Share the experience of the 2012 Holistic Centres Gathering hosted by the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland through this visual journey. Explore the venue Cluny Hill and it’s beautiful surrounds and meet some of the participants who came from around the world.
Enjoy a walk through the Findhorn Foundation Community and along Findhorn Beach with Tom Robinson and Peter Moore from Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon, the first arrivals for the 2012 Holistic Centres Gathering.
Are you interested in attending the next Gathering?
Held in Europe for the first time in a decade, this is a unique opportunity to connect with your peers from around the world and share ideas, insights, wisdom and experience in an open, supportive and creative way.
The community has drawn visitors from all over the world since it began in 1962 and the 50th birthday year is the perfect time to make the pilgrimage to Findhorn.
Full details of this unique event are available online here including how to book your place on either the 5 day or 7 day option. The week long option offers a deeper immersion into the community and integration of the learning gained from the Gathering.
Click the video to below to hear the interview with Ralph White, co-founder of the Centers Gathering and New York Open Center, Christine Lines, co-ordinator of the 2012 Gathering at Findhorn and Kutira Decosterd, co-founder of the Maui Eco Retreat in Hawaii.
To preserve the quality and depth of our dialogue, this event will be limited to 50 attendees (max. 2 people from any organization).
We encourage you to book your place early to attend this unique event.
For more information please contact the co-ordinator, Christine Lines, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone +44 (0)7582 505 496
We hope your center can be represented at our 2012 gathering and look forward to hearing from you!
love and blessings,
Since the early days of the community, the Findhorn Foundation has been pioneering a new way of living on the earth and linking up with other centres all over the world to form a network of love and light.
Co-founder Peter Caddy said, “It is very much our work to be a point of synthesis, to link centres together to see where we can unite. Each centre has something different that we can learn from, that they can give to us, and we can give to them.”
In this spirit of synthesis the Findhorn Foundation hosted the annual International Holistic Centres Gathering in May 2012, a meeting of peers from around the world who came together to share ideas, experience, hopes and challenges, to learn from and inspire each other, and support the planetary transformation that is unfolding with increasing momentum.
One of the participants Peter Andrew from Network News in Wales said, “I experienced it as a rare opportunity for pioneering souls from around the world to gather for mutual support and affirmation, achieved in an ideal setting, and clearly planned with great care.” [Read more…]
In May 2012, 37 people representing 27 centres in 16 countries on five continents gathered together at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland for the International Holistic Centres Gathering. Together we explored our unity in diversity, shared about our work and service in the world, exchanged ideas, challenges and experience. It was a time of learning from one another, in the spirit of supporting the planetary transformation that is unfolding in the world…
The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, an international centre for holistic learning and an ecovillage, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. Each year the Gathering moves from one centre to another, and is a unique opportunity for a meeting of peers to enjoy friendship and connection, experience the host centre and become ambassadors for each others centre too.
EUROPE – EAST AND WEST
Finca Tierra, Canary Islands – Brigitte Maine Rothholz
Founded in 1999, 4 – 6 residents, offers workshops in holistic healing, personal grow, bodywork, and personal retreats.
Cortijo Romero, Spain – Alan Dale
Established in 1986, offers holidays embracing a journey of celebration, healing, restoration, learning and the greatest possible expression of human potential.
Representing Kalikalos, Greece – Dorota Owen and Roger Doudna
Dedicated to demonstrating the power of authentic community as a vehicle for building a new holistic world of peace and sustainability.
The Findhorn Foundation, are excited to welcome the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community, Dmitry Morozov and two key members of the Russian foster family community to visit us here in Scotland in May.
There is a strong connection between the Findhorn Community and Kitezh through Ecologia Youth Trust. Liza Hollingshead, founder of Ecologia, which is based in the Findhorn community, shares the story…
Kitezh was founded in 1992, just thirty years after our own community. It is their 20th Anniversary this year. Dmitry Morozov was a radio journalist with a vision to create a new world and Perestroika was the perfect time to do it. He left a prestigious job in Moscow and moved to the countryside, sharing his vision and an invitation to join him with his listeners on Radio Mayak.
When I met Dmitry in 1993, he and his small group had built one house on a large piece of land, and they had started to take orphaned, abandoned children into their family. I remember him telling me that it is easier to change a child’s view of the world, than an adult’s. Little did they know what they were committing themselves to! It was not that simple. [Read more…]
A wonderful Kenyan woman, Karambu Ringera, visited the community of the Findhorn Foundation to join The Way of Council workshop last year. We’re delighted to welcome Karambu back to participate in the Holistic Centres Gathering – Network of Light.
Karambu says, “I want to learn as much as I can because I want to create a centre similar to Findhorn in Meru, Kenya. I want to be able to do things that bring peace and wellbeing into people’s lives. I have lots to learn, but my heart resonates with such spaces.”
The story of International Peace Initiatives (IPI) is about RECLAIMING wastelands and TRANSFORMING lives. “When I think of my work with International Peace Initiatives, I recognized that I had built the Amani Community Children’s Home (ACH) for orphans in a space called ‘rocky, unproductive, barren, and forsaken for it had nothing to offer.’ It was community land that had been abandoned and left to overgrow with bushes.” [Read more…]
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was set up in 1995 to support the experimental creation and preservation of human settlements that not only sustain, but regenerate their social and natural environments.
Ecovillages are communities with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in common ecological, economic, social and cultural values and goals. They spring from the good intentions and creativity of citizens, and their willingness to make a difference.
Today GEN contains an innovative alliance between intentional communities (with some of the lowest per capita carbon footprints in the industrialized world) and networks of traditional villages. [Read more…]
Ecologia Youth Trust is an international charity based at Findhorn that has been supporting youth and environment initiatives since 1988, linking many organisations with the Findhorn Community, particularly from Russia.
Kitezh Children’s Community is Ecologia’s key project in Russia and Ecologia has been actively involved in the growth and development of the Russian community for foster families and orphan children. Ecologia Youth Trust raises funds for building, provides professional training, supports children’s education, organises youth exchanges and sends international volunteers to work in the community.
Recently Ecologia has expanded its work to include projects in Georgia, Thailand and Uganda. We would like to see the foster family community model pioneered at Kitezh applied in many other countries in the world.
Liza Hollingshead, the Founder of Ecologia, will be attending the 2012 Gathering hosted by the Findhorn Foundation. She says, “Networking and linking holistic centres and groups with a common interest in Findhorn has been a key to our work and we look forward to continuing this cross pollination activity in the future.”
Since 1992, the monthly Network News magazine has been a communication hub in North Wales, UK, for all those who “share a vision of a whole and humane world”. North Wales, with the Snowdonia mountains at its heart, is a rugged and rural area with a very low population density. As well as the core indigenous population, who have managed to retain their own language and culture, there are different immigrant communities.
Some are drawn by the enduring myths embedded in the landscape and history, some by the Celtic spirituality, others by the possibilities of living more simply and sustainably. Others have just followed that ancient urge to “go West!” in search of alternative ways of being. Network News attempts to link and affirm all these individuals and communities, and promotes events, groups, centres, festivals and initiatives of every kind.
In 2008 and 2011, we also produced a booklet The Whole Guide To Inspiring People & Places in North Wales. “This little booklet is intended to shine light on some of the inspiring people, groups and centres that are just around the corner, so we can find each other more easily, and explore new ways to support and strengthen each others’ work. And for those who are just beginning to question their true purpose and responsibility in the world, this booklet may be a magical doorway into a world with different priorities, extraordinary new friends, and a deeper quality of living and being.” [Read more…]