Spiritual Practice - Permaculture

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This course requires previous participation in Experience Week.

Craig Gibsone

Permaculture design is a divine creative activity.

Craig Gibsone, the workshop leader and co-author of the book Permaculture: A Spiritual Approach, offers a spiritual view on permaculture. In essence, permaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements. It aims to do so in ways that integrate the rich web of life: microclimate, functional plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs, into intricately connected, highly productive systems.

The practical application of spiritual principles is a key element of spiritual and personal development. During this nature retreat we will explore permaculture principles to look at how we live our lives day to day, to connect with the wisdom of the earth and the wisdom within ourselves. Permaculture, as an ecological design system, can inspire and empower us to create and find the answers within us and be a catalyst for spiritual awakening, helping us see and experience the interconnectedness of all of life and the consciousness of the natural world.

In this retreat Craig will share with you his many years' experience as a thought leader in spiritual permaculture practice and within the community. True to the spirit of permaculture, this experience is designed to encourage you to cultivate your own wisdom and insights, then express them in your own life in practical ways.

You will also have the benefit of encountering permaculture as a spiritual practice within a close and encouraging group of fellow participants and an experienced, supportive community and ecovillage.

The workshop offers a good introduction to permaculture for those considering a Permaculture Design Course.

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Our Spiritual Practice Retreat Weeks offer a supportive environment for personal and spiritual development within the transformational field of Findhorn. Learn new tools and develop a range of skills you can incorporate into everyday life. Explore meditation and other exercises, and through living our founding principles approach ordinary activities in a mindful way that gives space for presence, creativity and joy.

There are daily sessions as a group and four shifts in Foundation service departments to integrate your spiritual life with daily living. The retreat is less of a group experience than Experience Week and the group is generally smaller. Deepen into the rhythm of daily meditation within the community and enjoy free time to join some of the special events also planned that week.

If you are contemplating a longer term commitment at Findhorn, a Spiritual Retreat Week offers an insight into living and engaging here. It also serves as a prerequisite for joining some of our further Essential Findhorn programmes such as the Living in Community Guest Programme and Living Essentials Apprentice Programme.

Tiered price for 2016 (click here for more information): £890 / £660 / £490

Tiered Pricing

We want to ensure that our workshops and events are accessible to a diverse range of people and recognise that one person’s financial situation will differ from another. So that money is not a barrier to participating in our workshops and events, we offer a tiered pricing structure and ask that you select the price appropriate for your personal circumstances. Please take a moment to read about our tiered pricing here.

Includes all programme content, 7 nights accommodation, full board and refreshments.

Tiered price for 2017: £920 / £680 / £510

You will find other themed Spiritual Practice Weeks here
and information about other ecovillage workshops here.

Craig Gibsone

Craig Gibsone has lived at Findhorn since the early days of the community. He is a workshop leader, artist, potter and permaculturist.