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Our Faculty

The core faculty of the Camphill Academy is composed of practicing Curative Educators and Social Therapists with broad ranges of experience and expertise in working with children and adults with special needs. The Camphill Academy also draws on a much wider extended faculty, including visiting lecturers from North America and abroad. Members of the Core and Extended Faculty have served as consultants, workshop leaders, and guest faculty in other programs in the United States and internationally. Contact our faculty via email.
sonja Sonja Adams A certified curative educator and Waldorf teacher, Sonja has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She has been a curative class teacher and currently serves as a houseparent and leader of the residential program for students with developmental disabilities at the Camphill Special School. She has been responsible for developing curricula and mentoring practices to guide newcomers into the practical areas of curative educational work. Her interests include child care, developmental activities and exercises, the therapeutic aspects of home life, and the curative application of the Waldorf curriculum.
ani Ani Alma Ani’s career in Curative Education began over twenty years ago in Camphill Sylvia Koti in Lahti, Finland. After coming to Camphill Special School, she gained certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and developed the school’s therapeutic riding and animal husbandry program, which she has led for more than fourteen years. More recently, she has worked on integrating aspects of a ‘Spacial Dynamics’ approach to movement development. Her focus has been on accompanying teenagers and young adults in meeting the challenges of growing up and finding their place in the world. She has been involved in pioneering the Camphill Special School Transition Program at Beaver Farm.
guyGuy Alma Guy combines a background in social science and administration with seventeen years of experience working with adolescents with developmental disabilities as houseparent, prevocational instructor, and high school classroom teacher. He is certified in youth guidance and special education, as well as trained in group work, facilitation, conflict resolution, and organizational development. He has served as Camphill Special School’s Director of Development since 1998. As a faculty member of the Camphill Academy, Guy teaches various aspects of general anthroposophy, as well as courses and workshops related to the inner and outer aspects of community building and organizational development.
carsten Carsten Callesen Over the course of the last twenty years, Carsten has lived and worked with children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities in Camphill communities in Scotland, England, and the United States. In true Camphill style, he has tried his hand at almost everything. He has carried responsibilities as a houseparent, workshop leader, teacher, administrator, counselor, and most recently, as a therapist. Carsten holds a Diploma in the Art of Eurythmy and teaches movement and eurythmy to children and teenagers, as well as in various adult education settings. He also is a qualified therapeutic eurythmist. Carsten has an active interest in group work and conflict resolution, and in promoting self-advocacy, empowerment, human relationships, and abuse prevention for people with developmental disabilities. He has given workshops on these themes in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway.
jan Jan Goeschel A trained Waldorf teacher and curative educator, Jan currently serves as Director of the Camphill Academy. He also is a houseparent, former high school teacher and Director of Programs for Camphill Special School’s K-12 program. Jan teaches various courses on general anthroposophy, human development, curative education, philosophical perspectives and professional practice. He holds an MA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Educational Leadership with Pennsylvania teacher certification in special education, and a PhD in Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Cologne. He is a member of the International Training Council for Curative Education and Social Therapy and has also taught and served as a consultant in Canada, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and Taiwan.
rudiger Rüdiger Janisch Rüdiger has been working in Curative Education for over thirty-five years and teaching in professional training programs in Germany and the United States for more than thirty years. A long-time student of anthroposophy, he now serves on the Collegium of the School of Spiritual Science in North America. Having taught many different aspects of anthroposophy and Curative Education, he currently is focused on action research and the development of artistic and experiential approaches to the spiritual scientific study of the human being. His contributions to adult education methods were recently recognized in the context of an international research project sponsored by the European Union. Rüdiger receives regular invitations to teach and give workshops around the world. He has been an adjunct faculty member of the M.S.Ed. program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Sunbridge College and member of the core faculty of a joint ‘Training for Trainers’ program supporting Curative Education and Social Therapy in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan.
norma Norma Lindenberg Trained as an elementary and special education teacher, drama teacher, and curative educator, Norma has worked in Camphill communities in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States for over thirty-five years. Most recently, her focus has been on therapeutic work. Norma teaches drama, speech formation, poetry, and storytelling in the Curative Education Program and is responsible for coursework and supervised practice in therapeutic areas. She also is a co-founder and faculty member of the Dorion School of Music Therapy and an adjunct faculty member of the M.S.Ed. program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Sunbridge College.
