A gift of this 50th birthday year continues to be the Foundations of Findhorn evenings. This time has been set aside to welcome present members to gather in the Universal Hall to give witness to the people and events that have built and shaped the Findhorn Community. The most recent session opened up the space for the first children of the community, now vibrant adults, to share their personal insights into what it meant to grow up as the community itself was evolving.
Ruby learnt to roller-skate on the foundations of the Universal Hall. She arrived in 1970 at 18 months old and remembers a community of about 40 people, endless tea parties, children at lunch but not at dinner, a time when the adults dressed up, a host of babysitters and grown up friends. “I have always had my kin with me!” she says. “Thank you Findhorn, for hosting my childhood!”
Pauline arrived aged 15 in 1973 and says, “Findhorn provided me with an incredible education. I met some powerful personalities like ROC, Sir George Trevelyan and David Spangler. It was like living in two worlds – the community versus the local school.” What struck her most and stays with her is the tangible sense of love when a community chooses to work together.
Zoe was born into the community in 1978. Now pregnant with her second child she laughs and says, “Findhorn children are now having children.” Suddenly I am aware of the magnitude of the 50 years of history that these first children represent. She shares with us how privileged she feels to have been brought up in Findhorn. “When I think of my childhood I get a sense of joy and freedom, as a child I had a feeling of ownership of the whole community.” Zoe recalls a sense of spontaneity when on a rare sunny day a community holiday was declared and everyone walked to the beach to have a picnic. She would roam around and join in the various activities in the Park. On one occasion she collected all the pennies in the well hoping to boost her finances and later mournfully returned them having been told that they were the dreams and wishes of people. “I grew up surrounded by the demonstration of generosity and goodwill of the people in this community.”
Gabrielle was born here in 1980 and living on the edge of the pine forest the woods were her playground. She was one of the first intake of pupils at the Steiner School. Gabrielle remembers the first ten years of her life as being surrounded by fun, interactive adults who included her in their activities. Mealtimes were her only structure and a poignant memory is making castles out of hay bales.
I was drawn to attend this evening because I know many of these Findhorn children. Not only do I value their friendships, I have also been constantly delighted by their childhood stories and surprised by the depth of their insight and breadth of their awareness. I have discovered in them a quiet confidence, a warmth and compassion that they attribute to their connection with Findhorn.