Kingston Mosaic was founded in 2013, became a not for profit corporation in late 2015 and is working towards becoming a charitable organization. Mosaic has offered arts and nature inspired, full day programming on Limestone School Board PD Day’s, since 2016 and two years (so far) of Summer Camp programming. Mosaic has the support of a dedicated board, parents, faculty and members and are mentored by Camphill Ontario.
Kingston Mosaic intends to promote the creation and development of a holistic program of care, education and vocational training for children and youth with developmental disabilities, within the context of a social therapeutic community setting according to the principles and ideals of Waldorf Education and the Camphill Movement. Our aim is to move from occasional programming to regular programming within the next few years while building relationships with community partners. Eventually we envision owning our our own building and rural property for Kingston Mosaic and community alongside the ever growing urban component.
The great gift of special children, and our deep love for them, brought us together. Mulberry Waldorf School www.mulberrywaldorfschool.ca is where a few of us discovered Waldorf Education and the philosophy of anthroposophy (Ruldolf Steiner), which lead us to Camphill (Karl Koenig) and a deeper understanding of Waldorf education as a curative education. Kingston Mosaic aspires to build a bridge connecting and bringing these principles to/with the mainstream educational, medical, arts and farming systems.
Dr. Karl Koenig, founded the first Camphill Community, he was born in 1902 into a Jewish family and grew up in Vienna. In Austria he had a large medical practice as a pediatrician, and was also the mentor to a group of young people interested in Steiner’s anthroposophy. Koenig and other dedicated Jewish refugees, fled in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution but vowed to come together and build a school and residence for special needs children who were otherwise being rejected by society. Out of their group came the founders of the first Camphill Scotland in 1940. Now the Camphill movement has grown to more than 100 diverse communities in 22 countries around the world. ‘The candle on the hill’ symbolizes a beacon of hope, illuminating the darkness and showing the way forward to a new and better world.
In Camphill and Waldorf Schools, dramatic, visual, musical, and movement arts, along with practical skills such as woodworking, weaving, sewing, and gardening, are integrated with traditional academic subjects. This is why Waldorf schools, including Camphill Special School, are known for educating the whole human being – head, heart, and hands.
An informative website about Waldorf education: www.whywaldorfworks.org
The International Camphill Movement is an innovative leader in the fields of disabilities and intentional communities for seventy years, and over fifty years in North America.
Camphill is an impulse for social renewal and an evolving social organism.
“Let us not do it in words, but in deeds. To serve and not to rule; to help and not to force; to love and not to harm will be our task.”
Karl Koenig, Founder of Camphill