manfred Manfred Maier With a previous background in nuclear physics and chemistry, Manfred began working in Curative Education in 1968. Besides being a houseparent and classroom teacher, Manfred has been involved in the development of ‘colored daylight shadow therapy,’ a unique sensory therapeutic approach pioneered in Camphill schools. Manfred combines a continuing pursuit of scientific questions with an anthroposophically deepened understanding of the human being. Besides teaching science in the high schools at the Children’s Village at Beaver Run and the Kimberton Waldorf School, Manfred teaches various aspects of general anthroposophy, the senses, a phenomenological study of light and color, geometry, clay modeling, and folk dancing. He also has served as a consultant to other organizations on sensory therapeutic work.
becky Becky Rutherford In addition to certification in Curative Education, Becky holds a BFA and MS in Art Therapy, as well as state certification in special education. She has been working with children and adolescents with a variety of special needs for thirty-five years, both in conventional and anthroposophic settings. Fluent in American Sign Language, she also is an experienced Waldorf classroom teacher and adult educator. Her responsibilities have included mentoring other teachers and developing curricula for professional development. Becky also has been an adjunct faculty member of the M.S.Ed. program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Sunbridge College, has been chair of the K-12 faculty at Camphill Special School, and currently is serving as Camphill Special School’s delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America (AWSNA).
Roswitha Imegwu Roswitha Imegwu Roswitha Imegwu’s background as a social anthropologist makes her a fascinating teacher, especially in her course on mythology as introduction to different stages of human consciousness. Roswitha has been a member of the training course faculty since 1998, having herself gone through the training back in the eighties. Roswitha has lived in Camphill Village Copake since 1974. She has run a batik workshop for many years, has been a house leader, inaugurated the Camphill Coworker Development office and served as secretary on the Camphill Association of North America. She and her partner Kumar Mal have also been part of the Camphill outreach to India since the late 80’s. Roswitha teaches a number of courses including Form Drawing.
Kari Amstutz Kari Amstutz Kari Amstutz has been in Camphill since 15 years starting in Switzerland and England where he did his training as a curative educator. Previous to that he qualified as a nurse and worked in various long term care settings. For years Kari was in the leadership group of a anthroposophical home for adults with disabilities in Switzerland, mainly responsible for admission, staff and trainig. At that time he also developed his love for gardening and medicinal plants. In 1998 Kari came to Camphill Village Copake where he was a house leader and a work leader in the Healing Plant Garden. In 2000 he moved into one of our Care Houses where he and others have been pioneering work with our elder population. This led him to be one of the leaders of our task force in developing the new Elder Care community. For some time now Kari has had a particular interest in the very new incoming volunteers and has been responsible for the Foundation Year courses.
Penelope Baring Penelope Baring Penelope Baring has been a coworker in Camphill since 1970, working in the United States, Ireland, Austria and India. She has been a member of the core faculty in Camphill Village Copake since its inception in 1984. Her own Camphill training was as a curative educator in Camphill Special School, Beaver Run. Apart from her love of anthroposophy and teaching Penelope’s main role in Camphill has been as a house leader. Within Camphill she has had roles in the Camphill Association of North America and various forums of the international Camphill Movement. She serves on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. Penelope has given meditation retreats throughout the US and in Europe. As part of the Camphill outreach to India she developed and taught a four‐year program in social therapy in India. Currently she is part of the task force working to develop a new Elder Community based on the ideals of Camphill.
Stephen Steen Stephen Steen Stephen Steen has lived and worked in Camphill for over thirty years as a curative educator in Beaver Run, a youth guidance leader in Camphill Triform and now a social therapist in Camphill Village Copake. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, book‐binder and house leader. Stephen brings his gift as a poet and his love for the visual, literary and dramatic arts into the Social Therapy training. As one of our core faculty since 2000 he is responsible for many courses in the study of the human being and drama.
Anna Ree Anna Ree has been on the Social Therapy Trainingg core faculty since 1997. She is a trained Eurythmist as well as a therapeutic Eurythmist. Aside from the Social Therapy course Anna is also co‐responsible for a three year part‐time training in Therapeutic Eurythmy conducted at Camphill Village Copake. Anna teaches Eurythmy to all levels of the course. She is also responsible for organizing the retreats connected with the training and supervises all the performing arts courses. Besides being an artist and therapist Anna has an MA in chemistry, has been a house leader for over thirty years in Camphill. She plays the piano, lyre and cello.
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