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The Findhorn Foundation

The Findhorn Foundation is an international spiritual/ecological community in the north of Scotland. It has been central to our lives, learning, and thinking for over twenty-five years, and remains an inspiring example of a center where people from all traditions and cultures can find acceptance and appreciation and expression of their spiritual lives. David, Alexandra, and Erin are all currently living in the Findhorn Community, and our "Creating Joyful Families Workshop" is sponsored by and held at Findhorn.


Newbold House

Newbold House is a workshop and retreat center housed in a magnificent Victorian mansion set in 7 acres of garden and woodland in the town of Forres, close to the Findhorn Foundation. Newbold grew from the same spiritual impulse that is embodied by the Foundation, and seeks to operate by those same spiritual principles. It is both a residential spiritual community offerring individual retreats and a welcoming and deeply refreshing venue for residential workshops. Newbold is the home at Findhorn for our week-long "Creating Joyful Families" workshops.

 

The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is described as "a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world." It is a wonderful way to teach and include your children in working to create an awareness of global interconnectedness and the need for greater care for the planet. Raffi's CD, in support of the Earth Charter, can be purchased at http://www.raffinews.com/news/allbelong.html

 

Raffi

Raffi is also a leading voice in speaking up for an increasing commitment to "Child Honoring." His website also contains "A Covenant for Honoring Children" which beautifully and powerfully states the values that are central to our own work. It is a very moving document. We might all hang copies of it on our living room walls to remind us what is most important in our lives..."

 

National Institute of Media & the Family

This American organization provides information and support for parents who want more awareness and possibly control of their children's involvement with electronic media, from movies, to video games, to cell phones, to other emerging technologies. While not taking an ideological position, the organization, founded and directed by a university professor of Psychology, believes that parents should be very aware of what their children are playing, watching, and doing online. It links to a newsletter and articles about the effect of media on the family. The site includes reviews of various video games, movies, and the like.

 

Chinaberry Books for Families & Children

Chinaberry's self-description says it all: "Recognizing that conscious parenting is the most important and challenging responsibility that many of us will have, Chinaberry offers items to support families in raising their children with love, honesty and joy to be reverent, loving caretakers of each other and of the Earth." We raised our family with a lot of help from the Chinaberry catalogue. It is both inspiring and very wide-ranging.

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