Our People

Education can develop best when responsibility is in the hands of those who are actively engaged in the educational process. It needs an organization that is mobile, flexible and responsive to innovation and changing environments. To that end, the Camphill Academy is structured associatively: each program Core Faculty maintains a large degree of programmatic, administrative and fiscal autonomy and is supported by its own administrative office and staff.

Core Faculty Groups

Our Core Faculty Groups are responsible for all aspects of the development and operation of their respective program cohorts. They consist of senior faculty members who are made available for that task by a participating community. Each Core Faculty Group is chaired by a Program Director and serves as a local ‘College of Teachers’ responsible for the inner and outer integrity of the program. The Core Faculty Groups are also supported by a program administrator and designated school officials who help manage and maintain the quality and completeness of student records as well as student relationships.

Members of our faculty are frequently asked to serve as consultants or offer workshops and courses for other organizations. For more information, please visit our Consulting page.

Core Faculty at The Camphill School

Sonja AdamsA certified educator and Waldorf teacher, Sonja has been a curative teacher and a houseparent of a residential house for students with developmental disabilities at Camphill Special School. Sonja is currently the Program Director for the Curative Education Program and has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is also a member of the Collegium and Board of Camphill Academy. She is responsible for developing curricula and mentoring practices to guide newcomers into the practical area of curative educational work. As a member of the Co-worker Development Office, her tasks also include admission and ongoing mentoring and support of co-workers.

Contact
sadams@camphill.edu

Over the course of the last 30 years, Carsten has lived and worked with children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities in Camphill communities in Scotland, England, and for the past two decades in 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 therapist. He continues to be a therapist at heart, where the listening ear is at the core.

Carsten holds a Bachelor of Arts in the Art of Eurythmy and teaches eurythmy in the Academy. He also holds a diploma in Eurythmy Therapy. Carsten maintains an active interest in group work and conflict resolution, in promoting self-advocacy, empowerment, human relationships, and abuse prevention for people with and without developmental disabilities. He has given workshops on these themes in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Carsten currently lives at Camphill Special School where his overall responsibility and focus over the past five years has become more directed towards the medical and therapeutic field. He now serves the community as Director of Therapeutic Services and supports the medical team as the on-call EMT. He is also currently pursuing a nursing degree. Carsten is an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University New England’s Master’s program in healing education, offered in conjunction with Camphill Academy. A motto he lives by is that in life we find a true path of learning. 

Contact
ccallesen@camphill.edu

Rüdiger has been working in Curative Education and teaching in professional training programs in Germany and the United States for over 40 years. A long-time student of anthroposophy, he serves on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. His contributions to adult education methods were recognized in the context of an international research project sponsored by the European Union. He has been a member of the core faculty of a joint ‘Training for Trainers’ program supporting Curative Education and Social Therapy in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member of the M.S. Ed program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Antioch University N.H. 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.

Contact
rjanisch@camphill.edu

Eva Lennon joined Camphill Academy as the Curative Education Program Administrator in the Fall of 2021. She takes pride in providing the best administrative support to the faculty and students of the Academy. Previously, Eva had worked for Penn State University as the Program Assistant for the Montgomery County 4-H Program, helping create after school programs. Before moving to Pennsylvania, and most recently Downingtown, she had put her organizational skills to good use while working in conference sales and event management in Seattle and Washington D.C. Eva holds a degree in economics and tourism from Kodolanyi Janos College, Hungary where she is originally from.

Contact
elennon@camphill.edu

Gleice received her BA in Biology from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil. After she graduated she traveled for two years and a half years doing volunteer work countries like Angola, Mozambique and India. In the past eight years Gleice has been working at Camphill, being her first year in Sheiling School Ringwood, UK and the past seven years in The Camphill School – Beaver Run. Gleice has a diploma in curative education through the Camphill Academy as well as a Master in Healing Education through Antioch University of New England. Currently Gleice is a class teacher at Beaver run and has been very engaged in lecturing working with curative stories.

Contact gdasilva@camphill.edu

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Elizabeth (Libby) (she/her) earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Camphill movement in the summer of 2011, first at Camphill Village USA in Copake NY and then The Camphill School Transition Program at Beaver Farm in 2013. Libby completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016 and became a member of the Core Faculty the following year. She lived at Beaver Farm until 2019, and during that time was a homemaker, vocational instructor, and policy researcher for the Camphill Association of North America. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. 

Contact
esanders@camphill.edu

Gillian has been connected with the Camphill Movement since 1972. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design and has diplomas in Eurythmy, Waldorf Eurythmy pedagogy, and Therapeutic Eurythmy. Gillian is an experienced teacher and eurythmy therapist with both typical children and children and adults with developmental disabilities and other illnesses.

She is an adjunct faculty member in the Therapeutic Eurythmy Training in North America (TETNA) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America (ATHENA) for many years; she is also an adjunct faculty member of the Training Course in Anthroposophic Psychology. In addition, Gillian has taught eurythmy in many different settings both in the United States and Europe, including the Philosophy department of the University of Athens, Greece. Her responsibilities in the Camphill Academy include mentoring practicum students, and carrying the study of Knowledge of Higher Worlds, one of Rudolf Steiner’s fundamental books.

Contact 
gschoemaker@camphill.edu

Else has lived and worked in Camphill since 1970. She began her training for curative education in Scotland and completed it in Camphill Special School (Beaver Run) in 1973. As well as raising a large family she has worked as a house parent, a teacher and a workshop leader. She has produced many puppet shows, plays and festival productions, both with children and adults. She did the Youth Guidance training in Soltane. Currently she is completing a course for art therapy, which she has begun to use both for children and adults in the community context.

Contact
ewolf@camphill.edu

Sarah came to the Camphill School, Beaver Run, in 2001. She completed the Academy program in 2005 and has lived and worked as a Homemaker with teenagers in the high school program. Besides the role of a Homemaker, she has also worked as a pre-vocational instructor until 2017, as a member of the Camphill School Board of Directors, a designated trustee of the Camphill Association of North America, and other roles in community life. While being a Homemaker, Sarah had the opportunity to mentor and support many Academy students during their studies through mentoring and hands-on Practicum Supervision with individual students in the household setting. Sarah holds a B.A. in Human Performance Management and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.

