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Welcome to THE Findhorn FOUNDATION living the new story

Goes beyond recognising what no longer serves and releasing anything that holds us back. Living the new story is to allow our story to change and be changed in response to what is being asked of us in each moment. It is to open ourselves to bringing into being that which we perhaps cannot even imagine yet. It is the freedom to fulfil our highest potential. The Findhorn Foundation was founded as a new story for its time. From those early pioneering days we have been a laboratory for change, an experiment in conscious living helping to unfold a new human consciousness, attracting like-minded innovators and leaders in personal and spiritual development who recognise our unique position in the world to come and work with us. Just like our founders did more than 50 years ago, we now find ourselves standing on the cusp of a new story. What is your new story? Our 2015 brochure is packed full with a schedule of programmes, workshops and events to inspire, to challenge, to help us align with who we truly are. Whether you are considering a first-time visit or want to return to renew your connection, you will find the 2

programmes that make the Foundation a unique place in which to experience a new way of being. Delighted that our web-streaming initiative, Findhorn Live, is growing in popularity, we plan on continuing to expand our web-streaming schedule for 2015 and beyond. Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available, but if you are particularly interested in connecting with Findhorn in this way, email us at and we will keep you updated as new streaming events are planned. Our founders were called to actively co-create with others a new way of living on this planet. Their gift to us is a centre where a new human story of love and connection with all life is constantly unfolding. We welcome you, in person or via the internet, as our honoured guest, part of a global community, to join with us in living the new story and cocreating a new world. With love and blessings, The Communications Team

CONTENTS Welcome to the Findhorn Foundation


Findhorn Foundation Community


Visiting the Findhorn Foundation


Essential Findhorn Programmes


Findhorn Foundation Island Communities


Reaching Out


Special Events


Calendar in Brief


Workshops & Events


Working with United Nations


Presenter Profiles


Booking & Practical Information


Getting Here


Workshops and Events Index


Booking Form


Support Us


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Encouraged by achieving one of the lowest eco footprints ever measured in the industrialised world, we continue to find new ways to further reduce our environmental impact. We invite you to participate with us by considering whether you would like to receive our brochure by email instead of by post. We will notify you when our newest brochure is available online and you can then download it as a PDF or view the entire brochure through the online reader on our website. Globally sharable with hyperlinked and flippable pages, this digital version allows easy access to all our programmes from your computer, iPad or smart phone wherever you are in the world. Email us at if you would like this option. IMPORTANT INFORMATION • We offer a tiered pricing structure and ask that when you book, you select the price appropriate for your personal circumstances. For more information, please visit​and for information about bursaries, please see pages 59 - 60. • Prices are correct at the time of going to press but are subject to change. 3

FINDHORN FOUNDATION COMMUNITY The Findhorn Foundation community works in co-creation with the intelligence of nature to awaken the highest in human potential. All who engage here, residents and visitors, find an environment to foster profound personal change, seed new ideas and birth practical and positive responses to the challenges and opportunities of our times. Experiencing life at the Foundation is the perfect way to learn about wholeness, integrity, purpose, leadership, love, beauty, co-creation, communication, joy and service. We pioneer a holistic approach to sustainability that integrates four aspects - spiritual, social, environmental and economic. By developing not just the externals of sustainability such as ecohousing, ecological sewage treatment and renewable energy, but also addressing the inner life of human beings and giving people an opportunity to experience being part of an interconnected web of life, the 4

Foundation has become a unique centre for learning and a valuable and potent force for change. Our holistic approach to sustainability is demonstrated in our three main areas of activity: spiritual community; ecovillage; learning centre. Community life provides the spiritual and social framework of sustainability upon which our ecovillage and economic activities are woven. The Foundation financially depends upon sharing our learning with others through our guest programme of workshops and events. We offer a transformative environment where new ways of thinking and being in the world have space to grow, and where learning takes place naturally through ordinary activities in daily life. Practising community values for a month, a week, or even a day can often lead to changes that increase selfesteem, promote healthy relationships, give a sense of empowerment and can

encourage leadership. Our activities give rise to further new projects, systems and structures that support and sustain humans and our environment. The Findhorn Foundation is a founding member of the Global Ecovillage Network, New Findhorn Association, Park Ecovillage Trust, Ekopia Resource Exchange, CIFAL Scotland, and several other initiatives. The Findhorn Foundation currently has 120 co-workers and is part of a growing community of more than 500 people in the local area who support and practise spiritual and sustainable values, including small businesses and charities primarily working in education, the environment, healing and the arts. We are proud of our pioneering role and look forward to continuing as a seed centre, catalysing and demonstrating effective change, and to helping to co-create a positive future for humanity and the planet.

Visiting the Findhorn Foundation An Experience Week is the best way to connect with the Findhorn Foundation, providing a complete experience of what is on offer here. There is a wide range of workshops and events to choose from, the full calendar starts on page 34. If you can stay for only a few days, you can participate as a Short Term Guest for between one and six days.You will have the opportunity to participate in a service department and share meals, meditate in our sanctuaries and engage in community activities. Please see page 60 for more details. If you would like to bring a group, we can offer tailor-made experiences ranging from a day up to a week. See pages 7 - 8 and 26.

Accommodation When you attend one of our workshops or events you will be accommodated either at our Cluny Hill site, a former Victorian spa hotel, or at The Park in one of the original bungalows, or in an eco chalet. Please see page 59 for more details. If you are not participating in a residential programme there are a number of bed and breakfasts in The Park and in the nearby village, go to There are also camping, caravan and eco chalet rentals available in the Findhorn Bay Holiday Park, www.

Meals Mealtimes are an opportunity to connect socially with other guests and Foundation residents. Most of the food prepared in our kitchens is vegetarian, organic and local. What we are unable to grow ourselves is sourced as much as possible from ethical or other organic producers. If you have special dietary needs please see page 59. The Blue Angel Café in the Universal Hall at The Park offers a range of freshly made organic food and is open every day. The Phoenix Shop at The Park provides a wide variety of organic foods plus interesting gifts and books.

Daily Rhythm (mainly Mo nday to Friday) 6:30 - 7:30am Silent meditation 7:45 - 8:10am Taizé singing (Cluny) 8:00 - 8:25am Taizé singing (Park) 8:35 - 8:55am Guided meditation 9:00 - 12:30pm Morning ser vice departments 12:30pm Lunch 2:00 - 5:00pm Afternoon service department s 5:40 - 6:00pm Guided meditation 6:00pm Dinner


ESSENTIAL FINDHORN PROGRAMMES These programmes are unique to the Findhorn Foundation. While you are here you are part of a learning community, having a chance to do things differently and to put your insights and deeper values into everyday action. You can connect with your own inspiration, with the people around you, and with the intelligence of nature, to find new skills and abilities for a more meaningful, holistic and sustainable life. When you participate in Cluny Kitchen, Park Garden, Cluny Homecare or any of our other departments, all tasks, from

cooking the lunch, planting seeds or cleaning the floor, are valued and essential parts of the whole. There is the potential for learning to take place 24 hours a day and with every person and situation you meet, as well as within the traditional setting of workshops and events. Founding principles Our founding principles are very much alive and practised today. Inner listening and attunement are integral parts of our daily life and there is time set aside before, during and after the working day to attune. We have four meditation sanctuaries in The Park and one at Cluny Hill, and there are many other ways to connect with your own inner wisdom, including dancing, playing, singing, walking and being in nature. The gardens at The Park and Cluny Hill reflect our delight in co-creating with nature, and they are nourishing and beautiful environments. At Cullerne Gardens we grow organic, seasonal food for our kitchens. The beautiful unspoiled


coastal landscape of the Moray Firth provides further inspiration for discovering a closer relationship with the natural world. Inspired action is a commitment to open and honest interactions, working together, growing organic food, building ecohouses, running businesses, erecting wind turbines, recycling, meditating, exploring alternative economic systems, and interacting with our visitors. The Findhorn Ecovillage is a built environment in harmony with people and our planet. We interact with the tools we use, with the landscape, with each other, and with our own inner wisdom in a conscious and attuned way, knowing that our small actions are interconnected and are important for the future of humanity and our planet. Essential Findhorn begins with Experience Week and continues on a journey of selfdiscovery and inspired activity. Elements of these unique Essential Findhorn programmes can also be found in all our other workshops and events.

Experience Week For Experience Week dates please see calendar on pages 34 - 38. These are seven days that can change your life and your world. Experience Week is the best way to come to the Findhorn Foundation and find out what it's like. It’s the ideal way to meet, engage with and share in this ever-evolving journey of deeply sustainable community living. You join in most aspects of daily life here including participating four mornings in one of our departments - the garden, kitchen, dining room, homecare or maintenance - giving you many opportunities to practise ‘love in action’ and to interact with other people in the community. The week also includes meditation, sacred dance, a nature outing and being part of a supportive group, all combined with laughter, love and new ways of being. Experience Week is an invitation to let go of your limitations, open to love, and to be the change you want to see in the

Changing the world from the inside out world. It gives you a chance to experience the principles on which the community is based: inner listening, a connection with all life, and inspired living. We ask that you come willing to participate fully in this rich and active week, to give of yourself and engage with others. Our aim is to create an environment that enables you to find a deeper sense of meaning and to open to transformation within yourself and the group. All of these elements are also part of the Themed Experience Weeks we offer. The programme runs from Saturday to Friday evening, and includes seven nights accommodation and all meals, from the first Saturday lunchtime through until breakfast on the Saturday morning of your departure. You should arrive before noon on the first day of your Experience Week, so that the group can begin together. You need to speak and understand English reasonably well - if you cannot, we offer Experience Weeks in other languages during the summer months. Please see page 10.


Experience Week runs at both sites of the Findhorn Foundation - The Park and Cluny Hill. There are opportunities to experience both sites during the week. Please join us for an adventure in new ways of living and relating, and help to create a positive future for humanity and our planet. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 Bursaries, concessions and discounts are available, see pages 59 - 60. If you book an Experience Week with a starting date in December, January or February and also book a Being in Community week directly following your Experience Week, we will give you a reduction of £100 on the total combined price. Experience Week Group Visits If you would like to bring a group for an Experience Week with your own particular interest or focus, please contact our Guest Department well in advance. Tel: +44 (0) 1309 678027 email:


Themed Experience Weeks Ecovillage Experience Week In The Park: a village setting: 28 March 3 April, 13 - 19 June, 12 - 18 September In Cluny: an urban setting: 1 - 7 August Following a similar structure to our original Experience Week, this week has the added intention of deepening knowledge and experience of sustainable living on all levels. What is an ecovillage? We look at inclusive decision-making processes, cooperative economies, local food production, and cultural and spiritual diversity, which together create a full featured human settlement. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 Gentle Experience Week 23 - 29 May Our original Experience Week programme is a rich and active week which asks for participation for most of the day, including evenings. Gentle Experience Week is designed for those with less mobility or physical strength, and more need for rest between activities. It follows the original structure while remaining open to adapting to the specific needs of the group. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480

Music Experience Week 11 - 17 July Barbara Swetina, Fabien Barouch This week has the addition of music and song woven through the whole week, honouring the richness of different spiritual traditions. Dances of Universal Peace and Sacred Harmony Songs combine chanting, simple movements and live music to touch the heart and lift the spirit. No prior experience in music is necessary. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 Family Experience Week 18 - 24 July, 1 - 7 August This family programme offers a special focus on how conscious living can be integrated into family life. You and your children have time to be together and to be with your peer groups throughout the week. There are opportunities to do tasks together, play and explore together, and get to know other families in the group as well as interact with the Foundation community. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 £250 for age 5 - 11 £380 for age 12 - 17 ' There aren't words or ink or space enough for me to express how helpful this week was for me!'

Youth Experience Week 1 - 7 August Friendships, feelings, energy, individuality and togetherness. All young people are welcome to this energised week, based on our original Experience Week and redesigned specifically for people aged 14 17. To experience and develop community, connect with yourself and others in more meaningful ways, learn new skills, develop awareness and discover your inner strength and power. Tiered price: £620 / £470 / £380

LGBTQ Experience Week 10 - 16 October Adriana Sjan Bijman, James Pretlove This week gives space to celebrate being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer together in a supportive and unique environment. A week of community life and opening to the new. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480

Family Experience Week Follow-On 8 - 14 August If your family have already participated in a Family Experience Week, this follow-on week offers an opportunity to deepen your relationship with the community, or to come back and reconnect with the spirit that flows through all aspects of life here. Offering more freedom than Family Experience Week and more potential for creative participation, this programme takes into consideration the individual needs of participating families. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 £250 for age 5 - 11 £380 for age 12 - 17 Experience Week prerequisite 9

Foreign Language Programmes En Français

In Italiano

En Castellano

Semaine d’Expérience 11 - 17 avril, 8 - 14 août

Settimana di Esperienza 15 - 21 Agasto

Semana de Experiencia 18 - 24 julio*, 15 - 21 agosto *Contacto: email:

In Deutsch email: Findhorn Erfahrungswoche 4 - 10. April, 30. Mai - 5. Juni, 17 - 23. Oktober

Em Português email: Semana de Experiência 18 - 24 Julho 'Love in action is such a great way to connect with the other people working and living here. It works on so many levels and it felt really satisfying to contribute to the work of the gardeners.' 10 email: email:

日 本 語 email: エコヴィレッジ体験週 4月25日〜5月1日 広瀬 麻奈 email: 体験週 6月13日〜19日 秋本 育明 email: ビーイング・イン・コミュニティ 5月2日〜8日 渡辺 邦江 email: ライフ・パーパス 10月31日〜11月6日 広瀬 麻奈 email: 事前に体験週への参加が必要となります。

