Northern Lights Teachers Conference

20-21May 2011


embodied wisdom


Universal Hall

The Park, Findhorn, Scotland

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"A curriculum for excellence in action"

- Times Educational Supplement, Scotland

opening keynote

Urban Village Schools by James Wetz

presentations – day 1

Whole Child, Whole System Enhancing Children’s Learning (ecl) leads an experiential workshop featuring ideas developed in partnership with Ralph Allen School, Bath

Moray Interfaith Initiative students & teachers of Gordonstoun, Lossiemouth and Elgin high schools

Schools Present an update on success and sustainability in Scottish schools

workshops – day 2

Connecting with Nature Learning with Horses

Systemic Constellations Yoga & Meditation in Schools

Moray Steiner School Mayfair Celebration

Open Space

Playback Theatre

Art Exhibition, Dance



Download Final Programme 2011.doc

After more than 200 years of fragmentation and specialisation, our knowledge systems are leading us on a journey back into wholeness. As we increasingly experience ourselves as living beings within a living system, our embodied wisdom bears fruit. New ways of learning are developing to harvest this knowledge.

The conference will shine a spotlight on the work that is already happening in schools and colleges, to bring entire communities back into creative harmony with their environment. Teachers, parents and pupils will showcase their experiences in a variety of creative media – art, song, drama, dance and using the art of confident speaking.

Related workshops will bring these experiences to life.

Our aim is to create a unified learning community that inspires life-long creativity and learning – the divergent thinking that young people are experts at and that can reinvigorate educational settings.

Northern Lights 2011 builds on themes which were introduced in previous conferences, showing how we can become fully present in our professions by being intimately engaged in the larger canvas of our lives, as artists of our own being.

Joan Wilmot & Dorota Owen


James Wetz was previously head of several Bristol High Schools. He now writes and makes TV programmes based on his research on the importance of relationships in schools.

Jane James and Terry Ingham are co-programme lead for ecl and has been working with systemic approaches in schools and education in this country and internationally for seven years.

Gavin Morgan has worked for a variety of charities as a project manager. He is inspired with the use of nature based tools and outdoor experiential learning.

Lucy Thomas, based in Scotland, is a teacher and systemic practitioner committed to introducing whole system learning to teenagers and young adults.

Beth Duff works with horses and their ability to read body language, through this work she aims to help people speak with body and words in harmony.

Kirkhill Primary pupils run networking events and have a wide range of business partnerships with organisations in Aberdeen, and school partnerships internationally.


"We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of consciousness we used when we created them." Albert Einstein ."




Conference Organisers:

Dorota Owen, Teacher, events organiser, educational consultant with Alchemy Associates.

Joan Wilmot, Psychotherapist, Conductor of Playback Theatre, Supervisor and Co-director of CSTD.

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Thank you to all our partner schools and their teachers for their presentations.


Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Moray


The conference is self-funded by the organisers. Entrance is free to all on registration. Voluntary donations to cover conference costs are gratefully received.


The programme starts 8.30am Friday 20th May, ends Saturday night.

Follow-on activites available Sunday 22nd May.

Booking information

Phone: 01343 850123

Seats are limited, please book early.

For more details:

Phone Dorota Owen on 07813 455152
Or Joan Wilmot on 07974 115028

About Us

Conference Brochure 3.63 MB)

Findhorn Foundation College

Findhorn College provides a holistic approach to learning that combines the best of mainstream education with experiential learning as developed by the world-renowned Findhorn Foundation Community.

Contact Us

Conference Coordinator

Dorota Owen, Alchemy Associates Logo Alchemy Associates

Mobile: +44 (0) 7813 455152
Tel:      +44 (0) 1309 696 902

Website Development

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Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 725 003


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Thanks you to Appreciating People whose generous donation will help cover transport costs for Thornlie School

Interactive Drumming workshops