Contact:
sschreck@camphill.edu

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Stephan has worked at The Camphill School since 2011, where he was a pre-vocational instructor, daily living skills instructor, and class teacher working with teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has been in different administrative positions, like the school’s faculty chair. Outside of working at The Camphill School, Stephan has worked in community mental health, treating children and adults with severe emotion dysregulation and various psychological disorders, a private neuropsychological practice, conducting neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults, as well as working for local districts conducting psychoeducational evaluations for teenagers and children. Besides teaching at the Camphill Academy, he is a Psychology Extern at Westtown School, where he provides counseling, psychotherapy, and organizational intervention services, as well as conducting psychological evaluations.

Stephan is passionate about helping to inspire growth and learning in children and adolescents with learning differences and psychological difficulties. He has developed the EMDR-IDRAD protocol, a new treatment protocol utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and reactive attachment disorder.
Besides holding a certificate in Anthroposophic Curative Education from the Camphill Academy, Stephan earned a BA in Psychology and Human Development at Prescott College and an MA in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University. In addition, he is currently a fifth-year student working towards a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University and has attained the Doctoral Candidate status.

Contact:
shohlbaum@camphill.edu

Em is a Professional Intern in the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education program. She joined The Camphill School. Over the past four years, Em has taken on various roles, including being a residential coworker, class helper, co-houseparent, and practicum supervisor. Prior to her time at Camphill, Em spent a decade working in ESL companies in the Philippines and Japan, focusing on teaching, program and content development, staff training, project management, and middle management. Em holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Saint Louis University, Philippines.

Contact:
mpalaleo@camphill.edu

Haleh Wilson-JanischHaleh earned her BA in English from the University of Mississippi in 2012. She joined the Camphill Movement in 2013, first in England before moving to the Camphill School in 2015, where she completed the Camphill Academy program in 2019. Haleh runs a residential house at the Camphill School’s Transition Program at Beaver Farm.

Contact:
hwilsonjanisch@camphill.edu

Core Faculty at Camphill Communities California

Jennifer Akiyama is a Waldorf graduate who began her career at Camphill California in Development in 2018. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University in 1996. She brings her passion for both education and organization to her new position with the Camphill California Academy as the Program Administrator. 

Contact
jakiyama@camphill.edu

Penelope Baring has been connected with the Camphill Movement since 1970, in the US, Europe and India. She has served on both national and regional councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America, as well as on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science. She has been teaching in the Camphill training course since 1981 and was director of the Training Program for Social Therapy in Camphill Village, Copake until 2013. At present Penelope serves as core teacher as well as faculty advisor at Camphill Communities California.

Contact
pbaring@camphill.edu

Originally from Hungary, Szilvia came to America in 1997 to volunteer in a Camphill Community in order to explore Anthroposophy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, NY. Szilvia is a graduate of the School of Eurythmy in Spring Valley, NY where she received her Diploma in Artistic and Pedagogic Eurythmy. Szilvia joined Camphill California in 2012 to bring eurythmy to the community. Today Szilvia manages the weaving studio, teaches Eurythmy, various Human Being courses and in addition, serves as the Chair of the Core Faculty at Camphill California.

Contact
sbudai@camphill.edu

Jeanie Elliott has a BA in French, Art History and American Literature and is a trained Waldorf teacher. She has been a teacher at the high school and adult level in Switzerland and the Unites States for over forty years, latterly in Waldorf schools in California and at Camphill California. It was while living and teaching in Bern, Switzerland that she first encountered Anthroposophy, took it up as a serious study and recognized it as an integral part of her life. She has been involved in Camphill California’s Seminar for Social Therapy, now the Social Therapy Program of Camphill Academy, almost from its inception.

Contact
jelliott@camphill.edu

Ala is originally from Poland. She started her Camphill journey as a teenager in England and continued it in Camphill Special School at Beaver Run in USA. She has completed her training in Curative Education as well as Rhythmical Massage. She also has a BA in Human Development from Prescott College. Ala has lived in Camphill Communities California since 2011, where she is the executive co – director and her main focus is management of the day program and admissions of friends and coworkers.

Contact
ajacob@camphill.edu

Philipp JacobPhilipp received his BA in music therapy from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany. After his studies he worked as a music teacher and music therapist in Munich in a Waldorf School for special needs children and teenagers. Philipp had some years of Camphill experience and many years of working with the special needs population before he joined Camphill California in 2011.

Contact
pjacob@camphill.edu

Katherine holds a BA in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Boston University as well as a teacher certification for Special Education from Pennsylvania. Apart from her professional academic background, she has also received the International Camphill Certificate in Curative Education. Katherine has been a coworker in Camphill since the 70’s. She has held varying responsibilities as a householder, workshop master (weaving), adult educator, and classroom teacher. Katherine has also helped bring Camphill to California, being one of its pioneer coworkers and founder. Katherine has served on the executive committee of the Camphill regional coworker development.

Contact
klyles@camphill.edu

Johannes Schlitz joined Camphill Communities California in 2013, and in 2015 he became a householder in the community. Since graduating with a Diploma in Anthroposophical Social Therapy in February 2018, Johannes has joined the core faculty group at Camphill Communities California and has taken on the role of course coordinator for the Care & Community and the Professional Practice Practicum and instructor for the Intro to Social Therapy course. In August of 2019, Johannes graduated f rom Prescott College in Arizona with a BA in Psychology and Human Development.

