Yearly Archives: 2007

Christmas at Findhorn

As the temperature at the Findhorn eco-village drops to double-digit negatives, the residents prepare for carol-singing, parties and a dip in the North Sea. In my seven years here, I don’t remember it being as cold as it has been this last week. The temperature has dropped into double-digit negative and the ice-sheets extend way out into Findhorn Bay. At night the shifting ice sets up a creaking, cracking cacophony out in the darkness of the bay while the over-wintering geese rail and keen in response. A wild and eerie winter soundscape. The short days are cloudless, with the world fair sparkling in the diamond light. (read more…)

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Returning to Findhorn

The Findhorn eco-village has had to work hard to avoid becoming a ‘New Age old people’s home’, but it seems to have paid off Let me introduce you to Michael. Now in his early 30s, Michael spent the first 18 years of his life here in Findhorn before heading off to the US to seek his fortune and see how the world might look when viewed through different lenses. (read more…)

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Findhorn Initiatives Scoop Green Awards

Three separate initiatives based at the Park, Findhorn won awards in the first Moray Recycling and Environment Awards, held on 19 November at Moray College. Additionally, Park resident Michael Mitton won a gold medal at the recent Young Scotland Programme event in Stranraer to become one of Scotland’s Young Thinkers of the Year. (read more…)

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Marathon Man

Jonathon Dawson discusses the financial problems at Findhorn and the village’s unique way of dealing with them. Jonathan relishes a life away from the fast lane — well until he runs the London Marathon It was with a happy thud that a package landed on my doormat this week providing me with the news that my application to run the London marathon next spring has been successful. (Applications outnumber places available so heavily that it is possible to wait for years to get the thumbs us. This is just my second year in the queue and I am well chuffed.) (read more…)

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Economic Worries and Divine Intervention

Jonathon Dawson discusses the financial problems at Findhorn and the village’s unique way of dealing with them. So, last week, I left the Findhorn Foundation dangling over the edge of a cliff (in the form of an ꎀ0,000 debt) and torn between divine guidance and economic discipline as escape strategies, with its bankers getting twitchy. In fact — I am afraid it is always thus with cliff-hanging episode-enders — the camera angle made the situation look more perilous than it actually was. (read more…)

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Divine Guidance in Public Toilets

Jonathan Dawson explores the mysterious and unconventional origins of Findhorn. A sure sign that we are indeed becoming a village is that the community has its own weekly newspaper, the Rainbow Bridge (named after the bridge linking mortals and the gods in Norse mythology). (read more…)

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Web of Life

So, we have come full circle. In my first blog, almost exactly a year ago, I began by looking up into the northern skies to watch the geese fly in from the Arctic to their over-wintering grounds. Now, they are back, lacing the high blue autumnal skies in exquisite sweeping arcs, filling the air with the wildness of their cries. (read more…)

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Peripheral Anomalies or Centres of Inspiration?

As recently as four or five years ago, my undergraduate students and I devised a game as a way of keeping ourselves cheerful. We created our own newspapers, filled with stories that we wrote ourselves, reflecting the kind of material that we wished was covered in the press. It was a way of grounding our visions of a more ecologically conscious and engaged world. (read more…)

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UN News – Responding to Climate Change with Community Solutions

Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Teilhard de Chardin The 60th Annual Department of Public Information/NGO Conference took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York 5 – 7 September 2007. Nearly 1,800 representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from over 80 countries attended roundtables and workshops during the 3-day event in order to review the scientific evidence on climate change, including its consequences on indigenous people, water security, land use and the politics of energy – and to make recommendations on solutions. (read more…)

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Sex and the Ecovillage

Jonathan Dawson continues to reveal what it’s like to live in an ecovillage discussing the thorny issue of communal sex and other issues… There is an amusing mismatch between the perceptions that many people have of life in an ecovillage and the actual day-to-day reality. This is reflected in the kinds of questions that communards tend to get asked when out in more mainstream society. (read more…)

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