STORY — Our commitment to the Earth

Learn more about the sustainable steps the Findhorn Foundation, the community and ecovillage that the Foundation inspired, takes to support the environment.

One earth art

Daily life at the Findhorn Foundation is a ‘living classroom’ where we live and work by our three founding principles of inner listening, co-creation with nature and work and play as love in action.

Our desire to protect and support our fragile natural environment is born out of a love for this place, for life, and for healthy, happy communities of life and balanced ecosystems.

It is important to us that we continue to be at the forefront of sustainability so that we as the Findhorn Foundation, a charitable trust at the heart of the Community and Ecovillage, aims to inspire our coworkers, participants and visitors to take practical steps to heal and care for the planet. We believe that the Findhorn Foundation continues to have a pioneering role in catalysing personal and societal transformation. We serve as a beacon of hope for a better world and help develop the capacity to respond to the spiritual and environmental needs of our time.

So how can we, a vital member of our local/global ecosystem, support the regeneration of the natural environment? And how can we minimise our damaging ecological impact while maximising wellbeing of all life, including humans, happiness and positive transformation for ourselves and our visitors?

A lunch table at Cluny

Food

The global food system is a very significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. As part of our commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, 100% of all of our meals at Cluny Hill are vegetarian.

Forestry

Forest ecosystems are vital to the health of the earth and are important carbon sinks which can play a key role in helping combat climate change. However, the ongoing clearance, overuse and degradation of the world’s forests are estimated to contribute 20% of total global carbon emissions.

The Community Project, Findhorn Hinterland Trust, has been tree planting since 2006 to work towards improving the diverse habitats on the land surrounding the Park Ecovillage – including ‘Wilkie’s Wood’ – by upgrading biodiversity.

Carbon Offsetting

We work closely through a partnership with Park Ecovillage Trust to calculate the total carbon emissions of the Findhorn Foundation Community in order to reduce emissions. We encourage our coworkers and guests to offset their travel and lifestyle emissions. More information can be found on the Park Ecovillage Trust website.

Increasing Eco Literacy

Through our popular running programmes like Permaculture Design Courses and Gardening through Attunement, we help to increase people’s knowledge and understanding of the natural systems that make life on Earth possible.

Biodiversity

In 1962 the area of the Park was a barren depleted landscape but is now a thriving biodiversity hotspot and a very pollinator-friendly area with a diversity of trees, shrubs and flowers. We aim to continue building on this by increasing the number of bug hotels, deadwood piles, and wildflowers.

Wind Turbine at at the Findhorn Ecovillage

Renewable energy & efficiency

Green Electricity is sourced from our Findhorn Wind Park; heating largely from our biomass boiler, providing heating to the Universal Hall and central area bungalows, and solar hot water is available in some areas.

We are also in the process of sourcing 100% low-energy LED light bulbs across Cluny and the Park and we continue to upgrade office and residential accommodations to be more energy efficient.

The Moray Car share scheme is also available to coworkers to help reduce the use of fossil fuels in the Park to support efficient use of resources

Value and supply chain sustainability

Our purchasing choices reflect our values, we are only as sustainable as our suppliers.

  • Homecare: Source 100% LED light bulbs and 100% eco cleaning products.
  • Kitchens: 50% organic and local food on average throughout the year.
  • Gardens: All gardens buy organic products and do not use chemicals.
  • Administrators: purchase 100% recycled paper & flip-chart paper.
  • Maintenance: Reuse resources like timber; upgrade caravans, furniture and bikes.
  • IT department: Provide information to coworkers about the most efficient use of computers.
Boutique shop at the Eco Village

Circular economy

Our community ’boutiques’ offer clothes and household goods for sharing, and our local Council augments our recycling efforts. Up-cycling of old furniture, and raw food waste extensive composting, have enabled us to keep resources in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recovering and regenerating products and materials at the end of each service life.

Plastic pollution

Communal eating and bulk buying helps us to reduce our plastic use and we opt for natural alternatives like bamboo, wool and Marmoleum wherever possible. We responsibly demolish old caravans and bungalows and replace them with eco mobiles and permanent eco dwellings.

Subtle Activism

Subtle activism is the art of blending our own subtle energy field and presence in harmony with the subtle and spiritual forces of the planet to promote wholeness, healing, emergence or transformation.

Our aim is to change the world one heart at a time in co-creation with the intelligence of Nature and we do this through daily practice, monthly whole community meditations, and variety of smaller groups that usually meet weekly.

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