What happened to the couple who “had to leave” Botton Village Steiner Camphill community in Yorkshire?
Well, Stroud probably does have what they would call a warmth body, and looking at the front page of the Stroud News last week it could be that the new Camphill place is about to take shape at the now derelict Standish hospital site. According to the report there are plans to create
“a care centre where carers and patients would live together.”
There is no mention of Camphill or Steiner, but the description above fits with the way Camphill operates, and to add to my suspicion that this could be the latest Steiner project for Stroud, the plan has been put together by Max Comfort of Stroud Common Wealth who according to his bio on the fiery spirits website
“…sees no difficulty in using spiritual principles on banks or the VAT man – but he may not always let them know! “
Stroud Common Wealth is suspect because it supports Community Land Trusts which turn out to be Biodynamic Land Trusts .
One of the Stroud Common Wealth projects was the purchase of Fordhall farm – not in Stroud or even in Gloucestershire, but an organic farm in Shropshire. Why?
Several known Steiner followers are listed as current or former directors of SCW, including Martin Large and Aurelia St Clair of the Biodynamic Land Trust;
Max Comfort may simply be someone who thinks the Steiner belief system is environmentally friendly and community based, but his organisation has furthered the Steiner cause in the past, and now looks to be involved in setting up a new Camphill Community.
The bid needs £1million cash to restore the listed buildings and
“create private housing and a day centre… A residential service charge would contribute to the cost [of ] providing care”
This is how Botton operates, and how the couple who left there say they wish to run a new venture; with a
“possibility of working with the Fundamental Social Law, by sharing income”
as they put it.
The income would be from housing benefits, and if this is indeed a Steiner project, the therapies will be anthroposophical, and the private housing will be run by people who wish to live an anthroposophical lifestyle, and to inflict this lifestyle on residents who may well have no choice in the matter once they have been registered there.
The demise of St Luke’s is a step forward, but this could be another step backwards, if eurythmy and anthroposophical art and massage “therapies”are to be inflicted on innocent victims without their consent, but at their expense.
Stroud News and Journal have already expressed their support in principle for the scheme, and indeed on the surface there may be nothing to object to, but given the way the cult of Steiner has stealthily spread in the Stroud area so far, we should be on our guard against this potential danger for vulnerable adults and their families.
I would be very pleased to be proved wrong on this, and if anyone from Stroud Common Wealth can reassure us that this scheme is not planned with a view to promoting anthroposophy, it would be good to hear from them.