08 May Camphill Ghent at “The Sacred Gateway”
On the weekend of April 26 through 28, the Anthroposophical Society in America held a conference locally called “The Sacred Gateway,” which dealt with holistic approaches to issues connected with the end of life. Camphill Ghent took part in various ways.
On Friday afternoon, prior to the conference’s official start, participants were invited to visit Camphill Ghent for lunch, find out about what we do here, and have a tour of our community. We were pleasantly surprised when fifty people quickly signed up to take part in this visit! (After that, we had to announce that this event was full!) I gave a presentation of our community and Nick, Renate, Gisela and David led tours. Several individuals came to my office afterwards to ask for the price list and application form.
On Saturday, David and I offered a workshop at the conference called “Aging and Dying Well: The Developmental Story of Aging,” which focused on aging as a natural developmental process that is essential to each individual’s humanity. Content from Camphill Ghent’s unique Care Course was presented in a condensed form to around fifty interested participants, some of whom approached me afterwards to find how they might come here to live.
This was a good opportunity for us to be involved in a national conference like this. Not only were we able to welcome them to our community. We also managed to connect with conference participants and share with them our philosophy of holistic and inclusive care. I hope that we can join in similar events like this in the future.