Tag Archives: camphill

Day 769 – Camphill living

Perspective on living in a ecological farm

18403611_1108861312591543_1553602912290981397_n

cows out to grass

Camphill villages is ecologically driven villages and farms and communities that is suited and designed to people with disabilities and needs, who don’t usually fit into the larger hectic/capitalistic society/system. Personally I am diagnosed with schizophrenia.

My camphill life is structured so I can work my way through my schizophrenia with walking with the tools of desteni.org

I just realized that from me living on a ecological, camphill farm and village it gives me the opportunity to have structure. HUH ! We all need some sort of structure and organizing to function optionally. To me structure is like a pattern of organizing – it gives me a sense of control in my living. And after that freedom within the application/task !

I live in a camphil village in the south west of Norway. I have lived here since 01.07.2016. Let me tell you that life here is truly swell. Now there are so many different ways to be living life here on this earth and I would say I am truly grateful for living where I am and under these conditions that is present.

It gives me routines and structure. I provides me with cultural and spiritual/emotional insight. It serves me the best and healthiest of food. It grounds me with good work for the body. It gives me inspiring and touching and dear talks and interactions. It provides me with very dear friendship and colleges and hugs, and it is a international touch to it with people here from all corners of the world.

Life here is season based. And there are things like Bible study groups and practice of Christian tradition. This is of course voluntary if ones chooses to participate or not. I find the Bible study group very interesting – I get to share my insights and perspective from this important historical script.

sweat.jpg

me after a days work

Now in the spring I can walk outside and pick my food of herbs from the garden. I can go swim in the fjord or in a freshwater stream, and enjoy a talk, a flower, a goat  … on my way to do so.

There are currently goats, sheep, cows, chicken, birds, bees, and cats here. They provide me with honesty, insight , groundednes, stability,  and realness, awareness and strength – besides the meat, milk, honey and eggs that is also on my plate.

We are very sufficient with dairy products, meat, some herbs, some fruits, berries and also a lot of vegetables.  This awareness is awesome and it brings up gratefulness and humbleness within me.

Camphill living with interacting with animals is very therapeutic. A goat will “tell” you straight. The animals, are honest and real, they are not mind based like us humans.   They don’t have our obsessive thinking, so they are more stabile and here, firm, grounded, sound as physical and natural. Something I know that we humans must learn sooner or later…

Being able to go out and pet a cow or a sheep or talk to the chickens is just medicine ! Very rejuvenating and real! I am very grateful for that presence in my living. It makes me more honest, and alive, like colourful and expressive.

 

One can even go as far as to say that this planet should be for animals and nature only, and not for humans. If we look at how humans treat nature, other humans, animals and so on… it makes sense. Which means that we (humans) must change… or we are doomed. There is no other way.

 

I am grateful for my living in this camphill. Some of the traditions is maybe not of my liking, but there is room to discuss and debate most things. The antroposofic way is known to be a alternative way of living in Norway. Most of it is very cool and down to earth. Either way we can debate practice and reach common ground. The environment  and the ecological policy is very appealing to me and I would imagine to all people. The camphill way is by all means a way for the future.  I don’t agree to some of the Christian/religious traditions, but we can work through it and come to agreements.

The way of living is simple, and structured and rich. I recommend to find a camphill near you, and become friends with them, visit them and test it out. There are camphill villages mostly in Western Europe, North America, but also in Russia, South – Africa and India.

Enjoy your investigation of camphill !

http://camphill.net/

beesanddandillion

Day 723 – Celebration of pioneers

 

koenig_karl_6164.png

 

If you have put your nose into camphill history and origin… you know who “Karl Koenig” was and some of his work perhaps. I will let you in on it anyhow. Karl Koenig was a Austrian pediatrician, who wanted what is best for all – also for children with disabilities. So he started a home for special/”disabled” children in Scotland in 1939. Like you can see, he was quite a opposite of the Hitler also from Austria that we “know” so well from that same time.

 

Annyhow, Karl Koenig, together with his friends from Austria where the founders of camphill villages that where to start spread throughout the world during the 1950 – and until to this day still being created and developed.

His philosophy was simple to give equally. To treat with dignity and to not discriminate but to make it good and safe for everyone.  He was deeply inspired by Rudolf Steiner and other thinkers and spiritualists that Europe fostered in the last centuries.

Today almost 80 years later, since the first village was established,  there is still a lot of the old teachings from Dr Koenig and Rudolf Steiner with the everyday life and activities of camphill. Focus might have changed slightly, and been gently pulled by time and consumerism, but to my awareness much is still the same of duties, service, organization and structure of the everyday life in camphill’s all over the world.

I was so lucky to take part, having recently moved to a camphill in Norway, I was invited to celebrate the 50 years of camphill in Norway.  The first village was started in 1966 called “Vidaråsen” in Vestfold, southern Norway.

 

capture

 

This cause a massive party and festival with 400 guests, singing, music, food, dance, hugging, laughing and being deeply inspired by the fellow man effort and creativity as well as endurance, enthusiasm and simple beauty.

