Representatives from 56 Camphill communities across the UK and Ireland will be heading to Aberdeen later this month for their annual meeting. The choice of Aberdeen marks the 70th anniversary year of the opening of the first Camphill community at Camphill House, in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen.
The annual meeting will take place over the weekend of March 19 to 21, based in the main hall of Camphill School Aberdeen, on the school’s Murtle Campus in Bieldside, Aberdeen.
Delegates will be welcomed to Aberdeen at a civic reception – marking both the 50th anniversary of the Camphill Newton Dee community and the 70th anniversary of Camphill – at the Town House in Aberdeen on Friday, March 19.
Commenting on the event, Sam Sinclair of Camphill Scotland said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming delegates from throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland to the association’s annual meeting here in Aberdeen. It is certainly most appropriate that the meeting should be based here in the city of its birth, on the occasion of both Camphill’s 70th anniversary and Newton Dee’s 50th.”
The Camphill pioneers, led by Dr Karl König, were welcomed to Aberdeen to set up their first community, having fled from the Nazi annexation of their native Austria.
After a year based in an old manse, near Insch, the group were able to purchase Camphill House in Aberdeen, thanks to a loan from the Macmillan publishing family. In June 1940, the first Camphill opened its doors to children with special needs.
From Aberdeen, Camphill has spread to 100 centres, with 10,000 people in 23 countries. In the Aberdeen area alone more than 700 people live and work at seven Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire centres.