Being in Community (BIC) Being in Community (BIC) is a great way to integrate your experience of the Findhorn Foundation. For Being in Community dates please see calendar on pages 34 - 38. Being in Community (BIC) is a week that gives you time and space to integrate your experience of the Foundation after another programme. You may also find it an attractive option if you just want to come back to visit and reconnect with the community. There is less emphasis on a group experience than in an Experience Week, and you are more integrated into the life and daily rhythms of the community. The group size is generally smaller and the programme will run even for one person. You may opt for creating your week according to your needs, or join the group for sharings, the possibilities of a group project, a nature outing and if there is interest, a taste of the Transformation Game®. Whatever you choose, you will participate in a service department as

a continued expression and experience of our guiding principle of love in action. Evenings provide opportunities to join in with community activities and explore different aspects of living here, which may include spiritual and personal development, creative arts and sustainable living. If you are thinking about a longer term commitment to staying at the Foundation, BIC is an option that can give you a good sense of what it is like to live here. It also serves as a prerequisite for joining some of our further Essential Findhorn programmes such as the Living in Community Guest Programme (LCG) and Living Essentials Apprentice Programme (LEAP). Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 Experience Week prerequisite

'It is a useful way to better understand the life in community in all of its aspects. It has been the best experience that I could ever asked for.' 11

Spiritual Practice Weeks Our Spiritual Practice Weeks support you to continue a path of transformation and growth in your everyday life. Whichever week you choose, it will give you time to explore meditation, different kinds of exercises and to approach ordinary activities in a new way that encourages space for creativity and laughter. There are daily sessions together and afternoons are in a service department to integrate practical life with your spiritual practice. The week is less of a group experience than in an Experience Week and you are more integrated into the life and rhythms of the community. The group is generally smaller and you will have time to take part in community meditations and events. If you are thinking about a longer term commitment to staying at the Foundation, a Spiritual Practice Week is an option that can give you a good sense of what it is like to live here. It also serves as a prerequisite for joining some of our fur ther Essential Findhorn programmes such as LCG and LEAP. 12

Tiered price: £890 / £660 / £490 Experience Week prerequisite The Power of Intention 21 - 27 March Astrid Gude Learn tools from the ancient tradition of shamanism that can easily be integrated into everyday life, allowing you to transform your inner landscape, create new neural pathways that bring about personal healing and contribute to the creation of a healthy and balanced world for all of life. We will release blocking beliefs and reconnect with our unlimited potential to shine. Permaculture 11 - 17 April, 17 - 23 October Craig Gibsone We use permaculture principles to look at how we live our lives day to day, and to connect with the wisdom of the Earth and ourselves. This ecological design system can inspire and empower us to create and find answers within us.

Sacred Dance 18 - 24 April Katharina Kroeber When we dance, the universe dances with us, moving our hearts and feet! In dancing together we can connect with the divine in ourselves, each other and in the circle. This week is an opportunity to deepen that connection and let circle dances, both traditional and modern, invite us into deeper experience and understanding. Ritual and Ceremony 13 - 19 June Astrid Gude 'Ceremonies open the lines of communication between you and the powers of the universe', writes Sandra Ingerman. Tapping into our own inner wisdom and connecting with the spirit world through shamanic journeying we will perform and develop ceremonies and rituals that allow us to live a life of purpose and meaning, connect more deeply with the web of life and strengthen our inner light for personal and planetary healing. Active Meditation 27 June - 3 July Astrid Gude This journey within will use movement, sound and breath to cleanse and balance your energy, express feelings, remove blocks,

and to connect more easily with the flow of life and all that is - an experience of being light-filled spirit in a body. Nature 30 May - 5 June, 18 - 24 July, 15 - 21 August Katharina Brocke An introduction to the subtle dimensions of the Earth. We practise attunement to the loving intelligence within the nature kingdom in the Findhorn way. Through a combination of exercises in perception, attunement and meditation, as well as making a flower essence and working in the garden, we move closer to the beauty and uniqueness of our own soul.

Herbs 8 - 14 August Eveline Rodenburg Communicating with plants can be done through meditation, but also through practical ways. Working with herbs, together we will slow down, listen, connect, harvest and prepare with awareness. Making our own salves and tinctures the way our ancestors did is a simple and magical process. It creates a most effective remedy because we develop a relationship with the plants!

Energy Healing 1 - 7 August Maria Olsthoorn Together we will explore the mystery of Energy Healing. You will learn about the human aura and the psychodynamics of the seven chakras. We will work with the subtle realms, explore guidance and intuition and learn some basic yet powerful tools that can improve health and well being.

'Immensely helpful! I feel like it plugged me back into my inner voice. Re-inspired my sense of creativity and passion for life and put me back on my spiritual path.' 13

What programme participants say: Mariela Soledad As I was travelling on the train to Forres, I felt deeply happy. An unusual happiness at that time of my life. Upon my arrival at Cluny Hill for my first day of Experience Week, I knew something was utterly different, I couldn't put it into words but I could tell that it was a new beginning. A life changing experience and transformation that I will treasure for the rest of my life. James Pretlove I have been in and around the Findhorn Foundation for about four years now and my life has become richer and deeper. It is more honestly lived, often more challenging, and I know something else about it: I wouldn’t want to ever close the heavy doors to my own life that I began to open when I first walked into Cluny on my Experience Week in 2010. 14

Spiritual Practice Weeks Living Intuitively 19 - 25 September Nadasree Georgete Gadas We know everything we need to know at any given moment. This is a journey of discovery as well as confirmation of our intuitive abilities. We will do exercises to develop our sensitivity and subtle perception, and use diverse meditation practices that enhance our inner connection and deeper listening to our own wisdom. We will practise ways of bringing this enhanced sensitivity into our day-to-day living in the world. Clay 31 October - 6 November Craig Gibsone With the landscape of Findhorn Bay and the surrounding coastline as an inspiration for our week, we journey with the four elements - earth, air, fire and water - using the medium of clay to focus and centre ourselves, and to create spiritual alchemy. Clay is a magical and primal substance that comes alive and takes form, bringing us a sense of co-creating with the spiritual dimension of all things. Included is time for reflection and insight that can be used to

strengthen your inner commitment to a spiritual life. Mindfulness 7 - 13 November Nadasree Georgete Gadas This week offers practices that enhance our living in attentive awareness: of our body, feelings, mind and the world around us. By focusing our brain activity on what is being sensed at each moment, we will find ourselves living much more relaxed and performing our daily activities in a more centred and calm manner.

Service Weeks Service Weeks give you the opportunity to come to the Foundation and lend a hand while giving yourself the gift of practising love in action. The price charged for these weeks covers your food, accommodation and admin fees, making it an affordable way to spend time in the community. The weeks also include an outing, time for personal sharings and are a good way to meet people living here. Join us for an active week of fun, focus, service and creativity. We invite you to attune to a price between £310 - £110. Experience Week prerequisite

A Gift to Cluny Spring Clean Celebration 24 - 30 January No ordinary spring clean, this is a grand opportunity to clear out ‘old baggage’ on all levels. Sprinklings of Light Spring Cleaning at The Park 31 January - 6 February As a group we cleanse ourselves and the spaces used by our guests and community on outer and inner levels. Coming Home to the Garden Gardening at The Park 2 - 8 May, 16 - 22 May We will put our love into action and help co-create an abundant summer of flowers, fruit and vegetables, while exploring the connections between our inner and outer gardens. In Perfect Timing Gardening at Cullerne 9 - 15 May, 23 - 29 May Together, we will do lots of sowing,

preparing, mulching and planting out in our fields and polytunnels, while celebrating and enjoying being here in the Spring.

Love in Action Maintenance at The Park 5 - 11 September A time to beautify and make improvements to buildings and areas in The Park, with the help of both skilled and unskilled people. In Tune with Nature Autumn Pleasures in Cluny Garden 24 - 30 October Harvesting the last fruits of the year and exploring the magic of composting and mulching, we will co-create with nature and get our hands into some practical landscaping projects. 15

Applied Ecovillage Living 14 February - 13 March Craig Gibsone, Jacqueline Buckingham Drawing on the expertise of the Findhorn Ecovillage and introducing permaculture principles, this month-long programme gives you the tools needed for creating sustainable human settlements. The increasingly urgent global need for viable, sustainable human settlements is met by the ecovillage model for living. Ecovillages provide environmental, social, economic and spiritual sustainability, and an enhanced quality of life for all. Working with the simple principle of not taking more away from the Earth than we give back, ecovillages are consciously diminishing their ecological footprint. The principles of an ecovillage apply equally to urban and rural settings, to both developing and developed countries. Applied Ecovillage Living provides a practical forum for learning and for developing action plans. It draws on the experience and expertise developed within 16

the Findhorn Ecovillage over more than 50 years, as well as on other local and international initiatives. Week 1: People Care (14 - 20 February) Building Effective Groups, Deep Ecology and Designing for Transition Week 2: Fair Share (21 - 27 February) Economic Sustainability, Right Livelihood and Organic Food Production Week 3: Earth Care (28 February - 6 March) Human Settlements, Ecological Building and Wilderness Restoration Week 4: Design Projects (7 - 13 March) Creating practical designs for the future Tiered price: ÂŁ2370 / ÂŁ1950 / ÂŁ1790

'I feel I have learned many things and also opened doors of inquiry regarding ecology and also spirituality, their relationship and value.'

Living in Community Guest Programme (LCG) Starts every Saturday except 3 January, 4 July, 26 September, 19 December Please note: 26 December is a restricted intake week. Only those who have done LCG before can apply for this week.

kitchens, dining room, homecare or maintenance) where the experience of love in action helps increase awareness, joy and freedom, creating an ever more meaningful experience of life.

The Living in Community Guest Programme (LCG) invites you to explore living in the Findhorn Foundation Community for a month or more. It is a dynamic, creative and purposeful way to experience the gifts that come through living in community, and service as love in action. Sharing our lives in this vibrant environment opens the space for you to deepen your relationship with yourself, other people and nature as well as your connection with spirit.

When you want to join LCG for the first time or are returning to do LCG after more than one year, you need to participate in either Being in Community, one of our Spiritual Practice Weeks or one of our Service Weeks as a prerequisite week. You can also apply after having taken part in one of our longer-term programmes: Applied Ecovillage Living or Spiritual Deepening, or Findhorn Foundation College's Learning English in Community. The prerequisite programme can be done any time within three months prior to joining LCG.

The programme runs in four-week segments, starting most Saturdays. It begins with clarifying your individual purpose and ends with a personal review to support you in integrating your experiences and to explore your next steps. Using the process of attunement you join the team of one of our service departments (gardens,

We will invite you for an LCG intake interview and attunement. Please be aware that participation in LCG is not guaranteed in advance. LCG is also a necessary step towards making a longer commitment to the Findhorn Foundation through the Living

Essentials Apprentice Programme (LEAP). If you have just one month to be at the Foundation, you can participate in a prerequisite week as your first week and then participate in LCG for the following three weeks. For international visitors, participation in LCG programme is subject to the duration of your visa. Tiered price For first four-week segment: £800 / £700 / £600 £500 - £450 for age 25 or under For second four-week segment: £700 / £600 / £500 £400 - £350 for age 25 or under For third and further four-week segments: £600 / £500 / £400 £350 - £300 for age 25 or under For three-week segment £700 / £600 / £500 £400 - £350 for age 25 or under Experience Week prerequisite For further information please contact 17

Living Essentials Apprentice Programme (LEAP) An agreement to serve. This is our staff intake programme where you learn the ways in which we live together here at the Foundation. We welcome you to come and contribute your own unique gifts and skills, so that together we can co-create a more loving and sustainable world. Applications will be considered through a process of attunement, and are subject to the needs of service departments and availability of living space at the time of your application. If accepted onto LEAP, you will engage with the joys and challenges of daily life in a spiritual community and ecovillage. We invite you to join in the practice of being present in every task and interaction, and to choose to live everyday life as a spiritual path, based on our core spiritual principles of inner listening, love in action and co-creation with nature. You join in a service department, participate in community meetings, engage in spiritual and personal development, and have regular reviews. We ask you to commit to participating fully, including some weekends, 18

and we will provide you with food, basic accommodation and a supportive learning environment. If accepted onto LEAP, you spend two to six months as a short-term apprentice. After a review, if you then wish to make a longer commitment (six months up to a year) you can become a long-term apprentice. This begins with five days of intense learning - a deeper induction into our principles and practices. These inductions are scheduled twice a year. Thereafter you will continue to meet with your peer group once a week. And once a month we provide two to three days of continued learning of the Foundation ethos. Finally, to help you reflect on and integrate your learning experience, you will be provided with a personal mentor. Apprenticeship is a commitment to serve this centre and its purpose in the world. It is the pathway towards becoming a member of staff of the Findhorn Foundation. And it is equally valid as a pathway along which to gain the skills and awareness that will

equip you to be a world server and leader wherever else your passion may lead you. We welcome you to take this leap and come and live the soul of service with us. We welcome applications for this programme all year round. Please note staff positions are limited and there is no guarantee of a staff position at the end of the programme. Please see our website or contact for more information. £360 - £60 per month while on Short Term LEAP; £1700 / £1400 / £1000 for your first six months on Long Term LEAP. Prerequisite: Experience Week plus three months of LCG.

