Monday 12 April: Two fires here at The Park in Findhorn have destroyed iconic buildings at the heart of our community: the Community Centre and the Main Sanctuary, beloved by so many people around the world.
Fire services responded immediately, arriving at around 2am. About a dozen Foundation co-workers and residents in nearby houses were evacuated as the firemen tackled the blaze. Thankfully nobody was hurt and everyone has been rehoused.
There is an ongoing joint investigation by Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Foundation will release more information when it becomes available.
‘We know that the spirit of the community lives in our hearts and connects us all here in Moray, Scotland and our global community around the world,’ said Caroline Matters, CEO of the Findhorn Foundation. ‘Buildings can be rebuilt. Our main concern is to take care of our co-workers and community.’
Caroline is working closely with trustees of the Findhorn Foundation and convenors of the New Findhorn Association, David Harrison and Lorraine Rytz-Thériault, to coordinate a local community response within the 15-hectare site on Findhorn Bay.
The two buildings are the social and spiritual hubs here at the park. The Sanctuary has been the main meditation centre for decades, while the Community Centre has been used for meals, social gatherings, talks, and dance and music events since it was built by community members in the 1970s.
There is shock and grieving here at The Park today, but also hope.
‘We’re deeply touched by all the support we’re receiving both locally and from around the world. Our purpose and commitment are unwavering. We will rebuild, we have been through trials and tough times before and we will make it through this event. Things will resume after Covid-19 restrictions end, as there are other facilities that can be used. We don’t expect it to have a significant impact on the business but it may require some co-workers and residents to be moved from some buildings to others. The safety and well-being of our residents, our community and our guests are of paramount concern. We are deeply grateful to the Scottish Fire Rescue Service for their quick response in containing the fires and ensuring the safety of all concerned.’
PLEASE JOIN US IN MEDITATION
Also, at 5pm here in the Park we’ll stand at our front doors for a minute of silence – if you’d like to do that too wherever you are, we can connect all our hearts.