Clanabogan Camphill Community

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Photo: Cherry How
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In Philippa’s Weaving Studio
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Photo: An Artwork in Puddleducks Preschool

“To serve and not to rule; To help and not to force; To love and not to harm, will be our task.” Karl Konig 1960, 14

Social Therapy by Cherry How


“The social care ethos of Clanabogan is founded on the holistic and therapeutic principal of Anthroposophy and the innovative work of Rudolf Steiner and Dr Ita Wegman with children with disabilities at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dr. Karl König (1902-1966) was inspired by this as a core impulse when with his friends he established the first community which was later called Camphill. As the children grew up Karl König also develop his ideas about a suitable life and social setting for them as adults.

The first village community was founded in 1955 and since then dozens of similar villages have been established, each with their own character, in the UK and internationally.

Social therapy is the term used for life and/or work within a mutually supportive, co-creative social environment, based on Anthroposophy with adults with special needs, including those with complex needs, mental health problems and the elderly, as well as any other vulnerable and disadvantaged adults.

Clanabogan Camphill Community offers a supportive, mutual interdependent lifestyle which promotes individual fulfilment embedded in an enriching social organism for people who choose this ethos.”






Crafts and Work within a Camphill Community

“The involvement in crafts and meaningful work provides the means to stimulate neurological and cognitive processes and develop motor skills. It also plays an important role in promoting motivation and fostering a sense of beauty, self-confidence and joy of achievement in producing items that are both beautiful and of practical use. Craft activities, such as weaving, candle-making, woodwork, felt-making or basketry, make an important contribution to the lives of individuals with complex needs, either as part of the school curriculum or as ongoing daily activities for adults. This is complemented and reinforced by involvement in meaningful work, such as farming, gardening, laundry, and household tasks or in Camphill’s bakeries, cafés or shop”




Top Photo: Philippa in her weaving studio Bottom Photo: Bridget viewing the artworks produced in the weaving studio

Social Therapy

“The aim of social anthroposophical curative education and social therapy is to give children, young people and adults with disabilities the opportunity for individual development in body, soul and spirit, helping them to live in dignity and with self-determination, promote integration in society and let their contribution to society be visible”

Support maximum independence, initiative, choice, and decision making for the individual.

Social Therapy encompasses cultural life, religious life, work life, social interaction, care of body and soul, the environment and nature, access to rights and society.

The social therapist understands human development, has an artistic approach, and knows how to support people, routines, enterprise, etc.

Skills of the Social Therapist

  • empathy
  • patience and perseverance
  • responsibility and reliability
  • tolerance
  • orderliness
  • self control
  • self awareness and reflection
  • self education and willingness to change
  • thinking, insight, judgment
  • feelings, harmony and balance

Other skills which contribute to Social Therapy

  • Work
  • Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Counselling
  • Crafts
  • Home Making

Helper and Helped have the same goals

  • codevelop their individual abilities
  • to understand their own biography
  • to cope with failure and disappointment
  • to have good relationships with family and friends
  • to communicate and be understood
  • to integrate well in society
  • to experience personal fulfilment and meaningfulness in their life