Findhorn Intensive - A 12-Month Modular Programme Residential weeks: 19 September 2015, 28 November 2015, 6 February 2016, 16 April 2016, 25 June 2016. This year-long enquiry explores what it really means to live Foundation principles in everyday life.You spend five residential weeks here, with peer group support and individual mentoring at home, in between times. If you have been touched by this place and want to bring the experience more fully into your everyday life, we invite you on this heart-opening journey. In it, you will: • deepen and strengthen your connection with your inner self, while engaging with the challenges and rigours of daily life • open to new possibilities for living relationships, and engaging creatively with all that surrounds you • discover healthy ways to bring your unique contribution to the world, positively adding to the ecology of life The group journey is an opportunity to be lovingly held, supported, challenged and

encouraged while you reflect and engage with your life more deeply. During our residential weeks, we come together and create an environment in which to enquire, discover and practise. We draw on the Foundation's mystery school approach, as well as our individual and collective practices and wisdom. We explore the frameworks of Incarnational Spirituality and Process Oriented Psychology to help understand and practise living our lives consciously. Steered by the groups' particular interests, we draw on the experience and inspiration of this place to engage in new possibilities for sustainability in the areas of spirituality, creativity, ecology, culture and economy.

world around you, and to realise new possibilities of relating and co-creating with other people, nature, and life in all aspects. It invites you to reassess your life, find greater fulfillment and bring more love into our world. For comprehensive information on the themes and particulars of the programme, as well as how to apply, please visit or contact Tiered price: £3450 / £2850 / £2350 Experience week prerequisite

When you are back home, in between these weeks, you continue to deepen, ground and apply the learning. Regular peer group meetings, a mentor, practices and resource materials support you in this. The Findhorn Intensive supports you to find ways to open to your own intuition and spiritual connection, to attune to the 19

Living Whole, Bringing Ourselves to Life - An Incarnational Spirituality Approach Week 1 (7 - 13 March): Personal Pathways of Collaboration Week 2 (14 - 20 March): Living the Principles of Manifestation Week 3 (21 - 27 March): Engaged Activism During the month of March we are hosting a living laboratory to explore what it means to bring the whole of ourselves into coherent expression and partnership with life. Through a mix of personal practice, individual and group enquiry, and engagement with the daily life of the community, we will tap into the radical possibilities that become available when we engage more consciously with the subtle fields of ourselves, of earth, and of spirit. We are each fractals of a sacred whole, giving expression to the body and soul of humanity and of Gaia. What we dare to discover about ourselves opens new possibilities to reframe our relationships with ourselves, each other, the sacred, the subtle worlds, and the Earth. And through our willingness to embody these 20

possibilities a new collaborative future can emerge for ourselves and for our world. In these weeks we will explore a range of experiences foundational to living whole. We will affirm and value the unique contribution we each bring and practise standing in the fullness of who we are as incarnate beings. We will recognise that we consistently move in the subtle fields of earth and spirit and learn to refine our skills of perception and pathways of connection. We will develop habits and practices of conscious, collaborative relationship, and expand our capacity to partner with the life in everything. Come and join us for a week or more if you: • are serious about opening to new possibilities for wholeness within yourself and your life • are interested in engaging with the subtle fields of life in purposeful, grounded and effective ways • want to bring your full capacities and contribution into the world

• choose to become a more active citizen of Gaia • want to learn what it means to live in partnership with the life in everything Each week will focus on a particular theme, and may be taken individually or as a series. Tiered price for stand-alone week: £970 / £720 / £590 Tiered price for follow-on week (i.e. second and third): £890 / £660 / £490

Spiritual Deepening - Living from Purpose and Soul 14 March - 24 April Spiritual Deepening is a six-week journey to engage with the depth of your own inner knowing. An opportunity to practise sustainability on all levels, this programme is designed to assist you in weaving fresh insights from your experience into daily life. If you desire a supportive and stimulating environment in which to reflect upon and go deeper into your inner connection, Spiritual Deepening can offer you a powerful, holistic experience where you learn the wisdom from your own unique body and being, and bring it into the framework of your day-to-day living and soul’s journey. It can be a heart-opening process during which you can discover more of your capacity to live passionately in life. You will receive the best that the Findhorn Foundation community has to offer by engaging with our daily rhythms, practices and community members. This is an experiential learning, where you are in

charge of your own journey, guided and held by skilled focalisers on a daily basis. Integration time includes journaling, a mindful practice day once a week, a silent retreat, creative expression and body practice, ritual, spiritual mentoring and reviews of your personal purpose and inner unfolding. We are currently in the midst of redesigning this programme, and are very engaged with and excited about all that it has to offer. For the latest information please visit or contact Tiered price: £3750 / £3150 / £2650 Experience Week plus either Being in Community or a Spiritual Practice Week are prerequisite.

'Immensely enriching and inspiring. My heart is in a new state of openness.' 21

Isle of Iona - Summer Retreats at Traigh Bhan Summer Retreat Weeks start every Saturday from 11 July with final week starting 29 August. Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Iona is a sacred island known as an historic place of pilgrimage. Traigh Bhan is the Findhorn Foundation’s retreat house on this magical island. Traigh Bhan offers the opportunity for quiet contemplation, while the island itself - with its views and spectacular coastal scenery - is ideal for long walks of exploration and contact with nature’s beauty. If you need time to integrate the experiences of a workshop, or space to reflect on your own journey and next steps, Traigh Bhan is the perfect place for rest and spiritual renewal. Comfortable and well-equipped, the house has its own peaceful sanctuary for prayer and meditation. Our residential Foundation custodian can guide you in making the most of your time. The Retreat Weeks are loosely structured, yet well held. 22

Booking Information For Foundation bus information to Iona and Erraid, please contact our Transport Department. Tel: +44 (0)1309 678020 or email: All retreats cost: £545 - £295 per person according to individual circumstances and includes all meals and seven nights accommodation in shared rooms. Food is vegetarian and the preparation of evening meals is shared. Please pay only your deposit when you make your booking; we ask you to attune to the final amount you pay while you are staying at Traigh Bhan on Iona. Maximum six guests per week. Arrival time is midday Saturday, and departure time is the next Saturday morning. Experience Week prerequisite

'Traigh Bhan is the best place to experience the balance between BEING in the wonderful Sanctuary, and DOING walking this Sacred Island.'

Easter Retreat 4 - 11 April Experience Easter week on the holy island of Iona. Creative Space 6 - 13 June India Brown, Stewart Friendship Bring your own creativity and current project, and be inspired by the island and the wisdom of the group.

Themed Weeks on Iona Equinox Retreat 21 - 28 March Deeply experience this time of year as we turn towards the light, within the peace of this beautiful island. Transformation in Retreat 28 March - 4 April 27 June - 4 July 12 - 19 September The power of the Transformation (box) Game® combined with the peace and beauty of Iona.

Close to God 20 - 27 June Explore the forces of nature by walking the island, working in the garden, and cooking food together. Creations in Nature 4 - 11 July Dietmar Voorwold, Niels Paulsen Explore the landscape by creating beautiful art pieces from what we find along the stunning coasts of Iona - a playful meditation to honour beauty and the gifts of nature.

'Thanks for a nourishing week. Iona will always work its special magic for me.'

Retreat with Art 5 - 12 September Karin Werner Connect with an inner sense of peace and beauty through visual contemplation, meditative guided art sessions, sharings and quiet time. A time to be and to create. NB Sliding scale: £580 - £330 Space for the Heart 19 - 26 September Margo van Greta Meditations from the Buddhist tradition combined with the inspiration of Iona, to connect more deeply with our heart and with love, compassion and peace. Game of Transformation Retreat 24 - 31 October Liza Hollingshead A unique opportunity to play the original version of the Game of Transformation while living and sharing together on Iona. NB Price: £575 New Year Retreat 28 December - 4 January 2016 Eveline Rodenburg, Hugo Klip A space on Iona to stop and pause for inner reflection, transitioning into the New Year. 23

Isle of Erraid Erraid is a beautiful Hebridean island in view of Iona, where a small community, part of the Findhorn Foundation, lives and works together within the natural cycles of sea and land. The quality of stillness and the simplicity of life here are an invitation to slow down and experience a different way of being. You are welcome to join us for a week or more to experience the island’s magical energy, explore its magnificent landscape and wildlife, our unique lifestyle and community life. We are open for guests for most of the year. Families with children are always welcome. There are several ways of exploring Erraid:

Love in Action Weeks Immerse yourself in the rhythm of our lives. Enjoy the wild beauty of the island while joining in community activities such as gardening, cooking, chopping wood, meditating, sacred singing and much more. £500 - £250 by attunement Retreat Weeks Allow yourself to be held within the healing energies of the island as you take time for yourself - going for walks, sitting on the beach, reading, writing, connecting with nature. Our cosy retreat cottage is available for a more private space. £500 - £300 by attunement Celtic Festival Weeks Join us as we celebrate the turning of the seasons and connect with the unique energies of the Celtic Festivals, surrounded by the island’s ancient and powerful landscape. £500 - £250 by attunement


Booking Information For further details, bookings, long-term possibilities or for special rates for children and groups please contact us at: tel: +44 (0)1681 700384 email: Please find more information on our website: For Foundation bus information please see page 22. NB Departure from Erraid after the Celtic Festival Weeks is on Friday morning. You will need to find your own transportation, or if you wish to use the Findhorn Foundation bus on Saturday morning, you will need to find your own accommodation for the Friday night. Our prices are on a sliding scale according to individual circumstances. Please be aware that you attune to the final amount you pay at the end of your stay on Erraid.

Celtic Festivals and Retreats Weeks Imbolc 31 January - 6 February The return of the Celtic Goddess Bride, representing the reawakening of the life force after winter. The energy of renewal invites us to leave behind that which no longer serves and prepare for the coming of spring. Ostara - Spring Equinox 14 - 20 March When days grow longer and life unfurls from winter hibernation. As the natural world surges into spring we celebrate fresh growth in our own lives. Beltane 25 April - 1 May The arrival of summer. We celebrate the union of male and female energy, the power of fire and the burning creativity of passion in our own lives.

Lithia - Summer Solstice 20 - 26 June The sun is at the height of its power and we celebrate the longest day of the year. A time of appreciation for the natural bounty overflowing from our gardens and for reflecting on abundance in our own lives. Mabon - Autumn Equinox 19 - 25 September As summer fades and winter approaches we come together to celebrate the Harvest Festival, gathering in and feasting on the rich produce of our gardens and the achievements and blessings of our lives. Samhain 31 October - 6 November Traditionally the Celtic New Year and the time when the veil is at its thinnest between our world and the spirit world. A time to remember our loved ones and to honour our ancestors. New Year Retreat 29 December - 4 January 2016 Celebrate the New Year with us on Erraid. A time to release the old and embrace the energy of the new. Connect to your dreams and visions for the year to come. 25

Reaching Out Building Bridges

The Building Bridges team helps to make the Findhorn Foundation accessible to an ever-broadening spectrum of people and organisations. We can give people opportunities for positive change in diverse circumstances through the heart-opening living and learning experiences offered here. Our main areas of focus include: • Tailored visits for private groups • Programmes for the socially excluded, focusing mainly on disadvantaged young people and adults with learning disabilities 26

• Events for business, NGO and charity professionals • School group visits We offer short tastes of what the Foundation has to offer through our A Great Day Out programme, and tailored residential (or non-residential) experiences for those wanting to learn from our more than 50 years of community building experience. Our two main sites, The Park and Cluny Hill, provide a rich, interactive environment for experiential learning and personal development. Some of our learning opportunities include: developing a spiritual practice, team work and team building, group discovery games, permaculture theory and practice, renewable energy, co-creation with nature, group projects in the gardens and building sustainable community. Welcoming Diversity The Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) has been developed with our partners Action for Children and the Moray Council for disadvantaged young people from the local Moray area. This programme brings young people aged between 16

and 21 to the Foundation, three days a week for three months. They experience a variety of new activities including basic gardening, cooking for the community, movement exercises, music making, time in nature, discovery games, communication workshops, and much more. The Findhorn Co-Ability Project aims to bring people with diverse abilities together in our community. This project focuses on the many positive elements people with learning and other disabilities bring to communities. Our residential programmes, and recently piloted care-farming initiative for day visits, provide a safe platform for participants to develop their potential and offer their gifts to those around them.

The Findhorn International Forum on Sustainability is a stimulating five-day programme where professionals from business, NGOs and charities who are interested in exploring issues related to sustainability meet the Foundation, each other and themselves in a new way. In partnership with Forum for the Future we also offer Reconnections@Findhorn, which enables business professionals to reconnect with nature and their inspiration for working towards a sustainable future. Our business/NGO/professional events are by invitation only; please contact us for more information. Contact Us For a full menu of activities we offer, visit or email We look forward to welcoming you. 'I arrived tired, brittle and late, and am so grateful for the opportunity to stop, reflect and act in ways I thought I'd forgotten. I left Findhorn having brought work and life together more coherently, seeing the world more holistically and excited about new possibilities in how to live.'

Outreach Workshops

We respond to invitations from all over the world, offering workshops and activities to share the spiritual values and group skills that have been developed and are still evolving, within the Findhorn Foundation community. We use a variety of tools – sacred song and dance, games, meditation, intention and silence – to build group consciousness and community. If you would like to set up an event in your area, please contact Rosie Turnbull at the address below. You can see our current Outreach Workshops diary, listing Foundation-related events and workshops taking place across the world, by going online at

Outreach Workshops Findhorn Foundation The Park, Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ Scotland tel: +44 (0)1309 691618 email:

Resource People

There may be someone living in your local area who knows the Findhorn Foundation community well and enjoys sharing with others the inspiration and insight that can be experienced here. Resource People (RPs) sometimes organise Foundation-related events and activities near you. There are currently 175 RPs in 33 countries all over the world. You can find a list of RPs at or you can email for more information. 27

EarthSings 28 March - 3 April Our enduring commitment to singing as a path of healing, celebration and union through spirit, coupled with the phenomenal success of our EarthSings conferences in 2013 and 2014, is the inspiration behind the Findhorn Foundation once again creating a conference where transformation through song becomes possible. We are delighted to welcome back the incredible teacher and performer Kathy Bullock, who shares from the AfricanAmerican tradition. With an ability to inspire and motivate people, Kathy brings the audience quickly to their feet. Our other guest teachers/performers are: • Corrina Hewat, teaching Scots and harmony songs and performing with Shine, a group featuring Gaelic singer Alyth MacCormack and harpist Mary Macmaster • Helen Yeomans, one of the UK's best loved voice teachers and composers, will 28

Singing for Unity and Wellbeing

bring an eclectic mix of her own heartfelt spirited songs which celebrate our relationship with the land • Bella Hardy, performing in concert and teaching a workshop the following day • Delia Rosenboom, leading a morning warm up of gentle movement and sounding with a focus on releasing and letting go to enhance voice and breath The conference will feature daytime workshops, participatory events and evening concerts and is hosted by Peter Vallance with local song teachers Bill Henderson, Kate O'Connell, Sheila Pettit and Barbara Swetina. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 NB: We are also offering a non-residential option for a fixed price of £250, which includes all sessions and refreshments, but excludes accommodation and meals. For the latest information and to book either option, please visit our website.

