Take a walk around The Park
Whether it’s history, nature or some remarkable buildings, there’s a lot to see on a wander around The Park’s 15 acres. A guidebook is available from the Phoenix Shop near the entrance to The Park, or email Enquiries to arrange a guide who’ll share stories on how the community began and developed and take you to places of interest.
You may want to look out for…
- The Original Caravan and Garden, an area of great energy where the Findhorn Foundation Community was born.
- The site of the former Community Centre, which was destroyed by fire in April 2021. It’s been turned into a garden of contemplation while plans for rebuilding the Community Centre are unfolding.
- The Visitors Centre, run by the New Findhorn Association, which is open Saturday to Monday and Wednesdays between 11 and 1pm, with extra days in the week depending on the season. Community tours on weekends at 1pm (suggested donation: £10). The Visitors Centre used to be the caravan park’s toilet block, where Eileen would go for quiet time to receive her guidance! You can also enquire there for guided tours, usually at 2pm on open days. For the latest info or to ask about guided tours, please email the Visitor Centre.
- A tour of the Hinterland – the woods adjacent to The Park – replaces The Park tour on every first Wednesday of the month. It also leaves from the Visitors Centre at 2pm.
- Find your Angel quality in the Quiet Garden. Look out for the circle of small stones lining the path – each has an Angel quality painted underneath.
- The Nature Sanctuary, with its beautiful stonework.
- The angel-wing doors, stunning glass and stonework of the Universal Hall, which hosts an endless variety of shows.
- Enjoy a coffee or a meal at the Phoenix Cafe …
- … and look out for the huge mosaic phoenix spreading its wings around the building.
- The outdoor Singing Chamber near the Universal Hall.
- A diversity of eco housing, from the newest builds in East, West and North Whins, to the famous whisky barrel homes near Bag End, made from recycled whisky barrels.
- Watch the world go by from the Village Green – and grab a game of volley ball while you’re there.
- The two potteries in the Park, one on Pineridge and the second in the Whins.
- The Moray Art Centre which hosts exhibitions.
- The peaceful space of Green Burial Ground in Wilkies Wood.
- The three wind turbines which, averaged over the year, supply 100% of The Park’s energy.
- Cullerne Gardens, with its organic vegetable gardens and tunnels, which supplies fresh goods for the community as well as local shops and organisations.
Walks in nature
Co-creation with the intelligence of nature is one of the Community’s core spiritual practices, and we’re blessed to be in an area of immense natural beauty.
Walks on the beach and in the woods around The Park offer an opportunity to deepen your connection with nature. Enjoy the birdlife and tidal rhythms of Findhorn Bay as the Findhorn River estuary meets the sea.
The Findhorn Hinterland Trust looks after the wild land between The Park and the dunes on the way to the beach. Join one of their regular nature walks, get stuck in with a work party in the Edible Forest, or hire one of their expert guides for a fascinating exploration – from the soaring trees to the intricate lichens and tiny fungi, with red squirrels and insects along the way.
The Trust also manages camping pods in the woods, with wild camping retreats offered in the summer.
What’s on in the community
The New Findhorn Association updates a weekly guide to what’s on – from sacred dance and Taize singing to yoga and visiting speakers.
The Rainbow Bridge is the community’s weekly magazine, available online or in print from the Phoenix Shop. Aside from what’s on each week, it’s a good place to find healing practitioners in the area, as well as accommodation. (The notice board at the Phoenix Shop is another good place for that!)
You may also want to join some of the regular community happenings*
- Meditation every weekday morning in the Universal Hall at 8:35am, except Wednesdays when the start time is 9:05am. Doors close five minutes before.
- Taize singing in the Singing Chamber, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8am, and on Sundays at 9.30am.
* Times and venues are subject to change depending on weather, season and Covid restrictions.
Take a contemplative walk along Findhorn’s stunning beach to Roseisle and Burghead, which you’ll have pretty much to yourself – except for a wealth of seabirds and maybe seals and dolphins as well.
(Allow about two hours for the walk to Burghead. This is part of the Moray Coastal Trail.)
There are beautiful woodland walks along the Findhorn River – Randolph’s Leap is a short drive away and a popular place to start.
The outdoor adventure hub of Aviemore and the majestic mountains of the Cairngorms National Park are about an hour and a half by car.