Camphill Special School
Children, ages 5-19 years, live in an extended family with coworkers – often with their own children – and other volunteers in specially designed homes. The education program is adapted from Waldorf education focusing on experiential learning and emphasizing social, artistic and practical skills, and is supported by a variety of therapies that are available to help the child in his or her development. The community consists of approximately 90 students, 40 teachers and teacher aides, 10 therapists, 70 additional coworkers and 11 staff and is located in the same general area of southeastern Pennsylvania as Camphill Village Kimberton Hills and Camphill Soltane.
Camphill Village U.S.A.
Copake, New York
Camphill Village is a unique therapeutic residential community in Copake, New York, where dedicated volunteers and people with developmental disabilities share a full life together. Located in rural Columbia County 100 miles north of New York City, the Village comprises 600 acres of wooded hills, gardens and pastures. Villagers (adults with disabilities), coworkers and coworkers’ children live together in extended family households and work together in a variety of craft shops and work areas. Crafts include candle making, stained glass, bookbinding, weaving, and woodworking. Land work includes a biodynamic dairy farm, vegetable gardens, a Healing Plant garden and workshop, and Turtle Tree Seed biodynamic seed workshop. The Village also has a medical care center, culture and arts center, bakery, Café and Gift Shop.
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a 432 acre, land-based, life-sharing community located about an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County Pennsylvania. Made up of 120 members, Kimberton Hills strives to restore vitality to our ecosystems and societal structures through Anthroposophy, the spiritual philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. Adults who have developmental disabilities live and work side by side with volunteers in family households to form a supportive community based on shared responsibilities and caring. The community features a large biodynamic CSA Garden which offers a two year apprenticeship study program, an award winning organic dairy, a café and bakery which serve the village and surrounding region, weavery and fiber arts workshops, as well as land and building maintenance programs. Kimberton Hills is known locally for its sustainable buildings and its strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art.
Triform Camphill Community
Hudson, New York
Triform Camphill Community is a residential therapeutic community, founded in 1979. Triform is a growing energetic community. In the past five years, we have built a residential house and a weavery-therapy building. As a youth-guidance community, Triform endeavors to accompany young adults with special needs to adulthood, self-development, and fulfillment of their potential through education and work training. About 60 people live on 125 acres of land. The community is rich in agriculture, crafts, festivals, and arts. Triform is located in upstate New York, near the city of Hudson and the Hudson River, 2 hours from New York City, 3 hours from Boston, and 1 hour from Albany, New York State’s capital as well as 10 miles from the Camphill Village in Copake, New York.
Hudson, New York
Most of us spend a lifetime digging to unearth a purpose. When we do, it’s extremely gratifying — especially for adults that live with developmental disabilities. Every day holds new promise.
Individuals in the Camphill Hudson community experience this while making a life for themselves in — and contributing to — the city around them. Aside from participating in running their own homes, they make their urban environment a more productive one, helping to complete civic projects and encouraging others.
Chatham, New York
Camphill Ghent is a residential community for elders who appreciate living independently within a lively community, but who would also like occasional help with daily challenges, ranging from housekeeping and cooking to maintenance and driving services. Camphill Ghent can also accommodate ambulatory adults who need more support, including 24-hour access to assistance and care. Camphill Ghent is more than simply another retirement-living option. It is a community that acknowledges that elders want the necessary support to continue to enjoy a meaningful life.
Camphill Village Minnesota
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Camphill Village Minnesota is a spiritually striving intentional community of approximately 45 people, including adults with disabilities. Our Village is nestled among 470 acres of gently rolling hills and sparkling lakes and waterways in the beautiful Heartland of America, about 2 hours west of the city of Minneapolis. The life, work, and celebrations of our community are based on the strong belief that every individual, regardless of ability, is an independent spiritual being. Developmental disabilities are treated not as illnesses, but as a part of the fabric of human experience, and we believe that people with these disabilities are worthy of recognition, respect, and honor. Our community has a strong agricultural component with farming, gardening, and a small goatherd. Our craft shops include a bakery, weavery, woodworking shop, card shop, hemp jewelry shop, and a food processing and cheese-making kitchen. All members of the community are cared for within the context of healthy home environments and an active village life.
