Maya Sun Serpent - Maya Teaching & Eco-Spiritual

Maya/Earth wisdom teachings and Findhorn

Findhorn   Eco  -  Spiritual  Community and  G.E.N.

                                           HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY FINDHORN.       

 

 

 

 Findhorn,  Eco spiritual Community,

Born out of a vision in 1962 when Peter and Eileen Caddy, together with Dorothy Maclean anchored it into  reality on the sandy seemingly infertile banks of the Moray Firth in Scotland.

Now fifty years on, the original community has taken on both international status as well as United Nations N.G.O. recognition. It plays an important role in the Global Environmental Network as a teaching faculty for eco sustainable living and offers a varied program of International Conferences and workshops.

For a real taste of what community living means, the Foundation regularly includes ?Experience Weeks? where one can taste the many aspects of community life at Findhorn. They are presented in a number of languages.

The Foundation has set an inspirational benchmark.

 Findhorn Eco footprint:-

  • a low carbon pioneering ecovillage since 1985
  • UN Habitat Best Practice Designation 1998
  • a major centre of adult education serving 14,000 visitors a year from over 50 countries
  • ecological footprint is half the national (UK) average
  • 61 ecological buildings, including the famous whisky barrel houses
  • 4 wind turbines
  • a biological Living Machine sewage treatment system
  • UK's oldest and largest Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) system
  • numerous solar water-heating systems
  • comprehensive recycling scheme
  • publisher of UK's first technical guide to ecological housing
  • own bank and community currency
  • site of CIFAL Findhorn - a UNITAR Associated Training Center

In this United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005?2014, CIFAL Findhorn was one of the first CIFAL Centres to take the sustainability agenda to heart.

May East, Executive Director of CIFAL Findhorn, has been praisedby the Scottish Parliament for the international recognition that has come to Scotland as a result of her being nominated as one of 100 global sustainability leaders for 2011.

Findhorn Community  -  50 years in the Making

 Fifty years of Love in Action at Findhorn - that is the transforming essence for what is commonly called work. 

Returning home after a week long amazing experience feasting on the many facets of the Findhorn Eco spiritual Community now in their fiftieth year, I want to express my gratitude that this beacon of light continues to dazzles all who come near it with undiminished brilliance. In reality the community is growing from strength to strength as people realise this fountain, the oracle of knowledge and wisdom is so relevant in the present time.

The foundation stones of the community are well documented from those early years(see www.findhorn.org) 

The present day momentum of the Findhorn Community provides many different facets of eco spiritual living in daily practice for the lives of over 500 residential people as well as a life changing educational influence for thousands who pass annually through the campus.

 During my stay I talked with a teenager on drug rehab program from a nearby town. She said 'This is the first place in my life where I can talk to people and they smile. They don't slag me off' she said with a quiet Scottish voice. I thought about this young person and what she must have been through as I sat under the 4 giant wind turbines producing energy needs for the whole community, reminding me of the strength and openness as she spoke about her personal life.

 On another occasion I spoke deeply with an ex U.S. military woman halfway through a positive human potential course. From her experience at Findhorn she will return to the U.S. to rescue the broken lives of ex army combat troops whose mental and emotional lives have been shot away by their war experiences.

I mused over her stories as I walked slowly listening to the running water in the digestion tanks of the Living Machine so efficiently dealing with the waste products of Findhorn's residents. I  saw a similarity between her clean up work and what the Living Machine was achieving, a person dedicating herself to the dirty clean up job that is the end product of war.

 As you get to know Findhorn, layer upon layer emerges, all fitting together to make this enormously complicated enterprise work. For example the New Findhorn Association facilitates and supports community wide structures that enable mediation services, community car pooling, community events, development of children, youth and elderly care circles.

The land around Findhorn is home to a biologically diverse flora and fauna and the community active support and encourage various initiatives to maintain and improve this diversity

The Findhorn College provides a purpose built graduate / post graduate programme to learn about sustainable living in community, community  scale renewable energy systems and a study of changing values in a culture of sustainability. Currently the Learning English in Community is also proving another popular attraction, especially to Japanese and Brazilian students.

If you are at a time of change, wanting to look at current choices, or simply allow yourself time for deep enquiry, then the residential weeks for deepening your inner connection are attractive.

Visiting the area?   why not visit and enjoy a one day eco-village tour.

 My week was filled with smiles, hugs, dancing, deep conversations, renewing old friendships and much more, but the simple truth was to be found in the magical space of Cullern Gardens where much of the food is grown for the community. Free of human chatter, the deep peace I gain from the animal, insect and plant life filled my cup to overflowing.

Thank you to all who have made Findhorn Community what it is today.









If you have a moment in life when your desire to make changes can be put off no longer, I recommend an Experience Week at Findhorn. You wont regret it!

An Experience Week is at all levels LIFE CHANGING. How can you quantify that?

The Spirit of the Future is the impulse in this fiftieth year. It inspires the community to manifest all that s needed to do the work of lighting the way towards a more sustainable and peaceful world. 

The photograph above shows one of our group expressions focusing on peace where in deep communion with our Oneness, every nation in turn was acknowledged in a prayer for peace.

Mikhail Baker, Findhorn Resource Person. 

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"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive."
~ Albert Einstein.

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