A Portrait of Camphill

From Founding Seed to Worldwide Movement

Edited by Jan Martin Bang

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  • A photographic celebration of a remarkable community
  • The history, development and future of Camphill is explored in a series of fascinating feature-articles
  • A beautiful book filled with pictures, memories and stories of the people who have made Camphill what it is today

A joyful celebration in pictures and words of the story of Camphill.

240 x 208 mm
Floris Books
Special Needs Education; Steiner-Waldorf Education
200 colour photographs
208 pages
Publication date:
17 Jun 2010


The Camphill Movement is a worldwide network of homes and villages for children and adults with special needs. Inspired by the vision of its founder, Karl König, and a group of close associates, the growth of the Camphill Movement is the story of an idea about community: community as the basis for special needs education, therapy and living.

The world in which Camphill was born is a world that hardly exists today. In 1940, during the ravages of a brutal and devastating war, with the greatest resistance and under the most challenging of circumstances, Camphill was like a seed planted in the foreign, granite-strewn soil of northern Scotland. Some seventy years later the Camphill seed has taken root, grown, flourished and flowered, and propagated into many countries.

This book, bursting with over 200 photographs, is a joyful celebration of the story of Camphill. The fascinating feature-articles cover everything from the history of Camphill, to the development of individual communites around the world, and the future challenge of sharing Camphill's message with the wider world. The portrait is painted through debates that affect the Camphill movement as a whole, and through the personal stories that make up its communities.

This is a beautiful book filled with pictures, memories and stories, and above all filled with the people who have made Camphill what it is today.


'It brings the reader right up to date, exploring today's Camphill communities all around the world. With over 200 photographs, this is a book filled with pitcures, ideas, memories and stories that honour the past and look to the future, celebrating the story of Camphill.'
-- Camphill Pages


Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime in alternative communities, ranging from kibbutz in Israel to the Camphill community of Solborg in Norway. He has been a leading activist in Permaculture and ecovillage developments internationally. His three previous books, Ecovillages, Growing Eco-Communities and Sakhnin are published by Floris Books.

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