To me it was huge celebration of life, camphill and the Nordic model of one of the world best care systems for people, with “disabilities!” Though to me, the people why camphill was created for, are the real life teachers of this world. A person with down’s syndrome does not “think” like other humans think – the many painful thoughts and bothers of mind. No, they are more pure. Plain and simple.

I was honored to take part in the huge celebration with my fellow men and women from all over Norway, and also guests from the Nordic countries, and from the Baltic countries and Russia to. It was awesome. I was deeply moved and inspired by the many people and their enthusiasm and pure life joy. It appears to me that the people that have been graded as “disabled” are the real life teachers of this world – people and children who don’t depend on thinking and consciousness that much.  If we help them adjust the environment and let them show the way – we can do miracles.

dance.PNG

 

 

Thank you

 

 

Day 679 -14 days of testing Camphill living

14 days of testing Camphill living

– the decision to be made

 

The last 2 weeks I have spent living side by side with brothers and sisters, in a Camphill village in south Norway. It has been a very fun and interesting and most a physical experience. I have  been milking cows, carrying water, shoveling and carrying away cow and sheep shit, weeding,  making cheese,  piling woods, preparing food, caring for self-physical, swimming in the cold fjord, eating wild stinging nettle,  and dandelion straight from the ground. I have been caring for my sisters and brother s inn this village, serving tea/coffee and food,  the enjoyment of being together like  a family and helping with more practical things like sun lotion on skin and doing dishes and washing the indoors. Adjusting hearing aids, discussing world politics, listening to the village band playing music, and reading books.

IMG_4931

 

In between I have had some time to computer, to read mails and to follow discussion and watch some news and some videos on you-tube.  Also just lying on my bed after a long day or work, with a good book and Per Gynt by Grieg on play.

 

A typical day I wake at 05:50 and get into my farm clothes. I walk out to get the cows, 6 cows, in from their night out at the green field. We take them inn to the barn and greet each other in the new day at mother: here earth.  After milking cows, which is a delicate process, we let the cows back out on the field. When working with animals I decided to make it on their premised as much as possible. I work with animals I let them decide as much as possible from cognizance/mind/communication. I focus on having an agreement with the animals so that abuse does not occur. This work design was paying off with granting remarks to me from others. My work and ambition was honor by the other farmers. Really cool and empowering experience.

 

At Hogganvik we make our own cheese. Really tasty cheddar. I have now witnessed the whole process 2 times and it is my ambition to learn the skill of cheese making 100%.

 

At 07:30 it is breakfast. Often with homemade (original) yoghurt and organic musli, together with coffee, tea and milk.We sing a short song before eating and we all hold hands and say “thanks for food” after eaten. Then we all help to clean the table and get at dishwashing. Next thing is morning meeting at 08:30 where the rest of the day is designed. We then stand in a great circle. Everyone that is in village, stands in circle, perhaps we sing a song, and greets each other and the day. Organizers and folkalizers  arrange what then needs to be done and after that we go to work. Work then could be  to help with the sheep, perhaps to change the field of grassing or clean out some dirt after cows or calves and do the designated tasks that the farmer aske of us. Fixing fences, helping hurt of week animals or cleaning equipment there I always something to do at a farm. There is currently about 40 sheep and almost 100 lambs that needs tending. 6 cows and 4 younger cows that have not yet had calves. And there are now 6 small baby claves.  There I also 8 goats and quite a few chicken and lots of cats and one big dog. Responsibility in other words.  This is a process of edification of me.

 

It has been quite an experience so far.  For a long time I have known that physical is important key within this existence. At this Camphill I am at physical work that is a key and an important factor. I really got to experience how well it to work physical with the body when I was participating with putting potatoes in the dirt. We would dig up the dirt and work with heavy tools. It was quite physically hard experience. I was sweating and really feeling my body. At the same time I also minded myself to be aware. Work or work – out should not hurt. If it hurts you don’t want to go back at it. If it hurts the body does not want to go back at it to participate with it. You have to cooperate with the body and listen to the body. So I was working just hard enough to feel my muscles, and my balance and my sweat I also focused on living words and my breathe. It was over all cool and fun experience to work really hard. I would work most days from 06:00 till 17:00 with long diner break and lunch breaks.  I enjoyed the experience a lot. My body was healing as I worked the soil with my tools and with the woods.  After work I took a bath in the cold fjord. It was over all a very empowering experience with and as my being and my body. There is also the opportunity to catch fish in the fjord.

13076855_834002596744084_7510064970417180930_n

 

Working side by side with other people you soon learn to adjust yourself to them and to their tempo and their mindset. I often have to take a breath to ground myself when working in the woods, minding not to be too ambitious and minding that stress. That way I avoided having splinters in my fingers and the work environment is over all, much better among all. Working with people that have a more or less  need of care, mentally or physically is a gift in itself and the question about whether they are “handicapped” is more question of who is asking.  How people treat each other in this world, and it is those who judge in the high office and in the streets that are handicapped and not people with what you could call on with a more honest intellect.  I am not joking.

