Home-Grown Exoticism? Identity Tales from a New Age Intentional Community

  • Tom Vine


This chapter reflects upon the anthropological challenges of exploring an ‘exotic’ subculture embedded within a much more familiar ‘native’ mainstream culture. The Findhorn Foundation was established in 1962 by Peter and Eileen Caddy. The founders cultivated a vision which—though subject to some contestation over the years—retains a central theme. This theme is life premised on an apparently synergetic blend of spiritual and ecological sensitivity. Today it is the largest intentional community in Europe and is, it seems, a powerful ‘brand’ within New Age circles. Typically, visitors enrol on group-based residential programmes, each of which has a particular focus. The ethnographic tales here recounted are based on these experiences and enhance our understanding of—and facilitate reflection upon—more prosaic organisational and community experience.


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  • Tom Vine
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  1. 1.University of SuffolkIpswichUK

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