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Special Events


Camphill 5K

For all abilities.

Every spring at Camphill Village


Joseph D. Freedman Bowl-a-Thon

Held every November in Chicopee, Massachusetts


Anne Ratner Concert Series

Classical music performances in NYC


Camphill Academy

Because Camphill Village is a campus of the Camphill Academy, you can earn your certification in one of three levels of our Social Therapy Program here in the Village. Our ability to offer this enriching coursework aligns with our wish to encourage all residents to pursue their interests and passions and develop meaningful relationships along the way.

Visit the Camphill Academy to learn more about programming.

Education and Training Opportunities

Social Therapy Program

Under the auspices of the Camphill Academy, Camphill Village USA offers a Social Therapy Program for resident volunteers of the Village, tuition-free. It is the only English-language program of its kind.

Practitioners of Social Therapy bring a holistic, transdisciplinary approach to working with individuals living at Camphill Village, including social work, human services, medicine, psychology, and nursing, as well as the arts, agriculture, and community building.

There are three levels of certification available to volunteers at Camphill Village:

  1. Certificate in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophic Social Therapy
  2. Paraprofessional Certificate in Anthroposophic Social Therapy
  3. Diploma in Anthroposophic Social Therapy


Students may choose to complete a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Social Therapy by transferring into a suitable BA completion program after completing the fourth year of the Social Therapy program.

Training for New Volunteers

For most new volunteers, the Camphill Village experience is their first exposure to a lifesharing community and to working and living side-by-side with people with special needs. As they form relationships, make friends and participate in Village social life and celebrations, volunteers also participate in different trainings.

To learn more about educational opportunities for Camphill Village volunteers, please email



Advocating for Camphill Village and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Villagers, family members, friends of Camphill Village, board members, coworkers, volunteers, donors: we are all advocates because we know that Camphill Village provides the best setting possible for those adults with developmental differences who choose to make the Village their home, and the place where they find meaning in their lives.

Recently, in an effort to demonstrate our important work, many of you shared your very personal stories with the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), which we believe made a difference and helped us with our new contract with OPWDD. Thank you.

We hope that all of you will continue to reach out to us and add your name to our list of advocates. We need to know we can count on you to speak and write on our behalf when future needs arise, and we must call on our advocates.

Please add your voice to the chorus of people who support Camphill Village and adults with developmental differences. Simply send us an email at We will be very glad to hear from you! If you have already joined our advocacy efforts, we’d still like to hear your thoughts and suggestions, so please keep in touch!

*Camphill Village will never sell or share your personal information with any other entity.





Without the generous support of families and friends, Camphill Village could not possibly fulfill its mission of service.

State contracts and federal entitlements cover only about 48% of the cost to run the Village, so we rely heavily on private donations to help make up the difference.

Please explore the opportunities listed below, and if you have any questions, contact Nancy O’Leary, Director of Development, at (518) 329-7924, Ext. 136,or email; or Elizabeth Phillips, Assistant Director of Development, at (518) 329-7924, Ext. 134, or email



Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is vitally important to maintaining Camphill Village’s wonderful quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. Our fundraising goal this year is $1.9 million. Your gift to the Annual Fund is the lifeblood of this community, helping to support the basic needs of the Village while also providing medical costs, many types of therapies, social and cultural actives, and much more.


You can support the Annual Fund in many different ways:


• Make a gift online, using our secure form below
• Attend a fundraising event, including the annual Joseph D. Freedman Bowl-a-Thon and the Anne Ratner Concert Series
• Send a check to us here at the Village
• Make a gift of appreciated stock


To learn more about the Camphill Village Annual Fund, please contact Nancy O’Leary, Director of Development at or at X136.

Planned Giving



You can play a vital role in the future of Camphill Village USA, Inc., when you join the J. Murray Logan Legacy Circle by making a legacy gift to the Camphill Village Copake Foundation, which is chartered to support the work of Camphill Village.

Your legacy gift will ensure that future generations of adults with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to enjoy a full life by making Camphill Village their home. For many of our J. Murray Logan Legacy Circle donors, this manner of giving generates a profound sense of personal and emotional fulfillment.


If you have already included Camphill Village Copake Foundation in your estate plans, please let us know by calling Nancy O’Leary at (518) 329-7924, extension 136 or by email at so that we can welcome you as a member of the Legacy Circle.

You can also create your Planned Giving Plan here.

We stand ready to assist you in making certain that your intentions will be carried out, but in all cases when contemplating a legacy gift, you should first consult with your attorney or financial advisor.

For a complete list of ways to achieve your philanthropic and personal goals, please see Legacy Giving Options.