On Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, as part of the community welcome, we are offering a taste of the Findhorn experience/experiment so Summit participants can actively engage with threads of the New Story that Findhorn has evolved over the last 52 years.
You can choose to do either The Findhorn Tour or one from a range of themed Findhorn Workshops.
The Findhorn Tour
The Findhorn Tour will take you on a ‘storied’ journey of the Park, led by a long time Community member, to give you a broad overview of the history of the site and the different phases of insight and development, expansion and challenge that have shaped it to its current vibrant reality.
The Findhorn Workshops will offer a selection of the key founding and emerging principles, practices and projects that have supported the Foundation in its life to date. Each one will give you a more in-depth experience of one of these important aspects of the new story as lived into at Findhorn.
We will consider how the Founders of the Findhorn Community practised listening to an inner source of wisdom. We will then explore how we might access this stream of inner knowing ourselves, and invite it to shape the creative processes in our lives.
Katharina Brocke, community member for 30 years.
The Findhorn Garden
A brief history, including slide illustrations of Devas and Nature Spirits. Join us for an Attunement to Nature with time in the gardens and grounds. We intend that participants will take with them a new awareness of nature.
Keith Armstrong, archivist to the Foundation and Keith Rowswell have both had personal encounters with ‘Subtle Realms’.
Beyond Co-creation with Nature
What lies beyond one of the three founding principles of the Findhorn Foundation – ‘Co-creation with Nature’? What lies beyond the implied duality of ‘Humanity and Nature’? While scientific data indicates that we are indeed inseparable from ‘nature’, how can we make this a personal experience? Time in the garden.
Kajedo Wanderer, 32 years gardening at Findhorn, Park Garden focaliser.
The co-creative relationships between humans and the living intelligences of earth – (elemental and angelic -) were intrinsic to Findhorn’s early days. Any new story worth its salt must hold a place for the infinite possibilities these relationships offer. Come connect to the roots and help that future unfold.
Judy McAllister – Findhorn resident, Freya Secrest & Jeremy Berg- Lorian Faculty: three colleagues of Dorothy Maclean.
European circle dances that warm the heart, nourish the soul and create community – an important part of Experience Weeks at Findhorn. No previous experience necessary – bring your enthusiasm and energy.
Rosie Turnbull, community member for 33 years and Director of Outreach Education at Findhorn Foundation.
Sowing the Seeds
A ritual seed sowing to define our visions and set our intentions for the New Story Summit and beyond. We will be working with Mother Earth using journeying, singing and music to sow the seeds of our love for the planet.
Martin Barker and Britta Schmitz bring their Shamanic backgrounds and love for music into their co-creative work in Cullerne Gardens.
Craig Gibsone’s take on the work of fellow Aussie Bill Mollison (modern exponent of ‘permaculture’), as practised in his own home, back garden and Earth Lodge where the Devic and Elemental realities are felt.
Craig is a longtime resident of Findhorn who weaves spiritual inquiry and co-creation into the new story of the emerging Anthropocene (era of Man).
Ecologically Engineered Living Ecosystems
Bringing together biomimicry processes and the wisdom of nature, with innovative engineering and the use of durable modern materials to provide effective solutions to the problems of water pollution, food supply, and habitat degradation that many urban areas are faced with today.
Galen Fulford & Michael Shaw are founding directors of Biomatrix Water Solutions together with Elle Adams, their Solutions Coordinator.
Come and explore your emerging new stories through this specially adapted taster version of the Transformation Game®. Working around a path on the floor, volunteer players will roll the die and focus the experience for the group.
Mary Inglis, long-term member of the Findhorn Community, has been involved with the Transformation Game since its beginnings here in 1976.
The Findhorn Economy
This workshop will consider some of the key issues in the Findhorn community’s economic system including: the Foundation, the caravan park, the wind turbines, various housing projects, the Steiner School and the Eko local currency.
Alex Walker is chair of Ekopia, which has invested £1 million in various community projects. He has lived in the community since the 1980s.
The Alchemy of Conflict: Facilitating Change
With a process-oriented approach, we will discover the perspectives that move us beyond conflict, transform difficulties and convert them into allies of social change and evolution.
Ana Rhodes: Former Chair of the Findhorn Foundation, trained in Process work with many years of experience in consultancy and facilitation. Gill Emslie: Process work facilitator and world-worker, emphasises deepening democracy and social change in her work internationally.
Way of Council
Council, an ancient form and modern practice, elicits the experience of community, wherein all voices may be heard. It makes room for attentive listening, honest and compassionate expression, new insights and guidance, trust and understanding. A way to envision, explore conflict and make decisions, Council supports moving from hierarchical power structures to shared initiative, responsibility and leadership.
Gigi Coyle, international coordinator for the Center For Council Practice and friends.
Compelling purpose & dynamic decision making is at the heart of the New Story, and sociocracy. Sociocracy’s elements increase the equivalence, transparency and effectiveness of any collaborative enterprise. It offers receptive structures and methods, including one for decision making. In this experiential session with Jane Hera and Ariane Burgess, you will use Consent Decision Making in the first ten minutes.
The Work That Reconnects
Developed by Buddhist and deep ecologist Joanna Macy, you will discover new strengths and allies, and experience a deeper sense of aliveness as you find your role in the transition to a sustainable human culture.
Hanna Morjan and Jacqueline Buckingham, staff members of the Findhorn Foundation trained with Joanna, offer this journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection and transformation.
One way the new story could arise in you is through spontaneous joyful play. Experience the authentic, connected, insight and fun of a clown from the inside out. There will be no pressure to entertain or be funny – just a willingness to say YES!
Lesley Quilty is a professional clown and teacher/facilitator.
Global Ecovillage Network
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was co-founded at Findhorn in 1995. In this workshop, you will receive a healthy shot of hope through 7 inspiring examples of low-impact, high quality lifestyles from all continents. Together, we will experience how human presence on our beautiful planet is shifting from ‘destructive’ to ‘regenerative’.
Kosha Joubert, President of GEN, and global friends