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English/Welsh Region Scottish Region Northern Ireland Region Southern Ireland Region VOLUME 19 SUMMER 2014 CAMPHILL PAGES Pages is the newsletter of the Association of Camphill Communities UK and Ireland www.camphill-uk-ireland.net Welcome James Pinkerton's holding of The Queen's Baton at its final resting place from its world tour for The 20th Commonwealth Games is seen at Scotland House in the heart of the Merchant City, Glasgow.He was on holiday from Tich á Chomainn and made a visit to The City in July during The Games and this photograph introduces this Camphill Pages with a focus on The Scottish Region. We have news and features on the Foundation Stone Laying for Simeon Care for The Elderly, Aberdeen, Pishwanton's Award at The Royal Highland Show and a Day in The Life of Milltown's Workshops near Stonehaven.The Association of Camphill Communities held its Annual Congress in Camphill Blair Drummond near Stirling in March,the 6th New Lanark Conference took place at Robert Owen's famous mill site by The River Clyde waterfalls in May.The Camphill Schools have been commended byScotland's Chief Social Worker and we have a guest writer, Jack Reed, who looks at Garvald at 70,a sister organisation to Camphill in Scotland.This does not preclude the rest of the regions of The Association also having a busy spring and summer and many came from England,Ireland and Wales to New Lanark for The Conference,as you can see in the photographs. Did you know that Camphill CommunityGlencraig is celebrating its 60thAnniversarythis year? That there was an International Dialogue of world Camphill Communities in America from which many delegates from the British Isles attended and that looking forward, preparations for Camphill Foundation's World Wide Weave are well under way and could be coming your way,as can be seen in the article in the Association Matters section. Many of you dear readers have asked for Pages by email and we have set up this possibility.If you have a friend who would like to see Pages online or have missed this possibility,please email me,Vivian Griffiths,the Editorial Coordinator on [email protected] Have a good read and thank you for your interest in these important and decisive times for Camphill Communities. Vivian Griffiths. Kingfisher Café onTripAdvisor on Page 12 > Inter-Regional Interweaving on Page 10 > Pishwanton Wood receives one of Scotland’s Community Woodlands ‘Highly Commended’Awards. On Friday 20th June, The Life Science Trust was given an award for Pishwanton in the category of Community Woodland.We were Highly Commended for promoting health. The organisation acknowledged our work in the restoration of native woodland, the educational value of the project, and our dedication to people with special needs. Continued on page 2.. ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW AWARD

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English/WelshRegionScottishRegion Northern IrelandRegion Southern IrelandRegion

VOLUME19SUMMER2014

CAMPHILL PAGES Pages is the newsletter of theAssociation of Camphill Communities UKand Irelandwww.camphill-uk-ireland.net

WelcomeJamesPinkerton'sholdingofTheQueen'sBatonat its finalrestingplace from itsworldtour forThe20thCommonwealthGames isseenatScotlandHouse in theheartof theMerchantCity,Glasgow.HewasonholidayfromTicháChomainnandmadeavisit toTheCityin JulyduringTheGamesand thisphotograph introduces thisCamphill Pageswitha focusonTheScottishRegion.

Wehavenewsand featureson theFoundationStoneLaying forSimeonCare forTheElderly, Aberdeen,Pishwanton'sAwardatTheRoyalHighlandShowandaDayinTheLifeofMilltown'sWorkshopsnearStonehaven.TheAssociationofCamphillCommunitiesheld itsAnnualCongress inCamphillBlairDrummondnearStirling inMarch,the6thNewLanarkConferencetookplaceatRobertOwen's famousmill sitebyTheRiverClydewaterfalls inMay.TheCamphill SchoolshavebeencommendedbyScotland'sChiefSocialWorkerandwehaveaguestwriter, JackReed, who looksatGarvaldat70,a sisterorganisation toCamphill inScotland.Thisdoesnotpreclude the restof the regionsof TheAssociationalsohavingabusyspringandsummerandmanycame fromEngland,IrelandandWales toNewLanarkforTheConference,asyoucanseein thephotographs.

DidyouknowthatCamphillCommunityGlencraigiscelebratingits60thAnniversarythisyear? Thattherewasan InternationalDialogueofworldCamphillCommunities inAmerica fromwhichmanydelegatesfromtheBritish Islesattendedand that looking forward,preparationsforCamphillFoundation'sWorldWideWeavearewell underwayandcouldbecomingyourway,as canbeseen in thearticle in theAssociationMatters section.

Manyofyoudear readershaveasked forPagesbyemailandwehavesetup thispossibility.Ifyouhavea friendwhowould like to seePagesonlineorhavemissed thispossibility,pleaseemailme,VivianGriffiths,[email protected]

Haveagood readand thankyouforyour interest in these importantanddecisive times forCamphillCommunities.

VivianGriffiths.KingfisherCaféonTripAdvisor on Page12>Inter-Regional Interweavingon Page10>

Pishwanton Wood receives one ofScotland’s Community Woodlands‘Highly Commended’Awards.

OnFriday20th June,TheLife ScienceTrustwasgivenanaward forPishwanton in the categoryofCommunityWoodland.WewereHighlyCommended forpromotinghealth. Theorganisationacknowledgedourwork in the restorationofnativewoodland,the educational valueof theproject,andourdedication topeoplewith special needs.

Continuedonpage2..

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SCOTTISHREGION

NEWLANARKCONFERENCEREPORT

Camphill Scotlandweredelighted that over170people fromaround theglobeattendedthe2014NewLanark conference for a fewsunnydays inMay. The conference isheldin theNewLanarkWorldHeritageVillage torecognise the special place thatRobertOwenandNewLanarkhave in thehistoryofcommunitybuilding. BothKarlKönig andRudolf Steiner found inspiration inOwen’sefforts to create amoreequitable and justsociety. Since its inauguration in2003 theNewLanark conference convenes every twoyears to rekindle that same fire ofenthusiasm incommunitybuildingandsocial renewal.

This year’s conference themewas‘Communities of the future’. Thiswasexplored inmanydynamic andcreativeways includingplenary sessions, interactivediscussions andartisticworkshops. Ourplenary speakerswereTomRavetzof theChristianCommunity,DorotaOwenof theGlobal Eco-communitiesNetwork,RobertPeat of theCare Inspectorate,PeterMacdonaldof the IonaCommunity andJasmineSutherlandand JeanetteCochrane

fromGarvald. In theeveningour conferencecommunity gathered toenjoy somestorytelling fromDonaldKer andEric Flemingandavery lively ceilidhwith theCollumcilleceilidhband!

Theeverpopular paintingandEurythmyworkshopswereonceagainexpressive,colourful and thoughtprovokingandnewworkshops in jewellerymakingand filmmakingproduceddelightful results aswell,withone jewellerymakerhappilyexclaiming‘I never knew I coulddo this!’.Wewere also fortunate this year tobewellsupportedbyother ecoand intentionalcommunities,and the talks fromGarvald,Findhornand Iona communitieshighlightedhowmuchour communitiesshare in common. Onedelegate toldus theyfound it ‘inspiring tohear about somanywonderful communities around theworld’,whilst another reported that the conference‘givesme the space to thinkmoreaboutthings’. This yearwealsohad thebenefit ofaprofessional photographer to capture thefinal dayof the conferenceand someofherimages accompany this article.

Whilst the conferencehas alwaysbeeninclusive, inorder todevelop thismostimportant element,theorganising teamproducedEasyReadmaterials,whichwerewell received. Wealso asked contributors tomake their talks andworkshops accessibletopeoplewithadisparate rangeof abilities.Feedback suggests thatpeoplenoticedandwelcomedour attempts to increase levelsof inclusiveness andequality throughoutthe conference.

Onepersoncommented that ‘thepresentations thatworked thebestwerethose thatwere shorter,more informal andmore interactive’.Wewill continue tobuildtheaccessibility and inclusivenessof theconference for the futurebut fornowwearedelighted that delegateshadagreat timeforming‘instant butheart felt community’and tookaway ideas suchasbecoming‘more connected toother communities’.Thankyou toeveryonewhoparticipatedandmade this oncemoreavery specialconference-we look forward to seeingyouagain in2016!

By Jennifer Leiper.

Jennifer Leiper is theAdministration FinanceOfficer for CamphillScotland.She writes ofher experiences of theNew Lanark Conference.

Theearly summermonthsbrought a flurryof activity onandoff site as thenewSimeonCare for theElderly development takesshape inBieldside.

With the frameof the23bedroomfacilitynow inprideof place in thegroundsof theexistingSimeoncarehome,a symbolicevent tookplace in June tomark the30thbirthdayof theorganisation,which is beingcelebrated throughout2014,andalso tolook to the future.

Family and friendswere invited to sendstones tobuild a small cairnwhichwasplacedwithin the foundationsof thenewbuildingduringanuplifting ceremony.

As constructiongatherspace,so toodoesthe fundraisingeffort–withSimeon’sNewLeaseof Life appealnowapproachingatotal of £1.2million raised todate.Theaimis tomeet theambitious target of £2m.

