REGISTER NOW for the 4th Annual Camphill Research Symposium

When: July 25-27,2018

Where: Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

What: Program details to come (see the 2017 event details and watch our presentation videos to learn more about the Symposium)


This event is FREE but you must register to attend!


Camphill Hudson, Hudson, NY



Wednesday, July 26


Sara Hendren, Assistant Professor, Olin College of Engineering
“Investigating Normal: Disability, Design, and Engineering”

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and writer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design works, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. She teaches disability studies for engineers-in-training in her role as assistant professor at Olin College. Her first book, on the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design, is forthcoming from Riverhead/Penguin Random House (2019).


Miriam Snellgrove, Ph.D., University of Bristol
“Who is Camphill For? Challenges and Perspectives from the UK Experience”

Miriam Snellgrove’s research focuses on the changing nature of Camphill principles and practices in the UK; in particular the ways that the ‘vision’ of who Camphill is for and how it should be run have faced considerable challenges with the increase in employment, declining co-worker model and more complex needs of residents to name a few. She focuses on exploring these ideas through the everyday running and living in Camphill places rather than abstract theorising and is completing a book on this topic to be published in 2018.


Allie Middleton, East-West Leadership Coaching
“Implementing a Federally Mandated Person-Centered Planning Program: A View from Mental Health Services in New York State”

Allie Middleton implemented a person-centered planning process for a network of mental health service providers across New York State. Her presentation will reflect on her experience, focusing on the challenges and changes to self-understanding experienced by all stakeholders during this transition.


Political Engagement and Advocacy: The Current Camphill Experience
Jon Flint, Camphill Communities California, Leigh Holliday, Heartbeet Lifesharing; Kristina Labaty, Camphill Village USA


“The Three Essentials of Camphill” by Karl Konig
Shelley Burtt, Camphill Foundation

Connecting to the Camphill Association’s Theme of the Year, CANA Trustees and other interested Research Symposium attendees are invited to read Karl Konig’s seminal essay, “The Three Essentials of Camphill” and come prepared for an in-depth discussion of the text.

Thursday, July 27

Nish Parikh, CEO, Rangam
“Competitive Integrated Employment: What Works and What Doesn’t”

Nish Parikh will share his experience as the founder and CEO of Rangam, an organization with the mission of securing employment for people with disabilities. Rangam has several projects and initiatives including a free job portal in partnership with Autism Speaks for the autism community; separate initiatives to assist corporate customers in identifying and employing veterans and people with disabilities; and LetUsConnect, a hydroponic farming project for individuals with autism and other disabilities based in Princeton, NJ.


Social Enterprise and Competitive Employment at Camphill and Beyond: Current Practices, Future Possibilities
Steven Clee, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills; Danielle Cowan, Camphill Soltane; Peter Stanton, Stanton Home


Libby Sanders, Camphill Academy Research Fellow
“Competitive Integrated Employment: A State by State Analysis”

An examination of current state policies regarding assisting people with developmental disabilities to train for and obtain “competitive integrated employment” with reflections on the opportunities and challenges these expectations hold for Camphill communities.


David Schwartz, Camphill Ghent
“Labor Law, People with Developmental Disabilities, and the Camphill Social Impulse”

An examination of the current state of the law as regards the employment and training opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in the context of the third “Essential of Camphill” (creating a conducive social environment.)


Beyond Consensus: The Management Philosophy of Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
Newell Eaton, East-West Leadership Coaching

Join Newell Eaton, of East-West Leadership Institute, for a discussion of Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux, a new approach to managing organizations committed to community, flatter hierarchies and social renewal. Newell has assisted numerous corporate and non-profit clients in implementing these practices and will share some of his experiences as well as guide discussion of key sections of Laloux’s books.

Friday, July 28

Camphill Association Policy and Research Support Committee Working Group Meeting: All Invited

Participants in this full-day workshop will join one of the two working and conversation groups described below. In each case, conversation, discussion and reflection in the morning will lead to proposals for next steps in information gathering, research and action in the afternoon.

Group One: Work in Camphill
Conversation will focus on the meaning of work in our communities, meaningful work in our lives, how we can support and evolve our work in new ways and what we need to understand about the larger policy landscape concerning disability employment.

Group Two: Political Engagement and Advocacy
Conversation will focus on how we support these activities on the level of individuals, communities and the region as a whole.