The Findhorn Foundation and community aims to inspire and encourage transformation in human consciousness, to help create a positive future for humanity and our planet. We are a holistic learning centre at the heart of a wider community that includes a local ecovillage and a worldwide spiritual fellowship. Based on practices which recognise each person’s ability to connect inwardly with the divine and the interconnectedness of all life, our community life and workshops stimulate a more inclusive awareness, leading to life-generating choices for individuals, and for humanity as a whole.
The structure of the Findhorn Foundation (the Foundation) is a charitable trust formed in 1972, ten years after the founders began living at Findhorn and working together in their experiment to ‘bring heaven down to earth’. The Foundation is dedicated to holistic and spiritual learning and to demonstrating sustainability, cooperation and co-creation with nature and the environment. Our objectives include: “… the advancement of religion, by means of teaching, example and demonstration, recognising the essential truths of all religions and spiritual teachings”; “… the establishment of a holistic learning centre to further these objects”; “… the conservation and preservation of the natural world by… teaching, example and demonstration of the harmonious relationship between humanity and all other forms of life.” We are located in Moray, on the northeast coast of Scotland, between Inverness and Aberdeen.
As the Foundation is a charitable trust, no individuals benefit financially. We have no shareholders and all our operating surpluses are reinvested for the future growth of the Foundation. The Foundation is registered for Value Added Tax (VAT), and pays rates on its buildings. Everyone is liable to the usual local and national laws and taxes.
We see our role as practising, learning about and demonstrating the interconnectedness of all life. Our activities link the spiritual, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of life. The main areas of our activity are:
Holistic Learning – through spiritual practice, experiential learning, courses, workshops, ecovillage workshops and conferences;
Community – practising holistic values, conscious relationships, holistic leadership and decision-making;
Ecovillage – working in partnership with nature, with sustainable values, using ecological building techniques and alternative energy systems; and
Outreach – via United Nations affiliations, consultancy work, outreach workshops, and our network of Resource People around the world.
The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.
The origin of the Foundation lies with Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclean, three ordinary people who had committed to a mutually felt sense of spiritual calling. After years of following their inner guidance, they ended up in a caravan park near the village of Findhorn, in the north of Scotland, moneyless, with no apparent next step, but with a clear sense of calling to be there and trust.
The garden they planted to supplement their diet flourished with spectacular results, due to Peter’s intuition and determined efforts, Dorothy’s ability to communicate with the intelligence of nature, and Eileen’s inner guidance. The garden attracted many people to come and visit, and then to live and work with them, and a community emerged based on spiritual principles that were put into practical application. For over 50 years, people who are committed to creating a positive model of cooperative and spiritual living have come to live together in an adventure of consciousness that is the Findhorn Foundation and Community.
In 1970 a young American named David Spangler arrived in the community and realising that an ‘education of consciousness’ was taking place here, helped to formally establish a structure using the environment and activities already in place. From then on our holistic learning activities have grown to be a major area of work. Life in the community itself is the school, and work, daily practice, relationships and situations are the teachers.
From the 1980s onwards, one practical result of the Foundation and community’s values has been the development of the Ecovillage at Findhorn, an experiment to combine what we have learned so far about the interconnectedness of life and cooperation with nature. The Ecovillage makes use of the best of current thinking and ecological technologies to support our aim to create a sustainable culture and environment.
We are a learning centre for the application of spiritual principles in everyday life. Learning within the Foundation can be described as transformative self-discovery, which brings each person closer to knowing their own essential nature and context in the world. As a community, we aim to practise a lifestyle that honours the interrelationship of all life, and this provides an integrated environment for ourselves and others to learn about holistic values.
Our most popular course is Experience Week. We also offer workshops, conferences, special events and long-term guest programmes. We hold programmes at our two main sites: The Park, situated near the village of Findhorn; and Cluny Hill, in the nearby town of Forres. We are also custodians of the small island of Erraid where there is a small and almost self-sufficient community, and a retreat house on the sacred island of Iona.
