Category Archives: Life at Findhorn by Jonathan Dawson

Glamourising the Nettle

Dissatisfaction with indigenous foodtuffs is a growing problem for those among us who believe that it is important to increase our local food security… The question of food security seems to be very alive in the community at the moment. This is an area where I think it is fair to say that there has been a pretty high level of satisfaction with our efforts over the years. (read more…)

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Life in the Goldfish Bowl

For good or bad, television cameras have become an unavoidable part of life in the ecovillage… Another camera crew is in town at the moment, shooting another film about life in the community. We have become a good deal more careful about who we let in with movie cameras following the debacle several years ago with the three-part Channel Four series, The Haven, that made us look and feel rather foolish. Our naive hope had been that the film would try to depict something of our philosophy and work in the world. In fact, it turned out to be a fairly standard ‘reality TV’ romp that was interested primarily in seeking out the whacky and the tacky. (read more…)

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Great Time To Be in Scotland

Jonathan Dawson talks about the Climate Challenge Fund and the gust of political fresh air sweeping across Scotland… It is a great time just now to be in Scotland. There is a tangible sense of freshness, excitement and opportunity in the air. Most surprisingly in this age of disenchantment and cynicism with all things political, a significant source of this new energy is developments in the sphere of mainstream, party politics. (read more…)

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Wedding and Windbills

Is the credit crunch going to have an impact on guest numbers at eco-villages? Rhiannon Hanfman reveals this and more. Last week I drove my friend Judi Buttner to Loch Ness to officiate at a wedding. Judi is the Findhorn Foundation’s official marriage celebrant and can legally perform weddings not only in the community but anywhere in Scotland. The Foundation has, for at least ten years, had its own celebrant so that community people who do not, as a rule, want a traditional church wedding could have the kind of ceremony they prefer without needing to go the Registrar’s office to formalise it. (read more…)

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Ageing Naturally

Growing old as a member of an eco-village has its perks, writes Findhorn resident Rhiannon Hanfman… Following on with the theme of the ageing population of Findhorn and (everywhere else, really) I would like to approach it from the perspective of one of 60s generation who is now in her sixties. Since it was we who instigated the cult of youth and coined the phrase ‘don’t trust anyone over thirty’, we can hardly complain if there are those who now feel that there are way too many old people around, and that this is somehow a bad thing. It is the natural order of things that the old make way for the young, who in turn will become old and make way for the next generation. What is different now, however, is the timing of it. People are living longer and staying active longer. (read more…)

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New Age Old People’s Home

As in society as a whole, the wealth of the boomer generation is provoking a crisis of access for youth. How do ecovillages ensure they don’t just host an older population? One of the early Findhorn luminaries, David Spangler, once famously said that a major challenge for Findhorn would be to avoid becoming a New Age old people’s home. I notice that I have been recounting this anecdote over the years with a certain self-satisfaction, sure in the knowledge that this is a fate we have managed to escape. (read more…)

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Fire in its Belly

The models and solutions on offer at Findhorn are not off-the-peg selections aimed at bored shoppers in the sustainability saloon… Last week’s blog saw me down at the Green Heart of Hawick festival, celebrating GEN’s recognition that the battle for sustainability would be won on the streets of our villages, towns and cities, with ecovillages more akin to research laboratories than models to be widely replicated. (read more…)

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Green Heart of Hawick

Jonathan Dawson makes a trip to an environmental fair in Hawick and explains a recent paradigm shift in the role of the ecovillage in contemporary society I spent the weekend down at Hawick, a picturesque town in the Scottish Borders. The event was an environmental fair and conference called Green Heart of Hawick, put on by the irrepressibly enthusiastic Michael Shallis and his team. (read more…)

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Yes……….and

Jonathan shares about how people come and go at Findhorn and how often they leave a positive legacy behind them… This week, as many others, our community newsletter, the Rainbow Bridge, carries news of one or more members leaving the community. In an ecovillage of around 500 souls, this level of turnover does not present too much of a problem. (read more…)

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Strange Times

What a puzzling time to be alive. In the world that surrounds us, beauty and the comforting familiarity of seasonal rhythms. The ospreys have returned from West Africa and are putting on a grand fishing display in Findhorn Bay. The last of the winter snow still lies deep on the mountaintops, glistening and melting in the now warm spring sunshine. (I spent last weekend walking in the magnificence of the Highlands and am now sporting a deep sun-snow tan.) We wait for the return of the swallows in the next week or so and the long, northern evenings hold out the promise of the return of life in all its fullness. (read more…)

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