The Camphill Communities of North America
Camphill is an international movement of intentional communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities through a combination of community life, the arts and work on the land. There are over 100 Camphill communities worldwide, and 11 communities throughout the U.S. (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) and Canada (British Columbia and Ontario) as well as several affiliate and initiative communities.
Camphill Village U.S.A.
Copake, New York
Camphill Village USA is a unique and vibrant life-sharing community of 250 individuals, including over 100 adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in Copake, New York in 1961, Camphill Village USA is the oldest and largest Camphill community in North America and sits on 615 acres of verdant hills, pastures, and beautiful gardens in southern Columbia County.
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a dynamic farming, gardening, and handcrafting intentional community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Over 100 Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens, and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.
Camphill Village Minnesota
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Camphill Village Minnesota is a life-sharing, residential community of fifty people, including adults with disabilities. Their lives, work and celebrations are woven into the rhythms of nature found in the rolling hills, sparkling waterways, and prairie grasslands of Central Minnesota. The community is deeply rooted in the belief that every individual , regardless of limitations, is an independent, spiritual being. Each person is part of the fabric of Community experience and is worthy of recognition, respect and honor.
Camphill Communities Ontario
Angus, Ontario, Canada
Camphill Communities Ontario provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to live, learn and work together with others in an atmosphere of mutual respect and equality.
Camphill Communities California
Camphill Communities California, an intentional community which includes adults with developmental disabilities, is located along the central Pacific coast in the beautiful Monterey Bay area.
Camphill Hudson Hudson, New York
Camphill Hudson is a small but growing urban initiative in the thriving community of Hudson, NY. Located two hours north of New York City by train in downtown Hudson, Camphill Hudson is ideally situated for those who wish to contribute to Camphill life and participate in the life of the wider community. Individuals in the Camphill Hudson community make a life for themselves contributing to the city around them.
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
Glenora Farm is a therapeutic farm, one of two Camphill Communities in Western Canada where adults with developmental disabilities live, work and learn together with their caregivers.
Camphill Special School
Camphill Special School’s mission is to create wholeness for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and therapy in extended family living so that they may be better understood and their disabilities moderated, that they may more fully unfold their potential, and that they more fully and meaningfully participate in life.
For Young Adults
Triform Camphill Community
Hudson, New York
Triform Camphill Community is a residential community for young adults with developmental disabilities. It includes a dynamic mix of over 100 people spanning many generations, cultures and ranges of ability. Forty young adults with social, mental, physical and emotional disabilities, live and work side-by-side with full time volunteer resident staff and the staff’s families on a 410 acre biodynamic/organic farm in beautiful Columbia County, NY.
Camphill Soltane is a life-sharing community of 80 people, including young adults ages 18-25, and adults age 25 and up, with developmental disabilities.
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.
Plowshare Farm is an attempt to be responsive to the social, human, spiritual and ecological challenges of our times by working toward creating an environment where every person and every aspect of the natural world can be learned from and valued. They are a small, thriving community where lives are shared, where nourishing the land in turn nourishes the individual who is tending that land, and where animal care creates the potential for people who are usually the care receivers to become the care givers. Nestled on over 200 acres in the countryside of southern New Hampshire, Plowshare Farm provides a peaceful setting of exceptional natural beauty.
West Plains, Missouri
Through meaningful activities, a healing environment, and truly human companionship, Oakwood Lifesharing encourages each person to master their own life. This mastery occurs in the context of family, community and society. By emphasizing both independence and interdependence, Oakwood promotes individuals to become dignified and effective citizens in the community.
For more information on Camphill Communities Worldwide, visit http://www.camphill.net