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Who We Are and What We Do

            

Who We Are and What We Do

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a nonprofit organization situated on 432 acres in Chester County, 350 of which were donated over 40 years ago. We are dedicated to creating a community where the values of service, sharing, spiritual nourishment, and recognition of each individual’s gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society. We are over 100 people with and without disabilities, sharing our daily life, in ways that are both intentionally therapeutic and intentionally personal. There are currently 44 residents with developmental disabilities, 29 of whom are elderly, and 51 resident volunteers (and their children), both long-term and short-term, who share their lives together in 16 homes across the village. People of all abilities work side-by-side at the award-winning dairy, weavery and fiber arts, pottery, Sankanac Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden (that provides for the village residents and to over 125 families outside of the village), Sweet Water Baking Company, Camphill Café (open to the public), the orchards, herb garden, apiary, vineyard, and homemaking.

At Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, community members live together as expanded families in houses throughout the village, fostering relationships based on respect and mutual support.

A distinctive feature of Camphill life is that dedicated resident volunteers live and work together with adults with special needs. They support home life, direct the village’s administration and provide guidance in the various workplaces.

The village is home to people of all ages: children of resident volunteers, young people who come to volunteer for a year or more, single adults and families who establish homes, and elders who remain active. Everyone engages in the village cultural life, and works in householding, on the land or with applied arts.

Village life has its own unhurried, regular rhythm. Weekdays are structured by the morning and afternoon work sessions and three family-style meals shared in each house. Weekends have their own pace, including outings and trips, Saturday Bible evenings, Sunday services, folk dances, concerts or other special gatherings.

While all share active social idealism and an intention to be in this community, abilities and capacities vary. Each person adds to the richness of interdependent living.

Accent on Wellness

In Kimberton Hills, a variety of therapies and special activities are available to enhance personal health and well being for people with disabilities. In addition to the walk-in hours of our village nurse and the help of our medical advisor, art, music, massage, eurythmy, therapeutic baths, and counseling can enhance physical and emotional health. Referrals can also be made to specialized therapists and healthcare providers outside the village.

Vocations, Not Just Work

Kimberton Hills has evolved as a community with a variety of opportunities to develop new talents and pursue a vocation. Work on the dairy, in the craft workshops, gardens, bakery, Camphill Café or in homemaking, helps individuals develop a variety of skills and provides purpose and an experience of accomplishment. Each person knows that he or she contributes to the well-being of the entire village in a significant way.

Work is a challenging and rewarding part of the day, as each person participates in activities suited to his or her interests and capabilities.

Social & Cultural Life

Village members enjoy an abundance of cultural opportunities that encourage the discovery and development of each person’s talents, capabilities and interests. A diverse program of concerts, lectures, dramatic events, art exhibits, folk dances and festivals, held here in the village, enrich life and provide occasions for interaction with the local community and beyond. Residents also enjoy weekly trips to our local YMCA and enthusiastically join in Special Olympics events, where they meet old and new friends.

Many of our programs and events are open to the public and we extend a warm invitation to you to join us. Check the “News & Events” tab for information about upcoming events or call 610-935-0300.

Care and Stewardship of the Environment

Camphill Kimberton has a long-standing tradition and commitment to caring for and nurturing the land through biodynamic farming and observing sound ecological practices in our homes and workplaces. We have incorporated innovative ecological design principles into our building and landscaping projects.

Click here to learn more about our Sustainability practices.

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