Corporatedonations andgrant fundinghave contributed significantly to the tallybut community fundraisingeffortscontinue toplay amajorpart–with therecentRunBalmoral providingawelcomeboost.Athletes representingSimeonat theDeeside event raisedmore than£6,000 insponsorship,ensuring theappeal’s progressshowsno signof slowing.

Further details on theappeal andfundraisingopportunities canbe foundatwww.simeoncare.org.uk

BUILDINGFORTHEFUTUREINSIMEON’SLANDMARKYEAR

...Continued from front page.

The judges’summarystated:“PishwantonWood,Long Yester,East Lothian…is abeautiful and peaceful mixed woodland,yet itis filled with harmonious activity. Driven by aphilosophy which works to reconnect peoplefacing mental and physical health issues to thenatural environment,Pishwanton incorporatesimaginative and unique sustainable buildingsto provide a place for the community to workand recreate in the wood. The majority of workis carried out using only hand tools and horsepower.Avaluable and sensitively managedproject that deserves wider recognition”.

Nowweare fundraising tobuild studentchalets sopeople can sleep in thewoodsall of themmade fromourown timber!

Formoredetailsvisitwww.pishwanton.org

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On6thMaywehostedavisitofAlanBaird,ChiefSocialWorkAdviser to theScottishGovernment,whowroteafterwards:

“It had been many years since I had visited any of the Camphill resources and I wastherefore interested in how the school reflected the pace of change which everyone in thecare and education sectors has experienced in recent years.Whilst much has evolved andwill continue to do so,what struck me was the importance of the underpinningphilosophy of care and what we might today describe as an asset-based model where theemphasis is in‘creating an environment to identify what everyone has to offer’-despitethe significant challenging behaviour of some of the children,I was struck by the phrase‘children are the teachers who help you develop your humanity’.In other words,whatever the challenges,the children would always know that Camphill was their home.It therefore struck me that two words I have heard too often were seldom applied inCamphill-placement breakdown.

I was impressed not only by the skills of individual members of staff but how theirtalent helps create some wonderful opportunities through sculpture,crafts andoutdoor activities including the gardens, farm,horse riding and, for the moreadventurous,Duke of Edinburgh Awards with 4 young people hoping to achieve goldthis year.

I was impressed with the outward-looking approach including the‘nature andnurture’work with younger children from Aberdeen City and the partnership withAberdeenshire Council through the St.Andrew’s Project providing individualisedtherapeutic programmes and flexible respite care.

The school rightly prides itself on the importance of evidenced based practice and I willread with interest the evaluative work currently being carried out by CELCIS.

Finally I was delighted to meet up with members of the Pupil Council who have animportant role in ensuring the views of children and young people help shape anddevelop Camphill in the future.

I am very grateful to everyone who gave me a valuable insight to life,challenges and,most importantly,opportunities in meeting the needs of some very special childrenand young people”.

This summermarks theendof theBAinSocial Pedagogywhichwehave run inpartnershipwith theUniversity ofAberdeen for the last 17years; eleven students intotalwill graduate, including three fromCamphill School. It hasbeenawonderfulpartnershipwhichhasdeveloped some talented co-workerswhohavegoneon tobecomeexperiencedpractitioners,enhancingbothourworkand similarwork acrosstheworld.The students andgraduateswill bemissed,butwehope that ourexplorationswithRobertGordonUniversitywill bear fruit and that aprofessionalcollaborationbegins aroundanewBASocial Pedagogy.

Beforefinishing,I cangive youadvancednoticeof ourOpenDayonSaturday20thSeptember from2-5pmonCamphill Estate.

Please also checkourwebsite andFacebookpage for regularnewsupdates...

With this Iwould like towishyouall a relaxing,sun-filled summerholiday and thankyou for your support.

Bestwishes,

LaurenceAlfred.

CHIEFSOCIALWORKERTALKSTOCAMPHILLSCHOOLS

MARKINGTHEENDOFTHEBAINSOCIALPEDAGOGY...

I amTonyGreeneandI live in theCamphillCommunityofMilltowninArbuthnott.I camehere in2007.Before that,I livedwithmyfamily inGlasgow.Ihavetwosistersandabrotherandsixniecesandnephews.Mymotherhasaholidayhouse inJohnshavensoshecancomeandvisitmeregularlywhenshestays there.

Iamliving inMilltownhousewithDianeandDuncanandAndy,ourhouseparentandtwovolunteerco-workers,OdiliaandJosephine.MarianandKathryncomeineveryworkingdayof theweektorunthehouse.I like tododifferent jobsaroundthehouse likesettingthetableandsweepingthekitchenflooraftermeals.I also like tohelp tidyupanddrydishes.TheuseofMakatonhelpsmecommunicate.I learntmostof itat school inGlasgow.Ialsokeepacommunicationbook.

InMilltownwealsohaveaworkshopwhereweworkonold toolsandpolish themandmakethemlook likenew.Iwork thereonMonday,TuesdayandFriday.I like todo

special thingsonspecialdays.

OnaMonday intheworkshop,Iusuallyworkongardentools likespadesandIusesandpaper tomakethemall shinyagain.Martin intheworkshophelpsmewith it.Wethenselltheminour little shoporsendthemtocountriesoverseas.I also likeplayinggames.IplaySnakesandLaddersonaMondaynightandShuffleboardonaTuesday.SoaftermyworkshopdayonaTuesdayafter Ihavehelpeddryupthedishes,Iamalways lookingforwardtoplayshuffleboard.

OnaWednesday,Andy,MarianorKathryngivemea lift toForestView.Ialso like thatverymuch.Ialreadywent todifferentclassesthere,likepaintinganddrawing.Andyalsohelpedmetogetsomenewcolours,so Icanpaintmycanvasathome.I sometimesdothatonaSaturdayorSunday inour frontroom.Anotheroneofmyfavourites ismusic.I especially likeABBAandpanpipes.I listentotheminmyroomeveryWednesdaynight.

Iusually spendmyThursdaysathome.Afterbreakfast,I changemysheetsandcleanmyroom.Idothehoveringanddusting.Josephinehelpsme.ThenIspendmytimewritingmydiaryandworkingonmylaptop.Another thing Ihave learntatForestViewis touseacomputer.Mymothergot thelaptopforme.I sitdowninthekitchenandJosephinehelpsmetosendphotographs Itookwithmydigital camera toAlfred inGlasgow,whoputs themonmyhomepagewhere Ialsokeepadiary.SonowIcansendemailsandskypemyfamily.I alsoenjoydoing jigsawpuzzlesandmemorygamesonmylaptop.After that Ialways likemybakedbeansontoast.In theeveningI like listeningtomusicagain.

OnaFriday,Iwork in thegardenandhelpSheenatoplant flowersandvegetables.Friday isalsomyDVDnight.I sometimesinviteMichelle fromtheotherhouseatPeesie'sKnapptocomeand joinmeandsometimesshe invitesmetocomeupandwatchaDVDwithher.Sometimes Ialso just

want towatchTVandmyfavourite isgameshows.

Ihave jobs I like todoonaSaturdaymorninglikesortingout therecycling,puttingcleannapkins inournapkinringsandgoingonashoppingtrip toStonehavenorsometimesLaurencekirkor Inverbervie tobuyaTVtimesmagazineandbuns for theweekend.

Onaweekend,everybody inthehouseusuallygoesonanouting,especially in thesummertime.WegoandseeHighlandGamesorcircuses.I also like togoforwalksuptothefarmyardofArbuthnotthouse.Ialsoenjoyskiingverymuch,soover thewintermonthsIcangotomyskiingclasses inAberdeen.I sometimesgoontrips toAustriaorSwitzerlandwithmyskiinggroupfromAberdeenor Igotherewithmyfamily.Ihavewonskiingcertificates.Ikeepthemina folder inmyroom.Othersports I like istennisandbasketball.I canplaybasketballonasunnydaywithoneof theco-workers inouryardhere inMilltownandAndyalsoputsupthetennisnetwhenIwant toplay tennis.Sometimes Iplay table footballwithOdilia.

Wealsodospecial things,likegoingtoaCeilidh,HighlandGames,walksonSt.Cyrusbeachor theLARCClubatForestView.At theLARCClubwesometimeshaveadiscooracinemanight.Sothere isalwayssomethingtodo.I really like itwhen it’sa lotof funbecause I likebeing funnyand laughalot. That’sme,Tony!

ThankyouJosephine forhelpingmetowrite this!

WrittenbyAnthony Greene (Tony),oneof the residentsatMilltownCommunity inArbuthnott.

TONY–MYLIFEINMILLTOWN30 miles South ofAberdeennear Stonehaven is the ruralcommunity of Milltown,with itsfamous day workshop project.

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NEWLANARKCAMPHILLCONFERENCE2014

BetweenTuesday20thandThursday22ndMaynearly200peoplegatheredatNewLanarktocelebratethe6thNewLanarkCamphillConference.Withparticipantsfrommanycountriesthiswasanidealopportunitytomeetoldfriendsandmakenewones.Theconferenceconsistedofseveralkeynoteplenumpresentations,aseriesofworkshopsmeetingeverydayoverthe3days,andanumberofparallel seminarsthatwereopentoanyonewhowanted.

