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About Camphill

Who We Are
The Camphill movement is an initiative for social change with over a hundred affiliates worldwide. Camphill communities seek to enhance the lives of people in need of services and supports for daily living, as well as people committed to service, by building intentional "life-sharing" communities where the spiritual integrity of every human being is upheld. Learn more >

Camphill communities in North America serve different groups, according to their age-related developmental needs, the therapeutic practices appropriate to those needs, and life-stage and social considerations. There is a pre-school and after-school community, a K-12 school community, communities for young adults exploring work and further learning, and communities for mature adults. Learn more >

How We Work, and Why
Combining wisdom from philosophy and the arts; alternative medicine, therapies, and nutritional approaches; and current science, Camphill communities have developed a comprehensive therapeutic way of life for people with significant cognitive disabilities that has been remarkably successful in enabling them to function at a high level in supportive communities and enjoy satisfaction in their lives. Learn more >

The first Camphill community was founded in 1939 in Scotland by Dr. Karl Koenig, an Austrian pediatrician and educator, and several colleagues.  Inspired by the works of the philosopher and educator, Rudolf Steiner – collectively called "anthroposophy" – the pioneers began Camphill working with children with developmental disabilities.
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Related Links
Connect with more than 50 other organizations in North America involved in lifesharing, services for people with developmental disabilities, and anthroposophy. Learn more >

Working in Camphill
Camphill communities rely on the labor, ideas, and commitment of people who serve as coworkers. See ways you can contribute your time and talent to Camphill. Learn more >

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Spring 2012 newsletter available