IMMERSE IN ART & CELEBRATION

In Camphill, you learn to find moments each day to pause and appreciate life's gifts. Experiencing the joy of the changing seasons. Creating objects of beauty that are put to use by your neighbors. These acts awaken us to the interconnectedness to all of life and to each other.

HANDCRAFTING'S THERAPEUTIC NATURE

Finding self-expression and community through art

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill. It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Crafting also has a therapeutic aspect – it brings a calming healing quality and can therefore nourish our entire being. By offering a tactile experience with natural materials – such as wool, wax, yarn, or clay – we are led to experience an interconnectedness with the world around us. Just as the human soul yearns for belonging in the natural world, it also longs for the creative process, and the warmth of soul that is brought to us through working with our hands. Crafting also helps to ground us, and at the same time can awaken our inner spiritual life, which in turn helps us to harmonize our thoughts and order our thinking. In this way we are waking up our consciousness through our purposeful and creative interaction with the physical world.

Having meaning and purpose in our lives also brings healing, not just to our souls, but in the way we relate to others and the world. When our lives are surrounded by meaning, our values develop and find form within ourselves and our communities. This therapeutic aspect of handcrafting is part of the foundation of Social Therapy and Curative Education.

All of this allows our creativity to unfold, and the crafts created in Camphill are not only useful but are often works of art as well.

HANDCRAFTING'S THERAPEUTIC NATURE
HANDCRAFTING'S THERAPEUTIC NATURE

Finding self-expression and community through art

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill. It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Crafting also has a therapeutic aspect – it brings a calming healing quality and can therefore nourish our entire being. By offering a tactile experience with natural materials – such as wool, wax, yarn, or clay – we are led to experience an interconnectedness with the world around us. Just as the human soul yearns for belonging in the natural world, it also longs for the creative process, and the warmth of soul that is brought to us through working with our hands. Crafting also helps to ground us, and at the same time can awaken our inner spiritual life, which in turn helps us to harmonize our thoughts and order our thinking. In this way we are waking up our consciousness through our purposeful and creative interaction with the physical world.

Having meaning and purpose in our lives also brings healing, not just to our souls, but in the way we relate to others and the world. When our lives are surrounded by meaning, our values develop and find form within ourselves and our communities. This therapeutic aspect of handcrafting is part of the foundation of Social Therapy and Curative Education.

All of this allows our creativity to unfold, and the crafts created in Camphill are not only useful but are often works of art as well.

Raw Material to Finished Product

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill.

It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Raw Material to Finished Product

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill.

It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Raw Material to Finished Product

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill.

It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Raw Material to Finished Product

A scarf made in Camphill is more than just a scarf. It’s the story of Camphill.

It traces back to the lamb born in Camphill and the rolling pastures where it grazes as its grows. It tells the story of the farmers who care for the sheep, who expertly sheer them each year – a summer haircut – followed by a thorough shampooing of the wool. It is spun and dyed right in the community. Don’t forget the gardeners who grew and harvested the plant ingredients used in the natural dyes. Only then does it make it its way into the weaver’s skillful hands, where it is transformed on the loom into a beautiful scarf.

Deepen your connection to the arts. Felting, painting, acting, singing, bookbinding — opportunities abound.

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FESTIVALS, DRAMA & MUSIC

FESTIVALS, DRAMA & MUSIC
FESTIVALS, DRAMA & MUSIC

FESTIVALS, DRAMA & MUSIC

Connecting us to the rhythm and beauty of the year as the seasons unfold

It is almost an understatement to say that all of our Camphill communities have a rich and varied cultural life. We get together to make music, perform plays and celebrate a range of seasonal festivals, relating them to their Christian counterparts: Easter, St. John’s (midsummer), Michaelmas (which ends the summer and helps us take courage and strength into harvest and winter), Advent and Christmas. Along the way, we also celebrate Holy Week, Hanukkah, Candlemas, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and, of course, birthdays and other cultural festivals.

Celebrating festivals not only helps us mark the passing of the year but it also creates a rhythm, stability and joy in our lives. By inwardly and outwardly accompanying the cycle of the year and the great seasonal festivals connected to the inbreathing and outbreathing of the earth, we can consciously awaken our interconnectedness to all of life and to each other.