Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Kimberton, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Last updated: November 26, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 27, 2005

Mission Statement

To create and maintain a land-based community together with adults with special needs and to contribute to the wider society through biodynamic agriculture, handcrafts, and other endeavors.

Community Description

Located in the rolling hills of Chester County one hour west of Philadelphia, our 432-acre agricultural and crafts community is home to about 110 members, especially including some with developmental disabilities. We have 15 “extended family” households whose members share meals and free time. Members of all abilities help out in the houses or in our grass-fed raw milk dairy, 15 acre CSA garden, herb garden, orchard, bakery, fiber arts, mosaic studio, pottery, and cafe. All members, regardless of ability, are integrated into the daily life of the village and help carry the responsibility for running the community. We have a vibrant cultural life that integrates art, music, seasonal festivals, plays, lectures and continuing education into the fabric of the community.

Volunteers are welcome to share in our life for a few months, a year, or perhaps a lifetime. We welcome individuals, couples and families to join us from across the world. Our community sponsors an apprenticeship program in biodynamic agriculture as well as ongoing training in Social Therapy, homemaking and applied arts.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is one of 100 communities in the Camphill movement (10 in North America), each one unique yet all with similar purposes. We seek to create a renewed village life and to establish healthy social forms of human interdependence. Our approach is based on the inspirations of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, which allows each person to evolve to their potential as a respected individual. Our community has roots in Christianity and we celebrate many festivals together but we welcome people of all faiths and participation in the spiritual life of the community is up to each person’s free choice.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town or Village

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 432 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 20
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Inc.
  • Additional Comments:

    Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

Membership

  • Adult Members: 113
  • Child Members: 9
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us by phone or email.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Because of the special nature of our community, we ask that prospective members fill out an application with references and submit a routine background check. Applications can be downloaded from our website, or feel free to ask and we will email one to you.

    The application processes differ based on the applicant’s desired commitment; for long-term (3+ years) applicants, we ask to schedule a week-long trial visit as a part of the process.

  • Additional Comments:

    Anthroposophy, which has elements of Christianity, informs the life of the community; we welcome members of all spiritual paths and participation in the spiritual life of the community is up to the individual as each person is welcome to join or not as their free choice.

    Short- and long-term volunteering positions are fully supported (room and board are provided and life-needs are supported within reason).

    The community supports most of the children to attend Kimberton Waldorf School.

    There may be opportunities for community members to visit or attend conferences at other Camphill communities.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    As a non-profit, we do have an Executive Director (or Village Coordinator) as well as a Board of Directors. However, decision making is a collaborative process where all members have a voice and provide input on day-to-day as well as long-range decisions.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Community income is shared.

    We work out of the principle that the fruits of each person’s labor go to support one another, rather than just for that individual. In that spirit, we help alongside one another on the land, in the craft studios and in the houses to support the community life for the good of all.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Most of our meals are prepared at home and shared by household members. We do our best to accommodate special diets and food allergies.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Atheist, Agnostic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Camphill Association of North America (CANA)

Community Affiliations

Camphill Village, Newton Dee, Camphill Village USA, Inc., Camphill Village Minnesota, Inc., Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Camphill Special School, Camphill Soltane, Camphill Community Dingle, Camphill Communities in Britain and Ireland, Association of, Camphill Communities California, HeARTbeat Collective

Keywords

sustainability, elder care, organic, farming, volunteer, biodynamic, CSA, crafts, camphill