One thing that would fuck with me was my eczemas. My hands become red and itch. So I have to work on myself and my history to clear out that stress points within my body and within my mind. The eczemas is a point of fear of this new change in my life (moving here) and also a fear of the fear of eczemas in itself. Some of it is connected back in my history to from before 14 years of age.  So this point of eczemas is my main focus point atm.

My back also hurts sometime badly but I know why from looking at mind and from kinesiology session.  So that point I know.

My eczemas are more a mystery – but I will work on that to and open it up within writing.

 

All in all I see a small risk with moving here – to investigate my eczemas and to investigate my back pain point.  This risk I will take! We are living in a world of great changes, and I would like to work more physically with my body grounding myself. Physically working on farm makes me smile. And to feel appreciation. I feel valid and I feel self – worth and self – love, self – expression inn work. Soooo precious things going on with and as myself at this place. I feel honored and privileged to be able to move and be a part of this great community.

 

Adjusting me being aware of my breath and working with my body is a great gift that I am discovering again. The other day I was baking rolls. They were perfect (!) ..and I had great compliments for them. I had a great time with baking and preparing food. Every day I participate with dishes. There is always something to do. My decision was if to move up here to live – I think you see why I would like to move to this camphill.

 

Working and adjusting and reminding self to stay aware and to stay in living words. And within physical and in breathe, lol it I is quite the task of virtue to be living here in this village, that risk I will take.

Self – honesty, responsibility, breath awareness along with  living words and being role model  and being the best version of myself that I can be,  are here to be combine with this working life – thank you I will take it !

 

drive

 

Day 677 – Camphill village : a schizophrenic perspective

 

Bilder fra iphone 264

Living with schizophrenia you soon find yourself in the … rather marginalized parts of society. I have lived most my adult life in that corner.  What is important for me to explain is that I have had a hard to adjusting to the old system that I was brought into. I can’t say that I am capable of support the old system of fundaments of abuse.  I don’t mind singing dancing or yelling or whatever in the streets at – is all a part of me = that is how I live and express in this fucked up system we are currently inn. You could say I am trying to wake people up to the grim reality. To take self responsibility to be your own authority THAT is a task I am aiming at.  During one of the many journeys of escape and exploring,  I would travel and  I was at one time, I think in 2009 (?)  visiting Hogganvik Camphill village in Vindafjord in Norway. I was there for some minutes, and my heart gently melted with my surroundings and the people that I met there. I found a safe place. I found trust and a alternative to the establishment. And also the soothing anthroposophy that was appealing to me.  The anthroposophy of  philosophy is very including and considerate. It does not “freeze  you out” for believing in aliens – or anything like that. From what you might understand and experience of other more religious fixated societies and churches. The anthroposophy that I discovered and that I am currently discovering was multiple, loving, caring, warm, gentle and over all a cool thing ! There was flame that I had light in my heart. I had discovered a good place without fully knowing it. I would return to Hogganvik every now and then to recreate and stabilize. Even if just for a few days.

 

These days I am planning to go up there again. For two weeks. Then to decide if I would like to move in there permanently. I am very glad that I found Hogganvik and that I have been given this opportunity in my life. If you are out there searching and can’t really find footing. Check out the camphill movement. Keep an open mind and investigate. I sure am going to investigate and make the best of my days. I don’t want to regret or “be late”, on my dying day.  I am looking forward to spend some days – greeting spring and been a part of something beautiful and meaningful. To me Camphill movement  and anthroposophy  is lots about bringing down that spiritual “highness” – down to here, practicality and physicality. I know  I can contribute further to that. And I will.

Camphill is a good solution to me, perhaps it is not a good solution to you. Point is to not accept the old system where war is peace, debt is money etc…Time to be authority of self. Time to not let self be bullied by people who think that your mind needs governing.

The camphil in Hogganvik is consistent of a  farm with cows, sheep, goats and sometimes pigs. There are cats and chickens. There is a forest to work with wood, and there is greenhouses and wood workshop and also there is a new but old looming shop and also the kitchen service and administration. We make our own cheese. That is something I  have been requested to help out with, to learn to make cheese. I must say I am honored and I am looking forward to learn to make cheese.

 

So there is a great variety to keep self busy with. I find great peace at Hogganvik. It is close to the ocean, inn a fjord where I can bathe and swim in the  summer. There are some very big old impressive  trees, and that in itself is enough to bring me back time after time. Just walking and touching  and hugging these huge trees.

I have been in doubt lots with making this decision. I have made this decision hard to myself. So I have chosen to list up all the pro and against moving. Hogganvik wins every time. Still I would fear that change of moving. I would fear what is new. So I make  a point of bringing with me the things in my life that is cool now, here where I live now. And more than anything that is to swimming in a public pool, swimming on Tuesdays. Every Tuesday I go swimming. It is the peak of my week. So I have investigated if there is  swimming possibilities near Hogganvik like swimming pool. And there is. 25 minutes drive there is a public swimming hall with sauna. I was very glad to discover this. So I bring this part with me. This make my moving process much easier.

 

I will also work to tie bonds between organizations and movements  of this brave new world, a new monetary system is needed, how to handle mind consciousness system and so on… together we can create utopia, and we will – are you with me ?

 

Bilder fra iphone 270.JPG