Day 11: Findhorn Eco-Village

Day 10: Scottish National Museum
October 4, 2016
Day 12: Inverness College – UHI and Balcas plant
October 6, 2016

Day 11: Findhorn Eco-Village

Group 1 Summary: Fieldwork at Findhorn Ecovillage (5th October 2016)

The Findhorn ecovillage was built by three people. At the beginning, it was only a little square of land and it grew little by little until it became a village with around 200 inhabitants now. Mary’s presentation explained the concept of ecovillage: be friendly to nature and serve the nature, therefore we will get benefit from nature. Components of the ecovillage seem to grow larger and larger along with the development of communities. Begin from vegetable patch, mobile house (caravan, container) to the modern mobile house with solar panels, boiler, biomass conversion and wind turbine that connected on grid with national electric power.

Arriane presented the concept of pharma-garden using all recycled materials around. The garden was filled with many pharmaceutical plants. And the garden was built in an eco-friendly way.

Lunch was superb, vegetarian food. I enjoyed it!!

Michael talked us through the interesting works of harvesting rain water, floating garden for bio-remediating the liquid waste of the village and generating the energy as by product of the process. Combining with the others sources of energy ie. solar panels and wind turbines, the electric power is used in association with a smart grid system.

From the village the creative small industry is created, such as material, handcraft, art, education, holiday place and ecobuilding concept.

The message is clear: ECO-LIFE STYLE, NATURALIST.

Group 2 Summary: Fieldwork to Findhorn Ecovillage and Foundation, Inverness

The Findhorn Ecovillage was grown in 1962, it was found by three persons. The Findhorn ecovillage is an experimental architectural community project. The project’s main goal is to demonstrate a sustainable developement in environmental, social, and economic terms. The project began in early 1980s under the auspices of the Findhorn Foundation but now includes a lot of oganisations and activities. The Findhorn ecovillage used numerous different ecological techniques to minimise their ecological footprint, such as ecological building, eco-architecture, living machine, organic food production, and a wind park.

Learning process from this visits are

  • How to provide a good environment for community and nature.
  • How to manage the resources in terms for sustainable energy.
  • How to manage waste and water for sustainable and healthy environment.
  • Partnership with other institutions or organisations

Group 3 Summary: Ecovillage Findhorn

Leaving hotel at 9.00

Arrive at arround 10.00

Leaving ecovillage 17.00

Tour guide and presentations:

Michael Shaw

Purpose of the Ecovillage:
  1. To secure long-term sustainability
  2. To focus on the many aspects of sustainability
  3. To demonstrate local community
  4. To harness and develop creavity
  5. To lower ecological footprint
  6. To serve as demonstration sites of sustainability in practice
General summary:

This ecovillage concept is very good to save our environment. Indonesia needs many ecovillages since our environment is damaged because of industrial development.

Eco-house has some criteria which are: non toxic material, efficient energy and water consumption, etc.

Group 4 Summary: Visit to The Findhorn Ecovillage

October 5th 2016

Findhorn, Scotland

09.00 – 16.00

Today’s visit was to the Findhorn Ecovillage which is located in Findhorn, Scotland. In the morning, it started with a presentation by Mary, and there was a discussion session. After a short presentation and discussion, Mary and Graham took us around the Findhorn Ecovillage, explained about its history and showed us some historical building and spots, and also how they build and manage this site. Arianne then took us to see some areas of the village that are used for permaculture and conservation. At lunch, we had a good chance to taste vegetarian foods that are produced by the local community in organic farming. After lunch, Michael Shaw gave a presentation about wastewater management using plants, they call the system “living machine” since they use biological agent (plants, animals, and microbes) to filter the  wastewater.

In The Findhorn Ecovillage, we learnt about how the community manages to fulfill the basic needs independently, especially in three fundamental sectors that are energy, food, and water. In the Energy sector, they utilize wind turbines and solar panel to generate electricity. In the Water sector, they create a water filtration system using a system of ‘floating island’ and make water heating system using local wood fuel instead of oil or gas. In the Food sector, they use permaculture and organic farm to fulfill their daily food requirement. Besides fulfilling basic needs, they have built a community through a holistic approach, not only in environmental terms, but also in social, economic, and spiritual terms.


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A. Introduction by Marry
1. Findhorn is a village in Moray developed by the Findhorn Foundation.
2. The Findhorn eco-village is an experimental architectural community project.
3. The aim is to demonstrate a sustainable development in environmental, social and economic terms.

B. Explanation of Eco-house by Graham

1. Ecological building
2. Eco-architecture



Introduction of the Ecovillage by Mary


The boiler installation


The most recent eco-house built in Findhorn


Explanation of the concept of eco-architecture by Graham

C. Organic food production by Arriane
1. Using permaculture techniques.


Organic food production, tour with Ariane

D. Explanation of Waste Water Treatment by Michael Shaw
1. An ecologically engineered waste water treatment system.
2. They use tanks containing diverse communities of bacteria, algae, micro-organisms, numerous species plants etc. to treat the water.


Lecture on Water treatment by Michael Shaw


The Living machine and bio-matrix water installation


The group in front of waste water treatment installation