Special Needs ~ Camphill

Shaping the Flame

A Celebration of the Camphill Movement

Bob Clay et al.

Foreword by Sir John Tavener



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Shaping the Flame is both a celebration and a journey, capturing the heart and soul of the Camphill Movement. There aren't words, at least not in my command, that really convey the immediacy of Life or the depth of Beauty recorded here in image, verse and prose -- you'll really need to see it for yourself. I can say that it brought tears to my eyes, joy to my heart and rekindled a sense of hope that I didn't even know had been lying dormant for a while.

Shaping the Flame via waldorfbooks.com

Most of the text is accompanied by lavish artwork and illustration. The book takes the reader on a creative journey through the natural cycle of the year, covering seasonal activities, festivals and a wide variety of superb craft work.

The pictures, like music in song, are equal or even dominant partners with the text. Imagination and skill go hand in hand in the layout of the pages, the pictures, the lettering. It’s a beautiful production. - the Friend

In our opinion, the work of Karl König (founder of the Camphill Movement) and the Camphill Villages throughout the world are the warm heartbeat of the goals of Anthroposophy: Shaping the Flame is like still, crystaline water, reflecting it back into the world.

Breathtakingly beautiful.

10" x 9 1/2", 100pp, 2017.

Shining Lights

Celebrating Forty Years of Community in Camphill Village

September 17, 1961 -
September 17, 2001
Copake, New York

Softbound, full color, large format


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Recorded on these pages is a monumental journey, one that required the heart, vision, courage and hard work of hundreds of people. This is a journey that arrives triumphant every single day and begins again with vigor each new morning. I marvel at how well it is recorded in this single volume.

The great souls whose lives and work on behalf of Camphill Village in Copake, New York grace these pages are many, too many to name them all. Gladys Hahn, Janet McGavin, Carlo Pietzner, Dorothea von Jeetz and many whose names you won't recognize are here. More than any one person, though, is the wonder that from a beginning of some land, a vision and dedication Camphill Village has become truly a village where what is most noble and best in the human heart is allowed to live, where hundreds of developmentall disabled people have found love and dignity and been allowed to contribute work of real value, where, as Alton Marshall says, "no basic principle governing human relationships has been compromised."

Amazing! A book to love and cherish - as the Camphill Movement is a deed to love and cherish.

Children with Special Needs

Michael Luxford


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This is the best "first book" on curative education we have seen, and we are genuinely glad to be able to offer it to you. This is a concise and fully illustrated introduction to Rudolf Steiner's ideas on the education of children with special needs. Though not intended as more than a general overview, the details of working with children manifesting a variety of learning barriers and emotional/physical challenges are incredibly instructive, in part because of the many well-chosen photographs (some of which are simply terrific!).