Workshops, Courses, Events
We offer a variety of workshops and courses in spiritual and personal growth, holistic leadership, community development, ecovillage, the arts and healing. These vary in duration from weekend workshops to programmes lasting three months. Running regularly throughout the year is the Foundation’s Experience Week, which is a heart-opening introduction to living in the community and its work. In it, guests explore how we work with nature and with each other, our daily spiritual practice, how we practise ‘love in action’ and how we make group decisions. As such, it provides a glimpse into the everyday experience of living here. It is primarily a group experience, giving our guests an insight into who we are and what we are doing. Through this experience, participants often gain insights into who they are and, for many, this week is a transformative process and turning point in their own personal growth. Follow-on workshops such as Findhorn Spiritual Retreat Weeks and Being In Community, and longer term programmes such as Living in Community Guest, Spiritual Deepening, and Living Essentials Apprentice Programme, provide a deeper experience of this way of living. These programmes prepare participants for work, service and leadership both here in the community and in their everyday lives in the world. The Foundation also offers international conferences and special events. Approximately 3,000 guests from more than 40 different countries participate in these events in any given year.
Findhorn Foundation College
Established in 2001, the College is an independent non-profit, charitable company which evolved from the Foundation with a distinctive role to develop holistic courses in further and higher education and continuing professional development. It draws on the experience of the Findhorn Foundation and Community as well as outside educators and institutions. In 2011 the College earned BAC accreditation as a short course provider. The mission of the College is to provide education for inner growth and outer action with courses including Learning English in Community (for foreign language speakers), business and professional skills, sustainable living, and the arts. Visit the College’s website.
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Iona and Erraid
The islands of Iona and Erraid are located off the coast of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland, approximately 200 miles from the Foundation. Traigh Bhan, the Foundation’s retreat house on the island of Iona, hosts retreats throughout the year. Foundation staff are encouraged to spend time on Iona for their own spiritual development and renewal during winter months. The house is available in the summer and other weeks throughout the year for our guests to retreat, with a resident custodian on hand. Traigh Bhan has a garden, a sanctuary overlooking the sea, and is well equipped. We advertise Guest Weeks on the calendar of events page and on the Iona webpage. On the Isle of Erraid is a small resident community of members and their children who live in eight former lighthouse keepers’ cottages. The Erraid community is an outpost of the Foundation and residents act as caretakers of this small island which belongs to a Dutch family. The community grow their own organic vegetables, tend sheep and cows, fish, make candles and spin wool in their craft studios. They have a meditation sanctuary set on the hillside with a beautiful view across the sea to Iona. Guests are welcome to share their life and the rugged beauty of the island. Visit Isle of Erraid’s website.
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The community incorporates spiritual practices into our everyday life in a number of ways. In our rituals, work and in how we organise our daily lives, we put our principles of co-creation with the consciousness of nature and inner listening into loving, practical action. The Foundation and the greater community are a living experiment in a new human consciousness of community, partnership with all the kingdoms of life and service to the whole.
The Foundation is part of a larger and evolving community of approximately 450 people who have chosen to participate in this evolving journey. People can express their connection with the community in a number of ways, including joining the New Findhorn Association, meditating together, volunteering in Foundation work departments and participating in the many groups, events and celebrations that people here hold.
We also build community by employing new forms of decision-making, conflict resolution, employment and business, and child and adult learning. We pioneer and test out new ideas in this small-scale model of the world at large, as we believe that the cooperative skills needed for creating community are applicable in many situations and will be a much needed resource in the future.
Statement of Values – Common Ground
Our community values statement, called Common Ground, covers 14 points that we agree to uphold. The Findhorn Foundation (the largest organisation within our Community Association) aims to apply these values in all of its activities. Common Ground expands upon these points and can be found in its entirety here:
Community Association – NFA
The New Findhorn Association links individuals and organisations who are part of the community and provides a structure for some aspects of community-wide decision-making. The NFA was set up in 1999 to give coherence to our rapidly growing and diverse community of businesses, charities, healers, artists and individuals. All members of the NFA agree to abide by our shared statement of values, the Common Ground.Two listener-convenors head the NFA Council, listening to Community Association members, identifying key issues, focusing community attention on them, and calling meetings to address them. The aim of the Council is not to undertake functions on behalf of the community, like normal local government, but rather to empower members at the grassroots level to resolve problems themselves, and come up with innovative development projects. The Association finances itself through member subscriptions, donations and fundraising events.
Organisations in the Community
Alongside the Findhorn Foundation, some of the other organisations in the NFA Community Association are:
Findhorn Flower Essences – healing essences made at Findhorn
Living Technologies – Living Machine sewage treatment technology
Phoenix Community Stores – wholefoods, books, crafts, café
Build One – ecological builders
Ekopia – resource exchange for raising capital; local currency system
Game of Transformation – makers of the Game and trainers in its use
Healthworks – a local holistic healthcare centre
Youth Project – run by and for young people, involving numerous activities
Moray Art Centre – offers exhibitions, events, classes and art residencies.
