A LOCAL spiritual community received an honour at a national ceremony.
The Findhorn Foundation (FF) was named the People Environment Achievement (PEA) Award’s charity of the year.
Now in its seventh year, PEA honours the individuals and teams behind the products, services and businesses that are “changing the face of the planet”.
Amala Hicks from FF’s communication team was delighted with the recognition.
She said: “In our 55th year, it feels timely and well-deserved for the founders of this amazing experiment and centre of demonstration, and for all who have come after, to be acknowledged in this public way.
“When Dorothy Maclean and Eileen and Peter Caddy came to Findhorn with one caravan in 1962, they never dreamt they were creating an internationally-renowned ecovillage.
“It is now visited by people from all over the world to participate in an experiment to live a new story for humanity - personally, socially, economically and ecologically.”
FF is now: a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the United Nations; a cofounder of the Global Ecovillage Network; and a partner with Action for Children.
It is also attracting a growing number of corporate participants to programmes such as The Authentic Investor and the Findhorn International Forum on sustainability.
“There is much to celebrate,” said Ms Hicks. “We raise money to bring young people, indigenous people and those who cannot afford it to participate in our programmes so that none are excluded.
“The money to do so is raised mainly through our educational programmes and special events, such as the Easter Climate Change and Consciousness Conference in 2019.”
The PEA Awards were created by Jarvis Smith, the UK’s largest ethical lifestyle magazine.
“Being named their charity of the year will help the FF be known to a wider range of people,” added Ms Hicks.
“We would love everyone to visit and to experience a way of life which supports personal growth, social awareness and a lifestyle which regenerates the planet, not damages it.”