Damanhur is a spiritual community and a United Nations recognized model for a sustainable society in Damanhur, Italy. “To walk in Damanhur is to walk through past, present and future. Ancient mysteries and the forgotten wisdom of great civilizations coalesce with a fresh, tech-infused vision of an evolving potential future.” [Read more…]
Baba Hari Dass, master yogi, teacher, and the founding inspiration of the Mount Madonna Center and Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, and Sri Ram Orphanage in India, died peacefully at home in Bonnie Doon, California on September 25, 2018.
Baba Hari Dass, or Babaji, as he was affectionately known by the many thousands of students and devotees who knew him, was a silent monk born on March 26, 1923 in Almora in the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India. [Read more…]
By Peter Moore
Breitenbush Hot Springs
When I found my way to Breitenbush, in the spring of 1978, just a few souls lived here. There were no divisions of labor between us then, so everybody worked to do everything that needed to be done—new foundations and roofs for cabins, miles of trenches for new pipes (drinking water, geothermal heating pipes from the hot water wells we drilled, septic pipes, electric conduit pipes), cooking to keep the workers going, and lots more. Our fledgling community, which grew to about a dozen in the first three or four years, consisted mostly of twenty-somethings, with a couple of teenagers and one or two over-thirty people. We all shared a lot of meals together. [Read more…]
By Peter Moore
Breitenbush Hot Springs
Nature density as a remedy for nature deprivation was not among the original concepts we started with when we began the arduous work of repairing and preparing to re-open the defunct Breitenbush resort. In the 1970s we were enamored with more holistic lifestyle notions, including self-reliance, appropriate off-the-grid technologies, organic foods, consensus decision-making, egalitarian gender and labor relationships, and a kind of “be here now” nature-based spirituality, not to mention love of the hot springs.
In the world of business the path is hardly ever clear, however, in most industries there are decades of academic research, more data than a single person could ever read in a hundred lifetimes and lines of professionals stretching for miles. All ready to help shore up the directions businesses are headed in.
The story is very different for younger industries such as holistic centers. The path, just like for most businesses, isn’t clear or certain. It’s much harder to find research, data and industry best practices to learn from and benchmark the organization to. It takes ingenuity to mould other industry practices to an industry that doesn’t quite fit the norm. It’s often long hours, team brainstorms, and simply putting faith in doing something that hasn’t been done before.
The Findhorn Foundation is honoured to have been chosen by the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards, the UK’s leading sustainability awards, as their charity of the year. Now in their seventh year, P.E.A. honours the individuals and teams behind the products, services and businesses that are changing the face of our planet.
This recognition acknowledges the Foundation as the UK’s pioneer in supporting people to reconnect with themselves and with the rest of nature, which P.E.A. Awards see as the crucial work of the next ten years for individuals and businesses. [Read more…]
We’re delighted to announce this unique event, streamed live throughout the Holistic Centers Network, inspired by the 55 year history and esoteric roots of the Findhorn Foundation and the leading edge of consciousness today…
Ken Wilber & Doshin Roshi in dialogue
Friday 6 October 2017
7:00pm – 9:30pm BST
Universal Hall, Findhorn
Join Ken Wilber (via video link) and Doshin Roshi in the Universal Hall at Findhorn as they honour the gifts of the transformational communities of today, recognise some of the challenges they are currently facing and explore what the medicine to heal and evolve could be from an Integral perspective. [Read more…]
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) grew out of the conference ‘Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century’ hosted by the pioneering Findhorn Foundation and Community in 1995. Findhorn hosted GEN+20 in 2015, celebrating 20 years of this inspiring network that has since expanded into all continents. This year it was hosted by the fabulous Angsbacka in Western Sweden with over 600 participants from countries throughout Eastern and Western Europe. [Read more…]
In support of emerging centers, we’re delighted to share the first in a series of posts from Joanne Station, participant in the 2016 Gathering in Quebec, as we follow her unfolding journey.
Bell Mare Village: A Place to Meet, A Place to Retreat in Southern Idaho
(sometime in the future…)
By Joanne Station, Founding Visionary
It all began a year ago, when I embarked upon intensive spiritual work with my teacher Eliah Sentah in Boise, Idaho, in the US Pacific Northwest. In her 20th year of leading the 10-month process of Heartfire, Eliah Sentah guided the cultivation of relationships with our planet, our ancestors, our Christ consciousness and our own inherent power.
I familied with a diverse tribe of ten other seekers and surprised myself by committing to something I swore I’d never do again (i.e.; sweat lodges). I partook in other activities that, had I given them due consideration, would have scared the bejeebers out of me…I exposed my deepest hopes, flaws and fears (in a sweat lodge), wandered the desert welcoming snakes emerging from crawl holes, sat alone on a mountainside for days repeating vows to Great Spirit and humankind, and trusted in the process of learning my soul’s purpose. [Read more…]
Following on from the New Story Summit, hosted by the Findhorn Foundation in September 2014, we’re delighted to share that the New Story Film trailer has gone live on the New Story Film microsite and on social media, and I wanted to share with you the wonderful reception we have had within just the first few days.
The film will premiere in the Universal Hall and be live streamed as the Foundation’s gift to the world. We will announce the release date shortly.
In less than a week, 32 countries have signed up to screen the film with us. And here are the numbers of people we have reached so far:
- Vimeo – 9,500 +
- Microsite from FB – 3,900 +
- Facebook reach – 34,500 +
There is clearly a strong, global resonance with the work we are doing at this time on the planet and just to give you a taste, I am including a sampling of comments below. Humbling and inspiring! [Read more…]