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Published on: Sun 23rd Apr, 2017

Christoph Jensen

... lambing, calving, sprouting, flowering ... nature has certainly come alive. And with Easter approaching we participate in this spectacular season. Every morning before work we enact a particular scene of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and moving towards Good Friday and then on to the Easter morning. It is our way of becoming aware of the time and season of the year.


The garden is bursting with activity. As I am writing the potatoes are planted with all hands on deck and the vegetable seedlings that have been waiting in the trays are transplanted into the beds. Daisy, our older Jersey-cow, gave birth to twin-calves yesterday which means our modest cheese-production will start again. Deidre, our other cow, has been in milk since February.


On Sunday April 2nd a number of us packed into our minibus and a car to drive to Killarney to watch the Kerry-team giving us a good game of football. The outing was enjoyed by all. We are proud to be supporting Ireland’s top-team.


Tomorrow we will celebrate Samuel’s, Cornelia’s, Maurus’ and Selma’s farewell. Having served for so many years our little community, they are moving to Kilkenny. We are grateful for all they have contributed and in particular in having left their mark in setting up the new house Tearman an tSolais. As they will be involved in the Camphill communities in the Kilkenny area we will have regular contact with the Kudiabor-family.


For the immediate future our life promises to be full of events: Easter, Bealtaine, the Dingle Cycle Race ... and not to forget: the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Race: 1000 participants have chosen us as their charity to support. Thank you ...  

We wish all our supporters and friends a Happy Easter festival ...



Sunrise at Easter-morning at Temple Geal Oratory
                                                           (picture: Christoph Jensen)

Ceol Agus Craic

Published on: Sun 9th Nov, 2014

Every second year Camphill Dingle is organising and hosting an all inclusive music festival for everyone in Camphill Ireland who would like to play in an orchestra, whatever their ability, and for those who just want to come to support them and enjoy being together.

The 2009 and 2011 festivals were led by John Billing, with support of John Clark, Peggy Grimshaw, Martin Scharer (percussion), Gese Mucke and local dance teachers Catherine Merrigan (Irish and African dancing and Natalie (salsa).

Every day there were rehearsals in the Blasket Centre from 10.00 until 4.00 with entertainment arranged for some evenings including a concert of local musicians and Camphill talent.

We also made sure that we made a day available for all the participants to explore the locality and maybe have some individual rehearsals.

The whole week comes to a fantastic end with a performance open to the public.

Open Day & Craft Fair

Published on: Sun 9th Nov, 2014

Every spring we have our open day and every autumn we have our craft fair.

Some of the activities are Cake sale, vintage clothing, 2nd hand book sale, children's activities, tractor ride up to the farm, donkey rides for the kids. For those who love a bite to eat we have a BBQ, waffles, teas, coffee and cakes

During those days some of the items we are selling are handmade scarves, shawls, rugs, baby socs, baby hats, mobile phone holders and other crafts, jams, cordials, chutneys, bread and all sorts of cakes.

Those days are fun filled events for the whole family. During the open day there are lots of activities while during the craft fair our focus is more on selling the crafts we have made during the year.

But either way, both days are family events and both days are well visited and thanks to the effort of a lot of volunteers from our local community, everybody is always having a great time!

Music Week in Dingle

Published on: Fri 1st Nov, 2013

For the first week of November the Blasket Centre on the Dingle Peninsula resounded with music. An inclusive group of about 70 musicians, made up of members from all the different Camphill Communities of Ireland , practised music under the baton of our patient conductor John Billing, whom some of the readers might remember from the Celtic Lyre Orchestra.

It was a truly wonderful experience to sit in the bright and spacious Blasket Centre, which the OPW generously made available to Camphill for that week. The orchestra was unique; it was an ad-hoc orchestra made up of the talents and abilities of the people present at any given time. Some of the musicians were accomplished players, some humble beginners. There were hand bells, various drums and percussion instruments, polychords, lyres, violins, a cello, flutes, and even a saxophone and a trumpet. Each instrument had an important part to play and each voice, however humble, contributed to the sound of the whole; a true and wonderful experience of Community.

The members of the "Camphill Orchestra" stayed in cottages in a courtyard in Dingle; this was a great opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones. We went out together for meals, listened to music in the pub and danced together at a ceili. With so many Camphillers in town the music week definitely was the talk in town.

The Community in Dingle, together with all their friends, looked after all of us so well. Tea breaks with delicious homemade cakes appeared miraculously just at the right moments, and a local chef cooked our lunches for us in the local youth hostel.

