Who We Are

Camphill Communities California

Camphill Communities California is a life-sharing community for adults with developmental disabilities located near Santa Cruz, California. Our vision of community living involves relationships of mutual respect, ongoing education, meaningful work, and natural circles of support. Our mission is to create a community that supports all individual abilities and recognizes the potential of every person.

Residents of Camphill California are dedicated organic, biodynamic gardeners. During our long growing season, we produce more than one third of the fruits and vegetables that we consume from over seven acres of carefully tended land, including a small vineyard donated by Bonny Doon.

In addition to gardening, residents work in our weaving studio, crafting a variety of hand-woven items. Our culinary workshop is also a favorite workplace and includes the creation of a soothing herb tea and delicious culinary mixes.  Some Camphill residents with special needs even participate in supported employment programs.

The Camphill Movement

Camphill California is part of the International Camphill Movement, a worldwide initiative for social change with over a hundred affiliates worldwide, founded by Karl König and inspired by the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner.