Newbold House

Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Last updated: February 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: May 8, 2007

Mission Statement

We live in a time of unparalleled change and challenge in our global environment. Climate change, resource depletion, economic crisis, mass extinction of species, conflict and social division threaten our continued survival as a species (Macy & Johnstone 2012). Global consumerism has put us on a collision course with environmental disaster (Worldwide Institute: State of the World 2010). Mental health is declining; depression and anxiety are increasing. The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world.
This is a wake up call for humanity and many of us recognise that a positive way of living and working together is urgently needed. This has been described as a ‘Life Sustaining Society’ where we can thrive personally, co-exist in harmony, feel interconnected with the living system of the planet and therefore protect and conserve this for future generations.

At the Newbold Trust we are inspired by the realisation that this is already happening at a global scale! An unnamed, self-organising movement of millions of individuals and organisations with shared values is emerging; from grassroots community led groups to large charities and social enterprises concerned with social and environmental justice, wellbeing and sustainability. It has been called the largest social movement in human history (Blessed Unrest – Hawkins 2007) and it is this movement that the Newbold Trust is part of.

To reflect this we recently revised our Vision and Mission statements. The Vision describes the movement itself, and is shared in essence by many other organisations. The Mission describes our part in this and what we are passionate about sharing with you.

Community Description

Newbold House is run by a residential community of members and volunteers. The centre is operated by the Newbold Trust, a limited company with charitable status; dedicated to sustainability, education and open spirituality.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town


  • Area: 7 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We invite those who would like to experience our way of life to take part in our Working Guest Programme. Please check out our website ( and email us at [email protected] with some information about yourself.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Full time work – approx 7 hours a day for 5 days a week

Sustainability Practices


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

Community Affiliations

Findhorn Foundation and Community

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].