When Eileen & Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean came together in 1962 to seek divine guidance, they had no intention of growing a world-famous vegetable garden and starting a community, but that’s exactly where their guidance led them.

Findhorn still grows beautiful vegetables in Cullerne Gardens. I worked there and experienced firsthand the community’s commitment to work as “love in action.” (see pp. 128-9)

Each day, the gardens feed hundreds of residents and guests at the Community Centre.

The Phoenix Shop sells produce from Cullerne Gardens, along with an assortment of other goods.

As this fairy statue on the farm shows, Findhorn has a knack for blending the mystical and the practical.

Each weekday morning, residents gather for singing and meditation in the Nature Sanctuary.

Findhorn offers an impressive array of conferences on spiritual and ecological themes— most of them held here in the Universal Hall.

The Blue Angel Café, just behind the Universal Hall, serves light meals and snacks.

Dance and music are integral parts of Findhorn culture.

These innovative homes in the Barrel Cluster are upside down wooden barrels from a nearby Scotch whiskey distillery.

Findhorn’s Field of Dreams showcases a wide variety of green building techniques and designs.

One of Findhorn’s three windmills peeks out from behind the Field of Dreams.

This “Living Machine” recycles the wastewater for up to 600 people. (see pp. 51-2)

The winds that sweep across the North Sea provide Findhorn with most of its electricity.

As we see from this fanciful painting on a wind turbine, the sacred and mundane are interpenetrating realities at Findhorn.

A few miles away from the Findhorn Park is Cluny College, the location for most of Findhorn’s residential courses.

Ceremony and ritual are essential threads in Findhorn’s strong social fabric.

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As the community’s website says, the Findhorn Foundation is “a spiritual community, ecovillage and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.” Widely perceived as “the mother of all ecovillages.” Findhorn began in 1962 when three spiritual seekers with no previous gardening experience transformed a barren, windy bluff on the North Sea into a cornucopia. They attributed their success to their contact with nature spirits. Their astonishing results, inexplicable by normal scientific criteria, were broadcast all over the world; by the 70s, Findhorn had become a Mecca for New Age seekers. Now, Findhorn members serve as consultants for the United Nations and multinational corporations. While formal membership is around 400, the wider community includes hundreds more supporters living nearby and thousands more visitors. While Findhorn still grows plenty of vegetables in its Cullerne Gardens, it primary focus to day is on “growing people” through a popular smorgasbord of conferences and workshops on spiritual and ecological themes. Official website: http://www.findhorn.org/ Virtual tour: http://www.findhorn.org/aboutus/virtual-tour/

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