As well as partnering with the New Findhorn Association on the Findhorn Community 60th birthday history project, we are planning a day of celebration of the Findhorn Foundation’s 50th birthday on 9 May! This year we have already opened to around 2,250 guests to our online and we are reopening to an ever-growing schedule of residential programmes.
We have a lot of ways to engage with us around the Spring Equinox and in the first two weeks in April, leading up to and including Easter – please see our Workshops and Events.
Internally, we have just completed a series of Internal Conference days, and we continue to build capacity in many different ways, such as: through coworkers taking part in the Trauma-Informed Leadership Training; putting Appreciative Inquiry Training into practice; offered autism training for coworkers; and this last week our recently appointed staff have participated in an internal Findhorn Experience Week at Cluny. We have worked very hard to prepare Cluny Hill from a standing start and are continuing to recruit staff and volunteers for Cluny, The Park and Cullerne.
As well as growing fabulous vegetables, Cullerne Gardens is host to our volunteering programmes and local partnership initiatives. While building on the partnership programmes we already have, we are nurturing emergent projects. We have new participants in our Findhorn Bay Care Farm day care service, are looking forward to running our UHI Moray College partnership programme Moray Food Systems for a second time in the early summer and in May we are running a new mental health wellbeing programme funded by tsiMoray called Together We Grow, which also provides a follow-on and continuity for our Moray Food Systems Programme participants.
We have received a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to host a community learning exchange event at Findhorn Ecovillage and have invited 20 Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) members to spend a weekend of co-creation and learning on 24-26 April.
We have signed up as a Young Person’s Guarantee employer. The scheme aims to connect every 16-24 year old in Scotland to an opportunity and we are looking at ways to support the employability of young people in Moray. Other emergent projects include supporting refugees, adapting our volunteering programmes to younger people in our community, and cultivating the whole human to transform food systems.
We are excited to feel the buzz of the new Spring energy rising in the Foundation, and the Community.
Thank you all for supporting us – in so many different ways – to stay strong in holding to our vision, purpose and meaning as we offer more and more ways to welcome you back to co-create the Magic of Findhorn, whether online or here in Scotland.
New workshops and events are being added to the calendar all the time, so please look out for our (redesigned) monthly newsletter – or join the mailing list if you haven’t yet done so.
We look forward to co-creating the Magic of Findhorn with you – whether in-person or online – and strengthening our global network of light together.