Residential support is provided in many different ways by supporters who may share a home with people with special needs, or live independently nearby.
Many of Camphill Soltane’s residential houses are structured on a integrated living model, where people with special needs live together in homes supported by residential staff, whom we call coworkers, in an interdependent community environment. Housemates share practical household responsibilities and create an active social life enjoyed by all. This model provides a foundation for relationships based on mutual respect and warmth, while providing ongoing support for the development of life and social skills.
Up to five students may live in one of Camphill Soltane’s supported student houses on our main Glenmoore site. Residential coworkers live in or close by to student houses to provide support as needed. Coworkers with children live in separate housing on campus. Most of the students participating in the Learning for Life program live in these households.
There are also several smaller residential settings in the form of one and two bedroom apartments which are available for some students approaching graduation, as well as postgraduates and professional workers participating in Camphill Soltane’s vocational program.
All Camphill households attempt to create warm, welcoming environments that are safe and accessible for all residents, and which are beautiful, clean, and uncluttered. Daily household rhythms give residents opportunities to develop and continually practice life skills and social skills within a predictable framework. Evenings and weekends are spent visiting friends, attending clubs or special interest groups, or going on outings to the library, YMCA, parks, or cultural events and attractions.
Campus & Facilities
Camphill Soltane’s main campus sits on 52 acres in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, in beautiful Chester County. Our residential houses, an apartment building for semi-independent living, and several multi-use buildings for classes, work areas, community gatherings and administration are situated amidst rolling hills, woods, and an extensive organic apple orchard. Our buildings are beautiful, warm, and welcoming, and we enjoy watching the changes of season on the land.
Soltane is located near many beautiful hiking trails, nature preserves and state parks, including Horseshoe Trail, Marsh Creek State Park, and Green Valleys Watershed Association at Wilkinweir. The greater community has many opportunities for fun and cultural enrichment, and our students and residents enjoy trips to public gardens, art and history museums, libraries, cafés, music and theater venues. Our residents also enjoy attending events at two other Camphill communities in the area, Camphill Special School and Camphill Kimberton Hills, as well as the Kimberton Waldorf School.