4 - 9 April (6 days)

Intuitive Communication and Tracking Anna Breytenbach, Jon Young Join an experiential week of nature connection through the arts of tracking and telepathic animal communication. Anna and Jon will mentor us in ‘coming to our senses’ as we open to our natural intuition. Deepening our ability to know and relate directly to the natural world, we enjoy a week of applying our skills to real conversations with nature and enhancing our connection to all life. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710 Tiered price: £620 / £470 / £380 for age 16 - 17 27 - 28 June (2 days)

Little Things that Fill the Whole World - A Contemplative Retreat James Finley This is an opportunity to reflect upon little things in everyday life that help us experience the mystical dimensions of daily living. James will suggest simple methods of meditation to help us explore each little thing the retreat focuses on. Time will be given for short periods of silent group meditation and discussion of the themes presented. Tiered price: £470 / £360 / £250

25 - 31 July

Festival of Sacred Dance, Music and Song with special guest Dimitris Barbaroussis and Greek musicians For more than 30 years the Findhorn Foundation has shared the transformational power of Sacred/Circle Dance. This year we offer a unique opportunity to dance with the exceptional Greek Dance teacher Dimitris Barbaroussis. With a wealth of knowledge and boundless enthusiasm, Dimitris will lead daytime workshops and an evening of dance.Three musicians will accompany him, providing an authentic experience of Greek Dance. Teacher Laura Shannon brings 30 years' experience of her pioneering approach to traditional dance as a tool for healing and transformation. With live music by Kostantis Kourmadias, Laura will offer an in-depth exploration of Armenian traditional and lyrical dances, focusing on the meditative power, sacred symbols and healing energy contained within them. Susanne Anders Bartholomäi will share DanceMeditation daily, allowing us to become fully present and aware of the body while focusing the mind and opening the heart. There is also the chance to participate in the Festival Choir with Barbara Swetina (learn by ear/no experience needed) or the Orchestra with Bill Henderson (bring an instrument!). Together these groups provide music for the final night's celebration. Dancing to live music is an important part of the Festival experience and evenings will feature Kicky Anderberg's Mahala band, Barbara Swetina and community and visiting musicians, with dances taught by Peter Vallance and the guest teachers. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 29

GEN+20 Summit 6 - 10 July (5 days) Living The New Story - Celebrating 20 years of

the Global Ecovillage Network and 10 years of Gaia Education Organised by GEN in partnership with Gaia Education, the Findhorn Foundation and the New Findhorn Association, the GEN+20 Summit is an invitation to celebrate 20 years of walking our talk. 'We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future … To move forward we must recognise that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.' Preamble, The Earth Charter Established at the Findhorn Foundation in 1995, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) today connects more than 10,000 villages, urban neighbourhoods and intentional communities in more than 100 countries. GEN showcases high quality, low impact lifestyles that have led to some of the lowest per capita ecological 30

footprints in the industrialised world, and a healthy integration of heritage and innovation in more traditional settings. Emphasising local solutions to global challenges and demonstrating that a different world is possible, GEN cultivates friendship and understanding between people and projects from the North, South, East and West - a heart connection that enables us to see that when we pool the best of our intelligence and wisdom, we can shift from business as usual to an entirely new paradigm. We can live a new story! During this event, members from all regions - GEN-Africa, GENOA (Asia and Oceania), CASA (South America), ENA (North America), GEN-Europe and NextGEN (GEN youth) will present their work. And, as an acknowledgement of the partnership between GEN and

Gaia Education, we will celebrate Gaia Education’s 10th anniversary and the success of the Ecovillage Design Education course, taught in over 35 countries. You are warmly invited to join us in honouring some of the elders of the ecovillage movement, celebrating the present holders of the energy from all corners of the world and continuing to look ahead with the next generation at our current learning edge. Together, we will share realistic glimpses of a thriving future. For more information please go to and Tiered price: £780 - £450

27 - 30 June (1 day orientation + 3 day w/s)

Expand the Box - Sustainable Culture Thoughtware Clinton Callahan, Marion Callahan Expand the Box is a rapid-learning groupintelligence igniter that provides you with an abundance of practical exercises and personal development processes for empowering your work creating a sustainable culture on Earth. The training couples long buried talents with new inner resources to unleash your own clarity and unquenchable inspiration. Powered by Possibility Management. Sociocracy - Empowering Transformational Collaboration James Priest Deepen your capacity to contribute towards wellbeing and harmony in your relationships and groups by learning methods to facilitate collaborative processes, draw on the collective intelligence of groups, and guarantee the potential for equivalence in decision making. Develop a solutions focus and explore the creative opportunities lying buried at the heart of seemingly challenging situations.

30 June - 3 July (1 day orientation + 3 day workshop)

Constructive Journalism Especially for Ecovillages and Transition Projects Leila Dregger A workshop to learn and practise creative use of news story, interview and feature story. Meant especially for people from communities, protest or alternative movements, or those who want to learn basic journalistic skills to contribute to global change.

Transition Initiatives May East Transition Training supports Transition Initiatives at each stage of their evolution from taking root to the achievement of sustainable resilient communities. Packed with interactive ways to delve into the practice of Transition, this workshop includes the context and ingredients of the Transition model and what is needed to sustain momentum and thrive in your Transition Initiative.

Transformative Innovation for a Regenerative Culture Daniel Christian Wahl What if our culture's impatient focus on immediate answers and quick-fix solutions is predisposing us to repeat the same mistakes - yesterday's solutions turning into tomorrows problems? Living the questions more deeply - individually and collectively we pay attention to how we think they can spark transformative innovation and help us to live into a regenerative culture.

UBUNTU:The Sacred Path to Finding Self in Community Karambu Ringera UBUNTU is a universal sacred path for anyone seeking a deeper knowing of self and how to be in community with self and others. We explore its tenets and how we can make them come alive in our lives, igniting the self love that profoundly transforms our perceptions and experiences within the context of the personal, community and relationships.

Tiered price for each workshop: £660 / £510 / £420

If two workshops are booked successively: £1050 / £800 / £650 31

Fear and suffering is a common human experience no matter what our personal background, religion or spiritual practice. Where youth, beauty and success are valued above all else, such as in the materialistic culture found in today’s Western society, existential fears are driven below the surface. Consumerism, addictions and obsessions become the coping mechanisms.

For the most part, people who have experienced near death no longer fear death. In the loss of this most basic fear, the annihilation of all existence, all other fears fall away.

Ancient and aboriginal peoples, however, had rituals to address and integrate the fear, meaning and understanding of death. For us today, the direct information brought back from people who have had

The aim of this four-day conference is transformation - an expansion of consciousness - on an individual and a major cultural level.

We Do Not Die Expanding Consciousness Through Near-Death and Other Mystical Experiences 26 - 29 September (4 days) 32

near-death and out-of-body experiences can and does have an immediate impact on our lives. We are confronted with a new perspective from which to view our: • fear and suffering • purpose on a soul level • reason for our life’s direction and relationships • self-worth and the worth of our existence

What kind of relationships and society might we experience if fears were lessened and put into a new context and perspective?

The information retrieved from near death makes it quite clear that: • the soul lives on for eternity • the challenges and fears that we face in this life are for the fulfilment of our soul’s plan and experience • death is but a ‘doorway’, a transition • there is a benevolent power, of which we are directly a part, that loves us beyond anything that we have experienced in this incarnation • all the knowledge that exists is already part of us

The stories alone are amazing to hear, but the after effects and gaining of psychic abilities and greater intuition of the NDE/ OBE offer us all tools for overcoming fear and helping us to engage more fully with our soul’s path. Speakers include: Eben Alexander, neurosurgeon Harvard University, author of Proof of Heaven PMH Atwater, international authority on near-death states Mellen-Thomas Benedict, author, numerous books and films Barbara Harris Whitfield, therapist Pim van Lommel, cardiologist Nancy Clark, author (via video link) Karen Newell, creator of Sacred Acoustics, a system to help access nonlocal consciousness June Field, one of the UK’s most respected psychic mediums Brigitte Rix, a clairaudient medium, who has received information from the dead for over 30 years. Tiered price: £950 / £690 / £530

29 - 31 August (3 days)

Loveability - Learning How to Love and Be Loved Robert Holden 'Your destiny is not just to find love; it is to be the most loving person you can be.' Robert Holden Based on Robert’s best-selling book Loveability, this practical retreat gives you space to explore your relationship to love and offers a creative mix of inquiries, meditations and exercises designed to help you enjoy more love in your life, work and relationships. Tiered price: £620 / £470 / £380

7 - 9 November (3 days)

The Essential Guide for Healers and Healing Caroline Myss 'I believe deeply in the capacity we have to heal. It is inherent in our souls.' Caroline Myss Knowledge of the mystical teachings and the laws governing the nature of energy, as well as knowledge of the inner workings of the psyche and archetypes, is now essential for practitioners of the healing arts. To be a skilled healer - the one who develops the ability to see clearly, transcending ordinary perception - you must have the knowledge that allows you to access the workings of the invisible world. Our energetic anatomy as well as our soul must be included in the healing process. Offering guidelines for healers and for people who are in the experience of healing, Caroline has organised this workshop as an intensive and will cover a range of topics in depth. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480


Calendar of Workshops and Events December 2014

Saturday 27 December Living in Community (LCG) Restricted intake only Game of Transformation (7 days) 40 New Year Celebration 40 - Crossing the Threshold New Year Retreat 40 - Turning Within and Moving Forward Iona - New Year Retreat 23 Erraid - New Year Retreat 25

* Programmes start on Saturday and finish the following Friday evening unless otherwise stated. * Programmes on Iona start on Saturday and finish the following Saturday. * Living in Community (LCG) starts on every Saturday unless otherwise stated. These programmes require prior participation in Experience Week.

January 2015

Saturday 3 January No Living in Community (LCG) Saturday 10 January Experience Week Saturday 17 January Being in Community Saturday 24 January Experience Week A Gift to Cluny - Spring Clean Celebration Saturday 31 January Sprinklings of Light - Spring Cleaning at The Park Game of Transformation (4 days) Erraid - Imbolc



Saturday 7 February Experience Week Being in Community

7 11

Saturday 14 February Being in Community Applied Ecovillage Living (4 weeks)

11 16

Saturday 21 February Experience Week Being in Community Life Purpose

7 11 41

Saturday 28 February Being in Community Game of Transformation (4 days) Exploring Reality - Living Reality (3 days)

11 40 41

11 7 15

15 40 25

'My overall experience at Findhorn has been great. I've met new friends and been able to take time to meditate and relax my mind.' 34


Saturday 7 March Experience Week Being in Community Living Whole - Week 1 Tarot - Archetypes of the Soul Saturday 14 March Being in Community Spiritual Deepening - Living from Purpose and Soul (6 weeks) Living Whole - Week 2 Pathways to Authenticity Erraid - Ostara - Spring Equinox


7 11 20 41 11 21 20 41 25

Saturday 21 March Experience Week 7 Spiritual Practice - The Power of Intention 12 20 Living Whole - Week 3 Detox and De-Clutter Your Life - A Raw Food Diet Retreat 42 The Amazing Women Week 42 Iona - Equinox Retreat 23 Saturday 28 March Special Event: EarthSings 28 Ecovillage Experience Week 8 Being in Community 11 Game of Transformation (4 days) 40 Iona - Transformation in Retreat 23

Saturday 4 April Experience Week 7 German Experience Week 10 Being in Community 11 Intuitive Communication and Tracking (6 days) 29 Iona - Easter Retreat 23 Saturday 11 April Experience Week French Experience Week Being in Community Spiritual Practice - Permaculture A Call Towards Wholeness - The Self in Relationship Contacting Nature Spirits

7 10 11 12 42 42

Saturday 18 April Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Sacred Dance Opening to Love, Embracing Joy

7 13 42

Saturday 25 April Experience Week Japanese Ecovillage Experience Week Being in Community The Longing to Belong Erraid - Beltane

7 10 11 43 25


Saturday 2 May Experience Week Japanese Being in Community Coming Home to the Garden - Gardening at The Park Game of Transformation (7 days) Awakening Intimacy Pathways to Authenticity

7 10 15 40 43 41

Saturday 9 May In Perfect Timing - Gardening at Cullerne 15 Alive & Awake: Mindfulness in Life & at Work 43 Saturday 16 May Experience Week Coming Home to the Garden - Gardening at The Park The Alchemy of Transformation

7 15 43

Saturday 23 May Experience Week 7 8 Gentle Experience Week In Perfect Timing - Gardening at Cullerne 15 Nature's Soul Music 44 Saturday 30 May Experience Week German Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Nature

7 10 13


* Living in Community (LCG) starts on every Saturday unless otherwise stated. * Programmes start on Saturday and finish the following Friday evening unless otherwise stated. * Programmes on Iona start on Saturday and finish the following Saturday. These programmes require prior participation in Experience Week.


