Welcome to Friends of Camphill India
Camphill India
Information for Prospective Co-workers

This information sheet has been compiled to acquaint you with life in our Residential Community with adults with mental disabilities. It may help you to decide if joining us is the right move for you.

If you come to our Community you will be joining a way of life, which is probably very different from how you have lived before. You will become part of an extended family, which includes a number of people with mental disabilities. Part of the activities will be your work in one or the other of our workshops, in the garden or in the household. Another activity will be the social and cultural life shared with all the other community members. Because Camphill is our life and not a "job", free time is not formally scheduled but arranged by mutual awareness of the needs and responsibilities of the others.

At present we have two family houses, Antaranga and Santvana. Each house is occupied by 12 men and women with mental disabilities (residents) and 6–8 co-workers and volunteers. The workshop (Panchanga) has several sections like paper making, paper products, weaving, candle making, pottery. We grow our own vegetables and fruits and gardening is a very important activity. We are all involved in work activities morning and afternoon, in the above mentioned as well as other tasks. Whether you have interest in indoor, outdoor or craft work, we stress that you should be willing to work where your help is needed most at a given time.

Our Community is situated about 20 km out of BANGALORE, on Bannerghatta Road, and the land is part of an Ashram with a temple and a small home for senior citizens. We are on the main road and there is a regular bus service to and from the city.

We will provide you free board and lodging, as well as a modest remuneration. Your personal expenses, travelling expenses, etc. will have to be borne by you.
We are a purely vegetarian community and alcohol, drugs and smoking are not allowed.

Our Community is not restricted to any particular group, but is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed or community. We strive for a rich cultural life and festivals of different religions are celebrated. Everyone is encouraged to take part in these events in whatever capacity they are able.

We enclose our application form in case you wish to join us. Please return it to us together with the documents listed there. After going through your papers, we will let you know whether we can accept you at this time.

A typical Day in the community:

06:30 am Getting up. Some residents may need help.
07:00 am Morning Prayer and a cup of tea.
07:30 am Helping residents with bathing, dressing and organizing bedrooms.
08:30 am Breakfast.
09:00 am Washing up and guiding the residents in their different tasks.
09:30 - 10:30 am
Once a week Yoga class
Twice a week gardening
Once a week extensive housecleaning
Once a week house meeting regarding practical matters
Once a week free time (Sundays)

10:30 am Coffee break.
11:00 - 12:45 pm Workshop. We have a small weavery, pottery, candle making and paper workshop.
13:00 pm Lunch, followed by washing up.
14:00 - 15:00 pm Rest time. Tea break
15:30 - 17:00 pm Workshop time or helping in the preparations for supper and cleaning the kitchen together with one or two residents.
17:00 - 18:00 pm Watering the garden.
18:00 pm Helping the residents with their bath.
19:00 pm Supper followed by washing up.
20:00 pm Evening Program.
20:30 pm Closing the day with a prayer and song and helping the residents to retire