FAQ

Q. What are accommodation and food like?

A. If your course is in The Park, at Findhorn, you would live in a single-storey wooden lodge or bungalow shared with a few others. Cluny Hill, 5 miles away in Forres, is an affable old hotel, where you would share a room and facilities. NewBold House, also in Forres, is a beautiful Victorian mansion, again with shared rooms and facilities. Main meals at all venues are eaten communally and are vegetarian, using mostly organic ingredients including many fresh vegetables grown in the community.

The Findhorn Foundation is an active community of practice, so you are invited to join in some community-building activities.

Depending on your course, you may join a service department (kitchen, garden or homecare) for part of the week in order to get direct experience of the community and our way of life.

Q. What’s the Community like?

A. The Community consists of between 400 - 500 people from over 20 nations and more than 30 organisations; of which the Findhorn Foundation is the largest. The Park, site of the evolving ecovillage, is set in beautiful gardens developed from the original sand dunes. Facilities include:

The Community Centre with kitchens, dining space and a meeting room

The Universal Hall, a major regional theatre complex
Moray Arts Center and craft studios
Four meditation sanctuaries
A small library
A great community organic shop
Many ecological buildings
4 windmills and ‘living machine’ sewage plant.


Kimberley Pub Findhorn VilageKimberley Pub the Findhorn Village. The Park is 15 minutes walk from a beach and the traditional Scottish village of Findhorn - which had the name first, so locals call the Community ‘The Foundation.’ The village has a pretty harbour, some cafes, two traditional pubs that serve food, and a small shop.

The Park is near a military air base and on the few occasions when the wind blows the wrong way, the smell of aircraft fuel drifts over. The planes also make a lot of noise at times but you do get used to it after a while!

The Park is connected by regular Foundation buses to Forres and Cluny Hill. Forres is a charming old town, with many small shops in its traditional High Street where most essentials of daily life can be obtained. Cluny Hill used to be one of the grandest hotels in the town, and is set in lovely gardens on the edge of Cluny Hills, with a view over a golf course to the hills beyond. It is home to about 30 community members and up to 100 guests on Foundation programmes and College courses.

Q. What’s there to do besides my programme?

A. Don’t come looking for lively nightlife because there’s not much of that. There are one or two nightclubs in Forres. The pubs are pleasant and local people friendly, but we are talking small town life here. The cities of Inverness and Aberdeen are 27 and 77 miles away respectively and can be reached easily from Forres by train or bus.

There are many evening classes in the Community - art, pottery, dance, yoga etc. - for which you will have to pay a charge. There are some shows and events in the Universal Hall ranging from touring theatre to stand-up comedians, bands, and community ‘sharings’ - cabaret-style shows that feature local talent. Creating events yourself is recommended for ‘connecting with your creative inspiration is appreciated by the community’.

For those who enjoy sports, there is a keen group of tennis enthusiasts in the village club who will welcome you as a visitor. Volleyball is popular on the village green in good weather . There is a great golf course in Forres, and the occasional scratch game of  football  (soccer). There is good running almost everywhere and the air quality is fresh.
 
The great outdoors offers many has much to offer beautiful walking country, a gorgeous river - the River Findhorn - with hiking trails, the Cairngorm mountains an hour to the South (skiing in winter), and beautiful coastlines around the Moray Firth. Organised hikes can be arranged to local beauty spots and sailing, horse riding, and canoeing can also be arranged.

Q. What are the values and aims of the Findhorn Community?

A. Most people come here with the intention of finding new and better ways of living as a co-creative community. Although a body of diverse opinion provides the community with that creativity, there is a general agreement to live more lightly on the earth and a commitment to sustainable living practices. The community wrestles with many issues related to the social spectrum of an ecovillage, such as meaningful work, decision-making, and financial sustainability, to name a few. Many people have also founded independent charities as a result of living and working here. Trees for Life works to restore the native Caledonian Forest; Ekologia works with Russian orphans; the Nepal Trust builds health centres in Nepal. Moray Steiner School provides education fro 3 -14 + year olds. Shambala Trust is a nearby Tibetean Buddhish centre ; Healthworks offers complimentary health sessions and there are many independent health and wholeness practitioners in our area.  

We are a spiritual community, although the community promotes no specific religion or single set of beliefs. We do believe that each person will cultivate his or her own spiritual connection, and we believe that everyone is able to discover what's right for his or her life through a process of individual attunement. Group meditation times are offered three times a day for those interested; these are silent meditations. We like to think of ourselves as a centre of transformation, because many people who come to live or spend time here find their own awareness and growth processes accelerated. Living in such a place where everyone is open to change self development and trying to improving the circumstance for life on earth better their lives and the world around them is a very powerful experience for most people.
 
But please don’t expect a utopia. The community is far from perfect and we learn from our mistakes. There are many things about life here that leave room for improvement evolution and refinement and maybe you will be able to make positive contribution  yourself -;  certainly, you and your group’s feedback will be valued at the end of your course. People here are similar to people anywhere, we have our own foibles and frequently disagree - despite similar aims we may have very different ideas on how to achieve them. Know that this is an experimental place and know that you don’t have to like it all!

You can find more Frequently Asked Questions about the Findhorn Foundation here

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