Contact
jschlitz@camphill.edu

Originally from Armenia, Gaya Mezhlumyan met Anthroposophy in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012 during her volunteering at Associação Comunitária Monte Azul. She joined the Camphill Movement in 2015. She is a graduate of the Camphill Academy and currently lives in Camphill Communities California, with her husband and daughter. Gayana Mezhlumyan

Contact
gmezhlumyan@camphill.edu

Core Faculty at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills

Eva has lived in various Camphill Villages in the UK since 2001, and came to Camphill Kimberton with her husband and child in 2016. She has completed the BA in Curative Education and Social Therapy at the University of Aberdeen in 2006, and developed her c ompetences in many areas of care, management, and administration, including HANDLE. Following her studies at the University of Macerata in Italy , her these in English Literature was published. She is a householder, therapist and is currently involved in ma ny aspects of life in Kimberton Hills.

Contact
ecerolini@camphill.edu

Diedra is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB, MSW). She has lived and worked in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills for over 30 years, where she raised three children with her husband, Michael Babitch, shared life with many fascinating people, and served on the International Camphill Movement Group. Diedra is also an author, administrator and founding member of the Camphill Academy Board.

Contact
dheitzman@camphill.edu

Felicity was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England and grew up in Bristol in the southwest region of England. She joined Camphill in Yorkshire around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She then moved on to a pioneering adult community forming in Monaghan, a border county of Ireland, just as the Irish peace process was establishing.

At the turn of the millennium, Felicity started Eurythmy training at the Glass House, Stourbridge West Midlands, and in September 2001 she continued training in Spring Valley, NY. After graduation, she came to Kimberton Hills, where she is currently a co-householder in Helios House. Invariably, as happens in Camphill communities, she was asked to take on things she didn’t initially know how to do and has learned a multitude of new skills, such as how to warp a loom (or twelve) and co-manage the Fiber Arts Studio and Craft Shop. She has since taken on the role of Village coordinator and Executive Director of Kimberton Hills. She is part of the North American Colleagueship for the Renewal of the Village Impulse and, amid everything else, occasionally finds time for Eurythmy.

Contact
fjeans@camphill.edu

Sherry is a lifelong student of anthroposophy and editor of the Stella Natura Biodynamic Calendar, in publication for nearly 40 years. She has written and edited many articles on biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophy, as well as being a prominent speaker on those subjects. She is a Camphill coworker, has raised four children in Camphill and has contributed to the community in many ways. She has leading positions in the Agriculture Section of the School for Spiritual Science and the Anthroposophical Society.

Contact
swildfeuer@camphill.edu

Becky has an undergraduate degree in fine arts, a special education state certification and over four decades of experience working with children, adolescents and adults both in anthroposophic and mainstream settings. She received her Master’s degree in mainstream Art Therapy and has a background in Deaf Education. Becky was a teacher for 25 years at Camphill Special School. She is a curative educator who has taught and mentored parents, therapists, special education teachers, Waldorf teachers and curative teachers nationally and internationally (North America, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Southeast Asia and China) and is a core faculty member of the Curative Education Program. Her particular interests are in the healing potential of the arts and in the expanded understanding of the Waldorf curriculum in order that all children can receive its benefits and all cultures can find a true expression through it.

Contact
brutherford@camphill.edu

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Core Faculty at Camphill Village USA

Kimberly joined Plowshare Farm in 2001. She combines her background in education and administration with living and working in community. Prior to joining Plowshare Kimberly was a Waldorf class teacher. Currently she is the director of Plowshare Farm where she is also a householder and helps with guiding development. Kimberly teaches in and carries the administrative and curriculum coordination roles for the Social Therapy Program at Plowshare. She holds a BA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from San Diego State University, a M.Ed. from Antioch, a Waldorf teaching certificate and has completed the Association for Healing Education training.

Contact
kdorn@camphill.edu

Phil studied at the Holos Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, where he received a certificate in Basic and Transpersonal Counseling in 1991. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna College in Hawke’s Bay, NZ, in 1993. An avid student of anthroposophy since 1991, Phil came to the US in 1995 and since then has lived more than 11 years in various Camphill communities, fulfilling a wide range of roles and responsibilities during this time. He spent ten years as a Waldorf class teacher at the Spring Hill School in Minneapolis, which he was instrumental in helping pioneer, and the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he graduated an 8th grade class in 2015. He moved to Camphill Village in Copake, New York, in 2015, where he currently resides with his wife, Jacquelyn, and their twin daughters, Anya and Sophia. Phil has a particular interest in group work and an ardent love of teaching. He is a house-leader, a member of the Core Faculty of the Social Therapy Program in Copake and serves on the Collegium of the Camphill Academy.

Contact
pdrake@camphill.edu

Melody Konderwich

Melody has been the Program Administrator to the Social Therapy and Social Agriculture and Biodynamic programs in Camphill Village, Copake since 2012. In 2018 she began working with the Central Administration team as the Registrar for Camphill Academy. Prior to her joining Camphill Village and Camphill Academy, she worked for a veterinary clinic/equine medical center in the billing department for several years. Melody had always aspired to work in education, however, as an adult decided teaching was not what she was interested in.  She pursued a degree in Business Management and as an admin in Camphill Academy, feels as though she has a meaningful role in adult education. Outside of Camphill, Melody enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, interior design, event planning and spending time with her husband their three sons. 

Contact
mkonderwich@camphill.edu

Joel Matthew Park is a Hermeticist based in Copake, New York. From 2011 – 19 he was a life – sharing coworker at Plowshare Farm (a Camphill affiliate), farming and candlemaking with people from a variety of countries, ages, and developmental backgrounds. During this time he earned a certification in Social Therapy from the School of Spiritual Science through the Camphill Academy. He is now, along with his wife Molly, householdin g in Ita Wegman , an elder care house in Camphill Village Copake. Joel has been a student of Anthroposophy since 2008 and a Christian Hermeticist since 2010. In 2015, he joined the Grail Knighthood, a group spiritual practice offered through the Sophia Foun dation. Through this he met Robert Powell, whose work he had been studying since 2009. Since then, Joel has been actively working with him to continue the karma research Robert began in 1977, and exemplified in works such as Hermetic Astrology, volumes I a nd II, and Elijah, Come Again. Joel has led two retreats on “Tarot and the Art of Hermetic Conversation” (in 2017 and 2019), and given talks on the karmic biography of Anfortas, the Three Essentials of Camphill, and the Ideal Social Organism. Most recently he led courses on Astrological Biography and an exploration of Dieter Brull’s Creating Social Sacraments . His first contribution was to the Journal for Star Wisdom 2018 , after which he became editor of the continuation of the journal, the Star Wisdom seri es. The first volume of this series was published in November 2018. A selection of his writings can be found on his website, TreeHouse.

