Camphill Eurythmy School

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History

The Camphill Eurythmy School was founded in 1970 with the intention of developing an artistic training within a Camphill community setting. Until 1978, this setting was the Sheiling School community in Ringwood, Hampshire, where the first groups­ of students shared in community life and work with children with special needs. From 1978 to 2000 the school had two homes, the first two years of the training remaining in Ringwood, the final two years taking place in Botton Village, a land-based, working Camphill community in North Yorkshire for adults with special needs. In 2000, the school withdrew from Ringwood and consolidated itself in Botton. Here, first and second year students make a voluntary (unpaid) part-time work contribution in the village, and the whole school enjoys and contributes to the social and cultural life of the community. The practical work, human involvement and social-therapeutic ethic complement the students’ path of artistic development. The teachers of the school are all Camphill co-workers with many years experience in social therapy between them, and share in the carrying of community tasks and responsibilities.


Camphill

The Camphill movement was founded in Scotland in 1945 by Dr. Karl Koenig, his intention being to establish a living community ethos working with children (and later, adults) with special needs out of the ideals and insights of Anthroposophy. The Camphill movement now consists of nearly 100 centres worldwide, including schools, training centres and adult communities, and its field of activity encompasses agriculture, medicine, the arts, craft production, as well as curative education and social therapy.