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Newsletter 26th November 2020
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The Power of Judging Another
by James Sleigh

As we gallop towards the end of 2020 - this year that has taken us all by surprise and forced us to re-invent ourselves on so many different levels -  the marketing team took some time to reflect on the year, as well as on our vision, on the essence of who we are at Camphill and what we stand for, and asked ourselves what are the magic ingredients that we aspire to keep alive here.

As the discussion and ideas began to crystallise, one of the themes we worked with was - the effect that judgement has on us. Many of our residents have lived under the banner, or label, of their disability for many years. In many cases when they have come to Camphill Village, it has been the first time that they have been seen and appreciated for who they truly are and for their abilities, as opposed to being judged by their disabilities.

When this happens a magical process can begin, where the person is able to grow into and develop their abilities. This is a tender and vulnerable process that can quite easily be stopped or destroyed. A space of non-judgement needs to be held and defended. Often people with the best intentions are unaware of how easily they can undermine the process of someone's building self-esteem.
Judgement is an incredibly powerful tool - a tool we all carry with us. With it we are able to wreak destruction. But equally, if we truly see someone's potential, we are able to create miracles.

Rumi, in this poem, so simply points this out: 

Out beyond ideas of
wrongdoing and
rightdoing there is a
field. I will meet you there
- Rumi

It is a constant striving to find this field, in our work, and in our lives. Occasionally we can celebrate meeting in this field and there is a magic when this happens. 
Camphill Gift Pack
Camphill Luxury Jojoba Gift Packs
by Lise Muller

The residents have really missed having their monthly market days this year. With that in mind our Cosmetics department put something really special together for Christmas gifts this year featuring our jojoba oil.  Camphill has a jojoba plantation that is looked after by the residents and when harvest time comes around every single resident and staff member gets involved with hand-picking the beans, which are then cold-pressed into 100% pure oil.  

Jojoba oil is revered in the beauty industry for having the same properties as the sebum produced by our skin, which means that is it easily absorbed and does not leave an oily film on the skin.  It is often referred to as “liquid gold” and is an excellent moisturiser and anti-aging serum.  The oil can also be used to remove make-up, treat sunburn and hydrate dry hands, nails and hair.  It truly is a miracle oil. 

The gift hamper is presented in a decorated craft box which means that your gift is ready wrapped for you!

The cost is R220, and it includes the following:
120g Moisturising Jojoba Soap
50ml Jojoba Facial Scrub
50ml 100% Organic Pure Jojoba Oil
10g Jojoba Lip Balm

The gift hamper is a simple, personal way of letting that someone special know that you love them, and also shows your support to the residents of Camphill for all their hard work and dedication, keeping everything that we produce in harmony with nature. 

To order your special gift hamper, please email us at or call on 021 571 8600.
Happy birds in nature
Let’s Learn from Nature and Celebrate
by Janine Strumpher

As this strange and peculiar year draws to a close, who is feeling a sense of relief? For a fortunate few it’s been a succesful year, but for many it’s been a year of great change and often not by choice. One true positive is a manifestation of the love and support received by those around us.

I was sitting in my garden early one morning having coffee and watched the birds, observing how nothing has changed in their world. They are building nests, nesting, hatching or teaching their young, so tiny and so resilient. How amazing! I’m sure there have been difficulties in their little lives over the last year, but they know what to do and they just do it. 

There I sat learning a beautiful lesson from nature. Just do it … look back at the year and look at all you have accomplished and achieved this last year, and celebrate the victories.
Order of Merit
Order of Merit conferred on Dr. Katrin Emmrich
by Kris Drabik

Several years ago Camphill Village and Rays of Hope from Germany drew up an ambitious masterplan, a framework describing the way forward towards a more sustainable financial independence from external funding sources. While many initially doubted its feasibility, proof to the contrary has meanwhile been given: a number of essential projects have been jointly conceived, funded and successfully implemented, resulting in a stabilisation of the organisation’s economic setting.

Rays of Hope‘s continued support was brought to the attention of German government bodies, who initiated a thorough investigation into its integrity and professionalism. We are proud to report that as a result President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier – in the name of the people and the nation - bestowed on Rays of Hope’s chairwoman, Dr. Katrin Emmrich, the Order of Merit for her outstanding services to the Republic of Germany.

We thank Camphill Village for supporting this initiative and feel honoured to be so closely affiliated with this organisation and its wonderful members who have become our friends.
We look forward to the completion of the current project "Dairy Rays 1", to the implementation of many more infrastructure development components, and to our much awaited next visit to our second home, Camphill Village! 
Camphill Jojoba to the Rescue
by Delmaine Willemse

Our jojoba oil has been doing wonders! 

