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Camphill Village Westcoast Newsletter – October 2014
Camphill Village Market
Camphill Village Country Market
Sunday 02 November (10am - 2pm)

Christmas is almost upon us and it’s the perfect time to find that special something for the ones you love. Camphill Market has what you need: our monthly market offers wonderful gifts, from jewelry to garden plants, books, clothing, our luscious organic cosmetics products, ornaments and many a needful thing.
"An unforgettable family

 Plenty of surprises and wonderful finds await you amongst the banquet of delicious and wholesome food treats and beverages. All our wonderful organic dairy products, breads and bakery goods and fresh produce fill your shopping baskets with wholesome goodness. Our kids’ entertainment will keep the little ones giggling as you search for Santa’s gifts.
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 turns 50 in True Western Style

by Janine Strumpher
Once again the love, unity, respect and spirit of this wonderful community of Camphill Village were shown as we celebrated our 50th year of being. All worked hard to decorate, cater and dress up in true Wild Western Style. Cowboys, Indians, Sheriffs, Mexicans and even our donkeys geared up for the party.
Beautiful words were spoken by Cordelia and Sheila followed by a decadent meal fit for Cowboys. Fabulous prizes were won in our raffle followed by an auction by auctioneer Rudd made up of exclusive wines, fabulous meals and accommodation fit for celebrities.

Thanks to Robert from Dance Expression teaching line dancing and the Party People’s Emile and Paul for the great tunes all could party till late. Residents, family, employees and friends of Camphill enjoyed a fabulous evening.
We would like to shout out a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you for 50 years of supporting Camphill Village West Coast. Without your support we would not be in the position to do the work we do.  Thank you and here’s to the next 50 years.

For more impressions of the evening read this lovely post by Rene Maritz:
or see our Facebook page
Thanks go to so many people who made this wonderful celebration of Camphill’s 50th anniversary possible.

Camphill on TV

As part of their Mandela Monday show, Expresso TV filmed a short piece on Camphill Village West Coast. They featured Sigi and Anke Maas, who are twins and have been at Camphill for 29 years. It was a great experience for both of them, and Expresso put together a very beautiful piece.

To view it, click here

Camphill Africa Regional Forum

Twice a year all the Camphill organisations in Africa get together under the auspices of the Camphill Africa Regional Forum (CAR). Delegates come from Botswana (2), Hermanus Farm Community (4), Hermanus School (2) and, of course, Camphill Village West Coast (4). We hosted the meeting on 28th and 29th October so that delegates could join us for our Barn Dance celebration on Saturday 25th October.

This meeting we were particularly delighted to receive Dave Mitchell, who is the chairperson of the Association of Camphill Communities (AoCC). He is a person steeped in the Camphill tradition and is a co-worker at Loch Arthur, Scotland. The AoCC has provided the CAR entities with a substantial amount of funding in the past two years which has allowed for in-service training, upgrade of facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens, sewerage systems, etc. They have been most generous to us. Jeffrey Weir, from Ireland, who is also an executive member of the AoCC and Chairperson of the Hermanus School Board, also attended.

The CAR meeting is an opportunity for Camphill Africa to learn from each other, to share ideas, to problem solve and find solutions to both shared and unique problems and to stimulate each other with ideas for programmes and upgrading our services. It is a truly cooperative and uplifting experience to share in this manner. Best of all, however, is the humour and laughing that takes place. Although the issues are serious, we don’t take ourselves too seriously!

The next CAR meeting will be in March 2015, in Botswana – and we are really looking forward to visiting this oasis in the Kalahari.
Camphill Africa Regional Forum 2014 at Camphill Village West Coast

Interview with Peter Landmann

by Ninja Geissler

I came to Camphill in 1971, when I was 21 years old.

One of my first memories is that I had an accident with a horse. I can’t really remember what happened but it was only a few months after I came when I helped one of the Residents to take her horses to the field. The next thing I remember is that I was in hospital.

I worked right from the beginning in the Garden, that’s where I wanted to work. In the afternoons I started off in the Leather- and later the Dolls Workshop before I moved to full time garden. Now I’m semi retired, I only work in the mornings.

My other passion is books. I’ve always had many books of my own but at some stage it really became too much. It was a hassle when I had to move house so I decided to start selling them. I’ve been running the second hand book shop since the early nineties.

After 43 years I’m still happy working in the garden. In the afternoon I read or listen to my music.


by Lee Adams

It is sew, that there are a few very crafty and material-istic people in Camphill Village. There’s also “no pulling the wool” over their eyes as they crochet bathmats and knit snoods, scarves, socks and (you’ve got to hand it to them…)fingerless gloves. In the Craft Workshop the residents don’t feel “hemmed in” at all – they save more than a “stitch-in-time” making bags, cushion-covers, aprons and place-mats…they literally do “have a patch” on most things… Being a (wo)man “of the cloth”, the Co-worker assists them with fabric- painting their needlework…and that’s not me embroidering the truth, it is sew…

Monte, our resident artist (artist resident?...) tends to really “see the bigger picture” – one of his beautiful paintings is currently displayed in our Bayleaf Coffee Shop. “Cotton on “ to all of the above and “check” out our Craft-stall when next you visit our market.
Monte's painting

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