At the heart of perhaps every center in the network is the recognition of the interdependence of all life. We foster connection to self, other, nature and spirit, in an ever evolving relational dance. Connectivity is vital, a powerful antidote to the chaos and crises of these times. Leading scientists recognise large scale shifts in human consciousness are essential. Is our unique role to create safe space for healing, growth and transformation, to be custodians of the earth and inspire others with our place based centers? HCN seeks to link these centers around the world and to connect with other like minded networks. These include the Global Ecovillage Network and Bioneers. Together we can accelerate and amplify the urgency of our work and maximise our collective impact of doing good in the world. [Read more…]
Since the early days of the community, the Findhorn Foundation has been pioneering a new way of living on the earth and linking up with other centres all over the world to form a network of love and light.
Co-founder Peter Caddy said, “It is very much our work to be a point of synthesis, to link centres together to see where we can unite. Each centre has something different that we can learn from, that they can give to us, and we can give to them.”
In this spirit of synthesis the Findhorn Foundation hosted the annual International Holistic Centres Gathering in May 2012, a meeting of peers from around the world who came together to share ideas, experience, hopes and challenges, to learn from and inspire each other, and support the planetary transformation that is unfolding with increasing momentum.
The Findhorn Foundation, are excited to welcome the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community, Dmitry Morozov and two key members of the Russian foster family community to visit us here in Scotland in May.
There is a strong connection between the Findhorn Community and Kitezh through Ecologia Youth Trust. Liza Hollingshead, founder of Ecologia, which is based in the Findhorn community, shares the story…
A wonderful Kenyan woman, Karambu Ringera, visited the community of the Findhorn Foundation to join The Way of Council workshop last year. We’re delighted to welcome Karambu back to participate in the Holistic Centres Gathering.
Karambu says, “I want to learn as much as I can because I want to create a centre similar to Findhorn in Meru, Kenya. I want to be able to do things that bring peace and wellbeing into people’s lives. I have lots to learn, but my heart resonates with such spaces.”
In the 25th birthday edition of the Findhorn Foundation Magazine, One Earth, Peter Caddy, one of the three co-founders of the community, said back in 1987;
“The community has changed the lives of thousands of people throughout the world. Nobody comes to the Findhorn Foundation without being changed in some way. Remember, it is the vibrations here that have been been built up over time that really bring about changes in people. It is a centre of light, a place of spiritual power. There is a lot of love here.”
Today a further 25 years later as we celebrate our 50th birthday, the community continues to transform the lives of the many people who are drawn here. Some come just for a week, others stay for years or even decades, some visit again and again, and all are touched in some way by the love that emanates in the spiritual community. [Read more…]
One of the hot topics of community life is eldercare and we will explore this during the 2012 Gathering. Here we introduce you to members of the Findhorn Foundation who have been invited to join the participants and engage in the discussion.
Stan Stanfield, a long-time member of the Foundation, has been involved in a wide range of its educational activities, including focalising the Education department. He is a friend of Ralph White, co-founder of the Holistic Centres Gathering, from their time in Cluny Maintenance in the 1970’s. Stan has recently written his memoirs about his life on the spiritual path and at the Foundation, which will be published by Findhorn Press in 2012. An active member of the Cluny family and beyond the age of retirement, Stan will share his thoughts on the role of elders within the community. [Read more…]
It’s now only two months until the International Holistic Centres Gathering – The Network of Light – an occasion when many different centres, often from different cultures, speak openly, honestly and warmly of their experiences, lessons, hopes and concerns. In this way, we deepen our sense of the worldwide movement towards holistic, spiritual and ecological awakening, and find inspiration and community in the often hard won wisdom of others.
Invitations have been sent far and wide and we now have participants coming from communities and holistic centres in the USA, (including Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington and New York), Canada, Spain, Greece, Denmark, Poland, Russia and India. They represent a diverse range of spiritual traditions, business models and environments, one a remote retreat centre, another completely off the grid, and a third located in one of the busiest cities in the world! [Read more…]
“Scattered around the Earth are untold thousands of individuals, small groups and communities quietly creating a society based upon the unity of the human family and co-creation with the forces of nature. Part of our work at Findhorn is to link with a wide range of these centres, organisations and individuals to reveal an emerging pattern that we call the ‘network of light’.”
Reading these words recently in the Faces of Findhorn, published in 1980, I had a strong feeling this was the voice of my friend Ralph White, who I’d met two years earlier at the Holistic Centres Gathering in Hawaii. I sent him an email and he wrote straight back saying, “Yes, I recognize those words. They’re what I felt all those years ago and they’ve actually been proved true. It’s a wonderful thing!” [Read more…]
The opening session of the 2012 Gathering will explore the topic of sustainability and members of the Findhorn Foundation will join the participants to engage in the discussion. Each session is co-created by all involved and promises to be an inspiring meeting. Over the next few months, until the Gathering commences in May, we will introduce you to some of the members of our community who are excited to be involved…
Ana Rhodes Castro has been living and working in the Findhorn Foundation since 1994. During this time she has worked within a variety of areas in the organisation. Ana has been a member of the Central Management team over the last seven years, six of those spent being responsible for the area of Spiritual and Personal Development. This comprised of internal trainings, conflict facilitation, supervision and other internal structures that support the Findhorn Foundation to function gracefully and efficiently at an individual and collective level.
1. Join the first Gathering in Europe since 2000, after a decade in Canada and the US, meet participants from all over the world, representing different communities, business models and spiritual traditions
2. Experience the founding principles of the Findhorn Foundation – inner listening, love in action and co-creation with nature – as they are woven into everyday life within the community
3. Explore practical topics such as sustainability, education & programming, marketing & PR, governance & decision making, fundraising, staffing & volunteers, and children & eldercare
4. Connect with like minded souls dedicated to a more holistic, positive and sustainable future and gain insight into the work taking place all over the world [Read more…]