Meet some of the fantastic people who make up Camphill
Katrina grew up in California and at age 25 found herself stuck and unsure of what to do next in her life. She was attracted to Camphill and their mission to create a life of meaning and purpose for all of its members. She appreciated that they could live together and find love and belonging in community.
She started her Camphill journey by committing to one year of volunteering in Camphill Village Copake. In her first year, she was so inspired by her newfound purpose that she decided she wanted to stay longer and dive deeper into her Camphill experience.
In her second year, Katrina was a barista in the Village Green Coffee Shop and co-ran a village home. She fell in love with leading and holding a group of people, and began to consider becoming a teacher. This initiated her transfer to the Camphill School where she was assisting with 12th graders in the classroom. After three years in Camphill, she left the community to pursue her masters in Waldorf education. She is certain her experiences in Camphill will shape her into the teacher she is becoming!
I’ve grown so much during my time in Camphill. It’s been really a life-changing experience for me. Being here is such a formative experience because you’re opening yourself up so much to those you're working with and through that, you become softened and so touched by everyone here. Whether you spend six months or 3 years here what you learn is really how to be a human being and how to connect with those around you. And I think one of the real gifts of Camphill for anyone who is stepping into people-centered work is it’s really a social academy in how to be empathetic, how to connect with people, how to create emotional intelligence and that’s what really makes this place special.
In the Academy, she experienced a “beautiful contrast” of being side by side with folks, learning how to recognize what they face with their disabilities and challenges daily on a personal level and then integrating that with what she learned in the classroom. In the third year of Academy she found herself learning about lesson planning one day then the next day being put directly to task. In that she found a beautiful balance and reflective process as she lived her education. She admits, “It’s won’t always be easy and fun but it will be rewarding. It will help you grow and shine and make the world a better place.”