Study Inclusive Social Development

with a concentration in Social Agriculture and Biodynamics

Students of Inclusive Social Development at Camphill Village, USA in Copake, NY and its associated participating communities have the option to pursue a concentration in the area of Social Agriculture and Biodynamics.

Social Agriculture and Biodynamic Studies is an interdisciplinary approach focused on biodynamic farming and supporting the development of adults with developmental differences. The study of the human being and its imbalances, developed in anthroposophy, gives us the necessary foundation to understand what Rudolf Steiner calls “the farm individuality”. The Agriculture Course by Steiner provides the means to put these concepts into practice. Within this framework, the farm’s parts are seen as an integrated contextual whole in which the farmer is asked to develop a personal relationship with the many different aspects of the land and the people in a holistic and balanced way. Thus in particular instances, the identity between theory and reality will inform the student with insight for what is the right action. 

The curriculum is designed and taught by experienced farmers, gardeners and social therapists within Camphill communities with a focus in two areas: (1) Biodynamic Agriculture (renewing the land) and (2) Social Therapy (renewing ourselves and others). 

The concentration in Social Agriculture is available to students in programs at participating communities dedicated to the practice of Social Therapy on an anthroposophic foundation, including adults with developmental disabilities. and engaged in significant biodynamic land stewardship activity (refer to ‘Participating Communities’ for more details). Internationally, practitioners of Social Agriculture and Biodynamics serve in a wide variety of contexts, including those listed for Social Therapy as well as:

  • Community-supported agriculture
  • School and community gardens
  • Farms
  • Other innovative, sustainable community enterprises

Levels of Certification

The Camphill Academy offers three full-time academic programs in Inclusive Social Development which are offered within the context of community life at one of its participating communities dedicated to the practice of inclusive social development on an anthroposophic foundation and which correspond with three consecutive levels of certification: 

  • The Foundation Studies Program
  • The Paraprofessional Certification Program
  • The Diploma Program

Degree Completion Options

The Camphill Academy provides pathways for students who choose to complete bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in a field related to Inclusive Social Development through partnerships with several colleges and universities. 

For complete details about the program and Camphill Academy, refer to the Camphill Academy Program Handbook (PDF).

Participating Communities

To view the various communities’ websites, visit Our Affilitions page.

Camphill Village USA (Copake, NY)
Students from Cadmus Lifesharing, Camphill Hudson (Hudson, NY) and Triform Camphill Community (Hudson, NY) may also join this cohort.

The Camphill Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students at The Camphill School, Camphill Village USA, Camphill Communities California, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and Heartbeet Lifesharing locations.

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