Next to practising in the orchestra we all had the opportunity to do some singing, drumming, dancing and bell ringing. Some of us discovered our talent in salsa dancing!

At the end we performed the fruits of all our hard rehearsing at a fundraising concert organised by the Dingle community. The sound of the music, the memory of the wonderful time spent with new and old friends, and the sound of the waves on Dingle Peninsula will live on in me for a long time.
Thank you to all the friends who helped to bring about such a truly inspiring week!

Claudia Brave



My time at Camphill Dingle

Published on: Wed 24th Apr, 2013

During the summer 2012 I came to the Dingle Camphill Community as a summer co-worker for 3 months. In the beginning I hadn't had a concrete idea of what was waiting for me. Because I'm not from a religious and antroposophical background I was a bit afraid not to fit in the community. But this was not the case at all. Between all the members there was and is a big respect and acceptance!
Speaking of the people there : they are all so great. I met so many good, interesting, funny and kind hearted people and we built some true relations with each other.

For me, it was the first time that I was so far away from home for such a long period of time and it was also the first time « working » with adult special needs. The first days of giving care were a little bit difficult but quickly I realised that the person cannot do it by herself and needs my help. It came more and more natural and in the end we had the greatest fun in the bathroom.

Of course my English got better and better every day because we just spoke English together. Even with the people who knew the same languages as me.(because we met in English, it was so natural to continue in this language. Mostly I learnt the vocabulary for the household, garden, kitchen and daily life.

As a community we did many things together. For example : cooking, cleaning, working in the different workshops and we even had to run the house (when the house parents were on holy days).
A very special thing for me was food. I never ate so healthy! Nearly everything that we had on our plate came from the garden, from the farm and from Daisy (milking cow). I was so amazed by that!
A big difficulty was to think of all the little things that I was supposed to remember and in the end I forgot 3/4 of them. But of course you are never alone and the people are offering their help a lot!

There were some situations where I thought I was a bit too young for this experience and I missed my freedom at some moments. For example to have just one day off (this means ONE sleep in) was a big change to my student way of life.

But all in all it didn't matter because I had by far the best summer that I ever could imagine to have!
During those 3 month I learnt to always be aware what's happening around me, to think for myself, to cook regularly for 8 or more people, to spin, to knit and a lot more!

I'm so thankfull to all the residents, co-workers and employees for this wonderful time together.

March 2013 News

Published on: Tue 26th Mar, 2013

Time seems to be flying at the moment - and I can hardly believe that two weeks have already passed. The community seems to be buzzing with activity - as spring has really arrived and everyone is getting ready for the months ahead. Even the cold spell of weather that we are experiencing does not really seem to bother so much.

Two of the Dexter Cows have given birth to two gorgeous little calfs that are happily running around the field and we are expecting another one in the coming days.Darren , Tomas and Dominic are all excited and go up to the field whenever they can. We also have ten lambs - and over the next few days are expecting a few more.

The chickens are producing an incredible amount of eggs - and everyone is blowing them out so that we have lots of eggs to paint for Easter.

Even on the building front there is some news. The workshop building has gone out for tender - but we are still waiting for a few details to be sorted out before we can move on with the actual house . But hopefully there will be some news to tell in the coming months.

Easter week is a very rich time in Camphill. We try to experience the festivals and do lots of activities in holy week in order to get an experience of all the things that are happening. Every day we look at the events of holy week so that we can prepare ourselves for a big festival on Easter Sunday where we usually have a sunrise breakfast together before going on an egg hunt in our garden in the afternoon.This year we have lots of visitors at this time of year - and is very nice to see some of our past co-workers popping in to say hello.

This coming Friday will be the first day on the market for this year - and lots of things are being still produced. Catriona is making new chair cushions - a new line that we have developed and Ann Marie has made a lot of scarves. Stephen and Thomas are very busy in the garden getting the beds prepared for planting - and we have managed to plant all our potatoes for this year the day after St. Patricks Day.

March 2013 News

Published on: Tue 12th Mar, 2013

It has been a while since I have written so there is a little bit more news than usual. We have had some lovely spring days and have all been enjoying being outside - and have welcomed a few new members into the community.Valentino -our new pet ram - joined us on Valentines Day and has grown enormously since then and n the last few days we have also had the first of our own lambs - and it is lovely to see them running around the fields.

