The Findhorn Ecovillage

  • is at the heart of the largest single intentional community in the UK
  • is a pioneering ecovillage that evolved at The Park from 1985
  • is a major centre for holistic learning serving thousands of visitors each year from around the world
  • has an ecological footprint that is around half the national (UK) average
  • features more than 100 ecologically-benign buildings
  • supplies energy from four wind turbines
  • is part of the ORIGIN project seeking to synchronise energy demands with locally generated electricity
  • boasts a biological Living Machine waste water treatment system
  • installed a 250kW biomass boiler in 2010 to serve the central Park area, reducing carbon emissions by around 80 tons a year
  • includes numerous solar water heating systems
  • is part of a comprehensive recycling system
  • is the publisher of the UK’s first technical guide to ecological housing
  • has a share-issuing community co-operative and a local currency
  • is served by a car-sharing club that includes zero-emissions electric vehicles

The Findhorn Ecovillage is a tangible demonstration of the links between the spiritual, social, ecological and economic aspects of life and is a synthesis of some of the very best of current thinking on human habitats. It is a constantly evolving model used as a teaching resource by a number of university and school groups as well as by professional organisations and municipalities worldwide.

We are a founder member of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), a non-profit organisation that links together a highly diverse worldwide movement of autonomous ecovillages and related projects. We work with intergovernmental agencies both educationally and in the creation of policy guidance for sustainable development and delivery of village-scale sustainability programmes.

The Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage Project has received Best Practice designation from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).