Trees for Life – restoring the Caledonian forest in Scotland
Newbold House – a smaller, local sister community
Ecologia Trust – works in a number of countries with
New Findhorn Directions (NFD) – the trading subsidiary of the Findhorn Foundation established in 1983 to run the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, a holiday caravan park with some residential caravans and eco chalets.
The Foundation is an evolving organism and our decision-making changes alongside the rest of this centre. Currently, our Management Team makes decisions that affect the whole Foundation. They meet regularly and are responsible to the Trustees of the Foundation, who meeting quarterly. The Foundation has work departments, both ones that work with guests like the gardens and kitchens, and support departments, which one person usually focalises (holds the focus for and liaises with management on behalf of). We encourage people at every level to take initiative and make decisions using what we call ‘attunement’. In it we do our best to enter into a meditative state, often using silence, and align ourselves with goodwill and the desire to create the best outcome for all. We pay attention to what goes on during the meditation, including any body sensations, intuitions, feelings, thoughts or images that arise, and discern what information these phenomena bring us, affirming our ability to access the divine as well as other beings and energies that are part of the whole. We might then discuss what came up for us in the meditation and, if necessary, re-attune.
An important part of the Foundation’s work is cooperation with nature, based on an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life and the experience of partnering with the consciousness of other living things.
Famous in our early days for developing ‘magically’ abundant gardens by communicating with the consciousness of plants, co-creation with nature continues to be at the heart of what we do. Our connection with the life of the earth and with other lives inspired us to create the Findhorn ecovillage, with its ecological housing, use of renewable energy systems and biological waste water treatment facility.
Ecovillage at Findhorn
An ecovillage can be described as a human settlement which is sustainable ecologically, economically, culturally, socially and spiritually. The Ecovillage at Findhorn includes many local partners who are both building ecological housing and infrastructure at The Park and also putting into practice the values of our spiritual community. When the Foundation purchased the original Findhorn Bay Caravan Park in 1982, becoming custodians of the land, it pledged to develop the site in ways that reflected our spiritual values. In that same year the Foundation organised a Onearth Gathering – Building a Planetary Village, which sowed the seeds for ecovillage development at The Park. Now the Ecovillage supports a sustainable way of life for residents, demonstrates ways to co-create with nature, and provides a living laboratory for our ecovillage-based programmes. In 1998 the Ecovillage at Findhorn was awarded Best Practice designation by The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
Within The Park ecovillage we have developed a unique construction system, environmentally sound and energy efficient, using natural and non-toxic materials, and a ‘breathing wall’ structure, which allows the fabric of a building to beneficially interact with people to moderate humidity and air quality. These building methods were collected and published in the UK’s first technical manual on ecological building, Simply Build Green, based on our own experience and research. Straw bale construction and the Earthship system using recycled car tyres are also part of our experiment, and we remain open to more new and innovative ecological solutions for the built environment. Our buildings and methods are a major resource for environmental education locally, nationally and internationally, and we actively welcome visitors and hold open days to raise awareness of and interest in ecological building. Ecological buildings at The Park, Findhorn, include a cluster of houses made from recycled whisky barrels, a guest lodge and youth building with turf roofs, rental eco chalets in our subsidiary-owned caravan park and a development of more than 40 eco houses of various designs.
The Living Machine
Constructed at Findhorn in 1995, the Living Machine is a natural sewage treatment facility which breaks down sewage with an ecological method using bacteria that live on plants contained in large water barrels. The resulting effluent is of a standard far higher than that of traditional chemical treatment and has obvious benefits from an environmental point of view. This technology was developed by John Todd and is at the forefront of development in this area. Our Living Machine is the first of its kind in the UK.
The Findhorn Foundation currently owns and operates three wind generators which supply most of The Park’s electricity requirements, with surplus electricity during peak times exported to the national grid.
Within our community we have developed an effective solar panel that uses light efficiently and does not require direct sun. A community company, AES Solar Systems, manufactures and installs this solar panel internationally. Many of our new homes and even mobile homes use solar panels to preheat hot water.
