Craig Gibsone - Community Elder and Ecovillage Education Coordinator
BA Fine Arts, Western Australian Institute of Technology, three year meditation retreat Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, Permaculture Diploma.
Craig is a highly experienced and respected Elder of the Findhorn Foundation. Having lived in the Findhorn Community for 46 years, Craig has and continues to be an integral part of the development of the community and the ecovillage concept. Previously Chair of Management for the Findhorn Foundation and Trustee he is the Founding Director of the pioneering Applied Ecovillage Living course held at the Findhorn Foundation for the last 15 years. Bridging spirituality, shamanism and permaculture, Craig brings a life-time of practical experience of how to build ecovillages both in terms of the physical and social infrastructure necessary for success.
Gabrielle Haworth Buist, BSc First Class Honours in Sociology with Environmental Studies University of Surrey, was born and raised in Findhorn. Returned over ten years ago and is currently Manager of the Findhorn International Centre for Sustainability & the Building Bridges department in the Findhorn Foundation creating avenues for a multitude of groups to benefit from the Findhorn Community. She also sits on the Steward Circle of the Findhorn Foundation, which is similar to a Management or Strategic development team. She is a lifelong student of Permaculture and has embarked on her Applied Permaculture Diploma with the British Permaculture Association.
Inspired by her voluntary work in Ladakh, India she coordinated a student political group, People & Planet while completing her University degree in London 2001-4. She then became Partnership Manager for OneWorld UK, an international charity based in London. She returned to Findhorn in 2007 to coordinate the intensive month-long Ecovillage Training programmes where she also completed her Permaculture Design Certificate. Since her return she has worked alongside local government and Action for Children to run long term programmes for Youth Empowerment for local young people and Care Farming for local adults with learning disabilities.