Last month we introduced Camphill jojoba oil to one of our sponsors, who had never before tried using this natural oil to treat her hair and skin A week later she messaged me to say she's in love with the oil. It was amazing to hear this feedback from her:

Tweet about Jojoba oil to the rescue

It made me so happy just to see our jojoba oil making a difference in somebody's life. If you use Camphill jojoba oil please do share your story with us at . If you haven't tried it yet, we have some good news which we will share with you soon. In the meantime get yours and who knows, maybe we’ll be sharing your story next! 
Buy Local!
Supporting Local Small Business is a Win-Win in Covid Times
by Lisa Muller

Supporting local means that you care about the community that you live in. You are directly contributing to putting money back into your community. It gives your local economy a chance to thrive and the money goes directly to the producer/shop owners/employees’ pay-checks.

There’s no secret about it, a big company is going to be all about the money. Their main objective is profit driven which may mean lower quality products, less fresh and full of compromised ingredients. A local business is part of the community and motivated to give of their best. Their products are the real deal and they know exactly where they are sourcing their products from, are happy to chat to their clients and tell the stories of their suppliers.  With traceability comes peace of mind – we can be reassured that our food is not contaminated with dangerous chemicals, that it has been produced in a eco-friendly way ensuring that the land is respected, and that the carbon footprint is limited. 

In spite of Covid, Camphill has come out on top during these trying times and our client base is growing daily.  Local online businesses are the new normal and the owners are taking the time to check out their suppliers and source only the best products.  We have also seen restaurants adding small delis to their premises, offering a wide range of products with the focus on sustainable and ethical farming. 
Sunset at Camphill
Finding a Place of Hope
by Max

Every community has its own truth - a truth that sometimes changes with time. In this community the truth that never changes is that we grow abilities. Over the years Camphill has challenged negative mindsets and instilled hope.

One of our residents reminded me last week how incredible this community is, and I quote him ... "My father used to say, boy, you don't have a capacity to learn and you will never achieve anything in life." He continued with a small twinkle, "he was wrong brother, very wrong. Look what I have accomplished, achieved ever since I came here. I have a job and everything, and look at what I conquer every day."
Maybe each of us needs to find his or her "tribe", or maybe that place of belonging, maybe that place that is more than home. A place of hope. 

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for, and the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. I'm grateful to live under its roof and I'm grateful to be a part of this great movement.
We are Conquerors
by Francinah

Despite Covid-19 stressing people all round the world, with many fearing for their lives, or for families and friends who are essential workers, or losing their jobs, there has been a positive side to this year. Our residents used this period to enhance their skills development and educated themselves about personal hygiene and safety measures to follow, to prevent themselves from being infected by COVID-19.  This is one of our achievements this year, seeing residents developing to their full potential. 

For example, during community activities, residents showed responsibility, making sure that everyone attending activities followed proper precautions. Residents like Bart were able to communicate with other residents, making sure that everyone has masks with them. He reminds facilitators of hand washing and sanitizing before and after the activity. 

During the difficult time of COVID-19, the positive take was seeing our residents being able to work, communicate and support each other more than ever before. Their acts have shown us how skillful and capable they are, in terms of working together to accomplish tasks. They have definitely proved that we are a community that strives to conquer.
Ferry House
Ferry House
by Julia Hendriks

Ferry House is a care house, home to those residents who are old, frail or who need a little bit of extra care.

I am the group home leader at Ferry and along with the care team, see to our nine residents. We attend to their daily needs, helping with their showers, baths, foot and nail care, and attend to their overall wellbeing. But these ‘Fairys’ are hard-working themselves – they contribute to the daily routines where we help each other to do the everyday house duties. The residents also enjoy taking part in sport, yoga and chimes.

Derek (it’s as if there are 10 of him!) He helps everywhere. He collects the bread and the dairy products, he starts the fire in the fireplace on cold evenings, and he helps residents in wheelchairs to find their way around.

Rex works in the Cosmetics enterprise where he helps with herb stripping. He is a master at that!

Hayley always helps with house chores and works in one of the gardening teams, which she enjoys a lot.

Karin helps to sweep in and around the house and in also in the (occupational therapy) stimulation program.

Pinky likes to help in the kitchen and participates in the stimulation program as well.

Brian helps with hanging laundry and keeps the outside of the house neat and tidy. He also enjoys attending yoga.