A group of the community went to England to visit one of the first Camphill Communities over in Yorkshire - and they had a great time and came back full of stories.The last few weeks have seen a hype of activity in the garden - people were preparing the vegetable beds and there was some planting going on in the tunnel.Some of the cows have come out of the barn - and seem to be enjoying to be outside again. Klemens - one of our co-workers from a few years ago has come for a visit - and it is great to see the enthusiasm he always brings along.

We have been registered for the Dingle Mini Marathon - and if there is anyone out there who would love to run or walk for us - please feel free and let us know. I also would really like to thank Neasa and Radville from the Pobal Scoil who did a fundraiser for us before Christmas and raised €731 for the community. Well done - and thanks a lot.I also would really like to thank the children in the school in Lispole for doing a few fundraisers for us and raising €240. All of the proceeds will go towards our building fund.

We will be joining the Farmers Market again on Good Friday and there is a lot of activity going on producing lots of new products.

9 Year old Sinéad Ní Chonchúir from Ballymorewest and 9 year old Ailishe Finn Ní Shé from Dingle, decided they wanted to fund raise for our community here in Dingle

They created and made hair jewellery and even T-shirts that they sold from their stand. They spend a lot of time thinking; organizing; creating and selling their lovely products.

At the end of their fund raiser they were able to bring home the incredible amount of € 50!!!.
They dropped by the office where they handed over the money in person to Betsie Konink who gladly accepted it on behalf of the community.We were very impressed! Not only because of the amount they fundraised but also the fact that 2 such very young people can find it in their heart to dedicate their time and put in a lot of effort to help a charity organisation and in this we were the lucky ones!

Dear Sinéad and Ailishe

From the bottom of our hearts

THANK YOU!


My Camphill Experience

Published on: Wed 23rd Jan, 2013

Camphill Dingle June - August 2012

On my last day at Camphill Dingle I was asked to write a blog about my stay there, so that future volunteers would be able to read up a bit on what to expect. But how to prepare you for what lies ahead? Now, all I can do is relate my own story but hopefully you will find it reassuring and helpful for the adventure that is about to commence.

During my journey to Dingle I was extremely anxious about what lay ahead. I had no prior experience and, yes, it was also my first time away from home for longer than three weeks. As soon as I arrived however, these feelings vanished immediately. Even though my arrival coincided with the preparations for the annual Open Day, I was welcomed warmly into the community. The first few days I didn't really know what I was supposed to be doing but it didn't matter. The full-time co-workers were extremely caring and gave me time to arrive and get my bearings.

However, this did not mean that I was the new girl only allowed to watch. Oh no. As soon as I said that I would like to help wherever I can they gave me small jobs and responsibilities to keep me busy and get to know the people of the community. The Open Day itself was absolutely lovely and well worth a visit if you are around for it. My job was to give children donkey rides, which was immense fun. Walking around in donkey poo and mud all day, trying to pull reluctant donkeys across a field. Fun.

Seriously though, it was amazing. The people in the local community are so nice and supportive, something I had never come across before coming to Camphill. The aftermath of the Open Day felt like the whole community, even the walls of the farm and the vegetables in the garden, breathed a sigh of relief. It had been a huge success and everyone was very proud of what they had achieved. In the following weeks I learnt more about life than I had every learnt at school. Every day I did something new, different and exciting. Whenever I was unsure of what to do and whenever I felt insecure, someone more experienced was by my side to guide me. Very soon I did not need this guidance anymore as they helped me grow in confidence a huge amount. As for the residents of Camphill Dingle?

I have never met nicer people before in my entire life! Of course they have bad days as you and I do too but you pretty much instantly fall in love with them and then you just try to make their day better.
You can expect Camphill to be full of life changing experiences and you are definitely not the same person when you leave as when you arrived. But that's a good thing. As someone who had just left school and had no idea of what they wanted from life, Camphill gave me the opportunity to explore my strengths as well as my weaknesses and discover things I didn't know about myself. You must surely think that I am painting a pretty picture and leaving out all the bad parts but I can promise you that I am not. Whenever I felt frustrated or sad I had someone to talk to. Of course you will be tired at some point in your stay because one day off a week really isn't much. But even this doesn't affect you too much because you're having such a good time. Now as you are applying to go to Ireland I'm sure you have one burning question: What about the weather? Well, as I was only there during the summer I can only give you a small insight but know this: it does not rain all the time.

Granted, July was incredibly wet but there was glorious sunshine in June and August - on some days anyway.

