Our thoughts and prayers are with those in our communities and elsewhere who are giving of themselves to support each other through these difficult times. It is often said that this disease does not discriminate which is true. No one is immune. But some are more vulnerable than others while yet others are less able to manage because they are poorer, or isolated or live with a disability. It is at times like these that we are reminded that the human race is a community in which we depend on each other.
Camphill is life
" To live with uncertainty, without any myth...is the art that can lead us to creating new solutions to modern problems" Mark Barber
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The earth is a living being. Humans, like bees, are part of an ecosystem in which each part is dependant on the other for survival.
Making bread that others will eat, slippers that others will wear, growing food for the community. Work is a source of self-esteem and a sign that we not only belong but contribute.
Work that makes us proud
At the heart of Camphill communities is the belief that we are part of a whole. For the land to keep on giving we have to put something back. Whether on farms or in our gardens cultivation follows organic and biodynamic principles.
“What makes us human is not
a special IQ or single ability. What
makes us special is love, staying
true to yourself and meeting others
and life itself with respect.
Once when I felt deeply sad and lost I went to the living room. Emily, a wonderful 45-year-old woman with physical and mental challenges, was there. I laid my head on her shoulder and said:
'Emily I’m so sad'. She knew exactly what to do. She put her good arm around me and said : ‘Don’t worry I’m here for you ‘ and gave me a kiss on my head". Anna Fleisch, volunteer Ploughshare Farm
Caring for our environment
Working together: collaborative management
Care is only the half of it
Dance, music, theatre, visual arts, festivals
While Camphill communities
are not all the same they all,
to a greater or lesser extent,
have a culture that affords
a high degree of self-management, collaboration and inclusion
Care is not a
It comes from mutual respect, trust and friendship irrespective of our abilities. Care is being with, not just caring for.
A scathing report by an all-party group of MPs shines a light on the ‘horrific reality’ of young people detained (wrongly) under the mental Health Act.
The same report which calls for urgent cabinet-level action says:” Too often families of those with learning disabilities and/or autism are considered to be the problem when they ought to be the solution. Families must be recognised as human rights defenders." November 1, 2019
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The Big Picture
And why that 'normal' house
in a normal street in a
normal suburb isn't
Building a community from the ground up
The future lies in giving citizens power to shape their own lives. Nimble Spaces is a remarkable project by Camphill
Callan, Ireland, with a
team of future residents, artists, architects and activists, and led by Callan Workhouse Union.
Alliance for Camphill is an association of individuals who have come together to promote the ideals of the Camphill movement: choice and social justice for people with learning disabilities. It does not speak for individual communities. It is supported by but is separate from the Camphill Foundation, the Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC) and Camphill Families and Friends.