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22 Mar 2008

Rowan’s Findhorn Blog Day One.

rsThis blog will come out every day to inform you all about my trip at Findhorn (an eco village jobby in Scotland).

My day started in snow for me and my dad had taken the night train from London to Inverness, as I was woken by a young Scottish bloke knocking on my door trying to hand me a paper cup of hot water and a small bag with “tastes like real tea” on the side, by the way it did not in fact it tasted like any thing but tea.

As I gazed out of the window at the glimmering snow I was looking forward to 8 days of snow fights and skiing on a hillside, unfortunately so far the closest we have had to snow was some giant pieces of hail, for after we changed trains and headed towards Forres the snow seemed to melt around us, and by the time we arrived at Forres to be picked up by Carin we stepped out on to a dry but extremely chilly platform and there wasn’t a snow flake in sight.

As we drove toward Findhorn I spotted 4 wind turbines on the horizon, as we drove up a twisting lane towards the village a massive plane called The Tornado soared overhead with a deafening roar, this is how I discovered the whereabouts of the Air force base. We quickly pulled into the village, parked, stepped out of the car, and where instantly frozen, well not quite true but trust me IT WAS COLD.

rsWe were shown to our lodgings, a lovely room for two in a small cottage with all the other “VIPs”. We then got a tour around the village which truly is an amazing place with some seriously lush houses. We then headed to the first session, which I don’t want to go into detail about, but um lets just say we walked around in a spiral, took our shoes off and sang a song, not really my thingK, this session was a bit to “hippie”for me but I am told that I won’t be subject to that many sweaty feet again, at least not until I get back to KEVICC.

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22 Mar 9:51pm

Thanks for taking us along with you on your visit to Findhorn! It’s great to get your viewpoint, too.

Graham Burnett
23 Mar 12:59am

What’s KEVICC??

23 Mar 10:34am

Excellent first post, and a hard act to follow. Getting a teenager’s take on all of this stuff is really valuable – and like totally rad too, dude.

I’d be interested to hear how many other teenagers are up there, whether they’re there willingly or had to get dragged kicking and screaming – and which of those two categories you fit into :¬)

And how the hell you gonna manage 6 days without a computer game????

L8er. Ben.

Tracey Todhunter
23 Mar 11:14am

Hi Rowan,
Looking forward to reading more about your observations over the next few days. Your comment on the train “tea” made me smile, but I bet staying at Findhorn is consolation.

Lucy Skywalker
23 Mar 1:25pm

King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) Totnes

James Samuel
23 Mar 5:07pm

Hi Rowan,

I went and played barefoot in the snow for half an hour, while visiting Findhorn in 1977 (age 20). I thought I was pretty hip(py) at the time, but it took a while to defrost from that adventure.

I will read your posts with interest. 🙂

Nadia Hillman
23 Mar 6:59pm

Hello Rowan
Its lovely to ‘meet’ you!
I did Rob’s course in Kinsale, the year before you moved to Totnes and he remains to me the most inspirational man I have met.

Wonder how it is for you having such an internationally admired bloke for a Dad?

Stephen Watson
23 Mar 9:14pm

I like your take on things Rowan – it’s great to have a younger slant on all this.

Thanks for posting.