By the time it came for me to leave I really didn't want to. Having thought at the start that three months would be far too long, they ended up going by too quickly. I met some incredible people in Camphill Dingle and am still missing them an enormous amount. I am definitely thinking of returning someday and I hope, that after your stay you will feel the same way.

*Cue cheesy line*: For someone searching for the meaning of life and their purpose within it, Camphill Dingle is the place to go!

Fiona

January 2013 News

Published on: Wed 9th Jan, 2013

It seems a while that I have written about all the events in our community . The new year seems to have started well - nearly everyone is back from their holidays and slowly getting back into the swing of the normal routine. The few nice days we had this week have been thoroughly enjoyed by all - and there even have been moments when the feeling of spring was felt.

We have welcomed Samuel from Germany into our community - he arrived to replace Hangul who will be sadly leaving us after 1 ½ years to go back to Korea.

January seems to be the birthday season in our community and we have been celebrating the first ones.Otherwise work seems to get back into swing. Steven is busy in the garden preparing the compost for the coming year and Tomas and Dominic are busy on the farm. Catriona started to help Katharina in our new food processing workshop which was started after Christmas and is also busy with weaving a big order of seat cushions that we got. Ann Marie has joined the gardening team in the afternoon and is still making sure that the weavery can produce products in the morning. Thomas R. had a good holiday at home and is now awaiting some new projects for the coming year while he is working in the garden.

All the animals got through the winter - though it seems to be the ducks that seem to be having the most fun as the rain does not seem to bother them to much. Tom and John ( the donkeys) seemed to have been spending little time outside these last few weeks and are longingly watching the world go by from their shed.

October 2012 News

Published on: Tue 9th Oct, 2012

It has been a busy few weeks in the Community lately as new co-workers have arrived and the ones that have been with us over the summer have left. Everyone is back from their holidays and slowly people are finding back into their routine and others are finding their place in the Community. It will hopefully not be too long before the workshops are all back in swing again and also the weavers are able to produce things for the market again. It was a good summer on the market this year and we sold many of our products.We are still waiting for a few volunteers to arrive in the coming weeks - and then all the different areas will be covered again.

Last weekend we had our Flag day in Dingle and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people volunteering to help for a few hours - so I would like to thank you all. We did manage to raise a little more than € 2500 and are very happy with that. It will all go towards the building fund - and hopefully we will be able to give you an update about the building in the coming weeks.

I would especially this time like to thank all the students from the Transition year of the Pobal Scoil who helped last Friday with the Flag day. Your help was greatly appreciated.

It has been a busy weekend for everyone in Dingle - and also everyone here has been busy with tasting different kinds of food and experiencing the nice atmosphere in Dingle. We also were quite busy with the fundraiser that we had on over the weekend -many people came to guess the weight of the lamb that we had outside St.James - and it was a lot of fun to meet all the many people that came to see it and tried to get the weight right. I can now announce that the lamb weighed 47.860 kg, 105.076 lbs and 7stones 7.076lbs. The lamb was donated by Micheal O'Moran and it was won by Liam O'Brien from Killarney who was the closest with 47.820 kg. The second prize of a dinner in the Bulls Head went to Mary Hanafin in Beenbawn who won it with 47.730kg. Congratulations.I would like to thank all the people who helped with manning the stall - and everyone who so generously supported the event.We were able to raise €1185.

On Sunday Ciara and Aodhan O'Connor and Niamh and Niall Browne also were very busy with making and selling biscuits for us and managed to raise € 135 for us. Thank you very much to all four of you.All the money will go towards our building project which we are hoping to start very soon once all the last hurdles have been overcome.

Now we are all settling back into normality - the growth in the garden has come to an end but we are all enjoying the bountiful harvest of this last summer. Slowly the garden is being prepared for the winter - and on the farm things are coming along. A lot of work has been done on fencing and gates - and unfortunately the donkeys are spending a lot of time inside as it has been so wet lately.The weavers have started to produce a lot of things for the coming craft fairs as we have sold so many things on our stall on the market over the summer and hopefully the candle workshop will soon open its doors again.In the houses there has been quite some activity with making jams and chutneys and juices - and the herb workshop is still providing us with a range of products.

August 2012

Published on: Mon 27th Aug, 2012

It has been a while ago since I have been writing as I have been away on holidays - enjoying some sun.But of course it means that there is a little bit of news.

The biggest news at the moment is that we have finally managed to get planning permission for a house and a workshop and are now busy with getting a lot of the details sorted out. I will try to write something a little more detailed for the next edition.

Everyone is delighted to have got so far - and a big thank you to all of you who have helped to get us so far.

Otherwise there have been a lot of comings and goings - and we are now waiting for all the new co-workers who will be joining us for a year. So far we have only been joined by Wonbin - a new co-worker from South Korea.

It is a little bit quieter at the moment as a number of people are still on their summer holidays - but by next week most of the community will be here.

The garden is producing lots of wonderful vegetables at the moment - and we seem to be sinking in a flood of cucumbers and gherkins this year. Cornelia and her gardening team have really done a fantastic job.

Next week is our annual flag day ( 6th and 7th of September )and we are still looking for a few volunteers who would like to give an hour or two of their time - so if that is you please contact me on 0861522483.

July 2012 News

Published on: Mon 16th Jul, 2012

We are well into July now and like everyone else are still waiting for this wonderful summer that we were expecting this year. Apart from that everyone seems fairly content - there are a lot of new faces as quite a few co-workers have joined us over the summer before the volunteers for the new year start arriving in august and September.

There have been a few changes in the last weeks - the biggest one was that we have a wonderful extension to our farmyard with a a roofed space for storage. It was built by Ernst and Phil who come every year for a working holiday and build wonderful spaces. So far we have used the space for an art project that involved a large amount of people in the community and also for a Thank you BBQ for all our faithful volunteers and helpers. Unfortunately the day we held it was rather wet - but the roofed space was even more appreciated.

A group of us has been in Cork to play street music as part of the international song festival - and we were joined by a few people from other communities.Others are going to be heading off for the summer holidays - and some of the co-workers are still going to be leaving us in the coming few weeks.

The fox has been a regular visitor again - and sadly we have lost a few more ducks. There are only three left now - but they are still happily feasting on all the slugs in the garden. The garden looks fantastic at the moment - and we are producing an incredible amount of lettuce . Darren who recently joined us is rather concerned that he might be turning into a rabbit.

June 2012 News

Published on: Tue 19th Jun, 2012

Time and again I am being asked about what Camphill is - so I thought today that I would give a little bit of a history. The first Camphill was started in the 1940s by a group of war refugees who had been inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner. The group , who's leader was Karl Koenig , moved after some searching into an estate called Camphill near Aberdeen in Scotland and were soon joined by a group of children with special needs. As these children grew older and new children came the movement grew into England, Northern Ireland and later into the world.

40 years ago , in 1972 . the first Camphill in Ireland opened its doors. It is the the biggest of the 17 places that are now in Ireland and it is near Gorey in Wexford.

In Camphill we live and work together with the aim that all of us are equal. All of us , co-workers or companions , share in the daily responsibilities according to our abilities.

In Camphill Dingle live always about 20 people. Co-workers come for longer or shorter terms and share accordingly in the running of the place. At the moment we have 4 long-term co-workers who share in the responsibility for the long-term vision of the Community. Everyone of these would be responsible for different areas of the Community - but not one of us can make big decisions by ourselves. There are a few employees who are very much needed to give the continuity for the companions and for administrative purposes.

The short term co-workers come on average for a year and help in the daily and social life. There are also a number of volunteers who came on a daily basis or for specific tasks - and also some FAS workers and people from Mit freundlichen Grüßen. All in all there are a lot of people passing through - but then this is a big place and there is a lot to do. By putting so much effort into our place we all gain a sense of pride for our place and gain a purpose in our work. At the same time we try not only to care for each other but also for the environment.

May 2012 News

Published on: Mon 21st May, 2012

Another two weeks have past and we are now really starting to get busy for preparing for our Open Day which we will be having on the 3rd of June. There are lots of things to do - and of course we would like the place to look at its best for the day that is why we would like to invite everyone who loves weeding to come and join us on Saturday the 26th of May to help in the garden. We will be providing something to eat on the day. Also we would like to ask if anyone would like to do some baking for the Cake sale on the 3rd of June and contribute to the Bric-a - Brac Sale. Everything will be greatly appreciated. Also if you remember that dress/suit/ or any other item that is hanging in your cupboard waiting to be worn - why not give Neasa a call on 0876280108 as she is trying to organise a clothes sale for the day.

Furthermore I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the Cycling Club who donated €3000 to us after their recent Cycle challenge. Thanks a lot. I would also like to thank Joe Connolly and Julie Malone and Paul from Bee Supplies for donating a beehive and all the equipment to start keeping bees. It is all there now - just waiting for the bees - who will have a lovely place in our wonderful forest.

And as I am at the thank yous I would like to give a big thank you to all the people who have helped in the last weeks and years - and who are faithfully coming to support us. There is Paul Kirk who comes and does Reading and Writing with some of the people and there are all the FAS Workers who have very much contributed to what the place is looking like at the moment.
See you all on the 3rd of June for a wonderful - and hopefully sunny - day.

May 2012 News

Published on: Sat 5th May, 2012

It has been a busy few weeks getting our place ready for Open Day - which we had on last sunday. It was a great success. Many people came and stayed around for a long time as it turned out to be a dry and sunny afternoon. - which we had hardly dared to hope for. A lot of cakes and bric-a-brac arrived -and all in all we were also able to raise close to €5000. Thank you to everyone who helped us with the Open Day - both on the day and before.

The week before we were presented with a cheque of €350 from the children in the school in Ventry. Before Easter they held a raffle and decided that they would like to donate the money to us. Thank you very much to you all.

On Sunday morning a new calf was born - this time a little Kerry calf - and over the weekend we were joined by two new co-workers - Fiona from Germany and England - and Lea from Switzerland. Sadly we also had to say goodbye to Christine who left us after having been with us for a year to go back to Germany.

Now we are all looking forward to a very warm summer!!!!

April 2012 News

Published on: Tue 24th Apr, 2012

Like everyone else we all have been struggling with the change of weather and there has been a lot of illness and struggles which has at times left us a bit thin on the ground - but life goes on and we are happy to say that another healthy calf was born - much to Tomas's delight. It is a little Jersey calf.
Sadly we are going to loose Kathleen who was working with us through FAS and I would like to take the opportunity here to thank her for all the help and support she gave us over the last few months.
Lately we have been asked a lot about how our planning application is going - and I thought to give a brief update on that. After having to give up on our initial house which we had planned due to funding issues we designed a new house and a workshop for which the application went in just a few weeks before Christmas last year.We now have got the plans back a second time asking for more information ( on colour schemes and building materials ) - and a detailed landscape plan which will unfortunately set us back both time wise and financially.We can of course only keep our fingers crossed that these will be the only requirements....!!!!

Lastly I would just like to say that we will be having our Open Day this year on the 3rd of June - so keep looking out for more news on that.

April 2012 News

Published on: Tue 10th Apr, 2012

Easter has been - and everyone is having a little bit of a quieter time after our Easter celebrations. Quite a few people went on holiday- and a lot of visitors have come and gone.
The second Dexter calf was born and all the lambs that we had been expecting are happily running around the field.

We would like to thank the Transition year students in the Poabail Scoil for donating the money they raised with their recent Fashion show to us. It was very much appreciated. All the money that has been donated and that was fundraised for goes to our building fund as we are still very much hoping to build our first house and a workshop building in the very near future - and due to the current financial situation their is no funding available.

If anyone would still like to run or walk the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin in June in order to fundraise for us please contact me on 0861522483 - as there are still a few days left in order to sign up. A group of us went last year - and it was a great day.

March 2012 News

Published on: Mon 26th Mar, 2012

The summer has arrived - at least it seems like it. The last few days have been magnificent - and like everyone else most likely we have been all trying to spend as much time outside as possible. We had a picnic on our cliffs - and instead of having the Zumba afternoon in the farm there was a lot of dancing outside the weavery. There are quite a few red faces and arms - and Thomas Ryan and Hangul have been brave enough to jump into the sea ( with wetsuits though ).Tomas is is going up to the cliffs every day to check up on the cows which are all happy to be outside again - and we are only waiting for one more sheep to lamb.Sadly Marion left us last week but we will not have to go to far to see her as she is living and working in town.

The weavers have been incredibly productive with making rugs and scarves in lots of different colours for the market season and the gardeners are busy with tending to all the seedlings that have been planted - and have done a lot of planting outside. The garden looks amazing.So far the battle with the weeds has not yet started - but later on in the early summer we will welcome some extra help of some enthusiastic weeders.

Easter is around the corner - and once again we are busy preparing for a festival - which is very important in our Camphill life. People have been blowing out eggs to paint and decorate the houses with - and we are doing a lot of singing.We wish you all a lovely Easter day - and great weather.

March 2012 News

Published on: Mon 12th Mar, 2012

Lots has happened in the last few weeks. We have nine new lambs and they are all happily jumping around on the field . Everyone really enjoys watching them as they are all on the field that we need to pass to get to work. One of the Dexter cows that we got in the autumn had a calf - which is tiny compared to the calfs one usually sees as the Dexter Cows are quite small.

