Stories from around the Camphill international community

From Camphill to the Military to Rhode Island School of Design

July 19th, 2022
Julius Cavira volunteered with Camphill Communities California almost two decades ago. This spring, he requested a Camphill California patch to sew onto his robes for his art school graduation. The community was happy to oblige; we were curious: What inspired the request? Responsibility, courage, and humility A lifelong artist and…
Elias enjoys the mid day sun on the front porch of the Hudson house

Elias Rive, A Camphill Pioneer

July 06th, 2022
Elias Rive shares stories from his nearly seven decades of living in Camphill Communities Born in 1941 in Beverly Massachusetts, Elias is a true veteran of Camphill Communities. He found Camphill in 1954 and has been a hardworking and widely adored community member ever since. A biodynamic farmer in his…
Helen Zipperlen, 92-year-old co-founder of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, walking up the road on a beautiful spring day

Quarantining at Camphill: Distance, Warmth, and the Unknown Future

November 09th, 2020
By Matthew Goeztke and Diedra Heitzman This article was originally published in the Fall 2020 issue of Communities Magazine, which features many other compelling stories on how other intentional communities have responded to the pandemic.  You can download a copy of the magazine here.) Matthew writes:  I’m a 20-year-old Michigan native seeking to connect with the natural…

Reopening Schools: Lessons from Camphill

November 01st, 2020
Tips on How to Return to In-Person School from One That’s Done It The Camphill School is a private Waldorf school for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania. It offers both boarding and day programs as well as therapeutic care for children in grades K-12, plus…

Camphill in the Time of Coronavirus

August 24th, 2020
How our communities have continued to thrive in the midst of a pandemic It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the world, leaving only a handful of countries unaffected. In March 2020 cases spiked and many states issued stay-at-home orders while non-essential businesses shuttered. At the time…

Peace Corps Alumni in Camphill

August 14th, 2020
What do the Peace Corps and Camphill have in common? A lot, it turns out. Since she was a teenager, Liz Buttram has wanted to travel, help the Earth, and lend a hand to those in need. So after graduating with a degree in Natural Resource Management, she began her…

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

July 28th, 2020
Tips and Recipe from a Practiced Herbalist For Rebecca Bissonnette, summer is all about preserving the bounty of the land to enjoy year-round. And residing at Triform Camphill Community in New York’s idyllic Hudson River Valley, there’s quite a bounty. With a 420-acre campus lush with forests, fields, and organic,…

Gap Year Advice To Figure Out Your Next Step

June 26th, 2020
Trying To Figure Out What's Next? Here Are Five fulfilling Gap Year Ideas *Note: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many of the below programs are not currently running and have sent volunteers home. But, if you are still searching for a way to safely and enjoyably experience a gap…
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Camphill Stands with Black Lives Matter

June 12th, 2020

In the Camphill movement, we understand our mission in terms of “Three Essentials”: an active recognition of the wholeness and dignity of every human being; a commitment to self-development in the service of others; and the striving to create inclusive community.  The Camphill Association of North America holds these as…

Nourishing the Land and People: Growing at Plowshare Farm

January 22nd, 2020

At Plowshare Farm in Greenfield, each one of the residents strives to ask themselves, “Who am I, and who am I striving to be?” With that central question, every single person there not only seeks to propel their own growth, but to likewise see how they can assist their fellow…

Renewing the Heartland: Changing the way we see the midwest

December 19th, 2019
by Emma Ryan, volunteer in Camphill Village Minnesota Most of us have experienced “heartbreak” on some level.  We know that when the heart is not well, it affects the wellbeing of the rest of our body - we cannot eat, sleep, often even move.  The heart is more than a…

Caring For Our Trees: Fostering sustainable forestry on Glenora Farm

December 05th, 2019
by Markus Heinz of Glenora Farm, BC Canada “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” -ancient Greek proverb Here on the West Coast, the forest is everywhere around us and within us. West of the coastal mountain ranges, it’s…

Scotland to Vancouver Island: A volunteer reflection from Glenora Farm

December 10th, 2019
written by Glenora Farm volunteer Hannah Munro and featured in the Valley Voice in 2017 In January of this year, I boarded a plane from Aberdeen, Scotland headed for Vancouver Island. With a two-year open work permit to Canada and next-to-no plan, I was excited, and a little bit daunted.…

Colombia to New England – A volunteer reflects on a year at Heartbeet

December 09th, 2019

“I wanted to come to Heartbeet to help people, grow as a person and learn how to work in a community. I feel that all my wishes were fulfilled and I got even more than I expected.”

To Learn to Live: My personal unfolding from a year at Beaver Run

December 05th, 2019
By Benedikt Meßer, Coworker Alumnus ‘19 You are coming back from an exciting trip to New York City. You have seen more different people in an hour than you have seen in a month, rushing up and down the avenues. Honking cars, flashing lights, and billboards swarm in your head.…

The Kimberton Hills Gardeners On Why Growing in Community is Better

November 03rd, 2019
Erin, Eliza, and Jasper do not run a typical CSA. They co-manage a biodynamic garden that is truly supported by a community. Sankanac CSA(link is external) is nestled in an intentional community that is home to 120 people, including adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Community members live together in the…