Northern Lights Teachers Conference

21 & 22 May 2009


inspirations for

radical teaching


Universal Hall

The Park, Findhorn, Moray, Scotland


Day 1

How can we find within us what we need to sustain ourselves and inspire the new generation of learners?

Jenny Mosley

opens the 2009 Northern Lights Conference with solid educational wisdom - how we can care for ourselves in order to care for others?

Kosha Joubert & Robin Alfred

presents an overview of Spiral Dynamics - a model of personal & societal development pointing to how our next generation may develop.

Olivier Mythodrama Associates

lead an experiential journey into Shakespeare's Henry V as a model of inspiring & integrated leadership.

Day 2

Where is the place for schools and teachers in the 21st Century?

Playback Theatre

re-enact the stories of conference participants - parents, teachers, pupils past & present

Workshops choose from

Keys to Happiness / Role of Parents

Eco Education / Co-creating the Curriculum

Integrating Technology with Nature

World Cafe Interactive Plenary

illuminate radical new routes for a sustainable, holistic, educational future

Evening concert

perform in an Open Mike / Open Space


The organizers of the Northern Lights Conference said today that they are ‘absolutely delighted’ with the success of the conference on Thurs 21/ Fri 22 May. ‘Feedback has been fantastic’.


Findhorn College Logo

The Northern Lights teachers conferences have been designed to refresh teachers at a deep level, by providing a holistic experience within a nourishing and supportive environment.

This year, the conference focuses on Inspiration, looking at the new avenues opened up by the Curriculum for Excellence to nourish the source of inspiration within each of us, and to find how we can radiate that inspiration in our teaching.

As always, there will be a range of exciting international and local speakers, as well as community artists, writers, actors and teachers providing enlivening workshops arising from the 40-years experience of this eco-community, supported by Findhorn College.

A now-indispensable ingredient of the teachers conference is Playback Theatre, who re-enact the stories the audience bring to the conference, bringing in elements of spontaneity, surprise and recognition that our experiences are both unique and shared by us all.

Intellectual stimulation, laughter, time in nature, opportunities to engage with other teachers from a wide range of backgrounds, book stalls and exhibitions, evenings spent in celebration - all these are among the rich ingredients that are part of the Northern Lights event. Come to be re-vitalised, renewed and re-inspired!

Dorota Owen & Joan Wilmot

Conference Organisers



At the 2009 Northern Lights Teachers Conference:

Robin Alfred photoRobin Alfred

Coach, consultant and Lead Presenter for Olivier Mythodrama

Margot Henderson photoMargot Henderson

Poet, storyteller, performance artist

Kosha Anja Jobert photoKosha Anja Joubert

Berlin-based educational consultant specialising in heart-to-heart communication

Jennie Martin photoJennie Martin

Founder and executive director of "Wild things!" environmental education charity

Jenny Mosley photoJenny Mosley

Initiator of Circle Time, inspiring speaker and prolific writer on self-care & educational themes

Dorota Owen photoDorota Owen

Educational consultant with Alchemy Associates

Lesley Quilty photoLesley Quilty

Arts consultant, facilitator and coach, Associate of Olivier Mythodrama, Clown Doctor

Alan Smith photoAlan Smith

John Muir Award Manager for the Cairngorms

Joan Wilmot photoJoan Wilmot

Psychotherapist, coach, conductor of Playback Theatre, Supervisor and Co-director of CSTD.

Parents and Pupils of Moray Steiner School


Yaught at sea

"May all your trails

be crooked, winding, dangerous,

leading to the most amazing view...

where something strange and more

beautiful and full of wonder

than your deepest dreams

waits for you."

Edward Abbey


Universal Hall

The Universal Hall in Findhorn Foundation Community and Ecovillage

"The Northern Lights conference was the kindling fire that has grown into two years of innovative and effective school policy at our school."

William Deighan
Deputy Headteacher, Rokeby School, London


£190 for the 2-day conference - non-residential

(includes organic, locally-sourced lunch for both days)

£330 for the 2-day conference - residential

(includes all meals for both days and three nights accommodation, with Wednesday welcome event)

Early bird discount 10% if paid by January 30th 2009.

Booking information

Email for a booking form.


Registration starts 08.30am Thurs 21 May.

Full programme details will be sent to participants.

Ends Friday evening with optional follow-on events.

For more details, call Dorota Owen on 07813 455152

About Us

Conference Brochure (pdf, 7,269 KB)

Findhorn Foundation College

(, is a registered provider of CPD offering Professional Well-Being Days. We are therefore able to offer this conference to teachers as part of their CPD.


Contact Us

Conference Coordinator

Dorota Owen, Alchemy Associates Logo Alchemy Associates

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

Website Development

John Wragg, Ellipse Services

Mobile: +44 (0) 7802 725 003


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