A lot of excitement was had last week when the Container that has been on our land since before we started seven years was removed. It was a little bit like the end of an era. We were remembering back to when we first opened it - packed with old bedsprings and lots of other things.It took us days to empty it - and it was soon filled with lots of other things as it has been the only storage space we had for a long time. Some of the benches we found are still being used to this day - although they got the occasional lick of paint.The bedsprings we had found also had been used for many things - as fences, wire for the beans and peas to grow up on and one is still being used as the door to the chicken run.But now there is a nice space which is being straight away filled with various sheds- so that all looks a little bit neat and tidy. Otherwise people are busy with getting ready for St. Patricks day. A group is busy with rehearsing drumming - while others are going to join the Bee-keepers at the Parade on Saturday - and the rest of the Community will be found watching the parade this year.

February 2012 ews

Published on: Mon 27th Feb, 2012

It is hard to believe that it is nearly the end of February - and march is standing at the door. Spring is well on the way - and one can really see nature waking up. The first of the lambs are expected any day now - which is always a big excitement as everyone loves to see the new born lambs running around on the fields. The basket weavers, Thomas Ryan and Marcus are very busy at the moment with making willow fences in the garden to create more shelter from the wind. It is quite amazing to see the huge amounts of willow they are bringing up from the bog where until a few years ago there was very little growing. 5 years ago we planted lots of trees on our land - and the ones in the bog were planted in an attempt to dry it out a little - and to create a little woodland area.

Unfortunately we have lost 5 of our ducks since the last time that I wrote - as the fox paid a nightly visit - so that we only have 4 ducks left. But tomorrow we are going to be joined by a few chickens that are going to be living in the garden of our house up in Lisdeargan.

Last week a few of us spent some days in Ballinskelligs where we were participating in a music workshop which was held in Waterville. It was a great week and apart from making music we also had the chance to explore the surroundings - though we all would have appreciated a little better weather.

Now we are looking forward to some old co-workers coming for a visit - and helping a little in the garden and on the farm.

February 2012 News

Published on: Mon 13th Feb, 2012

Everyone has been enjoying the lovely weather these last few days and one can really feel a buzz around the place. More and more of the hens and the ducks are laying eggs and a lot of work is done. The gardeners have started sowing in the poly tunnel, have planted a few new fruit bushes and Dominic, Stephen and Darren have been very busy with shifting the smelly compost There is a lot of nice compost to be used in the coming months.The first tulips and hyacinths are peeping out of the ground, even the first rhubarb is starting to show. The bullock that was mIt is hard to believe that it is nearly the end of February - and march is standing at the door. Spring is well on the way - and one can really see nature waking up. The first of the lambs are expected any day now - which is always a big excitement as everyone loves to see the new born lambs running around on the fields. The basket weavers, Thomas Ryan and Marcus are very busy at the moment with making willow fences in the garden to create more shelter from the wind. It is quite amazing to see the huge amounts of willow they are bringing up from the bog where until a few years ago there was very little growing. 5 years ago we planted lots of trees on our land - and the ones in the bog were planted in an attempt to dry it out a little - and to create a little woodland area.

Unfortunately we have lost 5 of our ducks since the last time that I wrote - as the fox paid a nightly visit - so that we only have 4 ducks left. But tomorrow we are going to be joined by a few chickens that are going to be living in the garden of our house up in Lisdeargan.

Last week a few of us spent some days in Ballinskelligs where we were participating in a music workshop which was held in Waterville. It was a great week and apart from making music we also had the chance to explore the surroundings - though we all would have appreciated a little better weather.

Now we are looking forward to some old co-workers coming for a visit - and helping a little in the garden and on the farm. eant to join us a few weeks ago but unfortunately escaped has finally joined the herd, but not before he tried to get over a few fences when the vet paid him a few visits. Now he seems content enough to be in the farm and has not attempted to run off yet. Mick and John Joe have been very busy with clearing out the ditches along the road to the hardcore road and have been putting the final touches to the new farm shed which is really finished now. A group of us going for a little music holiday in Cahersiveen next week which we can tell about the next time. The birthday season seems to be over for a while as we have been celebrating three birthdays in the last weeks one of them which was a big 21st!!!

