Camphill Soltane was founded in Chester County in 1988. The founders of Camphill Soltane recognized the gap in educational opportunities and choice of work for young adults with special needs. They envisioned a Camphill community that would provide a college-like experience for these young people to facilitate their transition into adulthood.
Camphill Soltane was founded in Chester County in 1988. Two other Camphill communities in Chester County – Camphill Special School and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills – were already in existence at that time, providing K-12 education, and land and craft-based work for older adults with special needs, respectively. The founders of Camphill Soltane recognized the gap in educational opportunities and choice of work for young adults with special needs. They envisioned a Camphill community that would provide a college-like experience for these young people to facilitate their transition into adulthood.
All Camphill communities are based on a spiritual understanding of the human being. Anthroposophy (literally “wisdom of the human being”) was conceived by Dr. Rudolf Steiner of Austria in the early 20th century. Insights from Anthroposophy have given rise to Camphill communities, Waldorf education, bio-dynamic agriculture, and new forms of medicine, therapies, and the arts. All share a common dream of social, cultural, and economic renewal.
Our programs are supported by an organizational infrastructure that includes full-time volunteers, called coworkers, as well as employed staff who lead classes, support work work areas, live in or provide support in houses, perform administrative duties, maintain the physical plant, and more. A separate supporting organization, the Camphill Soltane Foundation, provides fundraising and outreach support for Camphill Soltane.
Adrian Bowden, Executive Director
Adrian Bowden holds a Bachelor of Laws and a BA degree from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has lived and worked at Camphill Soltane since 2009. Adrian's career in Camphill began in a community in Norway, where he held a variety of roles over a 12-year period. During this time Adrian completed a three-year Seminar in Social Therapy and a one-year Seminar in Practical Mentoring. Adrian and his wife Rachel live in Phoenixville with their daughter.
Megan McCain, Day Supports Director
After moving from Brooklyn, NY to work at the Timothy School in Berwyn as Transition Supervisor for young adults with autism, Megan McCain realized she wanted to work with individuals in a more holistic way. When Megan interviewed at Soltane, "it felt like coming home. Everyone is here for the betterment of individuals, to give them a better quality of life. I've never been as happy in a job as I've been here." Megan has an MA in School Counseling from Trinity University and an MA in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College.
Chris Clother, Residential Supports Director (Glenmoore)
Chris Clother grew up in Portland, Oregon where he earned his BA in Fine Arts at Portland State University. He has been a part of Soltane for seven years and a residential manager for five years. Previously, Chris worked for a drug rehabilitation center for teenagers, and as an office manager for The City School, a small Waldorf School in Los Angeles. He is presently raising his three young children on Camphill Soltane's Glenmoore campus with his wife, Cate.
Heather Hilferty, Residential Supports Director (Phoenixville)
Heather Hilferty has 14 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in various roles, including managing community homes and as a Residential Director in licensed settings. Heather received her BA from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA, is certified to teach Medication Administration and is a certified investigator through the state of PA. She joined Camphill Soltane in January 2014. Heather lives in Collegeville with her husband and two children.