The Camphill Movement

Camphill is a worldwide movement dedicated to building communities where everyone can find purpose and belonging.

There are 119 Camphill communities in 27 countries across the world, each run as an individual charity.

Camphill School Aberdeen was the first Camphill community. It was founded in 1940 by a group of refugees led by Dr Karl Konig, an Austrian paediatrician. Inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, the refugees found their purpose living and working with children with learning disabilities. At that time people with learning disabilities were excluded from education and many other dimensions of society. Camphill took the opposite approach and created communities where the individuality and potential of even profoundly challenged children was developed.

Nowadays, Camphill communities welcome children, young people and adults. We value the profound significance of each human being - each person has something to bring to humanity, no matter their disability. We’re mindful of our responsibility to the earth in building sustainable community life. Together we create transformative living experiences for children and young people with additional support needs.

You can visit a Camphill community in Austria, Botswana, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America, Vietnam and Wales as well as Camphill inspired communities in India, Israel and Japan. 

Celebrating together

Read more about life in Camphill School Aberdeen

80th Birthday

On 1 June 2020, Camphill School Aberdeen and the worldwide Camphill movement celebrated 80 years!

Our History

We have a long and proud history stretching all the way back to 1939

Gap Year Volunteers

If you’re considering a gap year to learn new skills and live in a community with the children and young people then this could be for you.