May the Meal be Blessed: Exploring the Dynamics of a Meal


Snellgrove M (2013) May the Meal be Blessed: Exploring the Dynamics of a Meal. Scottish Affairs, 85 (1), pp. 75-95.

First paragraph: In 1939 Karl Konig and a group of other Austrian-Jewish emigres fled Austria to Scotland and there started a community for children with disabilities. In time this extended across four continents and one hundred residential facilities, including schools and adult centres (Bock, 1990:36-56). Based on the principles outlined by Konig, Camphill was established to create and maintain an environment where the economic, social, and spiritual aspects of lives within the community complemented each other. The ideals of the founders were to help those who had been 'rejected and misunderstood by society, to care for the land, to celebrate the Christian festival and to live together in a truly communal manner without salaries or other remuneration for their work' (de Ris Allen, 1990:11), guided by the Anthroposophical philosophy of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). It was not a job as much as a way of life, with an ideal of equality and unified decision-making practices (Seden, 2003:111, Bock, 2004).

Scottish Affairs: Volume 85, Issue 1

FundersUniversity of Bristol
Publication date30/11/2013
Publication date online30/04/2015
Date accepted by journal01/01/2013
PublisherEdinburgh University Press