Donat has lived and worked in community with people of all abilities since 1972 when he began his training in Curative Education and Youth Guidance at Camphill Christoferus in Holland. He received his diploma in Heilpaedagogik und Sozialtherapie through Camphill Foerenbuel, Germany in 1976. He founded Camphill St. Martinhaus in Texel, Holland then moved to Camphill Triform in the US in 1981. In 1987 he founded Plowshare Farm in New Hampshire where he continues to carry a leadership role, hold a household, mentor and support new coworkers and help with guiding development. He raised his five children in community.