Embracing Diversity: Applied Ecovillage Living


Findhorn Youth Exchange – March 3rd-16th

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This is an Erasmus+ funded programme for youth aged between 18 and 30 who are currently living in the UK, Spain, Italy, or the Netherlands.

How do we live in a way that is fulfilling and respectful to ourselves and all life around us? With all the changes, paradoxes, and challenges of our times, where do you and I, as individuals, come in, create change and contribute to re-imagining the future?

We invite you to be part of a fully funded programme and exchange, exploring ecovillages, low impact lifestyles, sustainability, and right livelihoods. The exchange will take place in March 2018 in the well-established and pioneering ecovillage and community of Findhorn, Scotland. Participants will enjoy hands on activities with the community and will be encouraged to explore what ecovillages are doing to tackle the global ecological and social crises with a focus on personal development, active citizenship and employability.

The Findhorn Foundation College, community, and ecovillage has a long history of facilitating and teaching sustainability practices. During the programme, participants will engage with these resources and get to meet and learn from inspiring teachers and facilitators with wide-ranging experience and expertise. We will also have self-organised time where we explore arising topics and share perspectives from our different countries and cultures.

Embracing Diversity: Applied Ecovillage Living Gaia Education - at the cutting edge of Sustainability

Course Information

Together we will learn about:

  • Social tools for personal and group transformation, empowerment and community building Urban and rural solutions for transitioning to a resilient society
  • Local organic food production and right livelihood
  • Comprehensive Permaculture design introduction
  • Renewable energy systems and energy efficiency models
  • Cooperative social economies and complementary currencies
  • Holistic decision-making processes, including nature and deep ecology
  • Earth restoration projects and biological waste water treatments
  • Ecological building and community design
  • Cultural and Spiritual diversity practices


We will spend the first week at Cluny Hill, a former Victorian hotel now owned by the community and home for up to 120 residents. The building contributes greatly to the reduction of the community’s carbon footprint and is also located in the town of Forres, part of the Transition Town network. For the second part we move to The Park, the original site where the Findhorn Community and Ecovillage was born. Here we broaden our enquiry in a more rural setting with smaller, dispersed dwellings, using as a case study the restorative process of transforming sand dunes on an old military base into the famous Findhorn gardens.

Embracing Diversity: Applied Ecovillage Living

Accommodation and Food

Sleeping will be in shared bedrooms in Cluny, and in shared bungalows in the Park. Meals will be eaten with the community in the big dining hall and community centre. Special diets and allergies can be catered for.


See https://www.findhorn.org/visit/how-to-get-here/


This programme is fully funded for five participants aged 18 to 30 from each of the following countries: the UK, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Participants from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands also get their travel costs reimbursed up to EUR 275.

To attend, please complete the Application Form
Enquiries by e-mail: ael@findhorn.org

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Findhorn  College
Findhorn Foundation College, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3TZ, Scotland
Scottish Charity No: SCO31792. Company No: SC215385