Saturday 6 June Experience Week Being in Community Iona - Creative Space Saturday 13 June Ecovillage Experience Week Japanese Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Ritual and Ceremony The Alchemy of Transformation Gestalt and States of Grace Your Exquisite Body of Light Saturday 20 June Experience Week Being in Community Findhorn Nonviolence Intensive Game of Transformation (4 days) Iona - Close to God Erraid - Lithia - Summer Solstice


7 11 23 8 10 13 43 44 44 7 11 44 40 23 25

Saturday 27 June Experience Week 7 Spiritual Practice - Active Meditation 13 Advanced Esalen速 Massage Programme 45 James Finley - Little Things that Fill the Whole World - A Contemplative Retreat (2 days) 29 Advanced Animal Communication (3 days) 44 Expand the Box - Sustainable Culture Thoughtware (1 day orientation + 3 days) 31 Sociocracy - Empowering Transformational Collaboration (1 day orientation + 3 days) 31 Iona - Transformation in Retreat 23 Tuesday 30 June (All programmes: 1 day orientation + 3 days) Constructive Journalism - Especially for Ecovillages and Transition Projects 31 Transformative Innovation for a Regenerative Culture 31 Transition Initiatives 31 UBUNTU: The Sacred Path to Finding Self in Community 31


Saturday 4 July No Living in Community (LCG) Being in Community 11 The Esalen速 Massage Programme (4 weeks) 45 Iona - Creations in Nature 23 Monday 6 July Special Event: GEN+20 Summit - Living the New Story (5 days) Saturday 11 July Music Experience Week Being in Community A Sacred Retreat - Explore Your Soul Through Mandala Painting Active Hope Cultivating Life Force - Introducing Dao into Daily Life Iona - Summer Retreat Saturday 18 July Experience Week Family Experience Week Spanish Experience Week Portuguese Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Nature Game of Transformation (4 days) Iona - Summer Retreat

30 9 11 46 46 46 22 7 9 10 10 13 40 22

Saturday 25 July Special Event: Festival of Sacred Dance, Music and Song 29

Experience Week Being in Community The Elusive Obvious (5 days) Iona - Summer Retreat

7 11 46 22


Saturday 1 August Ecovillage Experience Week Family Experience Week Youth Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Energy Healing Wholebody Focusing Iona - Summer Retreat

8 9 9 13 47 22

Saturday 8 August Experience Week 7 French Experience Week 10 Family Experience Week Follow-On 9 11 Being in Community Spiritual Practice - Herbs 13 22 Iona - Summer Retreat Saturday 15 August Experience Week Italian Experience Week Spanish Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Nature Game of Transformation (7 days) Barefoot Facilitation - Tools to Radically Transform Groups Biodanza - The Dance of Life Iona - Summer Retreat

7 10 10 13 40 47 47 22

Saturday 22 August Experience Week 7 Being in Community 11 Children of the Elements - Caretakers of the Earth 47 Creations in Nature 47 Embracing Change - An Open Floor Movement 48 Nature Connection (Italian) 48 Iona - Summer Retreat 22 Saturday 29 August Experience Week Being in Community Robert Holden - Loveability (3 days) Bending Not Breaking - Practising Inner Resilience Foundations of Energy Healing Science The Journey of Human Alchemy Iona - Summer Retreat

7 11 33 48 48 48 22


Saturday 5 September Experience Week 7 Love in Action - Maintenance at The Park 15 Arms That Hold Us 49 - Rites of Passage in Community The Miracle Choice Game 49 Iona - Retreat with Art 23 Saturday 12 September Ecovillage Experience Week Being in Community Essence and Empowerment - The TARA Approach Iona - Transformation in Retreat Saturday 19 September Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Living Intuitively Findhorn Intensive (12 months) Women Vibrant, Wise and Wild - for women over 50 Game of Transformation (4 days) Iona - Space for the Heart Erraid - Mabon - Autumn Equinox

8 11 49 23 7 14 19 49 40 23 25

Saturday 26 September Special Event: We Do Not Die Expanding Consciousness Through Near-Death and Other Mystical Experiences (4 days) 32 No Living in Community (LCG)



Saturday 3 October Experience Week 7 Being in Community 11 Pathways to the Self - Week 1 & 2 (2 weeks) 50 Hara Intensive - A Centring Retreat 51 51 The Creative Spirit Saturday 10 October LGBTQ Experience Week 9 Being in Community 11 Sacred Dance - Symbols in Movement: The Mevlevi Dervish 51 Turning and Other Prayer Dances Saturday 17 October Experience Week German Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Permaculture

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Saturday 24 October Experience Week 7 In Tune with Nature - Autumn Pleasures in Cluny Garden 15 Learning to Lead Sacred Dance (2 weeks) 51 Iona - Game of Transformation Retreat 23 Saturday 31 October Experience Week Spiritual Practice - Clay Japanese Life Purpose Erraid - Samhain


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Saturday 7 November Special Event: Caroline Myss - The Essential Guide for Healers & Healing (3 days) 33 Spiritual Practice - Mindfulness 14 Game of Transformation (4 days) 40 Saturday 14 November Experience Week Being in Community Life Purpose Saturday 21 November Being in Community Permaculture Design - For Life The Way of Harmony - Evolving Personal and Collective Consciousness Iona - Game of Transformation Retreat Saturday 28 November Experience Week Being in Community

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Saturday 5 December Being in Community


Saturday 12 December Experience Week Being in Community

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Saturday 19 December No Living in Community (LCG) A Christmas Retreat 52 Saturday 26 December Living in Community (LCG) Restricted intake only Monday 28 December Game of Transformation (7 days) New Year Celebration - Crossing the Threshold New Year Retreat - Turning Within and Moving Forward Iona - New Year Retreat

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Tuesday 29 December Erraid - New Year Retreat


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* Living in Community (LCG) starts on every Saturday unless otherwise stated. * Programmes start on Saturday and finish the following Friday evening unless otherwise stated. * Programmes on Iona start on Saturday and finish the following Saturday. These programmes require prior participation in Experience Week.


Findhorn Foundation College is committed to providing holistic education throughout our courses. We are passionate about engaging our participants in transformative education for sustainability and personal empowerment. Our courses in further and higher education integrate experiential and academic learning within the context of the world-renowned Findhorn Learning Centre, Community and Ecovillage project. We host participants from diverse geographical, social, economic, and spiritual backgrounds, and it is in our utmost interest to ensure that through our provision we embrace diversity of experience and offer a non-discriminatory, meaningful, empowering learning journey.

Transformation Game Facilitators Training 9 - 22 May; 17 - 30 October This training enables you to use the Transformation Game professionally as a tool with your clients and colleagues, as well as deepen the experience with friends and family

Design for Sustainability 3 October - 6 November An advanced training course developing the skills needed to work for resilience in key areas – Social, Ecological, Economic Worldview and Facilitation. The course can be taken as a whole or in separate modules Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) 9 - 22 May An in-depth introduction to the Fundamentals of Permaculture

Integrative Eco Social Design 11 - 24 July Permaculture principles applied to organisational and community life

Field Study Visits by arrangement We can offer a range of talks, tours and experiences to enhance university programmes that focus on sustainability, education, holism, and/or community studies Undergraduate & Post Graduate study at Findhorn In Collaboration with Academic partners in Scotland and North America, we offer a four-course undergraduate semester : Foundations of Sustainable Living ; and a three week residential MSc module in Sustainable Community Design

Contact us for more information. Email: Phone: +44 (0)1309 690806

Company No. 215385 Scottish Charity No. SC 0311792.

Learning English in Community 21 March - 17 April; 23 May - 19 June; 22 August - 18 September A dynamic opportunity to improve your English conversational skills within a supportive group and community environment


27 December 2014 - 2 January 2015

New Year Celebration - Crossing the Threshold Barbara Swetina, Fabien Barouch, Javier Rodriguez Connect with the stillness ever present at the heart of our being and consciously step over the threshold into a new year. Within a nurturing group environment which also allows for individual needs, the week is a mix of community celebration through song, dance, creativity, ritual and time for self-reflection. New Year's Eve is celebrated within the community in traditional manner. There is space for rest, relaxation as well as for pure, delightful fun! Tiered price: £930 / £690 / £570 New Year Retreat - Turning Within and Moving Forward Astrid Gude An invitation to take time out, listen deeply within and honour what served well last year, explore what needs to be released and what wants to emerge. Times of stillness alternating with times of creative expression, guided meditation and ritual will lead us through this journey of review, release, purification, setting new intentions until we feel confident to open 40

up to the new with joy and purpose. Tiered price: £930 / £690 / £570

Game of Transformation - 7 days Please see description below. Tiered price: £1010 / £770 / £630 31 January - 3 February

Game of Transformation 4 days 31 January - 3 February, 28 February - 3 March, 28 - 31 March, 20 - 23 June, 18 - 21 July, 19 - 22 September, 7 - 10 November 7 days 2 - 8 May, 15 - 21 August, 28 December - 3 January 2016 Game Group This is the original version of the Transformation Game®. It differs from the box game that you may know as it is more complex and multi-levelled. Centred around a circular board symbolising each player's world, this game offers a playful yet substantial way of understanding and transforming key life issues. With two skilled guides and only five players, this is a wonderful opportunity to receive a high degree of masterful attention and make a

quantum leap into greater wholeness. This workshop is a powerful springboard for spiritual growth and development, valuable at any stage of your life journey. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 (7 days) Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480 (4 days) 21 - 27 February

Life Purpose Susan Miles This long-running, key Foundation workshop points the way to knowing who you really are by discovering the essence of what touches you most and what makes your life meaningful. A variety of creative, meditative and practical exercises help you understand your life’s purpose. Be guided within the supportive context of the group towards an understanding of your current belief systems and the ways in which you relate to yourself and the world. Learn to align with your inner knowing, gain clarity on your next steps and appreciate the nature of your own deeply personal lifelong journey towards fulfilment. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 Experience Week prerequisite

28 February - 6 March

Exploring Reality - Living Reality 28 February - 2 March (3 days) James Eaton James gently yet uncompromisingly guides us towards recognising our original, undivided nature. This is not about achieving some special state, nor about disconnecting from our everyday difficulties and challenges. This is about the revelation, the celebration that the full, rich gamut of human experience is the very expression of our being. Closer than close, more intimate than intimate with all of life, this is about being love. Tiered price: £470 / £360 / £250 Game of Transformation - 4 days 28 February - 3 March Please see description to the left. 7 - 13 March

Tarot - Archetypes of the Soul Jörn Fiebig An introduction to the Tarot and an exploration of the archetypes at the core of each card. Learn to apply the cards to practical daily advice, as well as for big life themes. We will use knowledge, intuition,

attunement and Tarot drama, and of course, do spreads. Jörn will use the Rider deck, but please bring your own one too. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590

14 - 20 March

Pathways to Authenticity Maria Olsthoorn, Susan Miles The focus of this week is a rich journey of deep self enquiry. Our intention is to teach you an effective map for your transformational journey and facilitate the healing of your core wounding and defences. With the group we will support the emergence of your joyful and authentic healing presence. You may find that your life transforms as a result. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 41

21 - 27 March

Detox and De-Clutter Your Life - A Raw Food Diet Retreat Sheila Gibbons Nourish your body and soul through a ‘whole-istic’ approach to life. Learn how to create delicious, balanced raw and living meals, and develop daily exercises both physical and spiritual that will support you in making conscious lifestyle choices. An invitation to grow in gratitude, feel OK with what is, bring your dreams into being and restore yourself to radiance. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

The Amazing Women Week Adriana Sjan Bijman, Kicky Anderberg Can we be present with all we are, as a woman, as a spiritual being? Feel supported in your uniqueness as the amazing woman you are! A nourishing, balanced week with nature, movement/dance, creative 42

expression, group sharing and meditative time. Deepen your personal and spiritual path as we explore together, sharing the richness of our lives. Open to all women, with an invitation extended specifically to women who love women. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 28 - 31 March

Game of Transformation - 4 days Please see description on page 40. 11 - 17 April

A Call Towards Wholeness - The Self in Relationship Ana Rhodes, Javier Rodriguez Without any form of relationship, it is impossible to find oneself. It is through our interactions with others that we are offered opportunities for integrating those aspects of ourselves that need to be welcomed. Using models such as Process Oriented Psychology, coupled with inner work, role play and paying attention to our bodies, we will come to appreciate our personal dynamics with others as helpful messengers supporting our soul’s evolutionary journey. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

Contacting Nature Spirits Pavithra Novak Many of us have heard and believe the myths of the nature spirits, however, we sometimes miss being in touch with these ‘invisible’ beings just because we cannot believe that we have access to their world. Find and develop your own channel with the beings of nature through the help and guidance of an easy but elaborate step-bystep system. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 18 - 24 April

Opening to Love, Embracing Joy Susanna Michaelis 'When all our desires are distilled, we will cast just two votes: to love more and be happy.' Hafiz Through gentle self-enquiry, song, dance, meditation and loving connections with nature, ourselves and each other, we will explore releasing our blocks to love and becoming the change we want to see in our world. Please bring a willingness to live fully, love wholeheartedly and have fun. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

25 April - 1 May

The Longing to Belong - Listening to the Call of Your Soul Astrid Gude 'As soon as you rest in the house of your own heart, doors and windows begin to open outwards to the world,' writes Pat O'Donohue. Every so often we feel homeless in ourselves, disconnected from the natural world and lacking a sense of purpose and meaning. Using a variety of tools from Gestalt work and spiritual traditions we embark on a journey that invites us to reconnect and belong. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

2 - 8 May

Awakening Intimacy Heidi Oravasaari, Marja Kuijer By embracing our feminine fullness, authenticity can bloom. Soften into intimacy with yourself, using movement, self-enquiry, tantric meditation, bodywork and ritual to embody the feminine. Be celebrated as a woman and feel belonging in sisterhood. Reclaim your feminine essence and contribute to the balancing of masculine and feminine energies in our world. For women of every sexual orientation. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Game of Transformation - 7 days Please see description on page 40. Pathways to Authenticity Please see description on page 41. 9 - 15 May