Contact
jpark@camphill.edu

Onat has many years of experience in the field of human resource management, administration, governance and compliance management. Onat has been a Camphill coworker since 2000, and has served as director, administrator, coworker development officer, board member, as well as work/vocation leader and householder. Onat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy, and a certificate in Curative E ducation. He is the executive director of Camphill Ghent, one of only two Camphill communities in the world devoted to providing care to elders. Aside from his administrative background, Onat is also involved in leading music in Camphill, teaching hand chi mes/bells and leading choirs. Onat has been a trustee of the Camphill Association of North America, having served in different capacity as secretary, vice president and president.

Contact
osanchez@camphill.edu

Irena worked as a pedagogue, teaching and organizing school cultural life, for 12 years prior to joining the Camphill movement in 1996. Since joining Camphill she has completed the three-year Social Therapy Program and has been a householder for 18 years. She also has been an Anthroposophical oil dispersion bath therapist for the last ten years. Three years ago, she began mentoring for the Orientation course and joined the Academy core faculty. Currently at Camphill Village USA, she is involved in organizing and teaching community festivals and mentoring the first year students of Social Therapy Program.

Contact
ibeusichem@camphill.edu

Takeshi has a BA in Liberal Arts from the Sophia University in Japan. He completed Waldorf Teachers Training at Rudolf Steiner College in 1996 and Camphill Curative Education and Social Therapy Training in 2001. He is involved with the vocational and education programs for young people with special needs at Triform Camphill Community.

Contact
tsuesada@camphill.edu

Lu Vila FunesLuciana was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she worked as a project manager in a metal contracting business for four years before joining Camphill Village Copake in 2018. Lu is currently working on her internship year after completing the fourth year of Social Agriculture and Biodynamics. She is the Estate workshop leader, a householder in Aspen house with her wife Alena, as well as being active in many different working groups in the community.

Lu is the Social Agriculture and Biodynamics representative for the Core Faculty.

Core Faculty at Heartbeet Lifesharing

River ParkerRiver Parker has worn many hats, all of which have allowed her to express and develop who she is today. River is a writer of fiction, a biodynamic gardener, an aspiring Social Therapist, and a quietly subversive queer activist. River grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, went to college in Washington state, lived abroad in Switzerland where she worked with the Youth Section at the Goetheanum, and tried out life on the Big Island of Hawaii for two years to be near her nephew. River worked actively with the Youth Section (North America and Dornach) for four years and currently lives as part of the wonderful Heartbeet Lifesharing community with her partner, Hannah.

Contact
rparker@camphill.edu

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Elizabeth (Libby) (she/her) earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Camphill movement in the summer of 2011, first at Camphill Village USA in Copake NY and then The Camphill School Transition Program at Beaver Farm in 2013. Libby completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016 and became a member of the Core Faculty the following year. She lived at Beaver Farm until 2019, and during that time was a homemaker, vocational instructor, and policy researcher for the Camphill Association of North America. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. 

Contact
esanders@camphill.edu

Core Faculty at Plowshare Farm

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.

Contact
dbay@camphill.edu

Sam serves as program administrator for the Camphill Academy at Plowshare Farm. He has a background in nonprofit administration, fundraising, adult and youth leadership development, and community organizing. He joined the Plowshare Farm team in 2017 and took on administrative duties for the Academy at Plowshare Farm in Fall 2018.

Contact
sblair@camphill.edu

Kimberly joined Plowshare Farm in 2001. She combines her background in education and administration with living and working in community. Prior to joining Plowshare Kimberly was a Waldorf class teacher. Currently she is the director of Plowshare Farm where she is also a householder and helps with guiding development. Kimberly teaches in and carries the administrative and curriculum coordination roles for the Social Therapy Program at Plowshare. She holds a BA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from San Diego State University, a M.Ed. from Antioch, a Waldorf teaching certificate and has completed the Association for Healing Education training.

Contact
kdorn@camphill.edu

Becky has an undergraduate degree in fine arts, a special education state certification and over four decades of experience working with children, adolescents and adults both in anthroposophic and mainstream settings. She received her Master’s degree in mainstream Art Therapy and has a background in Deaf Education. Becky was a teacher for 25 years at Camphill Special School. She is a curative educator who has taught and mentored parents, therapists, special education teachers, Waldorf teachers and curative teachers nationally and internationally (North America, Latin America, Central Asia, Middle East, Southeast Asia and China) and is a core faculty member of the Curative Education Program. Her particular interests are in the healing potential of the arts and in the expanded understanding of the Waldorf curriculum in order that all children can receive its benefits and all cultures can find a true expression through it.

Contact
brutherford@camphill.edu

Juliane Weeks

Juliane received her bachelor’s degree in education and music in 1973 from Reutlingen College (Reutlingen, Germany) and her master’s in Waldorf education in 1978 (Stuttgart, Germany). She taught in schools in Berlin and Stuttgartbetween 1974-1981 and then founded and taught in an early childhood program in Concord, MA from 1983-1988. From 1990-2006 she served as a home provider for adults with special needs, and in 1993 began a career in music therapy with individuals and groups in New Hampshire. She trained as a Certified Music Practitioner in Hillsdale, NY in 1998-99 and then trained in Anthroposophical Music Therapy in Dornach, Switzerland beginning in 2001, receiving her diploma in 2005. She has led music therapy classes at lifesharing communities in southern NH for nearly 20 years.

