The Rainbow Bridge is the weekly magazine of the Findhorn Foundation Community, it is available by subscription to paper and electronic format and individually in paper format on Friday mornings from the General Office and Phoenix Community Stores.
Rainbow Bridge Protocol
Guidelines for Rainbow Bridge contributions
The contributors name must appear with the article, contact information is reccomended.
Please use A4 page format with 1 cm margins using 14 point font size and single spacing.
Send as a PDF, OpenOffce, Word, or text format file to
Deadline for submission is Wednesday at 2pm
Drawings to be scanned are due by Tuesday noon in the Rainbow Bridge box in the General
Offce. If submitting in this way, please be sure to contact the offce during offce hours.
Our number of pages is limited, so first come – first served!
Submissions for multiple weeks will need to be submitted each week.
Acronyms to be written in full at first mention followed by the acronym in brackets;
e.g. Community Centre (C.C.).
In accordance with our Community Common Ground values
(/nfa/NFA/CoreValues) the Editorial Review team
reserve the right to require editing and/or refuse contributions where necessary, see policy below for criteria.
The views expressed within are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the editors,
the NFA, Findhorn Foundation(FF) or any NFA Community Organisation.
The Rainbow Bridge is a responsive community contributed publication, this means that we do not set policy on or commission content for the magazine. We welcome diversity and print what is submitted as long as it adheres to our Editorial Policy
Editorial Review: NFA supported by FF Communications Department
New Findhorn Association – Rainbow Bridge Editorial Policy – June 2014
Celebrating Diversity – Direct Communication – Protection
The RB editorial team is a co-operation between the NFA and the Findhorn Foundation Communications department. All submissions are read with an eye to adhering to the following conventions. Each week a NFA representative will take responsibility to communicate with submitters if their article is, for any of the following reasons, referred for further editing or response before publication. Ultimately the RB editorial team is committed to helping community members share with each other and deepen connections. The team can be contacted at;
Convention 1: Celebrating Diversity – Ownership of statements by the author
In the Rainbow bridge the Editorial Team seek to promote the same culture of deep sharing and ownership of statements in our written words as we often experience in our verbal sharings. If a Community member has done Experience week they are most likely exposed to this idea during the first afternoon. This is an invitation to make it personal and powerful by using “I” statements:
Using “I” statements within a submission to the Rainbow Bridge respects that there may be a diversity of opinions on an issue and allows the reader to connect to the author on a more personal level. This is in line with Guidelines 4 and 5 of the Common Ground; (see next page)
Examples of when this is not done;
- Statements presented as fact that could otherwise be seen as personal opinion
- i.e. the statement “Cats are mean” is not publishable whereas “I find cats to be mean” allows that others might experience cats as wonderful companions.
- Speaking on behalf of others, whether directly or implied (using ‘we’, ‘a bunch of us’, etc.)
Convention 2: Direct Communication – Right of Reply and Right Relationship
Extending from the importance of owning statements for Building Community the Editorial Team promote a culture of healthy interpersonal relations. The ‘Right of Reply’ has been a long standing editorial policy for the Rainbow Bridge and continues to be so. If an individual, group or organisation is named or inferred in what could be taken as a negative way, the Editorial Team may justifiably question if the Rainbow Bridge is the right place for processing conflict. At the least the individual, group or organisation named or implied must be given the opportunity to have a reply published beside the original article. In the first instance it is the original authors responsibility to show that individuals, groups or organisations named or inferred have been contacted. If a reply is provided we will seek to publish the two articles together. This is in line with Guidelines 6, 7 and 8 of the Common Ground; (see next page)
Convention 3: Protection – Following the rule of Law
The Editorial team will withhold from publication any copyrighted material for which express and proved permission has not been granted. For more info on Uk copyright law see;
Accusations or statements that could open the NFA or it’s agents to libel will not be published.
Checklist for submission
- Full name and contact information is included
- All opinions, ideas and perspectives are clearly stated as such with “I” statements
- Any person or group named directly or by inference has been contacted for approval or reply & approval or reply has been submitted
- The article is free of accusations or conflict against other parties
- If no, is it appropriate for printed publication, or is Direct Communication better served by talking to someone, convening a group or doing inner work
- Writing complies with principles and guideline of the Community Common Ground
- Permission to publish this work (written or photographic) if not authored by the submitter
Rainbow Bridge is the weekly internal magazine of the
New Findhorn Association (NFA) Community.