Alive & Awake - Mindfulness in Life and at Work Susanne Olbrich Mindfulness is a wonderful way to increase inner clarity, to reduce the destructive consequences of stress and to nourish the heart. Practise body awareness, sitting

and walking meditation and learn informal practices that can be integrated into everyday life. Spending time in nature, with movement and creative expression, together we will (re)discover the source of peace and joy inside. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 16 - 22 May

The Alchemy of Transformation Joy Drake, Susie Schwartz This hybrid workshop combines two proven tools for uplifting consciousness - the Transformation Game® and SoulCollage®. It provides a platform for change that allows outdated selves to fall away, and invites rebirth into new ways of being infused with aliveness. As Angel and SoulCollage cards speak, new links are forged and alchemy happens! Come and release what no longer serves you, access untapped wisdom, and make a fresh start. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710 43

23 - 29 May

Nature's Soul Music Rog Coulson What is it in nature that fills your soul/ heart with joy? Each day will afford an opportunity to journey into a place of stillness in a beautiful natural location, receive a gift from nature - feelings, words, visual images or music are only some possibilities - and then creatively shape, share and develop that connection. A held space to nourish and grow your art’s practice, whatever your talent or inclination. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 13 - 19 June

Gestalt and States of Grace - Presence, Dialogue and Authenticity Caroline Matters, Sally Denham-Vaughan Gestalt is more than a psychotherapy/ method of organisational consulting/ coaching - it is an applied philosophy aimed at supporting us to live the most vibrant, alive and ‘good’ life possible. Sharing with you the theory and practice of Gestalt, together we will explore being fully present, connecting with others and the world in an authentic and intimate way, collaborating to 44

resolve conflict, and cultivating conditions where we all flourish. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

Your Exquisite Body of Light Tjitze de Jong A full-on week to explore your unique individual healership. Familiarise yourself with directing energy flow and with embodying a bridge of positive intention between heaven and earth via hara and core. With a hands-on approach you discover how chakras actually function and how the various layers of the aura can be accessed, cleansed, repaired, charged. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 The Alchemy of Transformation Please see description on page 43. 20 - 26 June

Findhorn Nonviolence Intensive Dominic Barter, Kit Miller What would it be like to apply the principles of Nonviolent Communication to living in community for a week? To learn by doing, in the nitty gritty of heart-based living with a bunch of people you are still getting to know? Our focus is on finding out what

works for human relationships, to move us towards the world we want to live in.

Game of Transformation - 4 days 20 - 23 June Please see description on page 40. 27 - 29 June

Advanced Animal Communication (3-days) Anna Breytenbach, Antonio Palmieri Designed for those wishing to deepen their telepathic animal communication skills. Focusing on advanced techniques and fine-tuning intuition, Anna Breytenbach guides participants through experiential exploration of personal, spiritual and ethical considerations in service to the natural kingdoms. Discussion, coaching and real casework will equip you with tools and insights to carry forward. A prerequisite is previous completion of an animal communication workshop with any professional globally, at least four months prior to this event. Tiered price: £760 / £590 / £480

Esalen® Massage Programmes 27 June - 3 July

Advanced Esalen® Massage Programme Understanding the therapeutic pulse, still point induction, and directing subtle energy in the body. A therapeutic pulse, one of the most important phenomenon occurring through the application of effective bodywork, arises due to a fundamental shift in the physical, mental and/or emotional state of the client. Because chi energy is connected with the fluid components of the physical body, shifts in the strength and quality of our energy system can be felt in the pulsation processes of the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Learning to develop our presence and awareness to open, support and modify our client’s energy in support of their natural self-healing capacities will be an important focus, and relieving acute and chronic pain will be amongst topics covered. For massage and bodywork practitioners from different disciplines interested in learning how to use Esalen Massage as an effective healing modality. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710

4 - 31 July

The Esalen® Massage Programme Esalen® Massage is a unique form of bodywork developed over more than 40 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. This technique is known for its long integrating strokes, creating an experience of deep relaxation supporting the natural ability of body and mind to self-heal. This month provides participants with indepth experience and practice of basic Esalen Massage techniques, enabling you to give a professional full body massage upon completion of the course. Our study of massage is complemented by daily meditation, yoga and other movement disciplines. Through our daily massage and movement practice, we experience in our own bodies the qualities of aliveness and flowing presence central to this method. This process of selfexploration is a key element of grounding the teaching in the experience of the body itself, and transforms what would simply be a ‘technique’ into a true healing art. The deeper intent of our time together is to learn to

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touch others by first learning to be touched, not only by the hands of our fellow students, but by an expansion of our awareness throughout our own bodies, selves and souls. The environment of the Findhorn Foundation fits well with this method as a path of healing. Participants have the opportunity to experience life in the community, and feel the natural power of the local landscape which so strongly supports inner spiritual awakening. Learning the art of Esalen Massage often changes lives. Whether your intent is to deepen your knowledge of bodywork, or to spend time healing yourself through touching, our time together will stay with you for many years to come. Whatever your intention, join us for this four-week journey. Our hearts will convey our experience through our hands as we learn to heal ourselves and others through this wonderfully effective method of Esalen Massage. Tiered price: £3510 / £3280 / £3050


11 - 17 July

A Sacred Retreat - Explore Your Soul Through Mandala Painting Ann-Marie Grind, Eric Grind An ancient symbol for wholeness and harmony, the mandala can be used as a path of self-discovery. This retreat will give you tools to explore your soul through mandala painting - a joyful, healing and meditative practice - and the opportunity to complete a beautiful and colourful mandala reflecting your inner life. Although no artistic experience is expected or necessary, the mandala can be a path for artistic development, beginner or advanced. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

Active Hope Chris Johnstone, Margo van Greta Our times confront us with challenging realities. This workshop aims to strengthen our capacity to respond. Active Hope is a practice, something we do rather than have, which involves actively creating the future we hope for. What helps us do that? Informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, spirituality and holistic science, we draw upon ‘the Work that Reconnects’, a transformational group-work approach developed by Joanna Macy and colleagues. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Cultivating Life Force - Introducing Dao into Daily Life Therese Poon, Susan Miles 'Know yourself as the drop in the ocean, and you can know the whole ocean.' Rumi Merging Eastern and Western spirituality, we will engage with the unnameable mystery that infuses all life and develop a Chi Gong practice to connect into oneness. Our week will include movement, stillness, soul dialogue and connecting with nature. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 'The week was helpful in finding/following my current journey and moving forward with belief and inner confidence.'


18 - 21 July

Game of Transformation - 4 days Please see description on page 40. 25 - 29 July

The Elusive Obvious (5 days) Roger Linden Liberation is the permanent evaporation of all sense of a separate self. What remains is silent, spacious presence - the Self, experienced as the tender, peaceful joy of unconditional love. Using enquiry, dialogue and silence we explore the reality of the Self, our true nature. We also practise simple, natural ways of easing the mental, emotional and physical strain of living with a false sense of separation. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590

1 - 7 August

Wholebody Focusing Alex Maunder, Susan Miles Beneath our stress and trauma lies an inner wellspring of intelligence and vitality that knows how to move our life situations forward. Invite your power of awareness to awaken this wisdom of the living body through the natural process of Wholebody Focusing. Combining elements of the Alexander Technique with the Focusing practice developed by Eugene Gendlin, Wholebody Focusing encourages more of the body into the process of self-enquiry, increasing grounded presence and energy flow. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 15 - 21 August

Barefoot Facilitation - Tools to Radically Transform Groups Kate Sutherland, Susan Miles The need for collective intelligence, wisdom and capacity has never been greater, but funds to supply professional facilitators to all the meetings and group endeavours supporting the great shifts underway are often lacking. Do you feel called to enhance your ability to facilitate deep and lasting

change in the human systems of which you are a part? Through our time together, you will gain tools and confidence to enable you to step forward. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

Biodanza - The Dance of Life Nadasree Georgete Gadas How would it feel to be at ease in your body, trusting its wisdom and feeling free to enjoy yourself as a sensuous, vibrant being? To reconnect with your life force and reawaken to the beauty and pleasure of being alive, moving and relating? Biodanza leads us gradually into deeper contact with, and permission to believe in, the goodness of our instinctive passions, expressing the emotions that arise from that experience. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 Game of Transformation - 7 days Please see description on page 40.

22 - 28 August

Children of the Elements Caretakers of the Earth Astrid Gude Shamanic traditions see earth, air, water and fire as living beings, moving within and around us, shaping the universe, and open to work in partnership with us. In our fast-paced lives we easily disconnect from nature, creating dis-ease. Through dance and song, poetry and prayer, time in nature, meditation and shamanic journeying we will explore, realign with and celebrate these great cosmic forces, creating balance and harmony within and without. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Creations in Nature Dietmar Voorwold, Craig Gibsone An opportunity to contact the beauty of nature and your own inner sense of harmony. Using the wide open landscape canvas to create our art, during this week we go out to the beach, the river and the bay. We follow our intuition and use light and tides to experience the natural process of creating and letting go. Our art material: stones, sand, clay, shells, wood, leaves and the precious moment. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 47

Foundations of Energy Healing Science Maria Olsthoorn, Susan Miles Removing the veil of mystery from energy healing. How does this modality restore health and wellbeing? We explore how disease develops and what creates health. You learn about the human aura and the psychodynamics of the chakras. You learn to perceive the subtle realms, explore guidance and intuition and a powerful hands-on-healing technique to care for yourself, your friends and family. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

22 - 28 August

Embracing Change - An Open Floor Movement Workshop Deborah Jay-Lewin, Bettina Jespersen As the world changes around us we are called to dance deeper into our own creative selves, to be honest about our vulnerability so we can access our equilibrium and strength. We will use Open Floor Movement Practice to bring this enquiry to the dance floor as we literally embody the physicality of change. Open Floor anchors us in our bodies and engages us in lively, enlightening movement conversations with ourselves and each other. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Nature Connection (Italian) Inga Ongaro, Isabella Guerrini Through this inspiring journey we will experience together how easy it is to get in touch with elements that with us form nature. We will learn from nature to look at events as they unfold, to feel the glory and wonder that comes from this, to accept it all with a heart full of grace and see the divine aspect in everything that happens. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650


29 August - 4 September

Bending Not Breaking - Practising Inner Resilience Nadasree Georgete Gadas, Monica Böni When life throws unexpected circumstances at you, how can you experience your inner strength and your ability to bend, and not break? Instead of trying to survive or cope by building stronger walls against life, we invite you to focus on what needs softening and yielding to allow change to happen gracefully. We share bodywork and a range of practices that support the experience of presence, grace, inner peace, strength and flexibility. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

The Journey of Human Alchemy Javier Rodriguez The embodiment of our intrinsic wholeness is a journey not unlike that described by the ancient art of alchemy. Guided from within, and trusting and developing the body to be the container to hold ‘what is’, we surrender the painful experiences from our past into a sacred transformative process, witnessed and supported by the group. Using somatic mindfulness tools, devotional practices and movement, we will turn our lead into gold. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

5 - 11 September

Arms That Hold Us - Rites of Passage in Community Neil Giddins, Nicola Alan How can we welcome ourselves and one another into each new stage of life? Can we rediscover our innate abilities to mark the cycles of life, enabling and empowering transitions for birth, adolescence, union, elderhood and death? Weaving song, story, movement, sharing and reflection to build a safe circle, we will spend time with nature and her rhythms, co-create simple, authentic rituals and experience the potency of witnessing within conscious community. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710 The Miracle Choice Game James Kelly Facilitated by the creator, play the board game Miracle Choice and discover the bliss that comes from knowing that happiness is an inner decision. Send in personal issues before the workshop and game cards will be created that speak to you deeply. Experience the freedom of knowing you can hold no one but yourself responsible for your misery or pretend that anyone but yourself is the cause of your happiness. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

12 - 18 September

Essence and Empowerment - The TARA Approach Stephanie Mines In a world of increasing sensory inundation, identifying and following your purposeful inner guidance becomes more and more complicated. The TARA Approach - an integrative design that fuses Western neuropsychology and a simple meridian based touch system - guides you back to your essential purpose, the one you brought with you when you were conceived and empowers you to follow your truth into this world where it is desperately needed. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710

archetypes that operate through us, and harvest the gifts of our lives, stepping into our innate wisdom and joyfully embracing our elderhood, honouring our sacred connection to life. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

Game of Transformation - 4 days 19 - 22 September Please see description on page 40.

19 - 25 September

Women Vibrant, Wise and Wild for women over 50 Astrid Gude Ancient cultures revered the wisdom and spiritual power of the grandmothers. It is time to reclaim ourselves and our connection to the divine feminine. Experientially, we will source from the line of our ancestors; connect with our wider spiritual family including the goddesses and 49

Pathways to the Self Six residential weeks Week 1 & 2 (3 - 16 October 2015): Foundations for the Transformation Journey and Grounding into the Self Week 3 (28 November - 4 December 2015): The Self in Relationship Week 4 (6 - 12 February 2016): The Self in Relationship to the Divine Week 5 (16 - 22 April 2016): The Self, the Wound and the Life Task Week 6 (11 - 17 June 2016): Integrating and Moving On

with a completion week in June of the following year. Intended for anyone interested in committed self-enquiry and also suitable for those in the caring professions, the programme provides a learning room for participants to deepen into authentic presence and expand on their ability to be and/or work with others. For further details, please visit our website, or

Maria Olsthoorn, Susan Miles Tiered price: £4470 / £3850 / £3330 By transforming the relationship with the self/Self, we cultivate authentic presence and a solid personal container for life, strengthening our ability to be with whatever arises in the moment. This work on the self is essential as an aspiration towards a deeper sense of presence with the Self and another. Consisting of six weeks spread out over the year, this programme begins with two weeks in October 2015 and ends 50

‘The programme is a wonderful mix of spiritual philosophy, energy healing and psychological development. Both facilitators are so professional and compassionate.’