IntheopeningpresentationTomRavetzaskedthequestion:Howcancommunityunlockourdeepestpotential?

Hepointedoutthattherewerebothpositiveandnegativeaspectsto livingincommunityandwonderedifour increasingindividualisationthreatensthefutureofcommunity?It’sachallengetomaintainthebalancebetweenwantingcommunityandretainingindividual freedom.Workingwiththis tensionisourtaskforthe21stcentury.

TomquotedT.S.Eliot:“Wedreamofsystemssoperfect,thatpeopledon’tneedtobegood.”Hecarriedontosuggest thatmaybewewillnotbeabletocompletethejobofcreatingutopia,butthatwearethepreparersof thepreparers.

Tomendedbymentioningtwoaspectsofcommunitythatset thetoneofthe3daysweweretogether,andthatcroppedupintheworkshopdiscussionsIwasinvolvedin:

• Whencommunityhappens,anangel isdrawnin.

• Interest intheotherhumanbeingopenscommunitybuilding.

DorotaOwenfromtheFindhornCommunitypresentedthestoryofFindhorn,nowover50yearsold,andoftheGlobalEcovillageNetwork(GEN),whichwasestablishedthere in1995.GENnowhas55,000members.Shepresentedsomeofthelargerandmoreestablishedones inpictures,andmentionedthatthereare15,000traditionalvillages inSenegalnowtransitioningtoEcovillages,withaMinister forEcovillages inthegovernment.

Asasuitable followuptothisconferenceitwouldbepositivetoseemoreCamphillvillagesregisteringthemselveswithGEN.

PeterMacdonaldpresentedtheIonaCommunity.Startedinthe1930’s,todayithasspreadaroundtheworld,andmeetin local familyprayergroups,aswellasholdinglarge internationalmeetingsonIona.Hedescribedtheiraimsandprinciples:

• Othernessandintimacy• Stewardshipandsustainability• Participationanddemocracy• Inclusivenessandempowerment• Spiritualbraveryandgenerosity

Hedidn’tmentionthecloserelationshipbetweenthefounderof Iona,GeorgeMacCloudandKarlKönig intheearly1940’swhenCamphillwasconsolidatingitsnetworkaroundAberdeen,somethingI feelwouldhavebeenappropriateataconferencesuchasthis.

RobertPeatworkswiththeCareInspectorate,andtheyinspectandhelp14,000careservices inScotland,includingtheCamphillplaces.Theiraimistopromoteaccessible,excellentservicestailoredtoindividualneeds.Hispresenceattheconferencewasanimportantconnection,andagoodopportunity forus inCamphill toshowhimthediversityofourculture.

JasmineSutherlandandJeanetteCochranefromGarvaldpresentedtheWatersideWorkshopsthatare just8weeksold.GarvaldwassetupasaCamphillplace in1944atWestLinton,justsouthofEdinburgh.It latersplit fromCamphill,butcarriedonasanindependentcentre,alsowithresidents.Itnowhasseveralworkshopsanddaycentres,bothinthecityofEdinburghandaround.Despitecontinuousgrowth,theystillhaveawaiting listofpeoplewantingto join.

TheNewLanarkConferenceshavebeenajointventurebetweenCamphillandGarvald,showinghow,despitethembeingseparate institutions,there isastrongsenseofsharedfellowship.

AndrewPlant fromCamphillMilltownpresentedaseminardiscussiononthetheme:“Fromco-workerstoco-housing.”Heopenedbytalkingaboutchangeincommunity,howthepioneerphasehas ledtothebigchange; individualisationandspecialisation.Regulationsandemploymenthavefurthercomplicatedtheissue.There isanxietyamongstco-workersaboutthefutureandaboutchange.Therearechangesfromtheoutside intheformofmoreregulationsandbureaucracywhilemorechangesaregeneratedfromwithinthecommunity.Newformsofcommunityareemerging,moreopenandmoreflexible.

Afterspendingsometimerespondingtothese ideasAndrewendedthediscussionbyaskingifco-housingmightbeaviableoptionforCamphill.This isa legalframeworkdevelopedfirst inDenmarkover20yearsago,andnowbecomingincreasinglypopular throughoutNorthAmericaandtheUnitedKingdom.Essentially itgives individualhomeownerstheopportunitytobuytheirownhomeswithinalargercommunitystructurewhichincludescommonelements likeaCommonHouse,sharedlaundryandworkshops,anddistrictheatingandothersharedservices.

Overall theconferencedemonstratedhowCamphill isactivelyreachingouttoestablishpartners inotherspheres.This isaverypositivedevelopment,andimpulsescanflowbothways,mutuallybenefittingboth.I lookforwardtothe7thNewLanarkConferencewitheagerness.

GARVALDAT70

Garvald isamagicalplace-andaremarkableachievement-wherethosewithspecialneedsarealwaysatthecentre.Thenamehaschangedoverthedecades-fromGarvaldSchool toGarvaldWestLinton-inresponsetochangingneeds.However,thevigorousandcommittedsenseofcommunityshownfromtheoutset in1944continuesasstronglyasevertoday.Thefirst tendershootshavecertainly flourished.

NowGarvaldencompassessixdynamic,strivingendeavours intheBorders,EdinburghandtheLothians.Eachworks increativeandeffectivewayswithandforpeoplewithspecialneeds.There is realsignificance inthewayinwhicheachGarvaldinitiativehascomeaboutthroughanother:GarvaldSchool/WestLintonleadingtoGarvaldTrainingCentrel/GarvaldEdinburgh;GarvaldHomeFarm;theEngineShed/GarvaldCommunityEnterprises;Columcille;andGarvaldGlenesk.AllareinspiredbythephilosophyofRudolf Steiner.Opportunitiesarefosteredforeveryoneinvolvedtomeetandtoshareexperiencesthroughfestivals,trainingandconferences-aswellasparticipatinginthewidercommunity.AnthroposophicallybasedeventsaresupportedbytheGarvaldTrust.TheTrustalsoholdsmanyoftheproperties,andsupportsdevelopmenttoo.

AgoldenthreadrunsunbrokenthroughthehistoryofGarvald.

Thisbeganmanyyearsbefore itwastakenupbytheidealistic,dedicatedgroupofpioneerswhostartedGarvaldSchool.InthewordsofAlettaAdler,co-founderandprincipal inthefirstdecades:

“...perhapswemaystartby lookingbackto theverybeginning,toadayat theendofSeptember1944,whenasingle-deckerbusandalargefurniturevanunloadedthemselvesbeforeavery largeandalmostentirelyemptyhouse.Thehugebarehall simply tookone’sbreathaway.Thehouseseemedtohavebeenpaintedadullgreyishkhaki throughout.Marksofdampwereonthewalls.Theneglectedgrounds-ofnearlysixtyacres-stretchedaway inthegreyofthe lateafternoon.Thesixpeoplewhogotout,accompaniedbya littlegroupofchildrenofvariousages,hadplenty todobeforeevening;bedsandcots tobeerected,supper,laundryandmuchunpacking.Still,we felt likeaverysmallkernel rattlingabout inavery largenut!

ThenextdaywasMichaelmas.Wewere in fullpossession,andcelebratedthe festivalbyaprocessionofoneandallaroundtheboundariesofournewhome.”

Latershecontinues:“Thehousemightbebare,andthegroundsneglected,but theywere fullofpossibilities.Verysoonrehearsalsbeganfor theParadiseandNativityplays,whichhavebeenperformedinGarvaldeveryChristmaseversince.”

Theguidingvisioncanperhapsbeencapsulatedinthefollowingtwophrases:

firstly,whenthreeyoungmenapproachedRudolfSteinerin1924foradvice,hecreatedthetermtocharacterisethechildrenwithwhomtheywishedtoworkas“inneedofspecialcareofthesoul” (inGerman“seelenpflegebedurftig”);thesecond,inharmonywiththisunderstanding,describessuchspecialplacesasGarvald:“placesof thesoul”.TheuniquesettingandenvironmentofGarvald-forthefoundersshowedwonderful insightintheirchoiceoflocation-enhancethis.Therecognitionofthesoul-andthedestinyofeachindividual-underlieandinformtheholisticandhealingapproachtotheindividual incommunity.Heresuchfundamentalandintegralaspectsastherapiesandcrafts,healthynutritionandcelebrationoffestivals,alliedwithrecognisedgoodpracticeandenlightenedcare,canflourish.lnterdependencetoocanbeafurtherbeneficialandtransformativeexperience.Thesincerehumanencounter,healingconversation,sharedtasks,thecircleofsupportaroundanindividual-theseareattheheartofcommunityandcommunitybuilding.

Significant furtherdates&developments:

-September1969:GarvaldTrainingCentre,laterGarvaldEdinburgh,founded.Thefirst2communityhouses inMerchiston,Edinburgh,fundedbyaloanfromtheLiddiardfamily,whosedaughterPennywasapupilatGarvaldSchool.Thiswas inresponsetoanappealbyRev.AdamBittleston,Chairof theAdvisoryCommitteeandTrustee,tohelpstartanewinitiative,at theSummerFairatGarvald in1968.Mostof thefirst7residents inautumn1969camefromGarvaldandCamphillcommunitiesasschool leavers.ThefirstdaytraineescameatthattimethroughDrSulaWolff,childpsychiatristat theRoyalHospitalforSickChildreninEdinburgh.Craftworkshopswerecentral totheactivities fromthebeginning,withthebakerybeingthefirsttobeestablished,aswellastherapies.

