Our Way of Living
We are a residential facility where adults with intellectual disabilities enjoy quality of life and meaningful work.
At Camphill Farm Community every person – however complex their individual needs may be - is valued as a unique being, is responsible for his or her own life, is striving towards being acknowledged as an individual and is able to govern the happiness of his or her everyday life.
We embrace people with complex needs, creating everyday lives, in which each person is respected as a worthy, contributing citizen.
We consider work to be a basic human right and an important means of participation in society or a community. Through work one can develop social and technical skills, and the outcome of work is a quality product or service of which one can be proud.
Camphill Farm Community provides a variety of supported working environments for people with complex needs.
Each resident works in a formal work-setting within defined working hours. Most work in one of our sheltered enterprises on the farm, and some are supported to work in the nearby
Phila Theraphy Centre
The Phila Therapy Centre, donated by the NLDTF and many others, offers therapies and health care for the children and young adults of Camphill School and the adult residents of the Camphill Farm Community as well as the co-workers living and working in these communities.
'Phila' in Xhosa promises that “all who come here will be well” while 'Phila' in Greek means love. The individual receiving treatment is approached through both conventional medicine and anthroposophical medicine, supplemented by the various therapies. All treatments are aimed to
At Camphill Farm Community Hermanus people enjoy a rich and varied cultural life.
There is optional participation in seasonal festivals, weekly music therapy and exercise groups. Every Saturday is library day, preceded by a storytelling session. The residential houses go on outings, which could typically include a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain, a river boat ride on the Stanford Queen, hiking in the beautiful fynbos above Camphill Farm and visits to the beach and areas of natural beauty around Hermanus.
Annual events include fun days like our own special olympics
Camphill Farm Community was founded in 1978 and the land has been managed on organic and biodynamic principles since.
The egg garden houses 300 laying hens that enjoy a varied, natural diet in the permaculture designed rotation yard system - a free-er than free range life.
The farm provides meaningful work for many of the residents that live at Camphill, each bringing their special contribution to the daily tasks and challenges.