Mari Yamaguchi

Mari has been a Waldorf educator since 1994 and a eurythmy teacher since 2004. She studied Waldorf education at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, graduated in 1994, and taught at the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Beverly, MA from 1994 to 1999. She then pursued her eurythmy certification at the Camphill Eurythmy School in Botton Village, England, completing her training in 2004. She then returned to Massachusetts and taught eurythmy at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm from 2005 to 2017. She has also taught eurythmy at the Maine Coast Waldorf School (Freeport, ME), the House of Peace (Ipswich, MA), and at the Fellowship Community (Spring Valley, NY), and completed the Therapeutic Eurythmy Training of North America (Copake, NY) before joining the faculty of the Camphill Academy at Plowshare Farm.

Continuing Education Core Faculty

Penelope Baring has been connected with the Camphill Movement since 1970, in the US, Europe and India. She has served on both national and regional councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America, as well as on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science. She has been teaching in the Camphill training course since 1981 and was director of the Social Therapy Program in Camphill Village USA, NY until 2013. At present she is director of the emerging training in British Columbia and advisor to the faculty in Camphill Communities California.

Contact
pbaring@camphill.edu

Phil studied at the Holos Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, where he received a certificate in Basic and Transpersonal Counseling in 1991. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna College in Hawke’s Bay, NZ, in 1993. An avid student of anthroposophy since 1991, Phil came to the US in 1995 and since then has lived more than 11 years in various Camphill communities, fulfilling a wide range of roles and responsibilities during this time. He spent ten years as a Waldorf class teacher at the Spring Hill School in Minneapolis, which he was instrumental in helping pioneer, and the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he graduated an 8th grade class in 2015. He moved to Camphill Village in Copake, New York, in 2015, where he currently resides with his wife, Jacquelyn, and their twin daughters, Anya and Sophia. Phil has a particular interest in group work and an ardent love of teaching. He is a house-leader, a member of the Core Faculty of the Social Therapy Program in Copake and serves on the Collegium of the Camphill Academy.

Contact
pdrake@camphill.edu

Jan GoseschelJan lives and works (mostly) at Camphill Special School’s Beaver Run campus, where he was a class teacher working with teenagers with developmental disabilities for about six years, before joining the Core Faculty of what is now the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education Program. Having been part of the long journey towards the formation of the Camphill Academy, Jan also now serves as its President. In addition, he carries responsibilities within the international network of professional education programs in anthroposophic curative education and social therapy under the umbrella of the International Curative Education and Social Therapy Council. This has given him the opportunity to work with colleagues all over the world and he has taught and consulted in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Central Asia.

Besides holding certificates in Waldorf education and anthroposophic curative education, Jan studied psychology, theology and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed an MA (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition, he holds an MA in Educational Leadership with Pennsylvania Instructional Certification in Special Education from Immaculata University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne.

Contact
jgoeschel@camphill.edu

Libby SandersLibby lives and works at the Transition Program at Beaver Farm as a householder. She earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. Libby is a member of the Curative Education faculty and the Collegium for the Camphill Academy, and coordinates policy research for the Camphill Association of North America.

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esanders@camphill.edu

Eva Lennon joined Camphill Academy as the Curative Education Program Administrator in the Fall of 2021. She takes pride in providing the best administrative support to the faculty and students of the Academy. Previously, Eva had worked for Penn State University as the Program Assistant for the Montgomery County 4-H Program, helping create after school programs. Before moving to Pennsylvania, and most recently Downingtown, she had put her organizational skills to good use while working in conference sales and event management in Seattle and Washington D.C. Eva holds a degree in economics and tourism from Kodolanyi Janos College, Hungary where she is originally from.

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elennon@camphill.edu

Sonja AdamsA certified educator and Waldorf teacher, Sonja has been a curative teacher and a houseparent of a residential house for students with developmental disabilities at Camphill Special School. Sonja is currently the Program Director for the Curative Education Program and has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is also a member of the Collegium and Board of Camphill Academy. She is responsible for developing curricula and mentoring practices to guide newcomers into the practical area of curative educational work. As a member of the Co-worker Development Office, her tasks also include admission and ongoing mentoring and support of co-workers.

Contact
sadams@camphill.edu

Main Office

The central administrative office carries administrative functions that go beyond the concerns of individual programs or are best shared between programs. It consists of the Executive Director, the Academic Affairs Coordinator, and the Registrar.

white woman with light brown hair smiling. she is wearing a black and white polka dot shirt and standing against a green backgroundOdile Carroll (she/her) has been connected to the Camphill movement for over 15 years, first as a family member and then as a coworker at Heartbeet Lifesharing. Odile graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology, and since her time as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Heartbeet, she joined the board of Camphill California, received her M.S. in Community Development at UC Davis, and is slowly working toward a doctorate in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Contact
ocarroll@camphill.edu

Melody Konderwich

Melody has been the Program Administrator to the Social Therapy and Social Agriculture and Biodynamic programs in Camphill Village, Copake since 2012. In 2018 she began working with the Central Administration team as the Registrar for Camphill Academy. Prior to her joining Camphill Village and Camphill Academy, she worked for a veterinary clinic/equine medical center in the billing department for several years. Melody had always aspired to work in education, however, as an adult decided teaching was not what she was interested in.  She pursued a degree in Business Management and as an admin in Camphill Academy, feels as though she has a meaningful role in adult education. Outside of Camphill, Melody enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, interior design, event planning and spending time with her husband their three sons. 

Contact
mkonderwich@camphill.edu

 

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Elizabeth (Libby) (she/her) earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Camphill movement in the summer of 2011, first at Camphill Village USA in Copake NY and then The Camphill School Transition Program at Beaver Farm in 2013. Libby completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016 and became a member of the Core Faculty the following year. She lived at Beaver Farm until 2019, and during that time was a homemaker, vocational instructor, and policy researcher for the Camphill Association of North America. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. 