Camphill Communities Ontario
Angus, Ontario, Canada
Camphill Communities Ontario, a life sharing endeavor serving people with developmental disabilities, has two locations: Camphill Nottawasaga is a rural community with adults and made up of several homes and workshops including woodwork, pottery, forestry and a vegetable garden. Our work is to care for each other, our homes, our gardens and our land. We share this work, each one according to his wishes and capabilities. The aim is to build a vital community life that offers each person the conditions for healing growth and renewal. Camphill Sophia Creek is developing residential workshop opportunities in an urban environment in the downtown core of Barrie, which is 1 hour north of Toronto.
Camphill Soltane is a life-sharing community of 80 people, including young adults, ages 18-35, with developmental disabilities. At Soltane, we encourage self-advocacy for those with disabilities, help coworkers reach their aspirations through effective and inspiring training, and encourage teamwork in home and work areas. Soltane’s mission is to build a bridge to adulthood for young people with disabilities, and our cornerstone is an attempt to actively involve every person in the process of creating community. We are located 1 hour west of Philadelphia, PA, in a semi-rural setting.
Camphill Communities California
Camphill Communities California is a residential care community for adults with developmental disabilities. We’re a community of about 25 people, 12 of whom have developmental disabilities. We’re located near Monterey Bay, a region famous for its rich, social, cultural and recreational opportunities.
Volunteer opportunities are available at Camphill Communities California for both long and short term coworkers. Imagine a life where the qualities of patience, tolerance, flexibility and empathy are valued. Camphill offers volunteers a path of learning that nurtures personal growth and community involvement with people with special needs. We also offer opportunities for ongoing education and training. We welcome those with idealism who want to share their life with others.
West Plains, Missouri
Oakwood is located in West Plains, Missouri which has been awarded “one of the ten best small towns of America” (Liveability.com).
Centered in the Mark Twain National Forest and surrounded by crystal clear rivers this is an area of natural beauty, of camping, swimming, hiking, canoeing, “tubing” and spelunking.Daily life in the Heartland is still close to the “real” America; to friendly neighbors, gospel sings, cattle ranchers, rodeos, county fairs and Indian pow wows as well as the Trail of Tears and Underground Railroad.
We are a small pioneer effort, of 8 people, 2 houses and 30 acres supported by Camphill to introduce an alternative approach to working the land, to living with people with special needs, and to building an active community life in an area where these are generally unknown quantities. Although our daily work is demanding, it is also rewarding. We have assisted families to heal and persons who would otherwise be homeless, in a mental institution or prison to live productive, happy lives.
Contact: Linda Michaels
Heartbeet is a vibrant lifesharing Camphill community and licensed therapeutic residence that includes adults with developmental disabilities and interweaves the social and agricultural realms for the healing and renewing of our society and the earth. Community members live and work together, in beautiful extended family households, forming a mutually supportive environment that enables each individual to discover and develop his or her unique abilities and potential.
The Cascadia Society
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Cascadia Society is a life-sharing community that includes adults with special needs. Cultural, artistic and therapeutic experiences are provided through residential home care and day activities within the urban setting of Vancouver’s North Shore. The Cascadia Society is dedicated to bringing healing to human beings and to the earth. Their primary task is to allow the potential in each person to unfold and to be in harmonious relationship with the environment.
The Ita Wegman Association of BC
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
The Ita Wegman Association operates Glenora Farm, a rural, agriculturally based community for adults with special needs. The community operates a biodynamic farm. At Glenora Farm, those who are in need of special care, and those who provide it, relate to each other as companions, rather than as professionals and clients. In the way they live together, care for the land and in the things they make, they uphold the ideals of Camphill, in which each contributes what he or she is able to, and receives in turn what he or she needs.