Beannachar strives to create that environment by providing a warm, welcoming and secure home life in a ‘House Community’, while complementing this with active and engaging working experiences and a lively and stimulating social and cultural life.
Each House Community functions as an extended family unit, with Co-Workers and Students living together and sharing the joys and challenges of daily life. We are a “Life-Sharing Community”, which means that staff and students alike participate in activities, prepare and have meals together, go on outings and join in little ceremonies, whether they be birthdays or seasonal festivals, that lift life out of the daily routine. A high proportion of our staff live on-site, thus enabling this ethos and way of life to flourish.
Beannachar is a self-contained 28 acre estate in a semi-rural area near the River Dee, conveniently located only two miles from Aberdeen city centre. Our extensive wooded estate is punctuated by a large 19th Century Manor House which is divided into two house communities, and there are two further purpose built houses for residential accommodation. We have a large walled garden, a working farm and numerous facilities for craft and other workshops. Originally Beannachar was a wholly land-based community. Today, the farm and garden still provide a fair proportion of the organic produce consumed in the houses.