Garvald inEdinburghwastobeanewurbaninitiative insocial therapy,followingonfromthecurativeeducationatGarvaldSchool.

-1990:TheEngineShed/GarvaldCommunityEnterprisesopensatStLeonard’s inEdinburgh,offeringworktrainingandpreparationforopenemployment;

-1996:Columcille,inMorningside,Edinburgh;thenamerelatestoIonaandStColumba,andespecially theformerColumcilleSchool,whichhadbeenfoundedbyLuiseandGuentherTuretschekindependently inEdinburghafteraperiodatGarvaldSchool.DayattendersatColumcillecamewiththeclosureofGogarburnHospitalasdidresidentsof thefollowing:

-1999:GarvaldGleneskatEskbank,Midlothian:2housesforresidents inagardensetting,withworkshopactivitiesorganisedaspartofColumcilleonsite.

Thewriterhasbeeninvolvedwithall6Garvaldorganisations invariouscapacities,aswellasaGarvaldTrustee.StartedinCamphill in1959,encounteringBottonVillage inYorkshireasanarchetypeofcommunity,andinvolvedwithGarvaldfornearly50years.Hadthegreatgoodfortunetogettoknowmostof theViennaYouthGroupwhobecameleadingfigures intheCamphillmovementandatGarvald.Their legacy,andthatof thosewhocamebeforeandafter them,continues ingoodhands,withcommitment,integrityandresilience,auguringwell for thefuture.

Jack Reed writes about aspecial anniversary.

Jan Martin Bang came to the conference as a guestfrom Camphill in Norway.

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Bell ringingperformance

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PaintingWorkshop Jewellery Jewellery

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Photographys by Jacqui Dunbar

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NORTHERN IRELAND REGION1924The last active yearof Rudolf Steiner.

1924was the last active year of RudolfSteiner’s life before his death inMarch1925. He travelledwidely,gave courses oflectures,established the structure of theAnthroposophical Society andworkedon the rebuilding of theGoetheanum,the centre forAnthroposophywhichhad been built inDornach Switzerland,andwhich had been destroyed by fire atNewYear 1922/23.

Whileeverything inSteiner’sbodyofworkis important forusacoupleof lecturecyclesdelivered in1924areparticularlyrelevant forCamphill.

Workwithchildrenandadultswithlearningdisabilitieswaspoorlydevelopedin theearly twentiethcentury. AfewyoungpeopleaskedSteiner forknowledgeandguidanceas theywished to takeupthis task. This resulted inwhat is calledTheCurativeCourse,given in June1924,and the termCurativeEducation. This istheEnglish translationofaGermanwordand isnot soappropriate today,but ithadproveddifficult to findanalternative for it.Likewise for the termSocialTherapywhichdesignates theworkwithadultsdoneoutofAnthroposophical insights.Whatever it is called,thisworkhas spreadthroughout theworld since1924,touchingthousandsof livesanddevelopingtreatments,attitudesand life styleswhichexemplifyRudolf Steiner’s approach.

Anotherhugelysignificantseriesof lecturesknownas theAgricultureCoursewasalsogiveninJune1924. Biodynamic agricultureandhorticulturewere takenup inCamphillfromtheearlydaysoutof recognitionofthenecessity forholistic methods tokeepNaturehealthy,the importanceofgoodquality foodandthetherapeuticbenefitsforpeoplewhoworkonthe land.

Othercoursesin1924weregiventodoctors,teachersandcurativeeurythmists amongothers,aswell as lectures containingdeepesoteric insights,andagain these impulsesareat theheartofCamphill.

Although theworld is very different nowfromwhenRudolf Steiner spoke 90 yearsago,and fromwhenCamphill began74years ago, the truth of Steiner’s insights,practical advice, inspirational images andappeal to thehuman conscience remainsthe source of help and strengthout ofwhichwedoourwork.

CherryHow (Camphill Clanabogan)

GLENCRAIGMARKS60YEARS

NorthDownMayor,AndrewMuir hosteda civic reception for the 60thAnniversaryof Camphill CommunityGlencraig.The special evening literallymarked adiamond of a day for Glencraig, the localcommunity,awide range of stakeholders,co-workers past and present and of course,children,young people and adultswithlearning disability.

In his address theMayor commended theinvaluable support Glencraig provides forpeoplewith learning disabilities.Hehighlighted the fact that Glencraig is alsoactively involved in the local communitythrough a range of innovative educationaland sustainable initiatives aswell as theimmensely popular Camphill Café inHolywood.

TheMayor had chosenCamphill as one ofhis adopted charities this year, forwhich a

considerable amount of funds hadbeen raised alongwith theYMCAandtheMark Pollock Trust. He said,“I was thrilled to have the opportunity tocelebrate the tremendous work carried out byeveryone at Glencraig and Holywood”.

Vincent Reynolds responded on behalfof Glencraig and gave the assembledaudience amost interesting overviewofthe time fromwhenGlencraigwasestablished right through to the presentday. It is amazing the rich and colourful lifethat a Camphill Community develops over60 years, it was so nice to reflect on thatwith all the peoplewho contributed to it.

During the evening, theMayor presentedmembers of theCommunitywith a pictureof ChurchRoad inHolywood.

From left to right: TheMayor,AndrewMuir,MaryBalmer,Lady SylviaHermonMP,Rebecca Ferran,VincentReynoldsandColin Forrest.

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By ElischaMSkuplikCo-Worker in the CamphillCommunity Glencraig

ARTISTICPROJECT-SENSORYPATHWAY

In today’s society there aremanydifferentviewsabout thedifferent sensesweperceive everyday.Some fields,philosophyofperception,neuroscience,cognitivepsychologyandanthroposophy (toonlynamea few) recognisedifferent sensesbutall have in common that they share theexistenceof 5 senses-Hearing,Sight,Taste,Smell andTouch–and someareas startedto recognise a6th sense,the senseofperceivingone’s ownbody,also calledpropriosepsis.Still, there isno commonconcept abouthowmany senses thehumanbeinghas.

Weperceivewith the senses everyday.This I tookas the foundation formyArtisticProject,which is part of the third yearSeminar.Theestablishingof a sensoryintegratedpathway includes aspects of thetwelve sensesdescribedbyRudolf Steiner,KarlKönig andAlbert Soesmann.

Theartistic project includes collectingdifferent ideas,planningof theproject andprojectmanagement,andphysical buildingof thepathway.

Theproject included choosing the site forthe sensorypathway,physical buildingofthepathwayand sittingarea,buildingof awillow fence,different banks andbringinginadditional sensory components (bambooandmetalwind chime).

Within theestablishingof the sensoryintegratedpathway I consciously tried tobring invisual effects.These effects find

their impression in theunconsciousperceptionof thewholepathwayand inparticular the sittingarea.

The sittingarea is containedby thenaturalstonewall to theone side andawillowstone fence combination to theother side.In theback there is thenatural rockholdinga tree trunkabove.This formsa little cave.Also thewillowstone fence includes threewindowseach formedby twowillowbranches.This canbebrought intodirectconnectionwith theapproach to the twelvesenses givenbyRudolf Steinerwhodescribes thedifferent senses andconnectsa specific organ toeach sensewhich canbeseenas a formofwindowthroughwhichweperceive the senseperceptionof thespecific sense.This image ismirroredwithin the sittingarea.

Another visual effect I formed throughbuildingbanks along the roadside.This catches the flowof thebuilding siteandholds the sittingarea,which liesbehind thebanks.With this the sittingareavisually seemshigherup thanwithoutthosebanks;without thebanks the sittingarea seems to flowdownandaway.At thesame timemy thoughts behind itwere thatthosewhoarehypersensitive are extremelychallengedwith theover stimulationof thesensesor a specific sense.Throughbringingup the sittingarea visually Iwould like togive the impressionof theopportunity to reachout towards thehypersensitiveperceptionandcreate abalance.Thebalance is alsogiven through

the cave like surroundingwhichgivesprotectionand security.The senseperceptionswithin the sittingarea are keptnaturally.There is the soundof the streamandsea,the smell of the fresh salty sea andseaweedaswell as thebeautiful viewoverthe loughofBelfast.

Also,the formandshapeof thewillow fencebrings a visual effectwith it.Through theflow,whichgoes fromthehigherupdown,slightlyupand thendownagain thevisualimpressionof the fence flow is balancedandnot flowingaway; it is held together by itsshape.Though the fence isnot veryhigh theeffect gives aphysical boundary supportingtheperception.Theeffect of the fencethrough its place causes that thepathway isbringing things together towards the sittingarea; if thewillow fencewouldnotbepresent the spaceof thebuilding sitewouldbe left openand the senseperception cangofurther beyond.Toavoid this and tohelp thehypersensitiveperson I brought in thisnatural element as aboundary.

