In 1972, Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association as an alternative way for the humanities to develop in a scientific and technical civilization. Lindisfarne became an association of scientists, artists, scholars, and contemplatives devoted to the study and realization of a new planetary culture. Lindisfarne began its activities in Southampton, New York in 1973, moved to Manhattan in 1976, and, finally, to Crestone, Colorado in 1979 where today the Lindisfarne Fellows House, the Lindisfarne Chapel, and the Lindisfarne Mountain Retreat are under the ownership and management of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center.(http://www.http://dharmasangha.org/) In 1997, Thompson retired from the presidency of the Lindisfarne Association; in 2009 the Lindisfarne Association disbanded as a formal not-for-profit organization. The Lindisfarne Fellows continued their fellowship as an informal association of creative individuals interested in one another's work and held an annual meeting at varying locations from 2009 to 2012.