Bioneers Gathering at Findhorn
Breakthrough Solutions for People and Planet

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This course does not require previous participation in an Experience Week.

No conference on Earth celebrates more fully the possibilities of creating a world that is conducive to life; Bioneers is central to the re-imagination of what it means to be human.

Paul Hawken, author of bestseller Blessed Unrest

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What is the Bioneers movement?

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The Findhorn Foundation and Findhorn College are delighted to be hosting the dynamic Bioneers movement from North America in their first major European conference. The Bioneers movement unites all those committed to finding practical solutions that can be employed now, empowering us to live on the Earth in ways that honour the web of life.

We invite you to join us and be refreshed by the 'good news' stories of cutting edge developments in social and environmental sustainability. Meet pioneering world leaders in their fields and explore with them innovative and holistic approaches that support the wellbeing of all life.

Together we will:

  • Explore the forefront of progressive change
  • Engage with leading edge people and ideas
  • Discover powerful opportunities and strategies for life-affirming transformation
  • Celebrate the wonder and genius of nature and human creativity
  • Network, learn and share in community

Bioneers at Findhorn will provide a balance of inspirational presentations with times of deepening, practice, dialogue, integration and unique networking opportunities. It will feature plenary speakers and community building activities in the morning, and a wide variety of more in-depth, practical workshops in the afternoon. In the evenings we will come together for cultural activities of music and dance.

Join us at Europe's first Bioneers conference. Bring your own stories. Share your wisdom and experience. Connect with others, so that we can build a strong Bioneers network in Europe.

To read the profile and get acquainted with your fellow participants who have already booked to attend this unique gathering, click here.

                It’s all alive. It’s all connected. It’s all intelligent…


£350 for attending the conference only
£410 for the conference and lunch and dinner on all 4 days
£510 for the conference, accommodation, and all meals

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An Extra Day – Wednesday 3 November – MOVING PICTURE DAY

We are extending the Bioneers Gathering at Findhorn for an additional day!

As a "Beaming Bioneer", as well as a live conference we will have access to all the speakers' talks from the 2010 Bioneers conference in California on DVDs:

During Bioneers at Findhorn we will only be able to view a very few of these presentations. However, to take full advantage of this rich treasure of Bioneers 2010 presenting their work, we will show their talks and other complementary videos that we anticipate participants may have to offer as well. Stay on if you are able. We ask that you contribute:
£40 – the films, accommodation and all meals
£10 – attending the films only

In the morning, 10am – 12.15pm, we will feature Nicholas Lunch's Conversations With the Earth - Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Participatory Video Workshop.

Conversations With the Earth is a global indigenous-led multimedia initiative that is amplifying indigenous voices in the global discourse on climate change and enhancing local capacity for action. CWE conveys local accounts of the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities, stories of the unintended consequences of imposed mitigation efforts on local livelihoods, and examples of traditional knowledge and its value in developing appropriate responses to climate change. CWE is a way of listening closely to traditional stewards of the Earth in order to formulate a viable global response to the challenges of climate change. See

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If you would like to book this additional day, please contact .

You will receive a discount of £75 if you book this Bioneers Conference as a follow-on from the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability 4-week programme. If you are interested, please contact .

You will receive a discount of £50 if you book this Bioneers Conference as a follow-on from the Gaia Education Design for Sustainability: Week 4 - Worldview week only. If you are interested, please contact .

Group discount for students and non-profit community and environmental NGO coworkers:
We are offering five places for the conference fee of four (20% discount). If you are interested, please contact .

                    It’s all alive. It’s all connected. It’s all intelligent…

What is the Bioneers movement?
Founder Kenny Ausubel coined the term bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging
culture of social and scientific innovators who are mimicking nature's operating
instructions to serve human ends while healing nature.

For more than twenty years Bioneers have promoted practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities.

Bioneers is:

  • A Leading Source of Innovative Solutions to inform and inspire positive solutions at the local level
  • An Annual Conference to bring together like-minded people and strengthen
    collaboration between them
  • A Systemic Framework aiming to create win-win-win solutions through a holistic, systemic and multidisciplinary approach
  • A Network of Networks fostering new networks and communities, stimulating connection, cross-pollination and collaboration
  • A Catalyst for Restoration in line with the 'Century of Earth Restoration' declared at a Findhorn conference in 2002
  • An Oasis of Hope inviting you all to celebrate the dazzling genius of people and nature ready to heal Nature by healing humanity

The Bioneers movement brings together a diversity of people working in sustainability, biomimcry, natural design, social justice, earth jurisprudence, transition towns, resilience building, bioregional development, organic farming, complementary medicine, eco-entrepreneurship, green transport solutions, renewable energy, youth work, permaculture, environmental restoration, and many other fields.

