Many of the people who are attracted to live in a Camphill community are consciously striving on a spiritual path and connect with anthroposophy, the world view that underlies our work. The daily rituals and rhythms and the yearly cycle of festivals are essential aspects of the therapeutic environment that we try to create for our young people with special needs. We hope our spiritual striving is also manifest in the very attitude we hold towards each other, towards the environment and the ethical and cultural development of the future. We try with conscious deliberation to deal with each aspect of our lives, whether it is the difficult destiny of the person with special needs or how much to plant in the garden.
We hold our own services, and we celebrate the Christian festivals in a creative and living way, often with plays, music or pageantry. We begin each meal with a grace, and it is common to have a daily Bible reading in each house. At Saturday night Bible evenings, which are common in Camphill communities worldwide, everyone has the chance to speak about the week’s reading in an atmosphere of respect and receptivity to the individual contribution.
Some new coworkers, whatever their age, may feel uneasy about the religious and spiritual component of community life. It does indeed present an inner challenge. You may be asked to support the needs of the individual with special needs in this realm, if needed. An example of this would be to accompany someone who physically needs a helping hand to the Sunday Service, but you could choose not to attend yourself. Your own freedom to think and feel as you wish will be absolutely respected. You will be given an opportunity to develop an understanding of our work and philosophy through study groups and orientation sessions.