- • Category: Intentional community ecovillage
- • Country: Scotland
- • Founded: 1962 Findhorn Foundation (1981 ecovillage)
- • Number of visitors per year: about 4,000 from 50 countries
- • Size: about 400 adults from 40 countries
- • Area: 3 large sections of Findhorn Bay and the Moray Firth
- • Web: https://www.ecovillagefindhorn.com (https://www.findhorn.org)
- • Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Findhorn Foundation has been internationally known since 1962 for experimenting with new models for holistic and sustainable living. Today, it is the center of the largest intentional community in the UK and the center of a rapidly evolving Ecovillage project in the North East of Scotland.
The Findhorn Foundation is now a major adult education center with programs for more than 4,000 visitors a year from more than 50 countries. Their ecological footprint is about half the national average of the United Kingdom. Cooperation and co-creation with nature has always been a major aspect of the Foundation's work, and since their earliest days it has become well known for its beautiful gardens maintained in adverse conditions on the sand dunes of the Findhorn Peninsula. Since 1981, the Findhorn Foundation has been involved in the creation of the "Findhorn Ecovillage" project - the Findhorn ecovillage as a natural continuation of its work with nature.
The Findhorn ecovillage is a living example of the interconnection of the spiritual, social and economic aspects of life and is a synthesis of the best of contemporary thinking about human dwellings. It is a constantly evolving model providing solutions to human and social needs while working with nature, which offers a better quality of life for all. Findhorn is a source of education for many universities and school groups, as well as professional organizations and communities around the world.
The community is made up of more than 400 people who live and work in this rural area of Scotland. They come from more than 40 countries to take part in a living experiment and find out what is essential for a happy life and sustainable living.
At present, the Findhorn ecovillage consists of more than 100 environmentally friendly buildings supplied with energy from four wind turbines, boasts a biological wastewater treatment system, a 250 kW biomass boiler, a range of solar water heating systems, a comprehensive recycling system and a cooperative issuing shares and the local currency Eko. It is also the publisher of the UK's first technical guide to green living and has introduced zero-emission vehicle sharing.
The Findhorn Foundation is a founding member of GEN (World Ecovillage Network) and is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. The "Findovn Foundation Ecovillage" project has received a Best Practice award from the United Nations Human Settlements (Habitat).