DCSIMG

Findhorn Foundation celebrating its 50th anniversary

Findhorn eco-village celebrate the settlement's 50th anniversary. Picture: Peter Jolly

Findhorn eco-village celebrate the settlement's 50th anniversary. Picture: Peter Jolly

  • by FRANK URQUHART
 

THE Findhorn Foundation, the alternative community that became the “Vatican of the New Age” after being established next to a rubbish dump on the shores of the Moray Firth, will today celebrate its 50th anniversary.

In five decades, it has been transformed from a “hippie haven”, once ridiculed for growing giant vegetables with the help of “nature spirits”, to a key part of the local economy, worth an estimated £5 million a year.

The foundation was established in 1962 by Peter Caddy, a former RAF officer, his wife, Eileen, and close friend Dorothy Maclean, who moved to a caravan site at Findhorn Bay after Mrs Caddy said she had received a message from God to go there after the three lost their jobs at a hotel in nearby Forres.

Despite the barren sandy soil, they managed to grow herbs, flowers, and huge plants, including 40lb cabbages, to feed themselves, due, it was said, to “Devas” – so-called angels in the soil that helped the plants to flourish.

Its international reputation for spirituality and sustainability draws more than 14,000 visitors a year from more than 40 countries and runs a continual series of 200 workshops, retreats and events promoting its ideas.

The community has expanded to include a large organic farm, a private school and a 
caravan park. Along with the eco-village, it contains more than 40 different businesses.

In addition to its self-sufficiency work, Findhorn has its own consultancy service which has worked with the likes of Standard Life, BP and the NHS.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page

 

EDINBURGH
FESTIVALS
2014

#WOWFEST

In partnership with

Complete coverage of the festivals. Guides. Reviews. Listings. Offers

Let's Go!

No Thanks