Taco Bay

His Life and Work

Deborah Ravetz

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  • The first biography of this highly influential and spiritual man
  • Taco Bay led The Christian Community for twenty-five years
  • Deborah Ravetz worked closely with Ita Bay, Taco Bay's widow, in writing this book

The first biography of the man who led The Christian Community for twenty-five years.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality; Art & Literature
40 b/w photographs
96 pages
Publication date:
26 Jul 2012


Taco Bay was born in 1933 in Switzerland to a Dutch mother and Swiss father. As his family moved about, he went to many different schools, in five different languages. For a time he worked in Camphill, but at the age of 28 was ordained a priest of The Christian Community.

He worked in Edinburgh for many years before becoming lenker (coordinator) of the Netherlands. In 1977 he moved to Stuttgart taking on many of Rudolf Frieling’s tasks as erzoberlenker, leader of the whole movement, a role he took on fully after Frieling’s death in 1986.

Taco always had a world-wide perspective, and during these years The Christian Community expanded to Australasia, Japan and eastern Europe. Breaking with the practice until then, he stepped down from his office, consciously handing it over during his life. He died in 2011.

This is the first biography of this influential and spiritual man.


'Reading this little gem of a book is a truly inspirational experience. From the arresting photograph on the front cover to the very last page, this remarkable human being is brought back to life. Not only is the book beautifully written but Floris have achieved a splendidly balanaced layout of text and photographs … The contents of the book cover his whole remarkable life. It is a real page-turner.'
-- Perspectives

'a well written and rounded biography'
-- Camphill Correspondence

'this clear and readable account is a valuable addition to the history of both The Christian Community and the Camphill movement'.
-- Anthroposophical Society Newsletter


Deborah Ravetz was born in Zambia in 1957. She studied Literature and Philosophy at York University and Fine Art in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. A painter, writer and art historian she explores the life and work of artists to make visible the development of human consciousness, the reality of our connections with history and its relevance to our own biography. She has worked closely with Ita Bay, Taco Bay’s widow, in writing this book.

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