Ekopia Resource Exchange
Ekopia is an Industrial and Provident Society which is in some ways similar to a bank, but it is controlled by its members who have one vote each regardless of their investment. To date there are over 180 Ekopia members. It supports a range of community interests and activities, including investment in our local cooperatively owned Phoenix Community Stores. In May 2002 Ekopia launched the Eko community currency system, and approximately 20,000 Ekos are in circulation. This system supports localisation of our economy and helps to generate and keep wealth within the community. People deposit £s in exchange for Ekos, and while individuals spend these locally, Ekopia uses the £s as loans to support the growth of community projects.
Ecovillage workshops at Findhorn, and around the world with our partners in the Global Ecovillage Network, covers all aspects of building an ecovillage. Courses at the Findhorn Foundation include Ecovillage Experience Weeks, Ecovillage Development Education and Permaculture Design. For a full list of courses, see here. The Foundation participated in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005 – 2015 by extending our range of ecovillage programmes.
Findhorn Applied Ecovillage Living and Ecovillage Design Education
Applied Ecovillage Living has been designed for people who are involved in building or sustaining communities. It is designed to make the best use of the information available from the Ecovillage at Findhorn, and to provide a practical forum for learning and for developing action plans. The workshop includes instruction in ecological building, organic food production, renewable energy systems, cooperative economies, group building and holistic health. Participants in the workshop are students and professionals from architectural, engineering and building careers, permaculture and horticultural researchers, alternative technologists, business people interested in ethical development, local and central government officers, and members of ecovillages. Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is run by Findhorn Foundation College for people who are engaged in educating others about ecovillages and sustainability, and is a training for trainers. It is endorsed by UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Leading sustainability educators from around the world developed the EDE curriculum, drawing from best ecovillage practices from around the world to cover all elements of an ecovillage-based education for both urban and rural settlements: Social Design; Ecological Design; Economic Design; and Worldview.
Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
The Findhorn Foundation is a founder member of Global Ecovillage Network, an organisation which links ecovillage projects worldwide and disseminates information between and about ecovillages. We are an active member of GEN–Europe. GEN was started in 1995 at a Findhorn Foundation conference, Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities – Models for 21st Century Living, which attracted 400 participants with as many turned away due to lack of space. From 12 ecovillages in 1995 there are now 15,000 in GEN, spread over six continents around the world.
United Nations Affiliation
The Foundation became a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information in 1997, and is committed to disseminate information and raise public awareness about the goals of the United Nations, and about issues of global concern related to sustainability, environment, peace and shelter. The Foundation engages with the work of the UN specifically in the areas of information, sustainability and values, and is a member of UNESCO Planet Society Network and United Nations Environment & Development – UK Committee. Since 1998 the Findhorn Foundation’s representatives at UN Headquarters in New York have been attending weekly UN DPI/NGO Briefing sessions, as well as regular Values Caucus meetings and events, Spiritual Caucus meetings and meditations, Sustainable Development Committee meetings, and various other conferences and workshops at the UN. They have also arranged a programme of informal meetings between UN ambassadors and groupings of NGOs, and play an important part in bringing a spiritual perspective to many people in the UN organisation.
The Findhorn Consultancy Service translates the Foundation’s experiential techniques and perspectives to management and organisational consultancy, team building and staff development. Since 1998 the Consultancy Service has offered its services to an increasingly diverse range of businesses, organisations and other communities. The Consultancy Service, with the Social Venture Network (UK) and three other business partners, have originated two successive Walk Your Talk events at the Findhorn Foundation; a gathering for leaders of socially and environmentally responsible businesses. Responsible businesses are those who are concerned with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. The Walk Your Talk events have created an opportunity for these business people to benefit from peer learning and to create mutually supportive trading relationships. Some of the UK’s leading responsible businesses participated in these events, such as Triodos Bank, Traidcraft, and The Phone Co-op.
Outreach workshops take us to many parts of the world, including all parts of Europe, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Brazil and Australia, to share the tools and values of the Findhorn Foundation. Our staff are invited to give presentations and workshops in conjunction with local hosts, including a special Taste of Findhorn workshop. See our outreach workshops page or contact the Foundation for information about what may be available in your area.
Resource People Network
This worldwide Resource People network is a group of approximately 180 people located in 34 countries who act as points of contact and who represent the Foundation and its principles in their local area. You can approach them for information on Findhorn and they are also distributors of our material. Most of our RPs have lived in the community in the past and they know both the history, the current development and the day to day life of the Findhorn Foundation and community. You can find a list of our current Resource People here.