Through the sensorypathwayand thesittingarea Iwould like tobringatherapeutic element intoour communityandcreate a space toperceiving thedifferent senses throughnature.

In theprocessof building thepathwayIhad theopportunity to takemyhousecommunity includingyoungpeoplewithcomplexneeds into anatural environmentto cut lots ofwillowandbring those to thepathway site.Alsowithweaving thewillow

fence Ihadgreathelp fromtwoyoungpeople.During theprocess thedifferentindividuals seemed toenjoy theprocess andtheopportunity tohelp,todo somethingpractical andespecially to see thepositiveresults.Withone individual thewillowweavingwasavery longactivity of showinghappiness,engaging in following theprocess andat the same timebeingmorerelaxedandcalm,compared tootheractivitieswhichmightonly last very fewminutes.To see this brought great joy andhappiness tome.Another time thisparticular individual helped toput stonesinto awheelbarrowand take the stones totheentrance toput themalongside thepathway.Theyoungpersonhandedeachstone tome,oneafter another.Again,theperson seemed focusedon theactivity andalso showed joyandenthusiasmto the task.

Someother time Iwentwithan individualto the site to continue thebuildingprocess.The individual chose towalk along thepath,remain in the sittingarea for awhile andthencomeandhelp for abit.With this Icould really observe that the spacehelpedtheperson to relax andbemorebalanced.Though thehelpingwasonly for a veryshort period itwas verynice toobserve theeffect the sitehadon theperson.

During thewholeperiodofmyArtisticProject I receivedmany (andonly) positivecomments,expressing thehappiness andjoyothers experiencedbecauseof thesensorypathway.

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LIFEASACO-WORKERINCAMPHILLCOMMUNITYMOURNEGRANGE

Before I came toMourneGrange,I didn’thavemuchexperienceof adultswith alearningdisability.

Therewas a special schoolnearmeand Iknew that someof these childrenwerequite independent andwouldbeable tolive a fairlynormal lifewith a littlesupport once they left school. I didn’thaveany ideawhat theother childrenmightdo,but I just presumed that theywouldhave to livewith their families andget a lot ofhelp tomanage their lives.

When I applied toMourneGrange,I readthe informationbut it’s verydifficult toget a real pictureofwhat the communityis like fromreadinga leaflet. I expected tolive in ahousewith some residents,andthought that Iwouldhave tohelp themalot.There is certainly alwaysplenty todo,butwhat surprisedmemostwas thateverybodydoes it together.When themeal is finished,everybodyknowshowthey canhelp,anddoes their best. Ifsomebody is onholiday,someoneelseoften just does their taskwithout evenbeingasked! Sometimes if I’mcookingorbaking in thekitchenoneof the residentscomesalongand starts tohelp!

Iwas really surprisedathow independenteverybody is,and the interest they take ineverything that’s happening.All theresidentshave their own interests andhobbies too.Inmyhousepeople’s hobbiesincludebird-watchingand feeding,beinganexpert oncars,hand-crafts,playingdrumsand readingendlessnewspapers.When there’s free-time theyalwayshavesomething todo.

Something I didn’t expectwas theamountofworkopportunities inMourneGrange.During theweekeverybodygoestowork.Somepeople like towork in thesamework-shopall day,while others liketowork somewheredifferent in theafternoons.There is a lot of choice andallthe residents really contribute to their

work-shopandget involved inwhateverway they can.Iwork in thewood-workshopall day and I’ve learneda lothere.I’ve learnedhowto support people todothingsby themselves,rather than justdo it for them.I’ve learned that it’s reallygood fun tobepart of a teamwitheverybody–newco-workers,workco-ordinator andadultswith a learningdisability.

Before I came,I knewnothingaboutwood-work.Now I’ve learnedhowtomake shelves,woodenpictures,boxes,choppingboards and lots of other thingstoo.I think that coming toaCamphillCommunityhelpedme realisehowmuchpeoplewitha learningdisability canenjoy their lives andcontribute in lots ofdifferentways. Inmywork-shop,twopeopleworkquite independently oncarvingprojects,some love to sit aroundthe table and singwhile they sand,onepersonmakes sure that tea-break isalwayson timeandanotherman likes tooil thewoodenboards andmake they suretheyget over to the craft shop tobe sold!

Itwouldbegreat if youngpeople learnedaboutCamphill at school in social studies.If everybodyhadabetter understandingofwhat agreat life peoplewith learningdifficulties canhave,theymightnot gettooanxious if theydiscover that their ownchildmighthave special needs.Theymightnot feel theyhave toabort theirbaby just because a scan showsup somephysical defects.All the youngco-workerswhocame toMourneGrange reallyenjoyed livingandworkingalongside theresidents.Weall feelwe’ve very good life-long friends.Sometimes itwasdifficult,butmost of the time itwasgood fun.Weall agree thatwe learneda lotwhilewewerehere–howtobe responsible,how tobe just a little bit patient and let peopledothingsby themselves,and lots of usefulnewskills.

LauraDisse

“I learned lots of new stuff about sewingmachines here in Mourne Grange”NormanBirdard

“I never worked so much on a field withthe tractor like here in Mourne Grange”.Franzi

“I work in the weavery and I am doing differentkinds of things I have never done before”.JensLemke

“I worked in the food processingand I have made juice for thefirst time” - MagdelenePlatow

“I work in the weavery and I amdoing different kinds of thingsI have never done before”.- JensLemke

“I have never held a chicken before”.Jorinka

“I work in the food processing and I madejuice for the first time”.MagdalenePlatow

“I work in the garden and I never did thatmuch weeding before”.NanineKaven

“I work in the craft shop and I even sell thethings I made myself in the weavery”.KirstinSchwerger

“We are working in the woodwork shop andwe enjoy to produce things out of wood”.Laura andSiwon

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SOUTHERN IRELAND REGION

As theGiro cycleheaded forDublinon11May, 6 intrepid cyclists headed in theopposite direction fromDublin toBallybay to raisemuchneeded funds forCamphill Ballybay.

They receivedagreat receptionwhentheyarrived!-picturedoutside thehall.

They raised over €5,000!

Michael Hilary sent the editor a copy of the New Camphill leaflet.

Meals onWheels inDingle.

TheBridgeGift Shop.TheWaterGardenCafé,Thomastown,CoKilkenny.

AnTearmann,at TheBridge,belovedby the locals.

Finton in the JourneymanWorkshop.

Toemphasise the commonendeavourofCamphill in theRepublic of Ireland,anewleaflet,whosephotoswe reproducehere,highlighting the18 communitiesthroughout the country,trying to create alife of accomplishment,celebrationandmeaning for thosewith learningdisabilities,mental healthproblemsandother supportneeds.

It goeson to say that after pioneeringmethodsofmutual support and respectCamphill continues to innovate todayandoffers a varietyofwork activities,educational opportunities andcreativearts projects.

Under theheadings,Social Farming,HealthyLifestyle andLivingSupport theleaflet showshow500people altogetherwithup to200dayplacementswork in16communities in rural and someurbansituations in farms,gardens,craftworkshops andorganic based cafes.Volunteering fromall over theworld isemphasisedanda resoundingvoteofconfidence fromtheparents of childrenandadults inCamphill ismentioned!

The leaflet profiles 3 CamphillCommunities.

TheBridgewith its integrated communitylife for peoplewith special needs in thevillageofKilcullen through theAnTeamannCafeCraft ShopandNatureTrail.

Camphill Jerpointwith itsnewCareFarmandclose toThomastownwith its famousWaterGardenCafe andGardenCentrewhich is part of theThomastownFoodInitiative.

KCAT-TheKilkennyCollective forArtsandTalent set inCallan creatinganenvironment inwhichartists and studentsfromdifferent backgroundsanddisabilitiescanworkandcreate together and inwhichlife long learning is anopportunity foreveryone.The leaflet highlightsRTE'sdocumentary"LivingColour"seewww.kcat.ie

The leaflet canbeobtained from theHeadOffice of CamphillCommunities of Ireland,DunshaneCommunity,Brannockstown,Naas,Co.Kildare.Phone0872568810

CYCLINGSIXRAISEFUNDSFORCAMPHILL

CAMPHILLCOMMUNITIESOFIRELANDPUBLISHNEWLEAFLET.

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Camphill Foundation’snewproject iswellunderway,withmanyweavers andothercraftspeople actively andenthusiasticallyengagedall around theworld.Theprojectbrings together adults,youngpeople andchildren from67communities in19countries to celebrate their creative andartistic skills in the craft ofweaving,tapestry-making,felting andmulti-mediatextile design.Theexhibitionwill comprise75panels depictingeachparticipatingcommunity's relationship to its physicaland social environment.Photos and textwill appear alongside thepanels,showingtheweavers themselves andgiving theirowndescriptionofhowtheyapproachedthe task.An80pageA5colourbrochurewillaccompany theexhibition,withphotosofall thepanels andweavers and thedescriptive text, forminga complete andpermanent recordof theentireproject.

