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Newsletter 30th November 2015
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Christmas Market!

Christmas Market

by Craig du Preez

Wrap up the year and get your holiday season off to a good start with a visit to Camphill Village West Coast. Our Christmas market is a wonderful day out for the family and the perfect opportunity to find some special gifts for the ones you love.

There will be gift packs available as well as giveaways and discounts on your favourite Camphill Goodies.

Kids – Santa will be there, so come have your photo taken with him or give him your Christmas wish list.

Our Christmas market will feature the musical stylings of Kathryn Swain

If fresh is what you are after this is the place to be. From our own amazing selection of herb, fresh produce grown right here at Camphill to our dairy and bakery products made to perfection or our range of natural beauty products, there is something for everyone.  

There will be plenty of entertainment with games for all ages, petting zoo and tractor rides around the farm. Visit our coffee shop or browse for jewellery, crafts, gifts, books, plants, clothing and much more. As always we offer safe parking, and a playground for the little ones

Can’t wait to see you there.

Directions & contact details
Directions: From the N1 take the N7 towards Malmesbury, travel approx 35km.
At the sign “R304 Camphill Village / Atlantis” turn left, drive another 4,5km and we are on the left.

Email or visit

Contact 021 571 8600 & 8641 on market day
Camphill Village Music Festival 2015

Camphill Village Music Festival 2015

by Janine Strumpher

The Camphill Village Music Festival is now an annual event, bringing great South African bands and artists to our outdoor stage at Camphill Village and raising funds to support the community. But it is about so much more than raising funds, bringing the community together, celebrating with fantastic music, spreading awareness of the work we do to the greater Cape Town community, and making lifelong memories for our residents; it’s a dream come true for many of them to have some of their musical heroes play on their home turf and to get to meet them in person.

We built our outdoor stage especially for the occasion. Now that stage and festival area begs to be used regularly, so look out for news of the 3rd Camphill Village Music Festival.

Many thanks to all the bands who played at our 2015 festival – Just Jinjer, Beatenberg, Ottoman Slap, Bootleggers, Swallowers of Time, Vision records artists and MC, HemelBesem. It was a truly memorable day with a wonderful atmosphere.

And a huge thank you to our 2015 sponsors and everyone who gave of your time and support to make this event a success: Tentation for the stretch tents; Sound Ultra for the sound equipment; Maracor for paint; Scanprint for posters; Liny Kruger for expert PR and media; Big Shot Media for video; Rene Maritz, Brent Webber and Andre Hart for photography; Rob Hamilton and Irene of La Bri for wine; Peninsula Beverages for cool drink; Michelles Nursery for flowers; Promo Yard and Gecko Media for Tyvek Bands; Molteno Trust, Claire and Bob Sankey, Alan Williamson and Cordelia Robertson for their donations.
Solar Phase 2 launch group

Solar Rays Phase Two has been successfully launched!

by James Sleigh

We were extremely excited to launch the next phase of our solar electricity generation project on the 31st of October. The inauguration was the official turning on of 60KW of solar power, which reduces our non-renewable energy consumption by 60KW. This translates to a saving of about R9 000-R10 000 per month, plus of course reducing our carbon footprint substantially.

The inauguration was a very special day for Camphill, and a very special day for the donors of the plant, who were able to meet and interact with the beneficiaries of the plant. Councillor Mark Kleinschmidt from the mayor's office officially opened the event, with great words of encouragement and support.

We all held our breath as the donors together turned on the main switch of the plant, and we watched on the monitor as the dial rose, as banks of solar panels produced charge from the sun.

We are very grateful to Rays of Hope, who have orchestrated the big picture, and the other donors, First Solar, SMA, Schletter, Sieckmann Engineering, Birchmeier, Kubler, BAE, Q3, Dehn, UfE and Leschaco, who each contributed a valuable part to this puzzle, working together to create this incredible project.

