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Propose a workshop at the Findhorn Foundation

The Findhorn Foundation is a leading international centre of transformational learning, rooted in a spiritual community of practice. Daily life is the ‘living classroom’ for deep and discerning inner listening, work as love in action and the embodiment of our full human potential for loving co-creation with all of life.

If your values are aligned with ours and you would like to present a workshop here at Findhorn, we would love you to submit a proposal.

We’re specifically inviting proposals for:

  • Week-long workshops (although we also open to considering shorter and longer formats)
  • Three or four-day speaker/topic-based gatherings
  • Online learning formats that can be offered as stand-alone programmes or interact with the above.

Is your work in line with our learning ethos and values? Then please get in touch!

Before you submit ...

Since the 1960s, the Findhorn Community has been a magnetic and influential meeting place for people with an interest in the unfolding of a new human consciousness.

Our first learning programmes were created to orient the growing number of visitors to the community. Over time these evolved into our Essential Findhorn suite of programmes and are still the primary way for visitors to deepen their understanding of our principles and way of life.

Today, our annual schedule of programmes has grown to include a wide range of offerings serving a local and international audience of individuals, groups and organisations.

Each year we select partners, speakers and workshop leaders who want to bring their skill and expertise to our rich and dynamic transformational learning field.

The Findhorn Foundation continues to have a pioneering role in catalysing personal and planetary transformation – serving as an inspiring place of hope for a more positive future, and helping to develop spiritual and environmental capacities to respond to the needs of our time.

The Findhorn Foundation has no formal doctrine or creed and does not engage in political campaigning or party politics. As an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, we actively align our activities and programmes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Anchored in our founding impulse and drawing from our 60 years of collective practices and living experimentation, we offer workshops within an authentic learning community.

The Findhorn Foundation has no formal doctrine or creed and does not engage in political campaigning or party politics. As an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, we actively align our activities and programmes with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Anchored in our founding impulse and drawing from our 60 years of collective practices and living experimentation, we offer workshops within an authentic learning community.

Our approach to learning is holistic, embodied, applied and experiential – with a focus on building individual and group capacities to embrace a larger view of reality and ground a deeper sense of wholeness.

In our sessions we seek to create a sacred space where each participant feels safe to unfold their individual purpose. In doing so, we invite sensitive co-participation, form group agreements and ask for support from the subtle worlds to help hold the group’s energetic container.

Sessions are often interactive and participatory, making space for realisation and what is alive in the moment, as well as helpful techniques and methodologies.

Participants are invited to take part in community rhythms and connect in meaningful ways with other participants and residents alike. Together, we co-create a powerful and transformational field that brings learning experiences not only in, but also beyond the sessions.

In this living-learning field, we carry the dual awareness of holding role-based responsibilities towards each other, and simultaneously recognise that we are each other’s students and teachers.

  • Embodied realisation of the inherent value, intelligence and interdependence of all life forms – seeking to cooperate with each other and our wider ecology.
  • Meeting ourselves and others with spacious, generous presence and fostering empathy and a deep sense of acceptance, belonging and respect for each other’s sovereignty.
  • Aiming to hold a sacred space in our interactions and sessions – welcoming each other in our diversity and distinct contributions while recognising our underlying oneness.
  • Cultivating space for stillness and an environment for emergent realisations in daily life, beyond specific beliefs or dogma.
  • Responsible and conscious use of thought, words and actions, for the highest good of all – growing our ability to occupy a We consciousness.

What we are looking for

We are seeking to create a well-balanced, varied and inspiring yearly schedule, so although we understand that each offering will have its distinct flavour, we are generally looking to fulfil these criteria when considering a new workshop: Content, Reach, Marketing, and Ethics and quality assurance.

Content

We are looking for content that is …

  • In alignment with our values, culture and approach to learning.
  • Relevant, aspirational, engaging, unique, at the leading edge of evolution in its kind and able to respond to the spiritual and environmental needs of our time.
  • Of high transformational potential at the personal, group or global levels.
  • Ability to have a long-lasting impact personally, socially or globally, well beyond the programme itself.
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Reach

We aim to extend the reach of our offerings and therefore seek to include more workshops and gatherings that either have the potential to reach diverse audiences, large numbers of people or that can be offered online.

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Marketing

While we will be advertising programmes on our website, we are seeking to partner with speakers, conveners and workshop leaders who can also mobilise their own networks.

 

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Ethics and quality assurance

We aim to provide the highest ethical standard in our offerings. To this end, we would like to work with highly skilled, experienced and integrous workshop leaders, speakers and conveners.

As part of our selection process, we check that prospective collaborators have the qualifications and credentials they claim. There is an expectation that prospective collaborators sign our Code of Ethics before delivering a workshop or course, and that they share the aspirations of our Common Ground document.

It is important to us that programme focalisers* and speakers have an awareness of the harm that can come from rank/power imbalances, spiritual bypass and spiritual glamour, all of which we do not endorse.

What is a focaliser?

‘Focaliser’ is the name used in the Findhorn Foundation to describe both external programme facilitators and internal facilitators of programmes or departments.

In a general sense, a focaliser is someone who holds the focus of the group and enables individuals and the group to express their highest potential.

The focaliser is not intended to be a leader in the sense of someone who gives orders, but is rather someone who has the ability to attune to the needs of the whole, recognises and values differences among group members, works to promote group synergy and balances intuition with common sense.

A focaliser would also have proven group facilitation skills.

How to submit your proposal

If you feel your workshop or event idea is a fit for the Findhorn Foundation, and you can align yourself to our Common Ground guidelines, our learning values and the workshop leader Code of Ethics, please complete the proposal form below. If you have questions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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