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Review for Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Inc., Kimberton, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience as a volunteer at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills was formative. I lived and worked there for 1.5 years the year I turned 21, having decided to take a year off from college to study bio-dynamic agriculture. I learned a great deal working on the farm, in the machine shop and in the classes held for trainees, and most of all, grew because of the opportunity I had to become a member of an extraordinary community made up of beautiful and diverse people of every age--individuals with developmental disabilities, short-term volunteers like myself (from many countries who came for a practical study of gardening, farming or social work), long-term co-workers (single adults, couples, parents) and children. It is difficult to do justice to the vibrancy, deep commitment, spirit of joy, meaningful and sometimes hard work, appreciation for cultural and artistic expression, and rhythm of life in the village that are so evident when one has the opportunity to spend a little time there. Each dwelling houses a group of people that become family to one another; the whole community a large, extended family. The seasons and the very land itself, orchards, fields and crops, plants, animals, the artisanal craftwork, the authenticity, and the loving care that people share within this community, is truly special. I am deeply grateful that I was able be a part of Kimberton Hills and to behold what is possible when each person is recognized as fully human and respected. There is a remarkable sense that everyone is needed, everyone has something to valuable to contribute, each person is unique and also belongs to the whole. This is a place of nurturing and abundance, it fosters healthy relationships, cultivates the mind, will and spirit and helps the heart to sing. I have great admiration and appreciation for the wonderful people that welcomed and taught me so much when I lived in the village, and I will always cherish and carry my experience of Kimberton Hills with me.

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Role:  Volunteer