News stories from our college and cohousing community
Fundraising newsletter - July 2020
Our latest newsletter, with an update on fundraising activities during the last six months, is available to download below.
Landmark Anniversaries in 2020
The Camphill Movement celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and The Mount is also celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the planned reunion events at The Mount until safer times but in the meantime you can read about both anniversaries in the latest edition of the Camphill Pages by clicking here or you can download just the article on The Mount, written by our Chair of the Trustees Peter Bateson, at the bottom of this page.
We also have some 50th Anniversary Tote bags available to buy for £5. More details can be found by clicking here
Coronavirus update: 3rd July 2020
The majority of our residential students are back on-site having been at home since lockdown. It has been a joy to see their delight as they catch up with friends and co-workers and resume sessions. Some students continue to self-isolate at home and we are holding online tutorials with them.
We are accepting limited essential visitors please contact us in advance.
We are hoping for a full return in September and are busy putting arrangements in place to facilitate this. For now though, we are just grateful to have The Mount buzzing again with noisy, happy and healthy students, and are looking forward to making the most of the remaining weeks of term.
Art in Lockdown
In Cohousing we are finding creative ways to express how we feel during the lockdown. We decided to have regular art sessions to explore our inner landscapes - travelling with our inner pictures if we can't travel physically at the moment.
We have compiled a series of five postcards from our original paintings, entitled 'Art in Lockdown', click on the document link at the bottom of the page to give you a flavour. These are now available to buy. We have 50 packs and we will be asking for £6.00 per pack, this includes postage and packing. The proceeds will go towards our current Pond House fundraising appeal.
If you would like to make a donation to this appeal in addition to purchasing the postcards, we can then arrange to send you the necessary gift aid declaration information.
To place your order please email us by clicking here Fundraising and stating how many packs you would like with your address details. We will email you back with details for completing the purchase.
Thank you in advance for supporting this very exciting initiative and on behalf of all our artists we hope that you enjoy our inner landscapes.
The Mount now has it's own YouTube channel
Please visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here. This was set up to help us support those students who are currently at home during the coronavirus situation but is open to anyone to enjoy.
So far we have Eurythmy classes from Chrystal, Bakery tutorials from Cathy and a Cookery session from Becky.
More to follow.
Coronavirus further update: 27th March 2020
The Mount, as a college that supports students with EHCPs, will remain open. We have reviewed each student individually, in consultation with their parents, to decide whether it would be safer for them to remain at the Mount or return home. The majority of our students have returned home as they can be cared for safely in their own homes during this time however we have approximately a quarter of students remaining.
Our cohousing community remains open to all cohousers. We are effectively in semi lockdown in order to reduce the risk of the virus reaching The Mount. Wherever possible non-residential co-workers are being asked to work from home. Only essential visitors are being allowed on site. The main office telephone is not being answered, messages are checked daily but the best form of contact is via email.
We are obviously in a constantly changing situation and are reviewing matters daily.
We wish everyone well during these concerning times.
Greg Tricker Workshop - 8th and 9th February 2020
At the weekend, we were delighted to welcome the internationally acclaimed artist Greg Tricker to The Mount Camphill Community for a unique painting workshop to mark the start of our 50th Anniversary celebrations and to celebrate 80 years of the Camphill movement.
Students, cohousers and co-workers participated in the painting workshop which explored the theme “The Refugee, a messenger from afar”, linking us to an exciting collaboration with the Karl Koenig Institute, Greg Tricker, Art in Community and the Insiders/Outsiders Festival.
This marks the first of a series of events which will honour Karl Koenig and the group of Camphill refugees whose legacy sought to bring the gifts of Anthroposophy out into the wider world through social art.
The painting workshop was accompanied by an Eurythmy workshop, led by Chrystal Hayn, which focused on poems about Anne Frank’s life and the qualities of light and dark, working through in movement the descriptions and approach that Greg Tricker indicated in his talk and with his pictures.
The weekend was a huge success and we very much hope to work with Greg again soon.
Our New Arrivals
During the summer we welcomed two new community members to The Mount in the form of Giles and Winston from The Donkey Sanctuary. They have settled in very well and are being looked after mainly by our co-housing team but also with help from our students. It is lovely to see them on their daily walks around the grounds - they bring a smile to all our faces
Published 17 September 2019
Work Experience Week 2019
This year's Work Experience Week took place during the week before half-term. All students went off timetable for the week and undertook a variety of internal and external work experience placements to develop their work skills.
A massive thank you to the following organisations for providing placements: Wadhurst Manor Care Home, Wadhurst Dramatic Club, Grays Cafe, Sticky Fingers Day Nursery, Jolly Tots Day Nursery, Plantbase, Orchard Eggs, Scotney Castle, Nutley Hall and Wilderness Wood.
Many of these organisations kindly provide regular work placements for our students throughout the year. If you are a local business or organisation that might be able to do the same please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Published 5 June 2019