Hilton loves helping at the breakfast table and works on the farm.

Ann helps with setting the table for all meals and goes to Acacia to work there as part of the domestic team.
Sydney helps to sweep outside and enjoys working in the garden team with Hayley.

Sometimes the simplest of things, means the most. Here in Ferry House we are one big family and it’s a gift I will always treasure.
Learning Creatively
by Carine Human

Continuous learning and development is something that we prioritise as support and empowerment to our group home leaders (GHLs). We enjoy going out on trainings and attend most of the trainings offered by the WCFID. This year however, has not lent itself to learning opportunities off site due to COVID-19. 

This forced us to become more creative. We have changed our approach, reaped wonderful fruits and discovered much talent! Nina, our occupational therapist, met with the GHLs to determine their learning needs and interests in terms of working with residents. We then selected groups within the team and had four groups who were each given a topic. Each small group had to get together and prepare a presentation of their topic to the bigger group. The topics were: Meals and Budget, Counselling and Emotional Support, Skills Training, and Fire Fighting. After meeting and explaining, supporting and encouraging the GHLs, to minimize potential anxiety, stress or discomfort with this new and foreign approach, they were left to do their own thing in preparation.

Much to our surprise we were offered training of the highest standard, especially in terms of content! Each group had its own dynamic and style, so each session was completely different and unique, but very efficient. It also brought a sense of unity and everyone attended with a teachable spirit. We will most certainly build on to this model in the New Year and cover more topics of necessity and interest as a team. Well done again to all the GHLs, you went all out and were great!
Peter Verwey
Pieter Verwey – A Comrades Champion
by Lise Muller

Camphill Village has some very special gems in our midst, and one of those is Pieter Verwey who has run and completed not one but three Comrades’ marathons.  Pieter’s running career started relatively late. He was already 26 when he made up his mind that he was going to compete in the Comrades.  His family all loved sport and they would sit around the TV to cheer in the runners of the Comrades every year.  

In 1996 a man by the name of Holly Hunter finished the race at the age of 80 and that was when Pieter decided that he was going to run the Comrades.  His sister, Annelize, was a track athlete and she encouraged him to start with running the Heart Foundation Fun Run 2.5km.  She took him to buy his first track shoes and they started training.  He placed 5th out of 500 people. Four weeks later he ran the Don Lock, a race to raise money for cancer awareness, and placed 1st.  He remembers with much joy that Christmas when he was handed a present and told to guess what it was.  Inside he found his first running vest and shorts and a license number to join a running club.

In 1997 he ran his first Comrades, the downhill from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.  He went on his own but said that all the runners were like one big family.  Everyone slept on mattresses on the floor in a hall and the early the next morning after breakfast set off on their run.  He remembers the goose bumps he felt as he reached the last mile, and the shock he got as he entered the Kingsmead pitch and someone called out his name.  It was his cousin who was the manager for the Defence Force Team.  His ran his first race in 9:41:7. In 1998 he ran again in 8:26:48, and in 2000 he did 8:44:22 finishing number 2 875 out of 20 047 runners.

Pieter’s mom was crowned the Grand Master Marathon Champion as she was still running at the age of 60.  The whole family believe in giving back and Pieter has a deep desire to help people who want to train and run marathons.  He was invited to give a talk at his old school, Jan Kriel, to give the students as much encouragement as possible, that no matter what disability or challenge you are dealing with you can overcome.  He framed his running vest and number and donated it to the school to help remind them daily of what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. 
New equipment
Hooray for New Equipment!
by Nina Oberzaucher

With great excitement, we received and started using our new therapy and assistive equipment - a therapy plinth and a hoist that will help us in the care of our residents.

Our new plinth
Our new electronic therapy plinth has been set up in Grover house specifically for its use. The plinth is ideal for the assessment and treatment of our residents living with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and head injuries, conditions that disrupt the communication between the brain and the muscles in the body. Residents are actively involved in how they can help their bodies to continue moving, and carers and group home leaders are actively involved in learning how to assist a resident when needed.

Keeping the body moving is essential – after all, if you don’t use it, you lose it! This is done by teaching range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises, to promote physical independence as long as possible.

Range of motion exercises (ROM) are used to preserve flexibility and mobility of the joints on which they are performed. They reduce stiffness and will prevent or slow down the freezing of joints as our residents move less often, typically our elderly residents. For younger residents with neurological conditions, normal movement patterns of the body need to be maintained to promote independence, by use of the plinth.