Contact
esanders@camphill.edu

Collegium

The Collegium is tasked to serve as ‘College of Teachers’ for the Academy as a whole, carrying programmatic oversight, safeguarding the spiritual integrity of the Academy and its activities in line with the Academy’s purposes, mission and vision, and providing a venue for the further development of its mission and vision through spiritual colleagueship, ongoing dialogue and practical collaboration among the various individuals and groups involved, including faculty and program development.

Sonja AdamsA certified educator and Waldorf teacher, Sonja has been a curative teacher and a houseparent of a residential house for students with developmental disabilities at Camphill Special School. Sonja is currently the Program Director for the Curative Education Program and has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is also a member of the Collegium and Board of Camphill Academy. She is responsible for developing curricula and mentoring practices to guide newcomers into the practical area of curative educational work. As a member of the Co-worker Development Office, her tasks also include admission and ongoing mentoring and support of co-workers.

Contact
sadams@camphill.edu

Penelope Baring has been connected with the Camphill Movement since 1970, in the US, Europe and India. She has served on both national and regional councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America, as well as on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science. She has been teaching in the Camphill training course since 1981 and was director of the Social Therapy Program in Camphill Village USA, NY until 2013. At present she is director of the emerging training in British Columbia and advisor to the faculty in Camphill Communities California.

Contact
pbaring@camphill.edu

Szilvia is originally from Hungary. In 1997 she came to America as a volunteer in a Camphill Community to explore Anthroposophy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, NY. She is a graduate of the School of Eurythmy in Spring Valley, NY where she received her Diploma in Artistic and Pedagogic Eurythmy. She joined Camphill California in 2012 where, among other things, she works at the weaving studio and brings Eurythmy to the community. She teaches Movement Observation and Eurythmy in the Social Therapy Program at Camphill California.

Contact
sbudai@camphill.edu

Kimberly joined Plowshare Farm in 2001. She combines her background in education and administration with living and working in community. Prior to joining Plowshare Kimberly was a Waldorf class teacher. Currently she is the director of Plowshare Farm where she is also a householder and helps with guiding development. Kimberly teaches in and carries the administrative and curriculum coordination roles for the Social Therapy Program at Plowshare. She holds a BA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from San Diego State University, a M.Ed. from Antioch, a Waldorf teaching certificate and has completed the Association for Healing Education training.

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kdorn@camphill.edu

Phil studied at the Holos Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, where he received a certificate in Basic and Transpersonal Counseling in 1991. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna College in Hawke’s Bay, NZ, in 1993. An avid student of anthroposophy since 1991, Phil came to the US in 1995 and since then has lived more than 11 years in various Camphill communities, fulfilling a wide range of roles and responsibilities during this time. He spent ten years as a Waldorf class teacher at the Spring Hill School in Minneapolis, which he was instrumental in helping pioneer, and the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he graduated an 8th grade class in 2015. He moved to Camphill Village in Copake, New York, in 2015, where he currently resides with his wife, Jacquelyn, and their twin daughters, Anya and Sophia. Phil has a particular interest in group work and an ardent love of teaching. He is a house-leader, a member of the Core Faculty of the Social Therapy Program in Copake and serves on the Collegium of the Camphill Academy.

Contact

pdrake@camphill.edu

Jan GoseschelJan lives and works (mostly) at Camphill Special School’s Beaver Run campus, where he was a class teacher working with teenagers with developmental disabilities for about six years, before joining the Core Faculty of what is now the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education Program. Having been part of the long journey towards the formation of the Camphill Academy, Jan also now serves as its President. In addition, he carries responsibilities within the international network of professional education programs in anthroposophic curative education and social therapy under the umbrella of the International Curative Education and Social Therapy Council. This has given him the opportunity to work with colleagues all over the world and he has taught and consulted in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Central Asia.

Besides holding certificates in Waldorf education and anthroposophic curative education, Jan studied psychology, theology and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed an MA (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition, he holds an MA in Educational Leadership with Pennsylvania Instructional Certification in Special Education from Immaculata University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne.

Contact

jgoeschel@camphill.edu

Diedra is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB, MSW). She has lived and worked in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills for over 30 years, where she raised three children with her husband, Michael Babitch, shared life with many fascinating people, and served on the International Camphill Movement Group. Diedra is also an author, administrator and founding member of the Camphill Academy Board.

Contact
dheitzman@camphill.edu

Philipp JacobPhilipp received his BA in music therapy from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany. After his studies he worked as a music teacher and music therapist in Munich in a Waldorf School for special needs children and teenagers. Philipp had some years of Camphill experience and many years of working with the special needs population before he joined Camphill California in 2011.

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pjacob@camphill.edu

Rüdiger has been working in Curative Education and teaching in professional training programs in Germany and the United States for over 40 years. A long-time student of anthroposophy, he serves on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America. His contributions to adult education methods were recognized in the context of an international research project sponsored by the European Union. He has been a member of the core faculty of a joint ‘Training for Trainers’ program supporting Curative Education and Social Therapy in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member of the M.S. Ed program in Waldorf Remedial Education at Antioch University N.H. 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.

Contact
rjanisch@camphill.edu

Gleice is a curative educator at The Camphill School (Beaver Run) in Pennsylvania, with a passion for (among other things) travel, stories, people, dance and anthroposophy. Having grown up in Recife, near the beaches at the easternmost corner of the Americas, she studied biology at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. After graduation, she spent two years exploring the world and volunteering in different projects in Angola, Mozambique and India. Eventually, she landed at the Sheiling School Ringwood, a Camphill community in England. She has been a part of the Camphill movement ever since – completing her Diploma in Curative Education through the Camphill Academy at The Camphill School, where she is now part of the school’s leadership. Gleice also holds an M.Ed. in Healing Education from Antioch University New England. In between teaching the children, she teaches adults in the Camphill Academy and in other professional education programs internationally. She particularly enjoys sharing with others the gift of healing stories and the power of storytelling and imagination to transform human situations.

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Becky has more than 5 decades of experience in centers and schools serving children and adults with a broad range of abilities. She was a teacher at The Camphill School for 25 years and previously worked as an Art Therapist in a variety of settings, both Anthroposophic and mainstream. She lectures internationally, supporting schools and trainings in Asia, Africa, and North America.

