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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:

Camphill LifeAt 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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