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May
12

We are delighted to announce that our Cafe will re-open to the public on Monday 7th June.Whether you’re after a delicious lunch, a coffee or want to buy our daily baked bread or homemade preserves, we can’t wait to welcome you all! To ensure the safety of our staff and customers things may be a little different when you visit. Our aim remains the same to create a peaceful atmosphere accompanied by good food and first-class friendly service. You will now be able to purchase our delicious artisan bread, homemade preserves and honey in the Café. The room previously used as a Shop is now a fantastic new Textile Workshop, and our new Pottery Workshop next door will have open studios for you to visit & meet our skilled crafters and view the range of unique hand-crafts on sale. Please call to reserve your table in the café from the 1st of June by calling: 01908 308738And look out for further information in the coming weeks!

April
12

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Easter Grand Draw! And an extra big thanks to Milton-Keynesia and Tesco in Bletchley and Wolverton for their kind donations. The brilliant prizes meant that more of the funds raised could go directly on the projects that develop our innovative offering to continue supporting adults with learning disabilities. Ethan, our Fundraiser, says ‘The support that we have received for our inaugural Easter Grand Draw has been great, and we have raised around £300 to help develop and improve our community. A recent project that we have been able to complete thanks to our supporters is Camphill Internet Radio which has allowed our community to stay together spiritually whilst keeping apart and social distancing to keep safe during the pandemic.’ (The lucky winners have been notified.)

January
11

We at Camphill Milton Keynes Communities are celebrating our 40th birthday this year!!One of our senior managers, Thomas, has been discussing the various founders of Camphill to help us understand the legacy of how our community came about. He discusses how it relates to our community today and why our practice has a more profound meaning. We know that Camphill is more than just a name and very different to most conventional social care providers! Here Thomas tells us about Karl Koenig. Karl Koenig was an Austrian Jew who studied medicine in Vienna in the 1920s and worked in an institute for adults with learning disabilities. König then worked as a paediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom and had his own medical practice until he was forced to flee Austria in 1938 following Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Koenig came to Aberdeen and met with many of his former colleagues and friends who’d also fled Nazi-occupied countries during this time. They occupied an old estate called “Camphill” in Aberdeen, Scotland which became the first Camphill Community based on curative education. He was a great believer in the abilities and spiritual/holistic welfare of children with disabilities and the idea that they have a potential that can be unlocked and developed. This was pioneering when seclusion, isolation and chemical control were generally seen as the “correct” approach for people living with intellectually-limiting disabilities. Central to this was using the arts to develop potential- Camphill communities are always alive with art and craft activity, drama and have a very specific aesthetic and architectural style. Koenig was also religious and a great believer in the spiritual potential of those living with disabilities, inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s work before him. From the first community in Aberdeen, Camphills began to develop all across the World – at the time they were founded, built, maintained and run by co-workers who adopted Camphill as a way of life rather than a job. In retrospect, it was decades ahead of its time considering how to work alongside and with adults and children with learning disabilities instead of marginalising them. It’s only in the last 20-30 years that the rest of social care has “caught up” with ideas around inclusion, dignity and occupation that were being espoused decades earlier by these communities.  However, many of the Camphill estates are quite remote. It would have been interesting to …

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Camphill Milton Keynes Communities, Japonica Lane, Willen Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 9JY.

Phone: 01908 235 000 Fax: 01908 235606

Camphill Café: 01908 308738