What is Camphill

The world-wide Camphill Movement, begun in 1939 by the Austrian physician Dr.Karl König (1902 – 1966) in Aberdeen, Scotland. Today there are approximately 100 Camphill centres in more than twenty countries around the world, all dedicated to forming healing social communities together with children, youngsters (trainees), adults, and/or old people.
The Camphill Movement strives to create communities in which people with special needs can live, learn and work together with others in healthy social relationships. Camphill draws its inspiration and deepest content from the antroposophical insigths of the Austrian philosopher/educator Rudolf Steiner Ph.D. (1861 – 1925), and is based on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being, regardless of disability, religious, national or racial background. It is the right and responsibility of each individual to pursue a personal education so that he or she may contribute to the spiritual progress of the world.

The application of Camphill’s philosophy is to seek goodness and wholeness in each other, to develop as daily practice the art of human respect and interest, to cultivate social processes that generate warmth and energy as an antidote to loneliness and isolation, and to work mindfully and creatively with conflicts and differences. In the communities’ spaces and buildings, the philosophy brings awareness to detail, to beauty, to color, to the way objects and spaces enhance social capacities. In work, the philosophy is intended to create conditions that draw out the potential capacities of each person and ways to nurture and develop them. In the environment, the philosophy teaches that caring for the earth and the natural surroundings requires a healing way, without using harmful chemicals.
Would you like to learn more about anthroposophy? Please visit one of these links:
Karl König Archiv
Anthroposophical Society

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