Cooperation with other communities
Many communities, including ones in Russia, Ireland and the USA, have been inspired by, or model themselves on, the Findhorn Foundation and community. In our local area, we have connections with Newbold House, a spiritual community which welcomes guests to their beautiful manor house set in seven acres of woodland and gardens. Newbold was born in 1979, originally as an extension of the Foundation and has since developed its own unique expression. It is now firmly established as an integral part of the Foundation’s wider community. Locally, there is also a small community at Woodhead who are part of the larger Community Association.
We host numerous activities for the people of Moray, including a variety of art classes at the Moray Art Centre and performances at our Universal Hall. We also welcome visits by local schools to see various aspects of our ecovillage development. In 2003 an independent report commissioned by our local Moray Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise (now Highlands and Islands Enterprise – Moray) noted that the Foundation ‘is a key player in the Highlands and Islands economy, generating over £5 million in local household income and supporting over 400 jobs’. The MBSE report further noted that the Foundation attracts many residents and visitors to an area which does not have a significant tourism profile, so helping to sustain services and community life in Findhorn and Forres and broadening the skill base in our local area. The report also commended the Foundation for implementing innovative sustainable development policies and practices, including the Findhorn Ecovillage, and its entrepreneurial support of new business ventures and expansions in Moray. The most affirming and satisfying aspect of the MBSE report, however, was that it showed we are making a significant contribution to the local area not only economically but on social, educational, cultural and environmental levels.
We honour and recognise all the major world religions and also many new expressions of spiritual principles. Guests and staff follow whichever path they choose for their own spiritual growth. In the community we focus on the common principles which underlie all these paths.
David Spangler has written about the community: “There is no more difficult place to be than in the midst of a pioneering and creative centre. It is an exciting place, but a challenging one … it is not a retirement village. It is not a spiritual retreat, or a place for quiet meditation. It is a place for strong, dedicated, joyously creative souls who are willing to work … to unfold and demonstrate a practical vision for a new world. In so doing, they find that the new world has been within themselves all the time.”
Most of the Foundation’s income, more than 60%, comes from our courses and conferences, with rents and donations making up a large portion of the rest. We aim to both sustain ourselves financially and make our transformational learning as widely available as possible, including to visitors from economically disadvantaged countries and to those with low income. Our 2014 New Story Summit was a landmark achievement for us, as it was a full-capacity event that we offered strictly on the basis of voluntary donations. Its financial success was a strong affirmation of a new way of dealing with money that we aim to exemplify.
If you are interested in helping us share our spiritual values with the world, including through the way we deal with money, consider supporting us by becoming a regular contributing member of our Network of Friends.
Currently there are about 120 co-workers in the Findhorn Foundation. The Foundation provides board and lodging for residential full-time staff and guests, an allowance of £200 to each full-time member of staff and an additional sum of Ekos, our local currency. Non-residential staff receive the national living wage.
Currently 210 people are members of the Community Association, NFA, and a further 200 people living locally are associated with the community by attending events and celebrations or participating in other ways in the life of the community.
Every year we welcome thousands of visitors from around the world to participate in our community life in a variety of ways. If you can stay for a week or more, then an Experience Week is the best way to connect with the spirit of Findhorn and engage with our vibrant, diverse community. Completing an Experience Week is generally a requirement for participation in other Essential Findhorn workshops. Our calendar of events will give you a full description of all our programmes, events and workshops.
If you are unable to stay for seven days for an Experience Week or other workshop, you can join us as a Short Term Guest for between one and six days. You will still have the opportunity to join in our service departments, meditate in the sanctuaries and engage in community activities. The programme costs £25 a day, which includes lunch and dinner, and is available most times of the year, but we suggest you contact our Visitors Centre in advance (contact details below) to check whether it is available during the time of your visit. You don’t need to book, just come to the Visitors Centre when you arrive. You will need to find your own accommodation, perhaps using a local bed and breakfast or the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park.
Located opposite the Phoenix shop near the entrance to The Park, our Visitor Reception serves approximately 8,000 day visitors and Short Term Guests a year, providing information and helping people find their way around. You can take a tour of The Park or purchase a Visitor Guide which contains a self-guided tour. Click here for more information and hours of operation.