Whilst theWorldWideWeave is first andforemost anartistic endeavour, it carries afundamental statementof equality andprinciple about thepotential andcreativestatureof peoplewith learningdisabilities.The craftwork in theproject is not justsomething thatmerely fills in the timeorhas valueonly for its therapeutic oreducational aspects.Theweavers andtapestry-makers canplace theirworkalongside that ofmainstreamartists and

craftspeople.Theydon’t reallyneedanyspecial concessions in this regard–apartfromopen-mindedness andgenuineinterest.Theyare artists andartisans intheir own right anddeserve tobe recognisedas such.This is the crucial step inperceptionand imagination thatwewouldhope to fosterwidely throughour travellingexhibitionwhichwill takeplace in anumberof prominent venues in theUKand Irelandandpossibly theUnitedStatesduring2015-2016.

Residents and studentsof all ageswithlearningdisabilities inCamphillcommunities all over theworld areenthusiastically involved in theproject,whichgives it a truly inclusive,international andmulticultural quality.The farthestwest isCamphill CaliforniaonMontereyBaynear SanFrancisco.Thefarthest east is thePeacefulBambooFamilyin the city ofHue,Vietnam.The farthestnorth isVallersundGårdon the ruggedseacoast ofNorway,northofTrondheim.The farthest south isCamphill FarmatHermanuson the coastnear the southerntipofAfrica.

Textile panels arebeingdesignedandcreated for theexhibitionby communitiesinEngland,Wales, Ireland,Scotland,Northern Ireland,Netherlands,Germany,

Switzerland,Austria,Norway,Sweden,Finland,Estonia,Russia,Canada,USA,SouthAfrica, India andVietnam.Whatunites them in their diversity,acrossgeographical andcultural boundaries, istheir commitment to theCamphill ethosand the celebrationof theunique flameofcreativity that lives in everyhumanbeing.

Theoverall artistic concept for theprojectisDiversity inUnity.EachCamphillcommunity is unique–no two in theworldare the same–yetwherever in theworld youmightbeyoucanexperience that theyareall unitedby the core valuesof theCamphillMovement,and this shows in thequality ofthe environment and thequality of socialrelationships.Theprojectwill thereforedepict howall thewonderfully varied anddiverse characteristics of singlecommunities come together inonegreatartistic panoramaofCamphill.Theworkingtheme is ‘Our community’s integrationwith its physical environment and socialenvironment’.Somecommunities aredoing twopanels andwill devoteone toeachaspect of this theme,whilst others areingeniously and imaginatively combiningthe two inone image.

The first firmbookings for exhibitionvenueshavebeenagreedat theLeedsCornExchangeGallery,theScottishParliament

Building,BelfastCityHall,OmaghLibraryandWinchesterCathedral. StroudMuseumin thePark and theNationalWoolMuseumofWales are also close tobeing finalised.Discussions areongoingwithvenues inLondon,Aberdeen,NewLanarkHeritageCentrenearGlasgow,OxfordNorthWallGallery,YorkArtGallery andotherprestigious venues inBristol,Cambridge,Exeter,MiltonKeynes,Birmingham,DublinandKilkenny.

Groupsofweaverswill be in attendance tosupport the exhibition in someof thedifferent venues,to enhance thevisitors’experience throughdirect personalengagement.Other volunteerswill alsobeneeded toensure that theexhibition isproperlymanned.Please [email protected] if youwould like tohelp.Therewill be extensivepublicity andpress coverageanda series ofarticleswill appear in textile-relatedmagazines,writtenbyAlisonDelaney,anexperiencedweaver and tapestry-makerwho is also aCamphill parent,Chair of theBoardofOchil TowerSchool and involved inCamphill Scotland.Shehas alreadyhelpedand supported thedevelopmentof theproject inmanyways.

The trusteesofCamphill Foundationholdtheview thatwithin theoverall holistic andintegratedenvironmentof aCamphillcommunitypeople are able to leadnotonlygood lives butextraordinary lives.Theyhavealwaysbeenco-responsible fortheir communities andable to carryonregular,useful,creative and satisfyingworkwhichgives themfulfilment and is of greatvalue toothers.Theyalsohavemanygiftsand talents,bothartistic and social.Their special gifts in the craft realm,and in this case specificallyweaving,will be channelleddirectly into the

CAMPHILL’SINTER-REGIONALINTERWEAVINGCamphill Foundation Exhibition“World Wide Weave-Extraordinary Lives”for the 75thAnniversary of theCamphill Movement 1940-2015

Left: Feltedpanel fromTurmalin,MoscowBelow:Tapestry fromTapola,Finland

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WorldWideWeave for all to see andappreciate.

Although the completiondate isMichaelmas,the first fourpanelshavealreadybeendelivered,fromCopake(USA),Turmalin (Moscow),Tapola(Finland) andMaartenhuis(Netherlands).Copake’sweaving isdeceptively simple in appearancebutwitha richly colouredweaveandeverymolecule is home-produced–wool,dyes etc.About fifteenpeopleweredirectly involvedandmanymore in theassociated sourcingandprocessingofmaterials. It includes anappliqué leafofwovenpeat-fibrewitha fascinatingexplanationof its ownaboutinnovativepeat-fibre technology.The feltingpanel fromMoscow is astunninglybeautiful depictionof theRussian landscapeand thevast openRussian sky. The tapestry fromTapolais amagical anddetailed‘picture-map’of thewhole village,with the clearlyrecognisableoldpale-yellowmansionhouse,redbarnand track through thefields leading to thenewerhousesgroupedon three sidesof a courtyard–andanimals galore!Thepiece fromMaartenhuis is like agreat soft,transparent, fluffy cloudusing the‘Wolwaeren’technique.Judgingbythese first contributions theexhibitionpromises tobeamagnificent spectacle!

For further details andupdates see:www.camphillfoundation.netsectionentitledWorldWideWeave.Toofferhelpwith stewarding theexhibitionor in anyotherwayplease [email protected]

PeterBatesonDevelopmentCoordinator

THESTORYOFCURATIVEEDUCATION

2014 is the 90th birthdayof the Curative EducationCourse,given by RudolfSteiner at DornachnearBasel in Switzerland.

The following timeline indicates someof theoutstandingmilestones in thestoryof theworkofCurativeEducationandSocial TherapyofwhichGarvald,alongwithCamphill, hasplayedasignificantpart.

-27thFebruary1861,Kraljevic:RudolfSteiner born inavillageonborder ofAustro-Hungarianempire,wherehisfatherwas stationmaster;

-1884,Vienna:Rudolf Steiner studyingPhDwhilst inhis 2os and tutoring4sonsof Specht family for anumberofyears.Oneof these,Otto,had specialneeds,whohe taughtwithgreat careanddedication.For Steiner, these taskshadprofound significanceas regardsrecognitionof disability andouressential humanity;

-1919,Stuttgart: firstWaldorf Schoolfoundedhere throughRudolf Steiner,with the financial support of EmilMolt.HeappointedKarl Schubert to takeaspecial class,recognising theneedsofparticular pupils.Schubert continuedin this capacity formanyyears;

-June1924Dornach,Switzerland:duringanexceptionally demandingperiod,Rudolf Steiner responded to therequest by3youngmen-FranzLoffler,SiegfriedPickert andAlbrechtStrohschein-andheld a series of 12lectures,comprehensive and full ofdeep insight,andknownas theCurativeCourse.These tookplace in awoodenjoinerybuilding,still standing today,adjacent to theGoetheanum,headquarters of theAnthroposophicalSociety.Alongwith the3youngeducatorswere some20participants.These includedDr ltaWegman,a closecolleagueofRudolf Steiner and leaderof theMedical Section,andanumberofother doctors. ltaWegmanwas toplayanextensive and important role in theencouragement anddevelopmentofthe curative andanthroposophicalmedicalwork.

Immediatelyprior to these lectures,on17th June1924,Rudolf Steiner sawandadvisedon the treatmentof childrenattheLauensteinHome.Thiswas tobecomeoneof the first curativehomes,alongwith theSonnenhof inArlesheim,which is still running today.

