A couple of weeks ago, I ran into two of our young KSF volunteers. They were at Cottonwood, fundraising for a trip to Scotland to attend the Findhorn New Story Summit. I was inspired by their enthusiasm and engagement with storytelling in its evolving forms and asked Keegan to write something to share with you. ~ Avia
In the early weeks of summer, another student and I were invited to be part of a journey to Findhorn, Scotland. The Findhorn Eco-Village is a revolutionary community that sowed its first seeds in the early 1960’s. From a thirty-foot caravan trailer, surrounded by a flourishing garden, in the middle of a barren, salty beach, Findhorn has grown into practical, relevant, and clear example of our potential as human beings: living in close and intimate connection with the ways of nature, aware of our role on this planet.
We are all storytellers; we are all telling stories. We need to make sure that the stories we tell are our own. We need to be sure that our stories reflect who we truly are, as individuals and as communities. Our story determines our destiny. In this time of rapid and massive change, we need new ways of thinking and being. We need to write a new story. Findhorn is hosting the New Story Summit in order to create new stories and realities for our beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants. Through conversation, community, and cooperation, we will create new visions and inspirations.
“For people, generally, their story of the universe and the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.”
~ Thomas Berry, Dream of the Eart
Travel is a big thing, it’s life changing. Especially travel like this. “The New Story Summit: inspiring pathways to our planetary future.” Our plans are moving quickly now! The tickets are booked, we’ve made all of the arrangements. But to me, it still seems fantastic. Northern Scotland, the brisk North Sea. And “Findhorn: spiritual community, learning center, ecovillage.”
We are reaching out to the community to help us fund our trip. The space between us and our departure is shrinking faster than our fundraising goal. This is a local venture. With the support of our community we will travel across the world and be able bring what we learn back home. What we find at the New Story Summit will be something to share, something for us all to experience. When we find our way home, we will have much to give, and many new stories to tell.