You asked us for an online shop and we delivered! We will be selling beautiful, handmade textiles made by the talented Art & Craft group. So if you’re after a hand weaved purse or a table runner, a gift for a loved one or a one-off unique tote bag for your shopping, look no further. Our Art & Craft Workshop enables all levels of abilities to get involved in learning and developing their artistic skills. From needle work to embroidery, loom weaving and natural dyeing, our talented bunch are master craftspeople! Check out our ETSY Shop here! And fine out more about our Art & Craft Workshop here.
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 …
Thank you to everyone who attended our Craft, Art & Food Fair at the weekend! 😁🙏💜
HUGE thanks to all the stallholders who joined us and BIG thanks to all our residents, staff & volunteers for making the day such a special one!
We were astounded by the support, the amazing comments and all the love shared. Read More
CMCK are recruiting for a Craft Day Services Support Worker with passion and experience in a hand craft and textile making activities.
Here are a few photos of our Arts & Crafts Workshop group at Westbury Arts Centre. 💜