3 - 9 October

Hara Intensive - A Centring Retreat Nadasree Georgete Gadas Sitting like a mountain and standing with awareness in life's fullness - being the powerful link between heaven and earth. In this retreat we focus on body and practices that enhance coming to your centre in your hara or tantien (known in Eastern traditions as the gravity centre of the body). There is also sitting meditation and silence, and learning to listen, speak and move from this centre, sharing the wonder and tenderness of presence. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 The Creative Spirit Annie Crawford In this expressive journey, using a variety of drama techniques to reveal our amazing human spirit, we will work with the shadow and light aspects of our inner selves and explore how our creative spirit can guide us in making the changes we would like in our lives. Includes the performance of a short theatre piece of what has evolved for us during the week. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

10 - 16 October

Sacred Dance - Symbols in Movement:The Mevlevi Dervish Turning and Other Prayer Dances Maria-Gabriele Wosien An introduction to the prayer in movement of the Mevlevi Dervishes - the Turning and to Jelal-uddin Rumi’s philosophy of the soul. The Turning is the base of the Sema, a ritual which celebrates the journey of the soul to God. Held in Cluny Ballroom, Gabriele’s theme of Prayer and Sacred Dances - Symbols in Movement will have us turning in the mornings and dancing in the afternoons. Tiered price: £1080 / £850 / £710

24 October - 6 November

Learning to Lead Sacred Dance (2 weeks) Judith Bone, Peter Vallance Sacred Dance is a powerful vehicle to create community, healing, peace and inspiration in the world. These traditional dances and contemporary choreographies work on many levels. In these two weeks you learn 16 dances in depth and have the opportunity to lead and receive feedback. You learn skills to lead groups, create a programme of dances, and attune to the energy of the dance. Suitable for those who already have some experience of dance. Tiered price: £1610 / £1270 / £1070 51

group sharings, meditation, nature connection, art and dance you will explore how you can make your life more fun and sustainable, for yourself and the Earth! Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Experience Week prerequisite

7 - 10 November

Game of Transformation - 4 days Please see description on page 40. 14 - 20 November

Life Purpose Please see description on page 41. 21 - 27 November

Permaculture Design - For Life Karen Hughes, Jacqueline Buckingham An opportunity to delve deeply into permaculture design, principles and ethics and experience how to apply permaculture to your life - not just by growing veg and keeping chickens! Through self enquiry, 52

The Way of Harmony - Evolving Personal and Collective Consciousness Michael Wolff What if you could find a safe and harmonious way to release your blocks and experience the positive ripple effect of bringing greater harmony into your life and the lives of those around you? Learn to align with the natural flow of the universe and experience being dynamically present moment by moment. Join Michael in a circle that focuses on accelerating the expansion of both individual and collective consciousness. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650

19 - 25 December

A Christmas Retreat An invitation to touch your stillness and your joy while in the heart of our community during the Christmas season, this retreat offers a quiet spaciousness. Beginning with the Solstice Spiral, you will have opportunities to be with your inner nature, as well as to join in with the community celebrations and rituals that take place at this special time. Tiered price: £1050 / £800 / £650 Experience Week prerequisite 28 December - 3 January

New Year Celebration - Crossing the Threshold Please see description on page 40. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 New Year Retreat - Turning Within and Moving Forward Please see description on page 40. Tiered price: £970 / £720 / £590 Game of Transformation - 7 days Please see description on page 40.

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2015 and Beyond - Participating in the UN Agenda for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) The Findhorn Ecovillage is a major centre of adult holistic learning serving 14,000 visitors a year from over 50 countries. A synthesis of the very best of current thinking on sustainable human settlements, our ecovillage is used as an ESD resource by ecovillage educators and a number of university and school groups, as well as by professional organisations. Education for Sustainable Development is not a particular programme or project, but is rather an umbrella for many forms of learning that already exist, and new ones that remain to be created. Both the Findhorn Foundation’s month-long Applied Ecovillage Living (now in its 16th year) and the Findhorn Foundation College’s five-week Gaia Education Design for Sustainability (now in its 10th year) have integrated the social, worldview, ecological and economic dimensions of sustainability while providing knowledge and wisdom universal in scope and local in application. Over the years programme participants have become sustainability designers and change agents by taking an active role in the transition

of their existing communities, institutions and neighbourhoods towards more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, as well as more joyful, meaningful and healthier lives. 2015 is seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for transformational change. The international community is engaged in crafting an actionable post-2015 framework that could inform a vision of a more sustainable human civilisation. It must be a vision simple enough to captivate the imagination yet bold enough to ignite the collective will to re-make our human presence in the world. An active contributor to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014, the Findhorn Foundation will continue to actively contribute to the post-2015 ESD tapestry, equipping participants with the practical skills and analytical depth to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly, and strives to eliminate the concept of waste. The Findhorn Foundation is an NGO Associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is regularly represented in UN briefings.

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Presenter Profiles Adriana Sjan Bijman works as an independent photographer, graphic designer and producer of photo and stationery products. She is a fervent traveller with a passion for nature and has lived here since 1998.

Annie Crawford is a creative performance artist and co-director of The Fannie McTartans, a local community women's theatre group. She is an experienced group and community worker with a passion for stepping into the fear.

Alex Maunder has been a qualified Alexander Technique teacher for more than 25 years and is a certified Focusing trainer. Wholebody Focusing combines both techniques.

Astrid Gude is an educator, therapist, shamanic practitioner and teacher accredited by Sandra Ingerman, with a background in diverse spiritual paths.

Ana Rhodes is a transpersonal psychotherapist trained in Process Work with many years of experience in areas of individual and group supervision and consultancy work. Anna Breytenbach is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California and has been practising for 12 years in the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa with domestic and wild animals.


Barbara Swetina is a gifted musician who plays many instruments with a wide repertoire of songs. She brought sacred harmony singing into the heart of the community and teaches internationally. Bettina Jespersen is an accredited 5 Rhythms® teacher. She’s passionate about integrating body, heart, mind and spirit and explores this on the dance floor. Bill Henderson has been leading community music groups for 20 years. He uses music to create community, foster harmony and

stimulate self-discovery. Caroline Matters is trained in Gestalt psychotherapy and works in the Findhorn Foundation, supporting and supervising individuals and groups. Caroline Myss is a pioneer of energy healing. A medical intuitive internationally known for her work with sacred contracts, archetypes and chakras, she is the author of many books and is founder of Chicago’s Caroline Myss Education Institute. Chris Johnstone is a physician and coach who writes and teaches about resilience, happiness and positive change. He has worked with Joanna Macy for more than two decades and co-authored the book Active Hope - How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy. Clinton Callahan is the co-founder of Next Culture Research & Training Center, co-originator of Possibility Management and coauthor in English and German of Radiant Joy Brilliant Love. Craig Gibsone has lived in the community since its early days and

is an educator, artist, potter and permaculturist. Daniel Christian Wahl is an international educator, consultant and activist passionately committed to co-creating a regenerative culture and building bridges between civil society, government, business, and academia. Deborah Jay-Lewin has taught 5Rhythms® since 1994, is a certified Waves® and Heartbeat® teacher and combines her knowledge and creativity with her interest in sustainable living. Dietmar Voorwold is an artist, designer and art therapist who leads workshops in LandArt. He has created some of the images seen in Findhorn Foundation brochures and has held many Foundation workshops. Dimitris Barbaroussis approaches the multidimensional field of Greek Dance in a serious and professional way, harmonically combining rhythm and music. Dominic Barter consults with governments, organisations and communities internationally on

bringing heart-based learning, healing and change into tough social and interpersonal situations. Eveline Rodenburg is a naturopath and has a strong connection to plants and their usefulness: as food, medicine or dye. She is a Findhorn Foundation staff member. Fabien Barouch is a founding member of the New Findhorn Association and a long-term resident of The Park. He is an experienced facilitator and has a passion for nature. Heidi Oravasaari guides people in finding their inner depth through Tantra and nature-based selfenquiry. She is a Vision Quest guide, intimacy coach and Tantra teacher. Hugo Klip is passionate about Sacred Dance and Taizé singing as a way to connect with each other and with spirit. He lives and works in the wider community. India Brown has served almost everywhere within the Foundation, including on the management team and in the Programmes department. She runs The Mastery workshops.

Inga Ongaro grew up immersed in nature in a Brazilian community and nature reserve. She now lives in the wider community. Isabella Guerrini is a landscaper and a teacher of the language, symbolism and energy of nature. She is also a sustainable development consultant and author. Jacqueline Buckingham is a transpersonal therapist and is passionate about connecting people to their own beauty and their love of nature. James Eaton graduated in Maths from Oxford University and worked as a singer/songwriter, actor and schoolteacher before offering workshops exploring the true nature of reality. James Finley, a student of contemplative prayer for more than 50 years, studied with Thomas Merton, is the author of several books including The Contemplative Heart and leads meditation workshops and retreats internationally. James Kelly created the board game Miracle Choice. He lives and

teaches that happiness or misery is always the result of an inner choice. James Pretlove works in Park Kitchen, preparing food for the community and its guests. He also writes, teaches Scottish country dancing and practises Nichiren Buddhism. James Priest practises artful facilitation and serves internationally, consulting and coaching intentional communities, social change organisations and charities to evolve holistic approaches to organisational development. Javier Rodriguez, a workshop leader, therapist and coach for more than 20 years, has an MA in Clinical Psychology and specific in-depth trainings in various approaches to personal development and transpersonal psychology. Johanna Holloman teaches yoga with precise therapeutic alignment as a means towards inner development and embodiment of presence. She is a psychologist and teacher of the Diamond Approach® and Esalen® Massage Bodywork.

Jon Young, a storyteller and visionary dedicated to helping communities and individuals build deeper connections with each other and the Earth, was mentored as a child into a powerful relationship with nature and sense of place by the renowned tracker Tom Brown Jr. Jörn Fiebig, a workshop leader, photographer, Tarot counsellor and member of the Findhorn community, enjoys looking at life in creative, adventurous ways. Joy Drake is the originator of The Transformation Game®, a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and Findhorn Fellow. She is committed to discovering innovative ways of serving the emerging impulse. Judith Bone, a long-term Foundation staff member, brings wisdom, grace and experience to Sacred Dance workshops and a variety of programmes on spiritual growth. Karambu Ringera works with vulnerable groups within a community to find their own voice, which strengthens the community’s ability to transform challenges


into possibilities for social change, sustainable peace and development. Karen Hughes is a permaculture designer, gardener and food grower passionate about people care and applying permaculture principles to everyday life. Karin Werner is an art therapist, gives courses and trainings in Healing through Art and works with creative expression through painting, drawing and clay sculpture.

Kit Miller serves as the director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Before this she was director/celebrator of Bay Area NVC, California.

Liza Hollingshead has been a Game of Transformation guide for more than 20 years. She is director of Ecologia Trust, a charity supporting an orphaned children’s village in Russia. Margo van Greta works with spiritual and personal development at the Findhorn Foundation. She is a passionate Buddhist and drummer who facilitates transformation.

Kostantis Kourmadias, a master of the violin and saz, specialises in the oldest forms of traditional Greek music. He also plays music from the Balkans and the Middle East.

Maria Olsthoorn trained at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She has been working with individuals and groups in the community for more than 20 years, teaching transformational core healing.

Katharina Brocke works internationally for a Japanese peace organisation and draws from her rich experience of working and living within the community for the past 29 years.

Laura Shannon is known worldwide for her pioneering approach to traditional women’s dances as tools for healing and transformation. She blends folk dance, circle dance and dance/ movement therapy in her teaching.

Maria-Gabriele Wosien, a regular visitor to the Findhorn Foundation, is the daughter of Bernhard Wosien who first brought Sacred Dance to the community.

Katharina Kroeber has been dancing at the Findhorn Foundation since 1993. She also studies Buddhist practice, BodyTalk and community.

Leila Dregger is a journalist and writer, teacher of peace journalism, member of the Tamera Peace Research Center in Portugal and editor of GEN International News.

Kate Sutherland is a coach and consultant in organisational development and author of two books on inner-work tools for change agents.


Kicky Anderberg is a musician and Sacred Dance teacher with a special interest in the traditional music and dances from Eastern Europe and Asia Minor. She has studied women’s dances from this region for many years.

Marion Callahan is the co-founder of Next Culture Research & Training Center, co-originator of Possibility Management and coauthor in English and German of Radiant Joy Brilliant Love.

Marja Kuijer loves the life she lives. She is a staff member of the Findhorn Foundation and a warmhearted massage therapist qualified in different modalities. May East is an international civil servant, sustainability designer and educator leading two international organisations: CIFAL Scotland (a UNITAR affiliated training centre) and Gaia Education. Michael Wolff founded Conscious Evolution Coaching, a mutual support network to evolve personal and collective consciousness through the power of centring, torus and infinite love. Monica Böni is passionate about personal and spiritual development and about remembering spirit in all aspects of life. Nadasree Georgete Gadas is a fiery Biodanza teacher, passionate about body as expression of soul. She is enthused by transparency in relationships and the emergence of a new ‘we’. Neil Giddins is a community facilitator for the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, has a

background in mental health care, and believes in the power of sacred ritual to heal and connect. Nicola Alan is an interfaith minister and homoeopath, focusing on the gateways of birth and death. She lives in the wider community with her beloved partner and writes children's stories.

Robert Holden, founder of The Happiness Project, whose innovative work has been featured on Oprah, in the PBS special Shift Happens! and in two major BBC documentaries. He makes a welcome return, having recently facilitated Happiness and the Enneagram.

Niels Paulsen is an experienced workshop leader and a trained practitioner in massage, healing and personal development.

Rog Coulson, involved with the Findhorn Foundation since 2000, is a working musician, choir/band leader. He is passionate about the music of nature which truly nourishes our deepest selves.

