Findhorn Foundation and Community
Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Last updated: January 5, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: January 23, 2005
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.
• connecting to your own inner wisdom
• co-creating with the intelligence of nature
• service to the world
Our aim is to actively create a positive and sustainable future for humanity and the planet. We recognise that achieving this aim can only be accomplished within the context of a new consciousness and changed worldview. We have no formal creed or doctrine, and honour all the world’s major religions as paths to inner wisdom.
The Findhorn Foundation and community offers many ways to visit, live, and work together. We present a range of leading edge events and workshops for residential guests every year, and welcome day visitors. More than 400 people live within or are locally connected to our community.
Findhorn Experience Weeks began in 1974 and provide a powerful, often heart-opening, introduction to our spiritual principles and their application in daily life, and have been attended by more than 30,000 people so far.
The development of our ecovillage is a continuation of our work with nature and is a tangible demonstration of the links between the environment and the social, economic, and spiritual aspects of life. It is a constantly evolving model.
The Findhorn Foundation is a founding member of Global Ecovillage Network and is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) associated with the UN Department of Public Information. We work in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise/Moray, Moray Council, universities, healthcare providers and others.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1962
- Start Living Together: 1962
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: https://www.findhorn.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/findhornfoundation/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/findhornfound
- Phone: +44-(0)1309-690311
- Community Address:
Forres, Scotland, IV36 3TZ
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Organization, Resource, or Network
- Location: Small Town
- Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
- Identified Leader: Yes
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Focaliser of the management team which is a rotated position
Management team comprising the focalisers (heads) of departments
Decisions are made by gathering facts and information, creating a quiet space to attune with inner wisdom, and then taking a vote. If possible, unanimity is the preferred outcome of a vote. If a unanimous decision cannot be made, then those who are in the minority are asked if they can be a loyal minority, ie if they will support the decision of the whole. If a loyal minority is not possible, then votes are counted and a majority of 90% must be reached for a proposal to be accepted. If a majority cannot be reached, time is given for more information to be gathered and the proposal will be presented again in the future.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Additional Comments:
Staff of the Findhorn Foundation all receive the same income (with a few exceptions). But they are also able to generate extra income and maintain their own savings/capital.
Staff of the Foundation work a 35 hour week and do additional occasional rotas.
LEAP is our Living Essentials Apprentice programme, our staff intake programme, where you learn the ways in which we live together here at Findhorn. Experience Week plus three months of the Living in Community Guest Programme are prerequisite.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
- Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Biomass
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Hot tub or hot springs, Stage or Auditorium, Swingsets & play areas
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all meals
- Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Shared meals in the Community Centre are generally vegetarian and as organic as possible. At home, each individual chooses their own dietary practices.
In public places smoking is prohibited.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Inner listening
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)