The Findhorn Foundation and our extensive global family and friends have been a beacon of light for people everywhere working to birth a vibrant, regenerative, compassionate and loving world. The Foundation is an NGO with the United Nations, holder of UN Habitat Best Practice designation and co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network and Holistic Centres Network.
Scattered around the globe are untold thousands of individuals, small groups, centres and communities quietly contributing to this shared vision. A key element of the Foundation’s work is to be a central link and to reveal the emerging pattern of this network of light. In the early 1960s, Eileen Caddy, co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation, received the guidance, “You are part of a tremendous network and each member is closely linked … Learn to feel the intertwining and intermingling of each centre until not one is left on its own. The strength comes through the linking up of the centres.” We are dedicated to interweaving these varied networks.
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The Findhorn Foundation has been formally associated with the United Nations since 1997, through the Department of Public Information, as a Non-Governmental Organisation. As we step into our 20th year of collaboration we continue to promote principles of sustainable development and support the Sustainable Development Goals. This is part of our commitment ‘to disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities and achievements of the United Nations and issues of global concern,’ related to sustainability, environment, peace, shelter, and creation of a sustainable world.
In 1995 the Foundation hosted the conference Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities – Models for 21st Century Living, which birthed the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). We continue to maintain close connections as a major pioneer of the ecovillage movement. Today GEN is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives bridging different cultures and continents, ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide who together make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the planet.
Each year, the Holistic Centres Network brings together international centres and communities for the Centres Gathering, in which the Findhorn Foundation is an integral member. The gathering is an opportunity for directors, managers and co-workers of holistic centres to connect with peers from around the world and share our centres’ experiences, perspectives and challenges, as we work together in the spirit of collaboration and mutual learning to strengthen the Network of Light.
Findhorn Live has been developed through generous grants to make our work accessible online, regardless of geographical location or financial resources. We welcome individuals and groups of people to participate in our conferences and events and share inspiration. We are especially touched when this makes dreams come true – one participant in Beirut previously believed she would never be able to connect with Findhorn.
Reaching out to people who otherwise might feel excluded, Building Bridges includes participants from the local Moray region here in Scotland in our Youth Empowerment Programme and Care Farming Initiative.
Findhorn International Centre for Sustainability, also a branch of Building Bridges, offers events specifically tailored for the business world, to inspire new projects and ideas that can be applied to support professionals and global innovative organisations to thrive in a world moving towards a sustainable economy. Many people return to introduce new groups to the experiences and inspiration found here.
The Network of Resource People (RPs) are people all around the world who maintain a close connection with the Foundation and feel inspired to serve. They have been to Findhorn and have participated in Experience Week and other programmes. The RPs currently number 175 people in 33 countries, they are a source of information about our vision, principles and history, and offer various FF related activities in their home region.
Findhorn Fellows and Findhorn Faculty is a network of over 100 individuals whom we honour and appreciate for their transformative work in the world. They each have a strong connection with our community, most have been here to present their ideas, and find a strong resonance of their work in the world with ours. They are workshop leaders, authors, economists, scientists, artists, IT specialists, film makers, ecologists – all kinds of inspired, ordinary people living a conscious, holistic-based life.
Our Network of Friends are our many supporters around the globe who further extend our network of light and who make regular financial gifts to us as an investment in our work. This ongoing support allows us to sustain and improve the workshops, conferences and events we offer, and maintain and develop the infrastructure that keeps the heart of this exceptional community creative and visionary.
Outreach Education is another key element of our global work. Our annual calendar of events lists Findhorn-related events and courses offered by current and former Foundation staff taking place in cities in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia and Africa.