Fromsuch small beginnings sprang theinternationalmovement for curativeeducationand social therapy;

-1stAdvent Sunday1927,Sonnenhof:DrKarlKonigwas engagedat thehomeinArlesheimas25year oldphysician,atthe invitationof ltaWegman.Herehe

experienced theAdventGarden for thefirst time.His profoundexistential andspiritual experienceof the childrenwithspecial needs at this celebration canbeunderstoodas apersonal turningpoint,whichwould lead later to thebirthof theCamphillmovementonDeeside;

-July 1928,Friends’House,London:successful,well attended“WorldConferenceon theSpiritual ScienceofRudolf Steiner”,cameabout throughaconversationbetweenRudolf Steiner andDanielDunlop in1924.The conferenceincludedpresentationsonCurativeEducationby leading figures in thefledglingmovement aswell as at thefollowingone, including ltaWegman;

-June1929,Rudolf SteinerHall,London:anothermuchappreciated conference,fully devoted toCurativeEducation;following this,aCurativeEducationCouncilwas formed,succeededbyotherassociations to thepresentday;

-November1930,EdinburghNewTown;a smaller curative conference,again involving ltaWegmanandkeypersonalities.FriedGeuter lecturedon“TheTeachingofRudolf Steiner:thePlaceof theBackwardChild in theLife ofToday”;

-1931,Sunfield,Clent:MichaelWilsonhadcontributed to theabove conferences,andheandFriedGeuter started thisnewhomeasoneof the first inBritain. ltaWegmanwaspresent at the layingof the foundationstone,aswasAdamBittleston, later toplayan important role in thedevelopmentofGarvald;

-1920s/1930s,Vienna: thenext crucialsteps comeabout throughanumberofschool pupils anduniversity studentsmeetingas friends and thenas aYouthGrouparoundKarlKonig,at that timeamedical practitioner in the city.TheystudiedAnthroposophy together anddiscussedmanyquestionsof theday, lateramidst thegathering stormclouds acrossEurope.Remarkably,they included thecoreof thosewhowere tobecomeco-founders ofCamphill andGarvald;

-1939/40Deeside,Aberdeen:most of theYouthGroup,althoughassimilated,camefroma Jewishbackground.With the riseofNazismand the increasing threats ofviolence theyneeded to try to escape thecomingHolocaust.Fortunately,mostwereable todo so.ThroughconnectionswhichbothLiesl Schauder and ltaWegmanhadearlier formedwithTheodore andEmilyHaughtononDeeside,the future foundersofCamphillwere invited to start theircurative endeavours in community,as theyhadwished to, inScotland.Anewway

forwardbegan,requiring courage,determinationandhardwork to succeed;

-1944,Garvald: differences in approachandpersonality,andawish tobranchoutindependently, led to a search for anewproperty.AlettaAdlerhadbecomeinvolved,togetherwithHansandLieslSchauder andWilliAmann fromViennaandCamphill,aswell as a fewothers.Garvald,anestateof some65acres,wasfoundandpurchasedwitha loan fromAletta’smother.The foundermemberswere soon joinedbyRenateAmann,whowas to continue formanyyears,and lateronbyLoreRichter,whose stature andinsight as a curative educator and thenasPrincipal hadapositive influenceatGarvald for a lengthyperiod.

ThenameGarvald canbe tracedback tothe13thCentury.Locally thiswas anancient crossingpoint- including tooolddrove roads across Scotlandand throughtheBorderswitha longhistoryofhumanhabitation.Theearliest part ofGarvaldHousedates from1827.

SoGarvald is located ina special settingwith its place inhistory,andbrought tonew life 70years agoas ahealing impulse,originatingespecially inDornach,ViennaandonDeeside.

For further reading the following areespecially recommended:

-“TheBirthofCurativeEducation”byAlbrecht Strohschein in“AManBeforeOthers-Rudolf SteinerRemembered”-Rudolf SteinerPress

- “TheYouthGroup inVienna”by JohnBaumin“TheBuilders ofCamphill-LivesandDestinies of theFounders".EditedbyFriedwartBock.FlorisBooks

- “Reflectionson50years-GarvaldWestLinton-1944 to1994”CompiledbyMartinDawson,manager thenatGarvaldWestLintonandnowatColumcille,contains awide rangeof lively andvivid accounts bymany involvedover theyears.

-Forup-to-date information there are verygoodGarvaldwebsites aswell as individualleaflets andnewsletters.

-“Point andCircle"and“CamphillCorrespondence"areboth regularmagazines givingawiderperspective inthe curativemovement.

-Representativeorganisations:ACESTA(Association forCurativeEducationandSocial Therapy);AoCC (AssociationofCamphill Communities); InternationalCouncil,Dornach.

By JackReed

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LARCHFIELDDAFFODILHOUSE

Work startedwitha‘turf cutting’ceremonyand therewere cheers asJeremyandother future residents broketheground for their newhome,whichwehavedecided to callDaffodilHouse.

Nine lovely new flatsThatwas inFebruary andnowDaffodilHousehasgrown fromahole in thegroundtoa recognisable structure.When finished,therewill benine lovelynew flats arranged

inahorseshoe shapearounda centralcourtyard.‘Probably afterOctoberwe’llmove in’,says Jeremy.‘DaffodilHousewill create a transformation fromonlybeingable tooffer shared living,tohavingawhole rangeof options’,adds managerMikeEnglish.Sincehe joined thecommunity last yearMikehasbeenworking tomake it possible formorepeople to come to live inLarchfield.

We are delighted to report that work is nowunderway at Larchfield to build much needednew accommodation.

CVTCAFÉNUMBER1ONTRIPADVISOR

Features visit to village community.

The Kingfisher Café run by the Croft CamphillCommunity has climbed to number 1 of the 59restaurants in Malton North Yorkshire on thetripadvisor website.

THEPURSUITOFDARLEENFYLESRADIO4DRAMA

Everyweekdayevening (aswell as onWoman’sHour) for 15minutes from21st July listeners toRadio4heardaremarkabledramaunfold about apersonwitha learningdisability-DarleenFyles-going to live andwork inavillagecommunity for thedisabled.

Feisty andabit lostDarleenmissesmorninggatheringandaverypatient keyworker explainshow important thismeeting is todivi out theworkand rotasfor theday!

Inputs fromthe scriptwritershadelementsof bothLarchfieldCommunityandBoltonVillage,the formerhas ariding schoolnearby,the latter is in thecountryside-somethingDarleencoming fromLeedshas togetused to!

Theactorswhohave special needswere able toportray this adventurewithclarity andprofessionalismand theserieshashadmany installments.

Everyonewhoworks at theKingfisher isbubblingwithexcitement at thenews.

“I’m really pleased”, saysTom.Itmakesmereally proud towork in the café.“I’ve beenbaking bread for along time” says Josephwith a grin.“I know the customers like it asthey keep coming back to buy more”.

Thequotes and testimonials are effusive:

“Favourite place for lunch in Malton”.

“Service is excellent and the cafe itself islovely. It is run from CamphillVillage Trustand the staff are a credit to the Trust.Go!You won't be disappointed”.

“An absolutely must visit! Family friendlyand perfect for a catch up with friends too”

“Simply Fabulous-We where struggling toofind a place too eat in Malton,and this placeshocked us with its brilliance, the staff,surroundings and food where all stunning.Thank You”.

“Great for cyclists”

“Toasties were substantial and tasty. Justdisappointed we didn't have time for thecakes.Exceptional friendly staff,and thanksfor filling up the water bottles!”.

“I love this little cafe and have visited manytimes now.The staff are so friendly andhelpful.The food is absolutely scrummy”.

“Bread how bread should taste-a tasteI had forgotten-and generous fillings,delicious soup,cakes very hard to resist.

Staff courteous,attentive,helpful,cheerful and,most importantly,enjoying rewarding employment”.

“Quaint with gorgeous homemade food.”

Started in1978as theCamphill BookandCoffee shop the café changed itsname totheKingfisher in1992.Themenu includesa rangeofhomemadecakes,organicbreadandnourishing soups and snacks.There is also a rangeof arts andcraftproducts (somemade inotherCamphillcentres) aswell as a selectionof books foradults andchildren.

Sandrawhosupports adults todeveloptheir kitchenand service skills says“The trip advisor news has given everyone areal lift. Its nice to know that customersappreciate the effort everyone makes andthat they enjoy both the quality of the foodand the service.”

DarleenplayedbyDonnaLavin andher partner byEdmundDavies.WrittenbyEstherWilson.

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Theme-Better together

TheFutureofAssociativeWorkingbetweenCamphill Communities in theUnitedKingdom.

IntroductoryComments.

MaryPearsonandGodfreyDaveyattendedonbehalf ofCFF.Wewerewarmlywelcomed.Wemadeclear thatwewished tobevery supportive aswe saw,inthe livesof our familymembers,thegreatbenefits of theCamphillwayof life.

Presentation fromBlairDrummond

Weweregivenahearteningpresentationonprogress atBlairDrummond.Someyears ago it hada rangeof veryseriousproblems.It hadmanagedchangeeffectivelywhichwasaidedby twooutsiderswhocame inandwerecommitted to theCamphill philosophy.Now it is a thriving communitywith someof thebest facilities I have seenanywhere(wewere shown roundafter themeeting).

Chairman’sReport (DavidMitchell)

1.Dave reported that theAimsandObjectivesof theAoCChadbeenredrawnbut themainobjectiveremained“topromote communitylivingas a sharedwayof life, inwhichthe social and therapeutic impulsesofthe foundinggroup ledbyDr.KarlKonigareof special importance”

2.MemberCommunities are expected tostrive touphold theprinciples set outin thememorandum.These are:-

a)Todevelop social formsbasedupon thethreefoldprinciples outlinedbyRudolfSteiner.Toendeavour toorder theirinternal dealings according to the“Fundamental Social Law”asformulatedbyRudolf Steiner.

b)Touphold the imageof thehumanasdescribed inRudolf Steiner’sAnthroposophy.

c)TobebasedonaChristianwayof lifeand to celebrateChristian festivals.

d)Tomaintain anddevelop relationshipswithotherCamphill communitieswithin their regions andan interest inthewiderCamphillMovement.

e)To seek to support thepersonaldevelopmentof allmembersofthe community.