Contact
brutherford@camphill.edu

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Elizabeth (Libby) (she/her) earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Camphill movement in the summer of 2011, first at Camphill Village USA in Copake NY and then The Camphill School Transition Program at Beaver Farm in 2013. Libby completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016 and became a member of the Core Faculty the following year. She lived at Beaver Farm until 2019, and during that time was a homemaker, vocational instructor, and policy researcher for the Camphill Association of North America. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. 

Contact
esanders@camphill.edu

Stephen was born in the north of England and later moved to the north of Ireland. After leaving school he studied at the College of Business Studies in Belfast and began a career in banking. However he soon realized this was not his calling and after a series of other jobs found his way to Glencraig Camphill community, just outside Belfast, and felt this was what he wanted to do.

35 years later he finds himself running a house with his wife, Sabine, in Triform Camphill Community, NY while assisting in the day program and supporting the administrative work. He also teaches extensively in the Camphill Academy at Camphill Village Copake, NY and is a member of the Camphill Academy Collegium.

Before this he lived in Camphill Village Copake and was both Co-Director and Director of the Social Therapy program along with other responsibilities. He received his training in Curative Education at Camphill Special Schools, PA where he was also a householder and class teacher. Along the way he has been a gardener, farmer and bookbinder and is the father of two beautiful daughters.

Contact
ssteen@camphill.edu

Irena worked as a pedagogue, teaching and organizing school cultural life, for 12 years prior to joining the Camphill movement in 1996. Since joining Camphill she has completed the three-year Social Therapy Program and has been a householder for 18 years. She also has been an Anthroposophical oil dispersion bath therapist for the last ten years. Three years ago, she began mentoring for the Orientation course and joined the Academy core faculty. Currently at Camphill Village USA, she is involved in organizing and teaching community festivals and mentoring the first year students of Social Therapy Program.

Contact
ibeusichem@camphill.edu

Board of Directors

The Academy’s bylaws provide for a Board of Directors elected by the Collegium and composed of Collegium members and non-vested Board members. The Officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary) form a Management Group responsible for the operations of the Academy. In addition to its fiduciary role, the Board of Directors provides the Academy with access to resources, expertise and relationships to further its growth and development.

Jan GoseschelJan lives and works (mostly) at Camphill Special School’s Beaver Run campus, where he was a class teacher working with teenagers with developmental disabilities for about six years, before joining the Core Faculty of what is now the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education Program. Having been part of the long journey towards the formation of the Camphill Academy, Jan also now serves as its President. In addition, he carries responsibilities within the international network of professional education programs in anthroposophic curative education and social therapy under the umbrella of the International Curative Education and Social Therapy Council. This has given him the opportunity to work with colleagues all over the world and he has taught and consulted in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Central Asia.

Besides holding certificates in Waldorf education and anthroposophic curative education, Jan studied psychology, theology and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed an MA (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition, he holds an MA in Educational Leadership with Pennsylvania Instructional Certification in Special Education from Immaculata University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne.

Contact
jgoeschel@camphill.edu

Penelope Baring has been connected with the Camphill Movement since 1970, in the US, Europe and India. She has served on both national and regional councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America, as well as on the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science. She has been teaching in the Camphill training course since 1981 and was director of the Social Therapy Program in Camphill Village USA, NY until 2013. At present she is director of the emerging training in British Columbia and advisor to the faculty in Camphill Communities California.

Contact
pbaring@camphill.edu

Philipp JacobPhilipp received his BA in music therapy from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany. After his studies he worked as a music teacher and music therapist in Munich in a Waldorf School for special needs children and teenagers. Philipp had some years of Camphill experience and many years of working with the special needs population before he joined Camphill California in 2011.

Contact
pjacob@camphill.edu

Sonja AdamsA certified educator and Waldorf teacher, Sonja has been a curative teacher and a houseparent of a residential house for students with developmental disabilities at Camphill Special School. Sonja is currently the Program Director for the Curative Education Program and has been a member of the faculty since 1999. She is also a member of the Collegium and Board of Camphill Academy. She is responsible for developing curricula and mentoring practices to guide newcomers into the practical area of curative educational work. As a member of the Co-worker Development Office, her tasks also include admission and ongoing mentoring and support of co-workers.

Contact
sadams@camphill.edu

Before joining Camphill Foundation as executive director in 2010, Shelley served on the Camphill Foundation board for six years, continuing a family tradition begun in 1995, when Shelley’s husband, Donald Meltzer, joined the board, serving as board President from 2000-2005. A political philosopher by trade and a second degree black belt by training, with a BA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Shelley has published a book on 18C political theory and numerous scholarly articles, as well as the 2009 New York Times Magazine article, “Saying Yes to Ryan.” Her family’s passionate connection to Camphill began with the birth of their third child, Declan, who was born with Down syndrome and who passed away in 1996. Shelley and Donald now live in Greenwich, CT with their two youngest children.

Phil studied at the Holos Institute in Auckland, New Zealand, where he received a certificate in Basic and Transpersonal Counseling in 1991. He completed his Waldorf teacher training at Taruna College in Hawke’s Bay, NZ, in 1993. An avid student of anthroposophy since 1991, Phil came to the US in 1995 and since then has lived more than 11 years in various Camphill communities, fulfilling a wide range of roles and responsibilities during this time. He spent ten years as a Waldorf class teacher at the Spring Hill School in Minneapolis, which he was instrumental in helping pioneer, and the Sacramento Waldorf School, where he graduated an 8th grade class in 2015. He moved to Camphill Village in Copake, New York, in 2015, where he currently resides with his wife, Jacquelyn, and their twin daughters, Anya and Sophia. Phil has a particular interest in group work and an ardent love of teaching. He is a house-leader, a member of the Core Faculty of the Social Therapy Program in Copake and serves on the Collegium of the Camphill Academy.

