Camphill Initiatives for Social Ecology, a new organization, is hosting an online symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Camphill Movement in Ireland (1972–2022).
The symposium is an opportunity to reflect and exchange ideas after 50 years of active community development. The overarching theme of the symposium is ‹Living a Connected Life – Freedom from Exclusion› For over a year, the online meetings are held in English. The focus is on the moment of reflection for the Camphill Impulse in Ireland. Within the framework of this topic, inclusion, self-help, community building, care, and accompaniment, including research, meaningful work, active citizenship, belonging, and friendship are addressed. Ha Vinh Tho, Fionn, and Jonathan Angus, Kathleen Lynch and Wendy McDonald serve as a stimulus for the series. Ha Vinh Tho opened the first seminar on March 23 with the topic ‹Education for Sustainability: Being Connected to Yourself, Others, and Nature›. He is the director of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, founder of the Eurasia Foundation, and co-founder of the first Camphill Community in Vietnam. The next meeting with Fionn and his father Jonathan Angus is on April 28. Their input is entitled ‹Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition: Creating Ways Beyond Disability›. Both are international ambassadors for the Citizen Network and Fionn, who has Down syndrome, sits on the UK National Down Syndrome Policy Group. In their hometown of Galway, they are also project pioneers; in their collaboration, Fionn is the manager and Jonathan the employee.
Source Anthroposophic Council for Inclusive Social Development