located opposite the Phoenix shop near the entrance to The Park, our Visitor Reception serves approximately 8,000 day visitors and Short Term Guests a year, providing information and helping people find their way around. You can take a tour of The Park or purchase a Visitor Guide which contains a self-guided tour.

Click here for more information and hours of operation.

Email at the Visitor Centre.
Tel: +44 (0)1309 690311


7.2 Staying Longer at the Foundation

Our resident guests may come just for a specific workshop or conference and stay one or two weeks. Other guests stay longer, sometimes several months, as participants in our Living In Community programme or Spiritual Deepening. They live with us and share our daily life. To become a member of staff of the Foundation the main way is to participate in the Living Essentials Apprentice Programme which consists of blocks of six months and is a complete introduction to the Foundation and its principles. During this time, participants gain a deeper understanding of living in harmony with each other, with nature and within the community. The average length of stay for members of staff is four years and their average age is around 40.


8. Who are the Foundation’s trustees?

Current trustees are:

Robin Alfred – Former Chair of Management and Founding Director of Findhorn Consultancy Service.

Lady Diana Whitmore – Chair of the Psychosynthesis Trust, London.

Lisette Schuitemaker – Management and public relations consultant.

Clive Kitson – Former Focaliser of the Foundation's Programmes Department.

Roger Collis – Co-founder of Lorian Association.

Mari Hollander – Former Education Manager and Programme Coordinator for Findhorn Foundation College.

Judith Bone – Co-Manager of the Programmes Department at the Findhorn Foundation.

Paul Dickinson – Business Consultant

Mark Anderson – Business Consultant


9. Are there any books about the Foundation?

Books by Eileen Caddy
Opening Doors Within – Meditation guidance for each day of the year. Published worldwide in 27 languages.
God Spoke to Me – Guidance from Eileen for use by the community.
Divinely Ordinary – Divinely Human – A photo/biography of Eileen.
Foundations of a Spiritual Community – The early days of Eileen's guidance.
Flight into Freedom and Beyond – Eileen’s updated autobiography with a new chapter.
Spirit of Findhorn – Eileen’s guidance.
Living Word – A small book of short prayers or meditations
Waves of Spirit – Inspiration, meditations and exercises
Footprints on the Path – Early guidance Eileen received for herself and the community
Dawn of Change – More early guidance Eileen received for herself and the community

Books by Peter Caddy
In Perfect Timing – Peter’s autobiography, with his own personal view and insights into the Foundation.

Books by Dorothy Maclean
Memoirs of an Ordinary Mystic – This outstanding memoir tells the exciting story of her life journey, including her role in co-founding the Findhorn Foundation.

Books by other authors
In Search of the Magic of Findhorn – Karin Bogliolo & Carly Newfeld, a book that brings the story of Findhorn into the 21st century. With entertaining, humorous and moving accounts of living in the Findhorn Foundation and community.
The Findhorn Garden – The story of the early days of the community and its communication with the intelligence of nature intelligences.
The Kingdom Within – Alex Walker (ed). A collection of writings about the history, beliefs and practices of the Foundation and community.
Growing People – Kay Kay has collected stories about life in the Foundation and community.

You will find more information on these and other books, and how to buy them, here.


10. Where are the founders now?

Dorothy Maclean, having lived in North America for a number of years and been actively involved in leading workshops around the world, has returned to Findhorn and lives in the Community. She still inspires with her topics of God, Humanity and Nature, and Falling in Love with God.

Eileen Caddy was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for 'service to spiritual inquiry' in 2004 and was a source of inspiration for the many thousands of visitors to the Findhorn Foundation and for the many more who have read her books. Eileen lived at the Foundation, dividing her time between her family and community affairs, until her death in 2006.

Peter Caddy died in a car accident in February 1994.

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