This is now the 2nd phase, in what we plan to be a large project that makes us totally independent from Eskom and a showcase for alternative technology.

The launch was well covered by the media. To view some of the TV and press coverage, see the following link
Phase 2 solar launch - switching on!
Solar launch
Cosmetics - Gift Packs

Gift Packs

by Craig du Preez

If you’re looking for luxurious gifts for your loved ones this festive season, look no further, Camphill Cosmetics workshop is here to help you out!  Give the ones you love one of our nourishing natural gift packs full of our fragrant hand-made herbal products, made with love and  pure essential oils!

Each gift pack contains a 30g bar of natural herb scented soap, a natural deodorant, luscious body oil, bath salt and a nourishing flavoured lip balm.

They are the perfect gift for anyone who loves all things that nourish the body and nurture the soul. Not to mention eco-friendly and natural, and of course they are supporting Camphill Village too, the perfect feel-good recipe!

The gift packs are very reasonably priced at R130 each. Delivery within our regular Cape Town delivery area is R30 and the gift packs will also be on sale at our December market on 6th December here at Camphill Village.
Loss of a star - BrendaThe loss of a star

by Craig du Preez

We’re very sad to say goodbye to Brenda, a Camphill market vendor who recently passed away from double pneumonia after a long battle with cancer. I could only find one word that came close to encompassing her adoring smile and radiant personality, the twinkle in her eye or the soft warm tones of her voice. One word could barely begin to describe the love and rapt attention she gave each person she spent time with, but in this case the word that came to mind was Supernova. I am confident that those who knew her, or spent any time with her would wholeheartedly agree.

Brenda spent many days in soup kitchens as a regular donor and volunteer. She also spent time and holidays collecting money and items for children at the hospital. Often creating gift sets and toiletry parcels for those who were stuck there during the holidays or had no one to provide for them.  

She prepared jams for the markets she attended on weekends. I suspect she attended them purely to interact with people and with the children that she sold her toys to, and very little attention was paid to monetary gain. She often talked of her love for her family and her time at Tygerberg. 
I am sure she passed as she lived, filled with love and passion. She has made such a powerful impact on my life. I trust that in years to come I will see the sparks that she laid down blossom into shining stars of bright burning light.
Charity Shop Makeover

by Antoinette Leeming

Our dear old, cramped, dingy Charity Shop will be getting a makeover de luxe in the New Year.   WHOOPWHOOP ladies!   Hold onto that hard-earned lucre.

We are busy throwing out the disreputable and bringing in elegant, smart casual, good looking accoutrements that anyone would be proud to wear.

With the help of the two stylish ladies in fundraising and human resources, we will be moving into new and improved premises, beautifully painted and decorated, and with plenty of light to choose the bargains of your dreams.

We will also be introducing a vintage clothing section, so pack up all your 50s, 60s, 70s disco garb and Granny’s wedding dress etc to donate to a good cause, and we will be happy to put them on display.  
We’re planning a grand opening at the first market of the year in February 2016.

The ladies of the Charity Shop wish you all a Blessed and Happy Christmas season and a wonderful New Year filled with joy, laughter and abundance.

Looking forward to doing business with you!
Looking back at Camphill
Looking back on my Camphill life

by Jisu Kim

Lots of people ask me ‘What makes you to come here?’ That’s right! For them I’m quite an interesting person. Here is far away from Korea, different culture, totally different language. Though there’s a big difference between Korea and South Africa, the reason for staying here is I want to be an unordinary person. I want to have a unique and special experience that I won’t have in Korea. And now at the end of my Camphill life, I’ve reached some of that.

First of all (to start with easy one), now I can manage with no electricity, and no water! My whole life in Korea, I have experienced only one time without electricity and haven’t experienced no water. But unfortunately on my second day in Camphill, both of them happened. That was a terrible situation for me at the beginning. To be honest that time I missed my country so much, because of electricity and water not because of my family and friends. But now I’ve changed!! If there’s no electricity, I take out my candle and make a romantic mood for myself. That is quite good atmosphere to write down my thoughts using internet blog and diary. And if there is no water, I take water from our water bucket and wash my face and brush my teeth.