They are innovators and activists who have found and carried out solutions that will contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable, resilient, equitable and compassionate society - a society which lives within the limits of Nature through innovations based on Nature's operating instructions.



The speakers of the first Bioneers conference hosted at Findhorn have been selected for their ability to create practical working solutions, to inspire others to innovate and create, and to address core issues from a place of heart and intelligence.

Kenny Ausubel, Co-CEO & Founder of Bioneers and an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker.

Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur and Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Bioneers. Since 2006 she has offered Cultivating Women's Leadership intensives.

Ann Pettifor, economic analyst, consultant and researcher; founding director Advocacy International; key activist for Jubilee 2000 debt relief campaign; New Economics Foundation fellow; co-author of A New Green Deal and other texts.

bioneersDaniel Christian Wahl, PhD FRSA is the academic director of the Findhorn College and works in World Modeling research and innovation with the International Futures Forum. He is a PhD research supervisor at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design (University of Dundee) and a strategy consultant for the CLEAR Village Foundation.
Findhorn College website
International Futures Forum website
                                   Decision Integrity website

Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture magazine.

Peter Harper, Head of Research and Innovation for the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales: on low carbon adaptation.
ZeroCarbonBritain website

Rob Hopkins (by video-link) is founder of Transition Towns, an international movement of citizen-led sustainability initiatives that seek to increase community resilience in the face of peak oil and climate change.

May East, educator, cultural change activist; CEO CIFAL Findhorn (UNITAR trainings for local authorities); and coordinator for grassroots ESD programme, Gaia Education; on principles of resilient systems in societal change.
CIFAL Findhorn website
Gaia Education website

BioneersNaresh Giangrande, co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town and Transition Training.

Lady Diana Whitmore, author, and founder and CEO of Children our Ultimate Investment UK (COUI); on reaching vulnerable socially excluded young people with a human potential orientated approach, i.e. Teens and Toddlers programme.

bioneersAlan Watson Featherstone, Executive Director of Findhorn-based award-winning charity Trees for Life, and renowned photographer; on restoration of the Caledonian Forest, and how a restoration-based culture could change the world.

Galen Fulford, director of Biomatrix Water, on ecological design and engineering solutions for bioremediation and wastewater treatment.

Tamera Solar Village research project (Tamera, Portugal):
Barbara Kovats, leader of the Solar Village project, forum facilitator and community elder.

Bernd Walter Müller, ecology and permaculture specialist, on innovative designs (socially and technologically) of appropriate scale for healthy low impact settlement.
Solarvillage website

bioneersJohn P. Milton is a pioneering ecologist, spiritual teacher, meditation master, vision quest leader and shaman; on indigenious genius of early 'europeans'.

Pracha Hutanuwatr is a Thai Buddhist activist and author passionate on integrating contemplation and social action. He co-created the International Network of Engaged Buddhists in 1989 and has co-directed the Grassroots Leadership Training programme, a successful sustainable community initiative in South East Asia. He coauthored a book The Asia Future, volumes I & II.

Kosha Joubert is the President of the Global Ecovillage Network - Europe. She is co-author of the curriculum for the Ecovillage Design Education and co-editor of Beyond You and Me, Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community.

Dr Vandana Shiva (by video), author, scientist, director of Navdanya; a champion for Earth democracy, promoting Soil not Oil and food sovereignty; an eloquent activist and educator.

Andres Falconer heads the UK operation of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global association of leading social entrepreneurs. Prior to Ashoka, Andres was the executive director of LEAD Brazil, a network of leaders for sustainable development, and co-founder of CEATS, a centre for third sector and social entrepreneurship management at the University of São Paulo, where he continues to lecture in its Social Entrepreneurship MBA programme.

Nick Lunch is a Director of Insightshare, specialists in participatory video training, working with indigenous communities affected by climate change, to support the creation of a global network of community media hubs.

bioneersClaire Carpenter, Founder of The Melting Pot: Scotland's Centre for Social Innovation.