Long-term Findhorn resident, Judy McAllister, shares about the origins of the Findhorn Community, and her experience of connecting and cocreating with nature, ahead of her presentation, ‘Voices of the Ancient Forest,’ at the Plant Consciousness Conference in London 1-2 Oct 2016….
“In 2010 while attuning with a 1,000 year old Araucaria Tree in Brazil I had my first glimpse of a larger presence – something broader in its scope than the devic aspect of one species that I had become accustomed to. That first connection, though short, encouraged me to engage with something beyond what I was familiar with. In 2011 while in a small section of the almost gone Mata Atlântica, (Atlantic coastal rainforest of Brazil) I encountered that broader presence again. This time I had a couple of days to be and to listen and so the contact deepened. Thus began a deep and powerful journey of engagement with what I came to call The Voice of the Forest. It is that journey, and the messages of that voice I wish to share with all of you.”
Judy McAllister is a Canadian who transplanted herself to Scotland after visiting the Findhorn Foundation. After living and working at the Foundation for 27 years, she spent nearly 5 years as a planetary gypsy before returning to base herself again in the community. Although her first and foremost passion is working with people, Judy spent a decade immersed in the administrative and leadership aspects of the Foundation. For 5 years she was the Foundation Focaliser (read MD/CEO) and was also a Foundation Trustee. She also served as a Director, and as Chairperson, of the board of New Findhorn Directions – the trading and commercial arm of the Foundation.