Celebrating 50 Years

Camphill Communities Ontario is licensed with the Ministry of Community and Social Services of Ontario.

Nottawasaga Site: Camphill owns 290 acres of land near Angus, Ontario, where there are several houses with attached apartments for residents. The property is home to a biodynamic farm, garden, herbery, pottery, woodworking shop and a performance hall with day-program facilities.

Sophia Creek site: In Barrie, Camphill has homes and apartments for residents, as well as a fee-for-service program with emphasis on the arts, a pottery program, mosaic work, weaving and fibre arts, speech, drama, music and movement (eurythmy).

Camphill Worldwide

The Camphill movement began in 1939 under the leadership of Dr. Karl Koenig, an Austrian pediatrician and educator who fled the Nazi invasion and settled in Aberdeen, Scotland with a group of young physicians, caregivers, artists and educators. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, they founded the first Camphill community for children living with disabilities. From that small beginning, the movement now includes more than 118 residential communities for children, youth and adults in 22 countries—and Camphill is still growing!

Camphill Association

The Camphill Association of North America was started almost 30 years ago to encompass the diverse work begun by Camphill when it came to the United States in 1959. Today, there are 11 independent communities and more than 800 people living and working in Camphill North America, and more than 2,500 acres of land under Camphill stewardship.

Camphill Communities Ontario

CCO came into existence in 1986, beginning as a home and school setting for children and adolescents, and evolving into an adult-centred community as the residents aged. Today, CCO comprises a rural location near Angus and an urban location in downtown Barrie, encompassing many homes and apartments as well as land and farm activities, studios for artistic work, a pottery and a woodworking shop.


Literally translated, anthroposophy means the wisdom of the human being. The term was formulated by Rudolf Steiner, who described it as the “consciousness of one’s humanity.” When he was asked to define anthroposophy, the educator Frances Edmonds said it is “the next person you meet.” We also think of it as the relationship between the human being and the whole of existence: Anthroposophy is a lens that can shed light on our relationships—to ourselves, to each other, to all living beings and to the world around us.

Historical Timeline of Camphill Communities Ontario