3.Dave referred to theongoingworkoftheAoCCand listed the following:-

a)Camphill InsuranceAgency.

b) “Co-ordinatingpublic presenceandpublic relations,negotiationswithHMRCon taxand statusof co-workers,older ageprovision for co-workers anddialoguewithCamphillworldwide.”

Davechairedtheassemblyverywellandisparticularlywelcomingtofamilymembers.

Activities Plan

Theestimatedbudgetunder thisheadingis for £83,000.It is anticipated that therewill be adeficit this year in the regionof£30,000“primarily due toprofessionaladvice surrounding the co-worker legaltaxation status”

Other activities includeadministrativesupport,meetingsof co-ordinators,accountants fees,PRandMarketingGroup,Camphill Pages (estimated cost£18.000) and theCamphill LiteratureServicesworkshop.

PRGroupReport

This grouphas abudget of £26,000.It looks afterCamphill Pages,the Introduction toCamphill leafletmap(publishedEaster 2014-Ed) and theInternationalDirectory (DueDecember2014-Ed), thewebsite and thegroup isdiscussing crisismanagement.I give in full the conclusion to the report:-

“We are in an era of communicating in ameaningful way with our audiences bothinternal and external.We have to rise to thechallenge and the existence of this group isvital going forward.Producing updated,relevant and engaging literature on aregular basis is essential.Letting the generalpublic as well as our Communities know howwe are adapting to the changing landscapebut at the same time holding on to our basicprinciples and values is the key tostrengthening Camphill Communitiesthroughout the UK and Ireland”

Final Comments

• Inmy last report (afterAoCCConferenceMarch2012) thatFamilies andFriendsneed to sendarepresentative e toAnnualAssemblyeachyear asCFF shouldbe seenas abody that is automatically invited tosuchmeetings.

ASSOCIATIONOFCAMPHILLCOMMUNITIES–AGMANDASSEMBLY

FAMILIESANDFRIENDS

ELAINE’SMBEElaineDowell is seenatBuckinghamPalace shortly afterPrinceCharleshadconferredon toher theMBE in Junethis year.

Elainewho is aTrusteeMemberofCamphill Family andFriendswitha sonatCorbenicCamphill helped foundTheEncephalitis Society in1994withherhusbandKeith after their sonAndrewbecame illwith thedisease.Heruntiringworkwith the societywasthe reason for theaward.

Areport by trustee of Camphill Families&FriendsGodfreyDavey(AGM22ndMarch2014-heldatCamphill BlairDrummond-Scotland)

Camphill Families andFriendsheld theirAGMandamajor openmeetingatCarrsLaneCentre,Birminghamwhich is aconvenientplace formembers tomeet as itis a very central location.After thebusinessmeeting,the topic at ouropenmeetingwasthenewCareAct andourmain speakerwasKarenAshton,a leading lawyer in the fieldof learningdisability.TheActhas alreadybeenpassedbut the consultationperiod forthe regulations andguidancewas,at thatpoint,currently beingheld.TheActrescinds completely all previous legislationand setsnewstandards for all peoplewhorequire services from local authorities,includingpeoplewith learningdisabilities.Thenewactneeds tobe taken inconjunctionwith theMentalCapacityAct.There aremanychanges suchas thebasis ofthenewprovisionbeingwell being ratherthan independence,the introductionof anewnational eligibility criteria system,anewdefinitionof carer andanewassessmentprocess allowingauthorities tocontract out assessment toother agencies.Karenalso spent some time tellingus aboutfamily involvement in assessment andcareplanning,advocacy andbest interestsdecisionmaking.For a full descriptionofKaren’s powerpointpresentationpleaseseeCFF’swebsite.

Karenalso advisedus to respond to theconsultationprocess regarding thenewregulations andguidanceandgaveussomepointers aboutwhereimprovement isneeded.CFF submittedits response inAugust.Karen’spresentationwasvery greatlyappreciatedandwasaccompanied,asusual,bymanyquestions andmuchdiscussionofparticular points.

AfterKaren’s presentationdiscussionturnedMaryPearson’s accountof thecordialmeeting thatCFF trusteeshadhadon thepreviousdaywithCVTtrustees and seniormanagement andwhichwouldbe followedby furthermeetings todiscussmatters ofimportance to families. In thegeneraldiscussionwhich followed therewasmuchconcernandmany ideas aboutthese importantmatters, inparticularvarious aspects of shared living,Camphill’s spiritual,social andculturalcommunity life and the roleof families.

AGMOFFAMILIESANDFRIENDSBirmingham June 2014

Saturday 27th SeptemberSiblingsWorkshop,CharityCentre,London

Saturday 15thNovemberOpenMeeting,Birmingham

FutureMeetingDates foryourDiaryFormore informationvisitcamphillfamiliesandfriends.com

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LANCASTERCO-HOUSING,AVISITTOFORGEBANK

Co-housing is in theair.Ithasbeenmentioned in researchpapers,writtenaboutinCamphillCorrespondence,andwasdiscussedat the recentNewLanarkconference.Is this amodel thatmayberelevant toCamphill? Iwent tovisit anewly formedco-housinggroup inNorthWestEngland.

TheLancasterCo-housing (LCH)groupwasformedseveral yearsago inorder tocreateacommunitybasedoncooperation,andwithaclearboundarybetween theprivateandthecommon.In theaftermathof thefinancial crash in2008propertyprices fellandmanydevelopmentcompanieswentbankrupt.Itwasabuyer’smarket,andLCHfoundanoldderelict industrial propertyatForgebank just3milesoutofLancasteronthebanksof the riverLune,in thevillageofHalton.

Thegroupbought theproperty for£600,000-in2009andalreadyhadagooddealof theorganisational infrastructure inplace,includingarchitects,plannersand lawyers.The total investment forplanningandbuilding the40 terracedhousesandinstalling theheating,sewage,energyandwater systemscametoaround£11million.

With40houses thismeant thathousesatForgebankwereable tobesoldatmarketpriceswithoutanyadditional charge for thehighenvironmental standardsand thecommunal facilities.

Each familyorpersonbuysahouseona999year lease,and is free to sell itwhenever theywant.Anyprospectivebuyerhas tobevotedinasamemberof theco-housinggroup.Should thebuyernotbeadmitted,Lancaster co-housingcanbuy thehousebackafter a fair valuation,andsobeable tosell it on toothers.

LancasterCo-housing is theownerof thesiteand thebuildings.There is alsoanoldmill,which isbeingmanagedbyaseparateholding,calledGreenElephant (GE).This isamanagementcompany that rentsoutspace topeopleneedingworkshops,officeorstorage space.GEhasbeenoperating for lessthanayear,but looks tobebreakingevenalreadyat this early stage.

LCHalsohaveother communityenterprises,includinga foodcooperativeandacarpool.The foodcooperative is completelyinformal,runbymembersvolunteeringtheir time toorderwholefoodsandmakethemavailable toothermembers ina locked

storeroomtowhichallmembershaveaccess.Withanannual turnoverofover£20,000,the foodcoopwill probablyhave tobe formalisedsoon.Anotherenterprise isthecarpool,which is legally registered,nowowning4cars, includingoneelectric car.Memberspayaccording toboth timeanddistancedriven,andmembership isopen topeople livingoutsideForgebank.

Inaddition there is a shared laundry,with2washingmachinesoperatedby tokensavailableat theco-housingoffice.Therearecommunalguest roomsandabikeworkshopandstorage space.Heating isbyadistrictheatingscheme,housed in theGEmill,andrunningoffwoodchips.Incombinationwithhighly insulatedhouses theheatingcostsare cut toanabsoluteminimum.Thisalsomeans that thehouses canbe relativelysmall,notneeding roomforbigheaters,washingmachinesorguest rooms.

Thecommonhousehasa largecommunalkitchenwheremembers take it in turns tocookeveningmeals.Thecommunityeatstogether3or4 timesaweek,and thecommonhouse isusedoften for coffeeandjusthangingout.Opposite is a children’splayroom,so thewhole family canspendtimebeingwithothers.

What struckmemost significantlyatForgebankwas the feelingofeasycommunity.I spentquitea lotofmytimein thecommonhouse,talking topeople,andsawhowwellused itwas,andhowwell lookedafter.

When Ivisited,theForgebankcommunitywasabout60adults and15children,all thehouseswere filled,but themillwas still halfempty.Therewas stillwork tobedoneonlandscaping,especiallyupriver,where therewasa steepslopeup fromthe riverwhichcouldnotbebuilt on,butwhichcouldbedevelopedasproductiveopenspace,a foodforest,small gardensandrecreational space.Alocal company,“HaltonHydro”wasbuildingamodernmicrohydroon thesiteofanoldmill toprovidehydroelectricity,andsolarpanelswere still being installed.Forgebank reckons tobeexportingenergywithinayearor two.Theyhavestartedmonitoring their carbon footprint,which isalreadysignificantly lower than theUKaverage.

JanMartinBangwasakibbutzmemberfor 16years,has lived inCamphill inNorway,andhaswritten several booksoncommunity andecology.Hewas chairof the InternationalCommunal StudyAssociationbetween2010and2013.

Aguest article by Jan Martin Bang from Camphill Norway

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