Second, now I realize disabled people have ability. Before I came to Camphill, when I met disabled people I used to look at their disabilities.  Because of that I thought it’s hard to make a relationship between me and them. But now I talk, play and live with them. They have tears when a sad situation is happening, they are smiling when a happy situation is happening. It’s just they are sensitive and expressive of their feelings. That’s all! Nothing different. So now when I meet a disabled person, I’m not curious about their disabilities, just want to know who is (s)he!

Last, nowadays lots of people in Korea ask me about Camphill because I upload Camphill life stories on my internet blog. Someone who is interested in Camphill asks me how to apply to Camphill, etc via my blog. And they know it’s not difficult and complicated to go Camphill. So I feel so proud of myself that I can give them confidence.

I’m sure it’s not only Camphill that changes me but I also have a chance to  change some people. So I’m really glad I had a chance to volunteer in Camphill. To be honest, it’s not that easy to work as a young co-worker, but It’s truly a precious experience of a life time. I will never forget Camphill life wherever, whenever. Now that my time is limited, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one in Camphill for an extraordinary experience. I will miss Camphill♥
Wim Pretorius

Interview by Ninja Geissler

Wim PretoriusI was born in Pretoria where I also went to school. After I was finished with school I heard from a friend of mine that he was going to Cresset and that is how I heard about Camphill for the first time.

I went for an interview and afterwards for a trial. During my trial time I went home every second weekend but later on only every 6 weeks. I worked on our small farm, learned to drive a tractor and helped another resident to look after our two horses.

After some time I met Hendrik who lived on a neighbouring farm and visited us for events or services. Hendrik worked at ‘Brake & Clutch’ and when he wanted to stop working there he asked if I would like to take his place. For a few days I went together with Hendrik and I really liked it so he stopped and I carried on for many years. I had some pigeons and one day I took them with to work. I wanted to see if they really fly home so I opened the cage and when I got home in the evening they were all there.

After a few years when I was not so happy at Cresset any more I went on a holiday with some other residents to the Cape and we also came to Camphill Village, so I could look around.

When we got back home I soon left Cresset and stayed with my family until we moved to Hermanus and then I came to Camphill Village, a bit more than 20 years ago. Here I also work on the Farm, do milking and landscaping. I also went for a 3 month exchange to England. I like travelling, I have been to the Ivory Coast to visit my sister from there to Ghana, Ireland and a few years ago to America where my sister lives now, but I’ve never been to Disneyland and I would really like to go there once.
Sponsor a Resident

by Janine Strumpher

We have embarked on a drive to find a sponsor for each resident who has no family or financial means. Without Camphill Village they would be on the streets where people with special needs are often victims of abuse and manipulation and at risk even within their own families and/or communities.
And without financial assistance we cannot continue providing this place of safety.

Living at Camphill Village West Coast gives people with intellectual disability the chance to live a full, creative and fulfilled life, to develop their abilities and contribute to their community. The life that we take for granted, is for many a gift. However we can only do this when financial support is found for the individuals.

If you can help, or know of Individuals or Companies we can approach please contact Janine Strumpher on 021 571 8600 or e-mail

Take a break from your busy day and watch this beautiful slideshow about life at Camphill -

Some Highlights of 2015

My School Card
My School Card

Support Camphill Village with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.
Every time you shop at Woolworths, Waltons,, ToysRUs and several other partners, a percentage of the amount goes to your MySchool beneficiaries.

If you don’t already have a card the application form is available on our website here.

If you already have a card, update your profile to include Camphill Village West Coast as one of your beneficiaries.

You can have up to three beneficiaries per card, so can support us at the same time as your school or other favourite charity.

Thank you – every little bit makes a difference!

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