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Welcome to the Camphill Communities Ontario Newsletter - April 2016

1986 was a big year for us! It all began in the autumn of 1985. We realized that with all the environmental restrictions at our existing location (on the Niagara Escarpment) we would not be able to do any significant development at the scale we envisioned. We sold our location and in December a group of board members and co-workers visited our now current property in Essa Township just south of the village of Angus for the very first time. The property was perfect in every way but a lot of work had to go into preparing it in order to accomplish the move of our entire population.

During the early part of that same year and following 3 years of preparation and regular visits to the meetings of the Camphill Association of North America, Rockland Acres (our former name) was accepted into the Camphill fold and became the sixth Camphill Place in North America.

This coming June we celebrate 30 years of Camphill Communities Ontario, and with 30 years there is much to celebrate!

To learn more about our extensive history over the past 30 years, please visit our History page and take a look at the historical timeline near the bottom of the page for more photos and information about our history.

In This Issue...
  • Celebrating 30 Years
  • Tribute Dinner
  • Paint The Town Pink
  • Earth Day Dance
  • Barrie Spring Art Tour
  • Spring Fair
  • World Wide Weave
  • Events Calendar


Camphill Communities Ontario announces the 2016 Community Action Award

Tribute Dinner

This Thursday (April 7, 2016) at the MacLaren Art Centre we honour internationally renowned artist, goldsmith, teacher and humanitarian, Donald Stuart.

Tickets: $125


Visit The Camphill Store
123 Dunlop St. E., Barrie

This year we will be honouring artist, teacher, sculptor and humanitarian Donald Stuart. A very interesting and worthy recipient! Don's enthusiasm, passion for the arts, and belief in mentoring people to achieve their very highest potential, are completely in line with the philosophy of Camphill. We are all very excited that we will also have part of Don's exhibit Homage on display for this event, which will be held on April 7th at The MacLaren Art Centre. Homage includes a series of necklaces inspired by outstanding Canadian women, both historic and contemporary. Don is generously donating a $1500 gift certificate for us to raffle off at the event, for a custom made piece of jewelry to be made for the recipient by Don.

Tickets are only $125 and include a dinner by Michael & Marions, and a partial tax receipt.

Thank you so much. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Paint the Town Pink — Coming Mid April 2016

The Camphill Store at 123 Dunlop Street East will be involved this year with Paint the Town Pink. Our storefront will be decorated by local high school students to raise awareness to end bullying.

This year marks the 3rd annual Paint the Town Pink where schools in Simcoe County and communities partner together to raise awareness to end bullying. This year the project will include Collingwood, Midland and Orillia, in addition to Barrie. They hope to include more neighbourhoods each year!

It doesn’t matter what you decide to celebrate or when you decide to wear a pink shirt – what matters is that we all work together towards creating a safer, more inclusive environment in our schools and communities.

To see what Paint the Town Pink is like, check out this blog post about last year’s events. If you would like more information about how to get involved with Paint the Town Pink, please contact:
Jane Dewar, Equity and Inclusion IRT
jdewar@scdsb.on.ca or 705.734.6363 x.11298


Come get your inner Hippie on and celebrate with us!

Saturday April 23 at Novalis Hall
WITH Live Band Albatross
6pm to 8pm
$10 at the door
Refreshments provided

Barrie Spring Art Tour 2016

Discover the Art and Soul of Barrie, Ontario, while you immerse yourself in unique, original local art during the Spring Art Tour – April 23, 24 2016, 10 am to 5 pm. Shop or browse. Meet the artists and learn more about their creative process. Camphill is proud to be a part of this tour at two locations – The Camphill Store and 87 Toronto Street. Camphill’s artist friends and neighbours are also part of this wonderful tour so please plan to come.

To preview the artists and for more information visit www.barriespringarttour.ca

Location Spotlight
#3 - Camphill Store
123 Dunlop St. E
#9 - Camphill House
87 Toronto St.
The Camphill Store offers the work of local artists and crafts-persons, as well as beautiful pottery, weavings and wood-work created by persons with disabilities in the Camphill and L'Arche communities. "Being homebound after a career-ending brain injury has given me time to rekindle my love of drawing and painting. I'm delighted to share the joy and meaning art brings through this work."

Valerie Losell


Join us at Novalis Hall on Saturday May 7th from noon to 4pm for our annual Spring Fair!

Come and support our day activities by purchasing a wonderful craft item.

Items available are:
Candles, Plants (Tomatoes and Herbs), Cards, Dried Herbs, Pottery, Fibre Arts & Weaving, Jewellery, Woodcrafts & Wooden Toys, and much more!!!

We will also have a Puppet Show and Lunch and Baked Goods Available. See you there!

Camphill’s World Wide Weave Coming to North America in 2016
Contributed by Peter Bateson, Camphill Foundation U.K. & Ireland and Exhibition Curator

After more than a year of preparation, the World Wide Weave Exhibition has become a reality.

The project involves hundreds of people all over the Camphill Movement in 19 nations and regions, with contributions created by 61 communities throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, the USA, Canada, South Africa, India, and Vietnam. Some places produced more than one, and the exhibition also includes a number of special pieces contributed by individuals.

The 75 panels celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Camphill Movement which began on June 1, 1940 when the first small group of pioneers moved into Camphill House by the River Dee near Aberdeen.

The World Wide Weave is an artistic endeavour, meant to be appreciated and enjoyed as such, but it also carries with it at least four messages...

First of all, it embodies the principle of Unity in Diversity. Despite their huge variation in size, location, and task, and the incredibly rich mix of people who constantly interweave their lives and destinies in the network of Camphill communities, they all have the same set of core principles at heart. The exhibition expresses all the wonderfully varied and diverse characteristics of single communities coming together in one great artistic panorama of Camphill.

Secondly, the exhibition carries a fundamental statement of equality regarding the potential of people with learning disabilities. The weavers, felters, tapestry-makers, and embroiderers are artists and artisans in their own right and can place their work alongside that of mainstream artists and craftspeople.

A third element is that different individuals in a group have collaborated on a single piece of art, each contributing what they could towards the finished work. This has been a major feature in the development of the World Wide Weave. It has been a renewed experience of community cooperation and an example of social weaving along with the actual textile work. Many other people have also been involved in those pieces which incorporate other materials such as pottery, metal, and wood, bringing together different workshops active in the community.

And fourth, most of the communities have used entirely home produced and recycled materials in the World Wide Weave. A few of the exhibits are composed almost entirely of recycled materials. Caring for our natural resources, recycling, and renewal is a special theme that runs throughout the exhibition.

The response to the exhibition from the general public has been extremely warm and positive. As one visitor expressed it, “the best thing of all is that it so clearly comes from a living experience of community, and that’s something that we all need nowadays.”

We are fortunate to have this special Camphill Textile Exhibition that has crossed the ocean to come to Barrie!

75 wall-hangings in weaving, tapestry, felting and other techniques have been travelling worldwide since December 2014.

The exhibition runs from April 7th-22nd 2016 with a special opening reception Saturday April 9th from 2-5pm.

The World Wide Weave exhibition is being held at Collier Street United Church in Barrie and will be open weekdays 10am-4pm.

Admission is Free. For more information, call The Camphill Store at 705-739-1833 or stop by 123 Dunlop St. E., in Barrie.

Take a look at our brand new EVENTS CALENDAR!

Don't forget: Any time you'd like to know what's coming up from Camphill Communities Ontario, our web site now has an Events Calendar! You can even RSVP to each event using your Facebook account.

Save The Date: June 25, 2016 - CCO Annual General Meeting

Thank you for reading!

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