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Camphill Village USA



At Camphill Village we welcome dozens of volunteers, age 19 and over from around the world to enjoy their Gap Year or Service Year or to become a Biodynamic Gardening Apprentice. You will find it one of the richest and most vibrant experiences of your life!

Copake, NY.

Only 2 hours north of New York City, in Copake, NY, Camphill Village is an intentional community where you share daily life with other young people from around the world, with adults and families, and with individuals with developmental differences. At Camphill Village you learn to be responsible and yet independent. We grow and cook healthy organic food, enjoy music and laughter, share in spiritual practice and connect with our residents as friends. Come to Camphill Village and explore nature, human nature, and yourself. Most importantly, you’ll be making lifelong memories.

Activity Highlights

  • Biodynamic gardening
  • Farming ( crops, animals, artisanal goods)
  • Weavery (creativity with a wooden loom)
  • Baking
  • Candle making
  • Book binding
  • Woodworking
  • Stained glass crafting
  • Growing and using herbs


  • A personal bedroom and free board
  • Education, training and support for the duration of your stay
  • Three weeks of vacation time for a one year commitment
  • A monthly stipend
  • Medical Insurance
  • Free time to explore the beautifully vibrant natural environment

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About Camphill Village USA



Mission Statement

At Camphill Village, we share life: joys and sorrows, celebrations and prayers, work, play, meals, and song. Each person is encouraged to achieve his or her full potential at every stage of life.


The founding of Camphill Village in 1961 was part of a transformative movement in the United States to reform how society treats people with special needs.

Instead of isolation and institutionalization, exclusion and separation, Camphill Village celebrates and honors the uniqueness, dignity and spiritual integrity of each individual, regardless of outward appearance or disability.

On 615 acres of wooded hills, gardens, and pastures in rural upstate New York, adults with special needs and long- and short-term service volunteers strive to live and work together as equals in extended families in homes throughout the Village.

A leader in biodynamic organic agriculture, our gardens and farm weave the community with the cycles of nature coinciding with and reflected by seasonal festivals.


We'll work with your schedule.


84 Camp Hill RoadCopake, NY 12516



  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Gardening
  • Social Work
  • Farming




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Would prefer at least a one year commitment
  • Experience with people with developmental disabilities is helpful

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