Staying Longer at the Foundation
Our resident guests may come just for a specific workshop or conference and stay one or two weeks. Other guests stay longer, sometimes several months, as participants in our living in community guest programme or Spiritual Deepening. They live with us and share our daily life.Becoming a staff member of the Foundation is lengthy process that requires deep commitment. At each threshold of deeper commitment, applicants meditatively tune in to what the right step is, whether their path leads deeper into the Foundation or somewhere else. The most common way of becoming a Foundation staff member is to first participate in an Experience Week, then another programme such as Being in Community or Findhorn Spiritual Retreat Week. After this, if someone decides they want to explore more, we hold a meditative process to see whether it is right for them to participate in our Living In Community Guest programme, a programme in month-long blocks that introduces guests to life in the Foundation. The next step is participating in the Living Essentials Apprentice Programme, six months of a deeper introduction to the Foundation and its principles. During this time, participants gain a deeper understanding of living in harmony with each other, with nature and within the wider community. If after this someone wishes to become staff, we meditatively and collectively attune to whether that is appropriate, and if we feel it is right that person can apply for any staff position that becomes available. The average length of stay for members of staff is four years and their average age is around 40. Many also choose to live locally and be part of the wider community without becoming Foundation staff members.
Current trustees are:
Kathy Tyler – co-author of the original Angel® Cards and the Transformation Game®. Current Chair of Trustees.
Roger Collis – Co-founder of Lorian Association.
Nicola Coombe – Leader of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in the UK.
Paul Dickinson – Corporate Communications Consultant and Executive Chairman of CDP.
Mark Anderson – Business Technology and Strategy Consultant.
Helen Wildsmith – Stewardship Director, Climate Change for the CCLA.
Francine Rietberg – A long-term staff member of the Foundation.
Books by Eileen Caddy
Opening Doors Within – Meditation guidance for each day of the year. Published worldwide in 27 languages.
God Spoke to Me – Guidance from Eileen for use by the community.
Divinely Ordinary – Divinely Human – A photo/biography of Eileen.
Foundations of a Spiritual Community – The early days of Eileen’s guidance.
Flight into Freedom and Beyond – Eileen’s updated autobiography with a new chapter.
Spirit of Findhorn – Eileen’s guidance.
Living Word – A small book of short prayers or meditations
Footprints on the Path – Early guidance Eileen received for herself and the community
Dawn of Change – More early guidance Eileen received for herself and the community
Books by Peter Caddy
In Perfect Timing – Peter’s autobiography, with his own personal view and insights into the Foundation.
Books by Dorothy Maclean
Memoirs of an Ordinary Mystic – This outstanding memoir tells the exciting story of her life journey, including her role in co-founding the Findhorn Foundation.
Books by other authors
In Search of the Magic of Findhorn – Karin Bogliolo & Carly Newfeld, a book that brings the story of Findhorn into the 21st century. With entertaining, humorous and moving accounts of living in the Findhorn Foundation and community.
The Findhorn Garden – The story of the early days of the community and its communication with the intelligence of nature intelligences.
The Kingdom Within – Alex Walker (ed). A collection of writings about the history, beliefs and practices of the Foundation and community.
Growing People – Kay Kay has collected stories about life in the Foundation and community.
Dorothy Maclean, having lived in North America for a number of years and been actively involved in leading workshops around the world, returned to live in the Findhorn Foundation community and passed peacefully on 12 March 2020, three months after her 100th birthday.
Eileen Caddy was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for ‘service to spiritual inquiry’ in 2004 and was a source of inspiration for the many thousands of visitors to the Findhorn Foundation and for the many more who have read her books. Eileen lived at the Foundation, dividing her time between her family and community affairs, until her death in 2006.
Peter Caddy, after playing a leading role in the formation and organisation of the community, left in 1979 to continue his spiritual work internationally. After a long and varied journey of spiritual service and personal development in areas as diverse as Hawaii and Austria, he died in a car accident in February 1994.
The Foundation is a centre for transforming human consciousness and is not set up as a complete community with specific places for families or elders.
We have a few families with children within the Foundation and we provide statutory maternity leave as well as attunement to each family’s individual needs. In our Park site, we also have play facilities for children.
We also have a few elders within the Foundation who have served here for several decades and have now retired within it. We deeply value their wisdom and contribution.
Outside of the Foundation in the wider community there are more families and elders. Many who serve within the Foundation for a time choose to settle in the area and stay in connection with our way of life.