Birthday greetings and much love to every one of the 16,000 of you, wherever you are – kicking up autumn leaves, enjoying the tropical rainy season or loving the purple jacaranda trees in the southern hemisphere (where I am right now!). It’s great to feel the Findhorn world wide web, the sense of family and unity of intention (that we can each change the world from the inside out) in the diversity of our geographic locations. It’s wonderful to know that small changes in our everyday attitude and actions can create the rich, glorious, life-sustaining world we want.
This was more than evident at the recent Forgiveness Conference – a powerful week full of challenging emotions and inspiring stories of human courage and transformation. It was made even more meaningful by the people from Japan to Brazil who joined through webstreaming. I hear that two stalwart Canadians were up at 5am every day to join the morning sessions. Technology can be so wonderful! (A reminder that you can join the list to receive news about upcoming events being webstreamed by emailing with your name, country of residence and email address, and ‘Please add me to the Findhorn Live mailing list’ in the subject line.)
Although Samhain or Celtic New Year, 31 October, traditionally welcomes the returning darkness (it’s now dark at 5pm at Findhorn) and honours the time of quiet Earth within and without, things are still buzzing here.
There’s lots of youthful energy in action:
- Ecovillage Design Education’s 23 participants from Brazil, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and USA (joined by some local community people too)
- our 40 member carshare is buying two electric cars (one arriving in November) and have received a grant to set up an electric charging point at The Park
- many parts of the community have been exploring Sociocracy, a system of governance by colleagues which has a built-in decision-making method including feedback loops which measure and evaluate the implementation of decisions and then modify the implementation till it is perfected. Brilliant!
- on 12 November the community played a large-scale Transformation Game exploring the role and the potential of our community with a particular focus on shaping a culture of coherence, resilience and celebration.
Last week we were lucky to have Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, contributing to Transition2Resilience and giving a public talk. I met Charles at a Gift Economy event in Istanbul in early October and was impressed with his passion for a new story of money (to replace the old story of separation) and with the title of his new book The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible – great title!
(This is a good moment for a brief ‘hold-the-date’. In late September 2014 Charles Eisenstein will be part of the ambitious and timely New Story Summit: Inspiring Pathways for our Planetary Future which I am helping to organise. We are bringing people of all ages and cultures to experience the non-monetary richness and interconnection of global and local community and to take part in an emergent, creative, collective enquiry into the paradigm shifts needed to create, as the title of Charles Eisenstein’s book suggests, ‘the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible’ – and, most importantly, to create practical pathways to make this reality. More on this next time, meanwhile visit our website.)
Talking of our planetary future – The Findhorn Foundation’s role as a global source of inspiration was celebrated in the Universal Hall on 23 October by three individuals whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their time serving in the community: Vance Martin, President of The WILD Foundation since 1983; Alan Watson Featherstone, Founder and Executive Director of Trees for Life; and Geoff Dalglish, petrol-head turned Earth Pilgrim who recently hiked 1,500 miles from Switzerland to Spain to document the re-emergence of wildlife corridors across Europe.
The evening was a report-back on WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress, the planet’s longest running, public, international conservation project. It was an historic evening because exactly 30 years ago (1983), with enthusiastic support from Peter and Eileen Caddy, Findhorn hosted the 3rd World Wilderness Congress which officially opened the Universal Hall, ultimately inspiring many initiatives including Trees for Life. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales sent a filmed message to WILD10, including this statement: ‘We have no other world but this one. If we damage it irreparably we damage and destroy ourselves and what it means to be truly human’. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Finally, the 2014 Findhorn Foundation brochure is winging its way to those of you who have chosen hard copy, and the rest of you are now able to download it from our website here; (you can either download the pdf to keep or use the e-reader version to peruse it on the website). Be ready for a whole new look, new size, great pictures, and a plethora of programmes to awaken, inspire and expand us all.
I need to take some holiday so I can join some of these amazing weeks in 2014. To whet your appetite (some need previous participation in Experience Week):
- Spring Cleaning at Cluny, January and The Park, February (very affordable, loads of fun and you’ll be the one sparkling at the end),
- Yoga and Silent Meditation, March
- EarthSings (a fabulous week of singing, 12 April, with the sensational Kathy Bullock, among many other brilliant teachers. People are still raving about the 2013 Earthsings!
- Easter Retreat, 19 April, on the oh-so-beautiful isle of Iona
- celebrating a Celtic festival on the wild and untamed wee island of Erraid
- Interspecies Communication, May
- gardening at Cullerne, April/May
- Barefoot Facilitation – Tools to Radically Transform Groups, August (yes!)
- Detox and De-clutter Your Life – A Raw Food Diet Retreat, September… and many, many more.
And don’t forget, there is a weeklong Christmas Retreat, Saturday 21 December for those of you who have participated in Experience Week and are wanting a quiet, reflective time and also the connection that being in community brings. There is the not-to-be-missed opportunity to take part in the wonderful winter solstice spiral, a highlight of the Findhorn year.
If you are in the mood for a mixture of song, dance, fun, celebration, relaxation, stillness and reflection then join us for New Year Celebration – Crossing the Threshold, 28 December for 7 nights.
I leave you with 51st birthday wishes for 17 November – and huge gratitude to our founders, Dorothy Maclean and Eileen and Peter Caddy and their radical obedience to their inner voice, never knowing they were birthing this wonderfully-unfolding, quirky, nowhere-near-perfect but nevertheless inspirational and proven-to-be transformational seed centre, this research and development hub for the future of the world. We, (the seeds, buds, blossoms) all over the world, hold true to their principles of inner listening, co-creation with the rest of nature and serving something greater than the self. Lofty principles grounded in practical actions.
Blessings on us all and on our intention to support the evolution of human consciousness.
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With love, laughter and lots of chocolate birthday cake.
For the Communications Team