January 2012 News

Published on: Mon 30th Jan, 2012

Again it is time to write for the West Kerry Live and I find myself a little lost at what to write as very little is happening at the moment. Like everyone we are looking forward to greeting the spring which we will be celebrating with Candlemas which is on the 2nd of february. Every year we make earth candles which we then plant in the garden and light to warm up the ground - so if you happen to be passing that night and you see lights in our garden you will know what it is. We will also hope for bad weather on that day as it is said that 'if Candlemas is bright with sun then the winter has just begun but if Candlemasday is dark with rain then winter's power is on the wane.'

At the beginning of the week we celebrated Tomas' birthday - and AnnMarie is looking forward to a special birthdayparty with lots of friends and family at the end of the week.

Otherwise all is well - the oneeyed kitten which was rescued over christmas has joined the many animals on the land and is making sure that he is not forgotten - allthough he is not meant to be there but should live a little bit down the road but he is seen trotting along the road when people are walking to work.The gander seems to be feeling the spring as no one is allowed to go anywhere near his goose - with a lot of noise and hissing everyone is being chased away - only a few fearless can go near him.

January 2012 News

Published on: Mon 16th Jan, 2012

After the long Christmas time it is wonderful to be getting back into the working routine and not having to many things that are out of the ordinary although we did have a few birthdays to celebrate over the last week.

We have been joined by a new co-worker who will be staying with us for three months and also John Joe and Kathleen from FAS have joined the ranks and are working alongside everyone which is very much appreciated by all.A lot of work has gone into clearing out the rusty container that has been sitting on our land ever since we got here seven years ago - and we are all looking forward to getting rid of it soon and making some space for new ventures in its stead.

A new bullock joined us for a day last week - but seemed to be rather keen to get back to his old field and easily overcame two fences and a hedge and scared a few neighbours while galloping back along the road to his old field without a passport !We will have to see how we can coax him to stay...

Otherwise things are rather uneventful - but everyone is enjoying the rather mild days. The chickens all have started laying eggs again - and even the occasional duck egg can be found. The daffodils are all peeping out of the ground and there seems to be a little bit of confusion about the beginning of the spring so everyone is hoping that the winter has actually passed us by. All in all it is a rather uneventful time which is very much appreciated by everyone.

January 2012 News

Published on: Mon 2nd Jan, 2012

2012 has arrived - and with it lots of hopes for the future. Just before Christmas we applied for planning permission for our new house and for a workshop building which we are hoping to build and that we have been- and still are- busy fundraising for. If all goes well we may be able to start building this summer...!!!

After Christmas it is always a quiet time in the Community. Some people go home to their families and others take time for walks and enjoy a bit more of a reflective time. Unfortunately it was all accompanied by a lot of rain this year - and some of us seemed always to be trying to dodge the showers.

This year , the Carnival band went out on the Wren for us and collected € 470 and I understand that some children in Mayo went out to collect for us .Thank you all for your help and support.
On New Year's Eve those left in the Community and our many visitors joined the throng to see the fireworks in town and afterwards celebrated the arrival of the New Year in Dingle.

Now we are slowly returning to normal life.The first visitors have left and soon everyone will be coming back from their holidays . All our workshops will be starting up again and we look forward to a host of new activities on our land in 2012.

December 2011 News

Published on: Mon 5th Dec, 2011

It is getting closer to Christmas and we all are feeling the cold wind blowing around our ears. The garden has come to a standstill and Tomas , Dominic, Thomas and Hangul have got much busier now that all the animals are settled into the farmbuilding - and there is a bustle of activity.Owing a lot to Mick who is with us from the Rural Social Sceme the new shed for the donkeys and the tractor is ready to stand up to the rain and cold weather - and the donkeys ears can be seen peeping over the gate when people come to visit.

This week is a busy week for us as we are getting prepared for our Christmas Fair which is being held on Sunday the 11th of December where once again our crafts can be bought and children can have a go at andledipping and making crafts. Donations to our Cake Sale are very much appreciated.
Thanks to Mike from FAS who was with us up to a few weeks ago we can walk around the place without getting to wet as he has cleared and reclaimed a lot of the paths in the garden.

This year we will be doing a Christmasraffle - the draw will be taking place in one of our houses on the 21st of December - and there are some nice prizes to be won. Tickets can be bought from the Community and from many of our friends and in town.

We are all looking forward to seeing you on Sunday the 11th - drop in for a cup of tea and a browse around.

Contact Dingle

Address  Doonsheane
Dingle
Co. Kerry
Phone  +353 (0) 66 915 2841
Email  dingle@camphill.ie

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