"Creating Joyful Families" Workshops
Calendar | Slideshow
| Report on Joyful
Families Workshop | Comments
2007 "Creating Joyful Families" workshop is scheduled
for 28 July 3 August, 2007, at the Findhorn Foundation,
The Foundation also offers a "Family Experience Week"
during the summer. People often ask what the difference is between
"Creating Joyful Families" and the "Family FX."
To help you decide which of the two programs might be most appropriate
for your family, click
It is absolutely necessary to speak with us before booking, to
understand the commitments of the workshop. Contact us via telephone
in Scotland at 44-(0)7749727964, or email
us to set up a good time for a telephone call. After speaking
with us, please sign up through the Findhorn Foundation website:
Or, phone the Bookings Office at 44 (01309) 691653.
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CREDITS: Photos by David McNamara, Where We All Belong,
words and music by Raffi with Michael Greber (Troubadour
Music). Please see Raffi's
website for information about buying his "Where we All
Belong" CD to benefit Earth
(Quicktime required click
here to download Quicktime).
Our Report to the Findhorn Community on a typical "Creating
Joyful Families" Workshop
years Creating Joyful Families workshop: Six families,
four languages, five nationalities, two translators, five focalizers,
at Newbold, with kids between four and thirteen, all working and
playing intensely for a week together! That is just a glimpse into
an exciting, challenging, deeply-fulfilling week for both the participants
and the focalizers.
The workshop encourages the adults and children to participate
as equals--soul meeting soul-- so the activities are created to
be valuable at a non-verbal level and, at the same time, work deeply
in the life of the family through the insight that they offer. There
are a lot of drawing, playing, singing, dancing, role-playing, communication
activities, and story telling, this year all in simultaneous translation
of four languages! It sounded like the U.N.
of the intensity and complexity of the week, we worked with five
focalizers and two translators: Alexandra, Erin, and I, along with
ex-members Giles and Clare Chitty, with Mie Nishimura and Benj Borseth,
who originally joined us as Swedish and Japanese translators and
ended up taking huge responsibility in leading activities and facilitating
Through the week we guided the families into an examination of who
they are as a family and how they would most like to function together.
of each family member allowed the families to explore new and sometimes
better ways to play and work together. Building upon the experience
of spiritual unity of the family, we then encouraged each family
to take an active step together towards contributing to the world:
from planting a garden in the sand of Saudi Arabia or cleaning up
a riverbank in England to practicing the newly-learned Way
of Family Council skills together regularly.
While morning sessions gave kids and parents an opportunity to
interact and explore together, evenings began with story time, led
by Erin--which became so enthralling no one would miss a session--and
then carried on to deep personal sharing by parents on their own
struggles, joys, and questions about family life. Tears and delight,
pain and joy were shared in equal measure, all held in a sense of
blessing and transformation.
Newbold family provided a superb home for us all for the week! The
food was carefully thought through to meet the desires of kids and
parents, the spaces were wonderfully clear and open and inviting,
the Newbold family was gently patient, helpful, and accepting.
I think its safe to say that all of us were really thrilled with
the outcome, the sense of joy and fun and transformation for all
the families in the challenging areas of their family life. and
inspired by the spiritual guiding Presence of the angel of Joyful
Families. For Alexandra and me, perhaps the very best part
was working together with our daughter Erin as co-focalizers, and
seeing her so masterfully and gracefully lead the group of twenty-six
David & Alexandra McNamara
Comments/Appreciations for Creating
During the Creating Joyful Families Workshop our family
was able to create something very special and heartfelt which touched
me very deeply. We learned so much about each other, what we all
needed, and how to go about getting those needs met. The three boys
all felt that (my wife and I) really came to understand and give
them what they need. I know that the memories and feelings of that
week will be with us as a family for a long, long time, perhaps
English dad of 3 children: 13, 10 and 7
you for so many beautiful and touching memories that I now carry
in my heart. The week was healing in so many ways and on so many
levels, both for our family as a whole and to my relationship with
my husband. It was truly a joy to be part of a group of people with
so much compassion and kindness. Thank you for creating such a safe
and transformative experience.
Swedish mom of 3 children
Our six year old daughter still talks about the time of the workshop.
She loved to be with the other children, both younger and older.
Being part of a group like that and being totally accepted was a
wonderful experience for her.
German single mom of a six-year old daughter
overall score for the workshop was 150%. We are communicating more
and enjoying each other greatly. We did a family council session
the other night, and plan to continue it as a new family tradition.
It is a wonderful way for every one of us to know we are deeply
heard and understood. Our twelve-year old daughter is more motivated
to work around the house, and has started cooking for the first
time. She has been even more a joy to be around ever since the workshop.
She and her mom are getting along so well. I have really gotten
in touch with a need to contribute to the planet, and am focusing
on this for my next career. All in all - a great workshop, well
worth the time and expense.
Father of a twelve year old girl
David is quite profound in his ability to articulate and help us
experience the sense of unity in the family. The idea of an Angel
of the family makes lots of sense, but it is wonderful to experience
it fully, there, in the room with us, bringing a sense of blessing
and strength and wisdom for our little family.
Single Mom of a five year old boy
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