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Presenter Enquiries

Running a workshop at the Findhorn Foundation

Welcome and thank you for your interest in wanting to offer a workshop here at the Findhorn Foundation. If you have never submitted a programme before, please read the information on this page prior to filling out the online proposal form.

Background

It is important to understand that the Findhorn Foundation is not just a workshop centre. We are a centre of transformation, learning and experimentation at the heart of the Findhorn spiritual community and ecovillage. For 55+ years we are co-creating, nourishing and drawing from the transformational field in order to manifest a living learning environment for everyone from long-term staff members to those we invite to participate with us on a weekly basis. We recognise that despite any external roles associated with this learning environment, we are at the deepest level each other’s students and teachers. And as researchers in the living laboratory for the future of the world, we have learned that anyone who comes here needs to come with a willingness to undergo deep transformational change in order to be of service to the whole.

Everyday life is guided by the inner voice of spirit, where we work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature and take inspired action towards our vision of a better world. Our purpose in holding workshops here at the Findhorn Foundation is to share our learning and way of life, and to pass on our inspiration for living a fulfilled and sustainable lifestyle on all levels. We are interested in harvesting from our own community as well as collaborating with others around the topic of applied spirituality.

In addition, as an NGO associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, we are interested in creating learning experiences that centre around/focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In the spirit of collaboration, we do invite outside presenters to run workshops on subjects of their expertise. However, before submitting a workshop proposal, we strongly recommend that you come and visit. The best way to do this is to participate in an Experience Week. This will allow you to experience our community first hand and to see whether your workshop would fit in with our community’s ethos and rhythms. Please find more information about Experience Week by clicking here. If your workshop proposal is accepted, you will be required to take part in an Experience Week if you haven’t already done so.

Fees

Most people who present workshops here do this as a service to the community and humanity. While we do pay our presenters a fee, this may be lower than what presenters are able to earn elsewhere. Most of the profits that we earn are used for projects that support the community as a whole.
Workshop presenters who are eligible to work in the UK will be able to receive a small fee per participant as payment for their effort. If you are not eligible to work in the UK then you may still be able to present a workshop at the Findhorn Foundation but we are not permitted to pay you for work. It may be possible for us to contribute to your expenses.

Focalisation

We also require all workshop presenters to be supported by an in-house focaliser. This is a Findhorn Foundation co-worker who has done our training for workshop leaders and is familiar with the Foundation’s unique atmosphere, rhythms and style of facilitation. The in-house focaliser assists the presenter with their programme logistics such as registration, preparing the workshop venue and equipment, orientation tours for participants, arranging presenters’ payments, etc. It is the responsibility of the workshop facilitator to identify and have a conversation with a possible in-house focaliser before submitting a workshop proposal. Participating in an Experience Week is an excellent way of connecting to community members and possibly finding an in-house focaliser.

We aim to provide the highest ethical standard in offering learning experiences. To this end, we: do screen all our prospective workshop leaders; draw on and work with Common Ground principles and expect our collaborators to do the same; do not endorse or encourage the spiritual bypass.

Duration

The majority of our workshops run for a week – arrive Saturday and depart the next Saturday – and this still seems to be by far the most popular formula.

We have completed our schedule of programmes for 2018. It will be possible to submit workshop proposals for 2019 during the month of February 2018 using our online programme proposal website. Our Selection Committee will inform you of their decision in May 2018.

What will be requested for your proposal

  1. Maximum of 500 words to describe the idea, vision and intention for your programme (this information is for the selection process and not for publication). How does your programme fit with the Foundation’s vision and purpose? What are your programme’s goals and expected outcomes, and how do you expect they will be achieved? Who is your intended audience? If your programme is for women/men only, please include your definition of men/women. Please indicate if your programme focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  2. Maximum of a 500 word description for the website (can include a link to your webpage, YouTube, etc).

  3. Maximum of 25 words as a mini-biography of yourself (can include a link to your webpage if more information is required).

  4. A photograph of yourself. Not less then 150-pixel wide but preferably bigger (original size) as we can crop and size it as required.

  5. The name of your Findhorn Foundation in-house focaliser (we require at least one in-house focaliser for all programmes. This is a FF employee familiar with our programme procedures and able to assist presenters with the logistics and practicalities, before and during their programme. At least one in-house focaliser will stay on-site for the duration of the programme).

Please note that if your proposal is for a programme that is more of a training or can be endorsed, we suggest you contact the Findhorn Foundation College as they are accredited to offer such programmes.

If you feel you meet all the above criteria please go to the Programme Proposal website to register and submit your proposal. If you have any further questions or would like more details please contact us at [email protected]

We hope this is helpful to you.

The Programme Development team