Inspiring people to
make a difference

About Camphill

Camphill communities provide opportunities for children, young people or adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs to live, learn and work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and equality.

There are now more than 100 Camphill communities in over 20 countries in UK, Ireland, Europe, North America, southern Africa and India where those with special needs are offered the support they need to develop their potential.

In addition to providing care and support to people with learning disabilities and other special needs, Camphill communities seek to care for the land and the environment around them.

Camphill communities grew out of the spirit of anthroposophy, the philosophy developed by Rudolf Steiner. Anthroposophy is a human-oriented, spiritual worldview that reflects and speaks to the basic questions of humanity and nature.

A key aspect of the Camphill approach is that people are not seen passive recipients of services but active participants able to contribute to the wellbeing of the community as a whole. Refusing to define people because of their disability, the belief that everyone carries a destiny worthy of fulfilment in body, soul and spirit remains a major influence for Camphill communities today.