Of course, the Findhorn Foundation is an eco-spiritual community and the experience of being there was undoubtedly influenced by the spiritual characteristics too. There did seem to be a genuine interpersonal warmth and sense of being together in community. Many things pointed to the heart of spirituality which can be described as ‘relational consciousness’ where people seek to live consciously in good relationship with each other, the species, the earth and the creative energy at its source (whether thought of religiously or not).
The site seemed well organised, safe and with a lovely mixture of traditional and high-tech forms of housing and ecological practices. I was impressed with the village green at the heart of the community and every day there appeared to be activities going on, such as dance or play events that one could be drawn into. Great fun and helping to create a sense of community. There is a really good shop and café on site with good food, fairly traded and locally source products as well as high quality art, pottery and other crafts from people on the site. Plenty of holiday accommodation for those wanting to have this experience! Four wind turbines provide the majority of electricity for the site. I was amused to see two horses grazing the lawns of neighbouring houses from day to day, reducing the need for lawn mowers!
Back in Liverpool the environment is very different, but actually there is a lot of beauty around and of course endless opportunities to make an eco-spiritual difference in a city with a rich culture as well as tough issues to face. Maybe, given the opportunity and resources, it is a good idea occasionally to take a break at a place like Findhorn for some inspiration…?