How your donation makes a difference.
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and international centre for holistic education demonstrating and providing inspiration for real change. Our aim is to model a positive and sustainable future for people and planet.
Thanks to our supporters we have been able to expand our work by:
- launching Findhorn Live video streaming to the world
- listening to the Devic Realm to safeguard the Hinterland
- building bridges to the wider community
- providing bursaries to those who would otherwise have been unable to participate in the programmes and learning provided at Findhorn
- replacing old caravans with ecomobiles for staff housing
- developing new growing techniques in our gardens
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launching Findhorn Live video streaming to the world:
Findhorn Live, the new video streaming department of the Findhorn Foundation, was made possible by the generous assistance of Moray LEADER and Awards for All. A grant of £19,500 enabled us to purchase professional cameras and video equipment, with the funding also facilitating the training of people from the local community and wider Moray area.
Findhorn Live has had a great first year making several workshops, presentations, performances and conferences available online. These included a concert by singer-songwriter Liz Rogers, a talk by interspecies communicator Anna Breytenbach and inspiring sessions with spiritual activist Jeff Foster, social philosopher and author Charles Eisenstein and best-selling author of books and audiotapes Caroline Myss.
The online presentations have touched hearts and minds around the world, making teachings and insights available to many unable to travel to Findhorn. One viewer said online sessions during the Forgiveness Conference had touched her deeply. “As I watched the talk by Jo Berry and Pat Magee I managed to let some stuff go which was helpful.”
listening to the Devic Realm to safeguard the Hinterland:
She had flown to Scotland to meet with the Trustees and Management to consider buying a parcel of land from Duneland Ltd called the Hinterland. It stretches all the way from the Bag End eco-homes of The Park to the wind turbines and beyond to the sea.
As the Internet was not working where she was staying, instead of writing emails she strolled the grounds and walked into a circle of stones. “I heard the words ‘Take your place’ and spent almost an hour in that circle of stones. At a certain point I heard: ‘Sell 300 of your shares.’ I knew this referred to shares in a family business that my father used to work for, that I inherited upon his passing in 2008.
“When I arrived at the meeting in Findhorn the realisation hit me that I had been urged to sell these shares to make the funds available for the purchase of the Hinterland as a place where the devas can reside and we can be in co-creation with them.
“I am deeply grateful for the gentle nudging I received from my contact with the Devic Realm. They have shown me again how to be true to my belief that we all give what we can and that there is always more that I can give.”
The Findhorn Foundation intends that this parcel of land will be a place where the natural biodiversity is restored and thrives, and where our human community can interact consciously with the nature community. It also includes the green burial site, and the ‘fallen acre’ where outdoor programmes can be held.
building bridges to the wider community:
The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) brings 16-19 year olds into the community on a weekly basis for 12 weeks in a specially designed programme to connect them with the rhythms of community life, as well as with nature through projects in Cullerne Gardens.
Early successes included two of the youth finding employment, one returning to school and others subsequently taking part in Experience Week.
In 2012 Building Bridges launched the Recovery Discovery programme that supports adults in transition from addiction using similar structures to those underpinning the YEP programme, and in 2014 we intend to expand this programme. The Co-Ability Week, which provides experiential opportunities within community for adults with mental and physical disability, was also launched in 2012 and further programmes have been held in 2013 and will continue into 2014.
providing bursaries to those who would otherwise have been unable to participate in the programmes and learning provided at Findhorn:
Our bursary programme enables people who would otherwise be unable to afford our residential programmes to come and benefit from our programme schedule. In 2012 we welcomed more than 3,500 guests from 55 countries and awarded £31,890 in bursaries to 200 people, including students and people from developing countries.
replacing old caravans with ecomobiles for staff housing:
Thanks to the legacy of Tom Welch, we were able to complete a dream of building two ecomobiles for much needed staff housing. Designed and built by Jason Caddy’s GreenLeaf Design (Jason is the grandson of Findhorn Foundation co-founders Eileen and Peter Caddy), the new buildings have met our needs on all levels: quality, timescale, costs, sustainability as well as providing spiritual and physical comfort to the new occupants.
Foxglove, the first ecomobile built on Pineridge West, became home to long-term staff members Judith Bone and Ineke Vollebregt. “There’s a wonderful sense of community in a home for elders being built by the younger generation,” Judith says.
“It is built with such love and care,” Ineke adds. “I love being in a more sustainable building. We’re living more lightly on the Earth.”
developing new growing techniques in our gardens:
Moontree manifested as the purpose-built eco building that is home to the gardeners from Park Garden. It stands alongside the greenhouses and cold frames, and provides a space for the garden team to host classes and preserve fruit and herbs.
Thanks to a European Voluntary Service grant, we hosted four students who played a far-reaching role. Mikkel Funnemark from Norway helped develop our bee project, establishing beneficial plants and creating nesting boxes and hives that have attracted new colonies of bees.
His compatriot Tuva Engrebretsen helped expand our edible landscape with the planting of apple, pear, plum, cherry and cobnut trees. Bulgarian student Miho Mihov created a demonstration garden of homegrown food in Cluny Garden; while Hungarian Barbara Lakatos helped create a chicken tractor in Cullerne Garden.