About the Camphill Movement
Mission Statement of the Association of Camphill Communities
The Camphill movement, which was founded in 1940, works to create
communities in which vulnerable children and adults, many with learning
disabilities, can live, learn and work with others in healthy social
relationships based on mutual care and respect. Camphill is inspired by
Christian-based ideals as articulated by Rudolf
Steiner, and is based
on the acceptance of the spiritual uniqueness of each human being, regardless
of disability or religious or racial background.
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Three guiding principles underpin the Camphill Movement. These being:
- The forming of a cultural life in which education and learning,
appreciation of the arts and music, concern for the land and the environment,
and the fostering of mutual understanding combine to offer the possibility for all
members of the community to realise their potential.
The emphasis is on life being a continuous path of learning.
- Creating a community social life in which the recognition of the special
qualities of each individual and the celebration of Christian festivals
form the basis for daily life. Sharing in the common life brings together
each person as an equal in a common endeavor. Communities are created with
people who have special needs, not simply for them. An atmosphere of
mutual understanding can be fostered and distinction between helper and helped lessened.
- Establishing an economic life in which a separation is made between work
and remuneration. Work is carried out according to the needs of others.
Personal needs are met on an individual and co-operative basis irrespective
of the nature of the work done. (This does not apply to all our employees.)
At Beannachar these approaches create the social environment in which the
students' education and development takes place. They can be members of a
community and be treated with the same respect and dignity as others. This also
implies that they will participate in the life of the community according to
their possibilities. This participation can engender a sense of dignity and encourage
a responsible and mature attitude towards life in the young person. When these
attributes appear in the young person alongside their educational achievements,
then the aim and objectives of Camphill are realised.
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