Pavithra Novak is a clinical psychologist and has been working as a therapist, counsellor and workshop leader for more than 10 years. Her deepest passion is to reconnect individuals and groups with their highest potential.

Sally Denham-Vaughan is the cofounder of Relational Change and a leader in The Relational Movement: a global effort to catalyse social cohesion among diverse communities.

Perry Holloman has taught massage at Esalen since 1996 and has been a resident of the Esalen Community since 1979. He brings this healing art around the world. Peter Vallance has led Sacred Dance workshops for more than 20 years, bringing humour, experience and enthusiasm. He is also a storyteller and leads sacred journeys.

Sheila Gibbons is a teacher of yoga and living and raw foods. She has 12 years’ community living experience, is trained in Thai Massage and Energetic Cellular Healing, and works in a heart centred, holistic way. Stephanie Mines teaches internationally and is the author of numerous books including the

award winning We Are All in Shock. She makes a welcome return to the Foundation, having been a conference speaker and workshop leader here a number of times. Stewart Friendship is a community artist who has a background in theatre, performance, drawing and painting. He writes and directs the annual Cluny pantomime. Susan Miles is a staff member of the Foundation. A lover of paradox and simplicity, she has been facilitating workshops here since 1994. Susanna Michaelis enjoys living fully and loving wholeheartedly. An interfaith minister and celebrant, she sings with a Threshold Choir, writes (The Happiness Manifesto) and embraces joy. Susanne Anders Bartholomäi is a dance teacher who fuses Sacred Dance into DanceMeditation, connecting dancers to the love in their hearts and the strength of the Earth.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. She is a pianist, composer and music teacher. Susie Schwartz has lived and worked in the community since 1998. Trained to guide the Game of Transformation in 1986, she has been working with different versions of the game ever since as guide, chronicler, box game facilitator and trainer. Therese Poon is an acupuncturist. She has travelled extensively throughout China, Europe and Australia studying the arts of internal alchemy, medical Chi Gong, Chinese tea ceremony and Daoist wellbeing. Tjitze de Jong is a social worker, massage therapist and healer since 1985. He is a Barbara Brennan graduate including Advanced Studies, and has focalised many workshops, founding his own certificated healing school in 2007.

Susanne Olbrich has been practising mindfulness meditation for 18 years and trained in


Booking & Practical Information How to Book our Programmes Please book online at or use the Booking Form, pages 63 - 64. A minimum age of 18 years is required for participation unless otherwise stated in the programme description. To reserve your place, please send a ÂŁ95 deposit per person per programme which is non-refundable unless your programme is cancelled. Experience Week and some other programmes require a letter of introduction, see Booking Experience Week section. When booking a programme that starts in four weeks or less, full payment is required at the time of booking. Please book well in advance to ensure a place in the programme of your choice. Wait for confirmation of your booking before making travel arrangements. (Allow one to two weeks for confirmation.) 58

The balance of your payment is due four weeks before the starting date of your programme. We will take this from your debit or credit card automatically. For other forms of payment, see Payment section. Payment We prefer payment by debit or credit card (we only accept MasterCard and Visa) but can accept cheques. Please do not send cash. Payment should be in pounds sterling (GBP). In most countries it is possible to buy a cheque in GBP from your bank. We do not accept Eurocheques. For bank transfer please contact the Bookings office. For more information please see: Pay Agreements Pay agreements may be available. Please contact the Bookings office. Cancellations If you cancel after four weeks before the start date we can refund only 50% of the

balance. If you cancel within one week of the programme, there is no refund. We suggest that you arrange holiday insurance. Occasionally we need to cancel a workshop and will inform you no later than four weeks before the workshop is due to begin to arrange an alternative or a refund. Telephone / Fax Bookings office: tel: +44 (0)1309 691653 fax: +44 (0)1309 691663 Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4.30pm (closed Thursday pm) For general enquiries: +44 (0)1309 690311 Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm For Erraid bookings: +44 (0)1681 700384 or see Booking Experience Week When you book Experience Week we ask that you write a letter introducing yourself. This is your first step into the spirit of the week and helps the Experience Week facilitators get to know you and prepare the programme. It will remain confidential.

Most people write between one and two pages. Please write or type it yourself. Write a simple, honest, authentic letter about yourself and why you want to participate in Experience Week. Mistakes don’t matter, just write it in your own style. Include your age and an overview of your present life (for example some of your life choices so far, present joys and challenges, relationships, your inner life). If you have had any emotional or health difficulties, please let us know how these are affecting your life now. Please enclose the letter with your deposit and booking form. Please wait for confirmation of your booking before making travel arrangements. Your Accommodation Week-long programmes end on Friday evening and accommodation is provided until Saturday morning. Accommodation is generally shared. Single rooms may be available for an additional cost, but cannot be guaranteed in advance. If you use a wheelchair, please contact us well in advance so that we can make suitable arrangements.

Fees include linen, towels, meals and refreshments. We suggest you bring suitable clothing for all kinds of activities. The weather varies a great deal so include warm and waterproof clothing in all seasons! Special Diets Our kitchens provide vegetarian food which is mostly organic, seasonal and locally sourced. Vegan, wheat free, and sugar free alternatives are available at each meal. If you require a diet that is more specialised, we cannot guarantee to fulfil your needs. We cannot cater for people with serious food allergies or multiple food intolerances. Arriving Early or Staying On If we have space available, and you have been here before, we can offer you the opportunity to arrive on Friday and stay overnight before joining your programme (sorry, not available in July or August). The cost is £38 per day for shared accommodation and all meals. Bookings for extra nights must be made through our Bookings office. We cannot guarantee availability. A list of local bed and breakfast guest houses is available at (Please note that

most local B&Bs are not equipped to take credit cards.) Follow-on Discounts If you book an Experience Week directly followed by an Exploring Community Life (2014) or Being in Community(2015), between the following dates, we will give you a reduction of £100 off the total price. 29 November 2014 - 21 February 2015 and 28 November 2015 - 20 February 2016. Bursaries We wish to include people with a low income, young people, people who are unwaged, or people from developing countries. We have set up a bursary fund to help all people access our services. Contributions to the Bursary Fund We welcome contributions to our bursary fund as a gift to help those people who cannot afford to pay the full amount to come here. A space is provided for bursary contributions on the booking form.

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help with the cost of participating in our programmes. We encourage you to apply for this funding if you need help with payment. All bursaries must be arranged in advance of arrival, so please apply no later than two weeks before the start date of your chosen programme(s) and not sooner than three months before. Please tick the box on the booking form and our Bookings office will send you a bursary application form to fill in. Concessions A reduction of £50 is offered for young people 25 and under, unemployed people, and people from developing countries, on the following programmes only: Experience Week, Being in Community and Spiritual Practice Weeks. Short Visits & Short Term Guests You can participate in the daily life of the community by joining us as a short-term guest for between one and six days if you are unable to stay for longer. You will have the opportunity to participate in a service department, meditate in our sanctuaries and engage in other activities as available. If you hold a passport from outside the 60

UK and EU, you need a visa that enables you to do voluntary work in the UK. This programme includes lunch and dinner in the Community Centre. You need to find your own accommodation, a list of local bed and breakfasts is available at Advance notice is suggested, however, you may also contact the Visitors Centre upon arrival. tel: +44 (0)1309 690311 Guided Tours For day visitors we offer guided tours from our Visitors Centre every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, during the summer. Guided tours during the winter and for groups can be provided by prior arrangement. If you would like more information, please call, write or email: Visitors Centre, Findhorn Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ tel: +44 (0)1309 690311 email:

Please Note All information and pricing included in our publicity is correct at the time of going to press and is subject to change. While every effort is made to provide programmes and services as advertised, we do not accept liability for; • Cancellations or changes caused by availability of staff, low bookings, weather conditions, maintenance work, acts of God, acts of government or any other authorities, or any other situations beyond our control • Pre-existing medical or psychiatric conditions or those which may arise during, or subsequent to, participation in one of our programmes • Loss of or damage to personal property of our guests We reserve the right to refuse admission to our programmes if, on arrival, participation appears to be inappropriate. We also reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave if their behaviour is disruptive to the functioning of the Foundation or interferes with the rights of others. Please do not bring your pets.

There are trains from London to Inverness and Aberdeen, with connections to Forres. Our buses meet three Saturday mid-morning trains at Forres station. At other times there are usually taxis at Forres station to take you to our Cluny Hill site or The Park. For rail information, please visit National Rail Enquiries: National Express: Citylink: and Megabus: operate express services from London (Victoria Coach Station), Glasgow, and Edinburgh, to Aberdeen and Inverness. Stagecoach: operates bus servises from Aberdeen and Inverness to Forres, and from Forres to The Park (distance 5 miles).

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towards Grantown-on-Spey. At Grantown follow the A939 / A940 to Forres: For Cluny Hill (IV36 2RD), Forres, from the High Street turn right into Tolbooth Street. At the roundabout go straight across into St Leonards Road, and then turn left at the sign for Cluny Hill.

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Nearest airports are Inverness (25 miles away) and Aberdeen (75 miles away). There are connections from most major British and some European cities. See our website for travel information from airports. The Findhorn Foundation is based at two sites: The Park (IV36 3TD), near Findhorn village; and Cluny Hill (IV36 2RD) in Forres which is 5 miles from The Park and 26 miles east of Inverness.


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th y n ow lity unit io r i at G m r b g l n a a n b or on ain om ei ele dh ers ust & C ellb C n i & P S F ip W y i a l l & & sh & vit nt ritua ture der alth eati e s i a a Es Sp N Le He Cr O O O Isle of Erraid 24 - 25 O O O O Isle of Iona 22 - 23 O James Finley - Little Things that Fill the Whole World 29 O O O Learning to Lead Sacred Dance 51 O Life Purpose 41 O O O Living in Community Guest Programme (LCG) 17 O O Living Essentials Apprentice Programme (LEAP) 18 O O O Living Whole, Bringing Ourselves to Life 20 O O Nature Connection (Italian) 48 O O Nature's Soul Music 44 O O New Year Celebration - Crossing the Threshold 40, 52 O New Year Retreat -Turning Within and Moving Forward 40, 52 O Opening to Love, Embracing Joy 42 O Pathways to Authenticity 41 O O O Pathways to the Self 50 O Permaculture Design - For Life 52 O Robert Holden - Loveability 33 O O Sacred Dance - Symbols in Movement 51 O O O Service Weeks 15 O Sociocracy - Empowering Transformational Collaboration 31 O O O O O O Spiritual Deepening - Living from Purpose and Soul 21 O O O O O O Spiritual Practice 12 - 14 41 O Tarot - Archetypes of the Soul O O The Alchemy of Transformation 43 O The Amazing Women Week 42 O O The Creative Spirit 51 O The Elusive Obvious 46 O O The Journey of Human Alchemy 48 O O The Longing to Belong - Listening to the Call of Your Soul 43 O The Miracle Choice Game 49 O The Way of Harmony - Evolving Consciousness 52 O O Transformative Innovation for a Regenerative Culture 31 O O Transition Initiatives 31 O O UBUNTU: The Sacred Path to Finding Self in Community 31 O We Do Not Die: Near-Death & Other Mystical Experiences 32 O O Wholebody Focusing 47 O Women Vibrant, Wise and Wild - for women over 50 49 O O Your Exquisite Body of Light 44

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PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO BOOK ERRAID WEEKS. (see pages 24 - 25) Please print clearly and in BLOCK CAPITALS. Please read pages 58 - 60 before completing this form. Our programmes require a minimum age of 18 years for participation unless otherwise stated in the programme description.

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*To confirm your booking we require either payment in full if booking within four weeks prior to start date or a non-refundable £95 deposit for each programme. The balance is due four weeks before the start of each programme (single room supplement, if any, to be paid on arrival). Experience Week bookings also require an introductory letter from each participant (see pages 58 - 60) as do some other programmes. Please check course descriptions carefully. Send your completed form to: Bookings, Findhorn Foundation, The Park, Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ, Scotland Fax +44 (0)1309 691663 64

Support Us Gratitude We extend our deepest gratitude for the many blessings we have received over the years. Without those contributions this community could not have achieved all that it has. Whatever form your contribution took, we thank you and appreciate your gifts. In the past 12 months, you have helped us to: • complete Clearwater, an eco-friendly and fully accessible guest lodge • sponsor over 200 bursaried places on our programmes • refurbish guest rooms and bathrooms in Cluny • upgrade the seating in the Universal Hall • renovate the kitchen and meeting room at Cullerne Gardens • replace an oven in Park Kitchen

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Thanks to the support of our worldwide network of donors, we are still thriving after more than 50 years and continue to offer the experience of this community to the world. We invite you now to strengthen your connection to the Findhorn Foundation by joining the Network of Friends. This is an opportunity for the many people worldwide who have been touched by the spirit of the Findhorn Foundation to stay connected and, through a financial contribution, help support the continuing unfoldment of the work and vision of this centre of love and light.

You can help nurture the work of the Findhorn Foundation in the world by remembering the Foundation in your will. Your legacy will be a gift for the future that will live on to make our shared vision of a positive and sustainable world a continuing reality. If you would like to find out more please visit our website: or email

Our goal is to build a community of friends, supporting not just the Findhorn Foundation but also the wider community that is here in the area, and to strengthen the community of friends and co-workers living in all parts of the world.

As a contributor you will receive a Welcome Pack, a regular e-newsletter and the opportunity to connect and engage with other members of the Network of Friends. To join please visit: or complete the form overleaf.


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USA taxpayers can make tax-deductible donations to support any Findhorn Foundation project via The Hygeia Foundation for Health, Science and the Environment Inc; for more details please email For more information contact: Supporter Relations, Findhorn Foundation The Park, Findhorn, Moray IV36 3TZ Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC007233

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