Contact
pdrake@camphill.edu

Diedra is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB, MSW). She has lived and worked in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills for over 30 years, where she raised three children with her husband, Michael Babitch, shared life with many fascinating people, and served on the International Camphill Movement Group. Diedra is also an author, administrator and founding member of the Camphill Academy Board.

Contact
dheitzman@camphill.edu

Patrice is the Director of Publications and Development for the Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE). She currently teaches teachers at several Waldorf teacher training institutes in North America as an adjunct faculty member. She was leader for Outreach and Development for the Association of Waldorf Schools (AWSNA) for nine years and taught for thirteen years prior to these positions as a class teacher and as a music teacher at the Hawthorne Valley School in Harlemville, New York, where she lives with her husband. She was on the founding board of the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine, and is the proud parent of three Waldorf graduates. Patrice is a published poet, a gardener, and a quilter.

Loren’s passion is for inclusive, student-centered education. He has attempted to apply principles of student-directed curriculum, constructivist pedagogy and non-violent communication as a teacher and administrator. As a school and district leader Loren has focused on consensus decision making and maintaining the moral compass of the organization. Throughout his career in public education and higher education, Loren has attempted to infuse the principals of progressive education and social equity in the broader system. He has been involved for over a decade in alternative education and special education in the context of public schools.

After retiring from his career in public education Loren served as Director of Professional Preparation Programs and Chair of the Education Department. After two years, he became Dean of the college. After attempting to retire again in 2016 Loren walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Loren is currently serving as an Associate Faculty member in the graduate programs in Education and Sustainability Education at Prescott College (part-time), the Co-Head for Academics at the Monteverde Friends School in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and an adjunct faculty member in teacher preparation at Brookdale College in NJ.

Loren’s academic background includes 5 degrees: B.A. in Classics from Temple University, M.A. in Philosophy & Religion from Temple University, M.Div. from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, M.A. in Education from Rowan University, and Ed.D. from Seton Hall University.

Nathaniel Williams is from the Southeastern US. Between 1999 and 2004 he lived in Europe where he studied visual art at the neueKUNSTschule in Basel, Switzerland and worked in puppet theater. He returned to the USA and worked as an artist and educator. In 2008 he helped start an arts and education initiative in Columbia County, New York called Free Columbia. Besides the instruction and performances this entailed Free Columbia was also an innovation in form, foregoing fees and relying on fundraising to cover all expenses. During these years he participated in Think OutWord, a peer-led training in Social Threefolding. He began working toward a PhD in Political Theory at the University at Albany in 2015, a process that is nearing its end. This year he will be focusing on research into the relationship between aesthetic experience and democracy.

Research Council

The Research Council supports the development of research capacities within the Camphill Movement in North America through the Camphill Academy. It is chaired by our Research Fellow and includes academic researchers involved in fields relevant to the Camphill Movement.

Before joining Camphill Foundation as executive director in 2010, Shelley served on the Camphill Foundation board for six years, continuing a family tradition begun in 1995, when Shelley’s husband, Donald Meltzer, joined the board, serving as board President from 2000-2005. A political philosopher by trade and a second degree black belt by training, with a BA and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Shelley has published a book on 18C political theory and numerous scholarly articles, as well as the 2009 New York Times Magazine article, “Saying Yes to Ryan.” Her family’s passionate connection to Camphill began with the birth of their third child, Declan, who was born with Down syndrome and who passed away in 1996. Shelley and Donald now live in Greenwich, CT with their two youngest children.

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Jan GoseschelJan lives and works (mostly) at Camphill Special School’s Beaver Run campus, where he was a class teacher working with teenagers with developmental disabilities for about six years, before joining the Core Faculty of what is now the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education Program. Having been part of the long journey towards the formation of the Camphill Academy, Jan also now serves as its President. In addition, he carries responsibilities within the international network of professional education programs in anthroposophic curative education and social therapy under the umbrella of the International Curative Education and Social Therapy Council. This has given him the opportunity to work with colleagues all over the world and he has taught and consulted in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Central Asia.

Besides holding certificates in Waldorf education and anthroposophic curative education, Jan studied psychology, theology and social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he completed an MA (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition, he holds an MA in Educational Leadership with Pennsylvania Instructional Certification in Special Education from Immaculata University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne.

Contact
jgoeschel@camphill.edu

Robert McDermott is president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and chair of the CIIS Philosophy and Religion Department. His books include The Essential Aurobindo (1973), The Essential Steiner (1984), The Bhagavad Gita and the West (2009), The New Essential Steiner (2009), American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner (2012), and Steiner and Kindred Spirits (2015). He was chair of the board of Sunbridge College in NY and Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA, and served on the council of the Anthroposophical Society of America. For 15 years he chaired the board of the Sophia Project for Mothers and Children at Risk of Homelessness (Oakland and San Raphael).

Dan McKanan has been studying Camphill and other initiatives inspired by anthroposophy since 1999, when he began making regular visits to Camphill Village Minnesota. He is the author of five books, including Touching the World: Christian Communities Transforming Society (a comparative study of Catholic Worker and Camphill communities) and Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism. He is currently working on a book-length study of generational transitions in the Camphill movement. Dan holds the Emerson chair at Harvard Divinity School, which was created to uphold and renew Harvard’s connection to the Unitarian Universalist tradition. He identifies spiritually as a committed Unitarian Universalist and a sympathetic outsider to anthroposophy.

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Elizabeth (Libby) (she/her) earned her BA in Religious Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. She joined the Camphill movement in the summer of 2011, first at Camphill Village USA in Copake NY and then The Camphill School Transition Program at Beaver Farm in 2013. Libby completed the Camphill Academy program in Curative Education in 2016 and became a member of the Core Faculty the following year. She lived at Beaver Farm until 2019, and during that time was a homemaker, vocational instructor, and policy researcher for the Camphill Association of North America. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Practical Theology with the University of Aberdeen. 

Contact
esanders@camphill.edu

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esanders@camphill.edu

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