Lack of use can cause contractures, which we want to avoid at all cost. These occur when muscles, tendons, joints, or other tissues tighten or shorten causing a deformity. Contractures are painful and cause loss of movement in the joint, thus increasing residents’ dependence on care staff.

Our new hoist
Our other new favourite piece of equipment is our hoist or patient lift. Hoists can be used to raise people that have fallen, help them to stand, help them to move, lift them into and out of bed, or into or out of the bath. This practical piece of equipment has come to the rescue of our staff in our four care houses. It is the alternative to heavy back work while working with residents and is beneficial to both our residents and staff. 

We are fortunate that Sr. Louise Greyling came to provide training on using our hoist with all staff working in our care houses over two days. Each session was 90 minutes long and included largely practical application of how a hoist is used safely, which slings to use in which scenario, as well as additional resident-centred problem solving. The training was lively with great interactive engagement and full of good humour. Each trainee had the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and practise the skill of moving a patient from a bed to a chair, wheelchair to a bed, floor to chair – any possible scenario we thought of – together we did it!  
We thank Sister Louise for giving us excellent advice on the most suitable mobility equipment to use in our care houses, helping us save money and many headaches!
Buy Local
A call to all our outlets
by Tess Derrick-Sleigh

We have worked hard on fostering close relationships with our clients and we strongly believe in helping small businesses grow. Lockdown has really taught us that local is lekker.  We have been building our social media presence and in doing so, we want to share more about our outlets. We want to help promote your stores at the same time as our products. 

We would love it if you could follow us on Instagram @camphillwestcoast and like us on Facebook @CamphillVillageWestCoast. Send us a photo of our products on your shelves together with your social media handles and we will post and share. Email your images to or WhatsApp them to 076 372 3573.
From the Kitchen
by Lise Muller

These four ingredient Parmesan Pesto Roasted Potatoes will become a staple side dish in your home! They only take minutes to prepare and the bold flavours of the parmesan cheese and pesto are sure to win you over!

Prepping the potatoes for roasting is beyond easy and should only take about 5 minutes. Camphill has recently harvested the most wonderful, tasty potatoes and they were used in this recipe. Rinse the potatoes under cold water and scrub off any dirt.

Spray a rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. Lay the potatoes out on the prepared pan, spoon the pesto onto the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Toss everything together with your hands until all of the potatoes are coated in the pesto.

Grate the parmesan cheese, but don’t add it to the potatoes at this point. It will be added to them during the last 2 minutes of roasting. Aside from the pesto and parmesan cheese, there’s one more magical ingredient that’s not to be skipped. Fresh squeezed lemon juice. The lemon juice gets squeezed over the potatoes after they have finished roasting in the oven. It adds a wonderful bright, fresh flavour that goes perfectly with the pesto and parmesan.

Homemade Basil Pesto


2 cups fresh Camphill basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (can substitute chopped walnuts)
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

Place the basil leaves and pine nuts/walnuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a several times.

Add the garlic and Parmesan or Romano cheese and pulse several times more. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.

While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady small stream. Adding the olive oil slowly, while the processor is running, will help it emulsify and help keep the olive oil from separating. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.

Stir in salt and freshly ground black pepper, add more to taste.
Thank Yous
by Janine Strumpher

Thank you to all the loyal MySchool/MyVillage swipers who contribute monthly to Camphill as their beneficiary. Please note that Builders Warehouse is now also a partner.

Jeannie – Albums, lights, ornaments, candles and much more
Jenny – Microwave, HiFi, Curtains, clothes
Barbara – Gym Equipment, ornaments, crafts and craft material
David C – Laptop
Patricia, Hillary & Helpers – Wool & Project Movie Library

A huge thank you for all the support, support financially, in kind and emotionally.
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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 -

How to Donate
by Janine Strumpher

Our PayPal account is now in operation; there are now three ways to donate cash to Camphill Village West Coast.
  1. We now have a Payfast account if you'd like to donate in ZAR - Click Here
  2. And a PayPal account for donations in USD or Euros - Click Here
  3. EFT – Camphill Village Standard Bank Malmesbury Acc: 082 399 204 Branch: 050507 Swift: SBZA ZA JJ
  4. Foreign donations can be made through a NPO in your country and a tax certificate can be issued, please contact Janine to discuss for more info.
NB! Your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE, we would like to thank everybody that supports Camphill, remember without your support we cannot continue the work we do. We provide a safe normal life for people living with intellectual disability.
My School Card
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Support Camphill Village with a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card.
Every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen, Flight Centre, Loot, Bidvest Waltons, Alltech Netstar and Power 24 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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