Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Kimberton, Pennsylvania, United States

  • Last updated: February 29, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 27, 2005

Mission Statement

To create and maintain a land-based community together with adults with special needs. biodynamic agriculture, handcrafts and other educational endeavors.

Community Description

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is one of 10 North American communities in the Camphill movement–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.
Started in 1972, our 432-acre agricultural and crafts community is run by 90 members, including some with developmental disabilities (autism, Down’s syndrome, fragile X, and others). We have 12 houses that shelter “extended families” who work in the dairy, CSA garden, herb garden, orchard, bakery, fiber workshop, music workshop, pottery, and cafe. We have a strong cultural life that integrates art and music into our lives. Volunteers are welcome to share in our life and work for a year, or perhaps a lifetime. Our community sponsors an apprenticeship program in biodynamic agriculture, and training in fabric arts.

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: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 432 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-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
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    The 501c3 Corporation

Membership

  • Adult Members: 113
  • Child Members: 19
  • Non-member Residents: 10
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us by phone or email.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    All spiritual paths are welcomed, though Anthroposophy informs community life

    Anthroposophy

    Most children in the community attend Waldorf School.

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Community income is shared.

    members share work to sustain community life

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

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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

environment, elder care, organic, farming, volunteer, bio-dynamic, CSA, crafts