Frequently asked questions

What is Camphill Communities California?
Camphill Communitites California is a life-sharing community for adults with developmental disabilities. We are located on 6 acres of land in Soquel, CA between the north shore of Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
What is the mission of Camphill Communities California?
Camphill California is part of a worldwide movement of more than 100 communities for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide a nurturing and dynamic residential community where adults with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together with professional caregivers and volunteers.
What is the Camphill Movement?
 The first Camphill communities were founded in Great Britian and Europe by Austrian doctor Karl König (1902-1966). Armed with the belief that community was an essential component of healthy social and spiritual life, Camphill villages were created for adults with and without disabilities to share their work and home lives together and to mentor and support one another.
What is Anthroposophy?
All Camphill Communiites are inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) who understood human beings as a totality of body, soul and spirit. Steiner’s philosophy and its practical applications constitute a body of knowledge known as Anthroposophy. 
What is Social Therapy?
Like all Camphill Communities for adults, Camphill California aims to give adults with developmental challenges the tools to cope with their disabilities and to find a balance between who they are and who they are potentially able to be. Social therapy is the therapeutic philosophy that relationships developed through community living inspire human renewal. Artistic partnerships, shared labor and collective responsibilities inspire adults with developmental disabilities to learn about themselves and the world around them. 
How can I get more information about Camphill Communities California admissions?
If you have a family member or friend with developmental disabilities who would like to learn more about Camphill California, please visit the Admissions & Tours page and/or sign up for our monthly tours at admissions@camphillca.org. Camphill California members are CA residents and clients of the San Andreas Regional Center. Camphill California residents vary in age from 21-60+. You can find more info on our admission policy HERE
How can I obtain more information about becoming a caregiver/coworker or volunteer?
Camphill California is staffed by a wide range of short term and long term volunteers. The interests and experiences of these men and women vary. Many are introduced to Camphill through connections with Waldorf Schools, or from interests in working with adults with developmental disabilities. Visit our Become a Coworker page for more information, or contact us at coworker@camphillca.org
How do I make a gift to Camphill Communities California?
We welcome all contributions to our day, residential, and supported living programs. Donations can be made here. We welcome cash, checks, and gifts of stock or annuities. For more information please contact giving@camphillca.org
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Camphill Communities California is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-exempt. Your gifts are important to us and help us to maintain and expand our exceptional programs and recruit gifted and dedicated caregivers to our community. For more information contact giving@camphillca.org
What is the Camphill Resident's Trust?
The CRT is a supplemental needs trust. It invests and manages funds deposited by individuals or families (sponsors) for the benefit of individuals who have special needs. For more information please visit the CRT webpage
What are some local activities available?