Lindisfarne
New Age educational community in Southampton, New
York, founded in 1973 by William Irwin Thompson, author
of Passages about Earth An Exploration of the New Planetary Culture
(1974). Lindisfarne takes its name from the English monastery
founded by St. Aidan on Holy Island in Northumberland
in 635 C.E.
The island is now owned by Robin Henderson who keeps
racing pigeons, and the monastery is a ruin, but Thompson was
impressed by the symbolic associations of the place, which he
described in Passages about Earth. He regarded Lindisfarne as
typifying a historic clash between esoteric Christianity and ecclesiastical
Christianity, between religious experience and religious
authority.
A visit to the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland helped to
develop Thompson’s concept of a new ‘‘planetary culture’’ involving
a synthesis of science, art, and spiritual awareness. He
founded the Lindisfarne Association as an educational community
‘‘in which people of all ages could work and study together
in new forms of growth and transformation.’’ Spiritual selfdiscipline
is regarded as a basis for artistic and cultural learning,
and Lindisfarne offers seminars in science and the humanities
for students rooted in daily meditational practice. All this
has much in common with contemporary outlooks loosely labeled
New Age.
Sources
Thompson, William Irwin. The American Replacement of Nature
The Everyday Acts and Outrageous Evolution of Economic Life.
Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, 1991.
Limachie Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
924
———. Passages about Earth An Exploration of the New Planetary
Culture. New York Harper & Row, 1974.
———. Reimagination of the World A Critique of the New Age,
Science, and Popular Culture. Santa Fe, N.Mex. Bear, 1991.