Meet some of the fantastic people who make up Camphill

Joe Petersen

Camphill Village Minnesota Volunteer 2014-2016
St. Cloud, MN USA

While studying sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato Joe set out to do field research on intentional communities for his undergraduate degree. Cooperative lifestyles fascinated him and he wanted to see models that communities were using to thrive. At the time he was also working with adults who had disabilities and he was interested in seeing new vocational models that were available to them. He found Camphill Village Minnesota satisfied all of his research interests and a lot of his personal interests. After a week of interviewing volunteers in the community, Joe decided he wanted to live at Camphill after college. He volunteered in Camphill Village Minnesota for two years and had a transformational experience.

“Through this experience, I learned a great deal about myself, my passions, and really my personal purpose in life. People give and receive in a variety of ways. At Camphill, if one is open and perceptive, this is clearly evident. For example, I lived with an individual with significant physical and social needs. I provided for that person to the best of my abilities. What I received was beyond compare. I received dignity, purpose, and friendship in the truest sense. Our humanity and livelihood was interlocked for those two years and it is an experience I will never forget.”

After leaving Camphill, Joe moved to a nearby city with a cat he rescued while living in Camphill. His experiences in Camphill inspired him to seek a career that is hands-on and working closely with people. He enrolled himself in a nursing program at a nearby University and started working at the hospital. He found that he was exceptional at working with people 1 on 1 and felt his energy was best focused on helping people directly. He continued to work part-time in the village, helping out between school and his other job. Now three years later, Joe is a practicing nurse and helps patients feel comfortable and safe in the final stages of their lives. His time in the village exposed sides of himself he would have never expected and it sent him down a fulfilling career path.



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Brittany Archer

After graduating college, Brittany knew she wanted to keep adventuring instead of returning home to the Bahamas. When her journey took her to Camphill Communities California, she immediately fell in love. The next year, she extended her Camphill journey at the community in Ireland. “Being in Camphill is being with…
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Nicolo Betoni

When his pre-health advisor suggested he spend his gap year working in a hospital, Nicolo knew he wanted to do something more special. Now that he's in medical school at University of California, Irvine, Nicolo is so glad he spent his gap year as a volunteer at Camphill Village Minnesota. …

Gabi Branche

When Gabi graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi with a degree in Interactive Media, whe knew she wasn't done spending time in an intentional community like the one she'd found there and at home in Trinidad. When she came across Camphill on a career portal, she knew she'd found the perfect…

Sumin Dai

Sumin recently earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and works in community mental health. Before that, she spent two years volunteering at Triform Camphill community, where she returns regularly for holiday visits to help out, connect with old friends, and make new ones. Sumin is…

Jojo Dzeiski

Jojo is the pottery teacher at Triform Camphill Community, our youth guidance program. In the summer, she is a counselor at Camp Omi, the day camp at Art Omi Sculpture and Architecture Park. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and French from SUNY New Paltz, Jojo headed to…