Botton Village, an intentional community within the worldwide Camphill Movement, is home to 330 people, about 140 of whom are adults with special needs. People work on the land, which includes farms, gardens and forest, in workshops and in our houses.
We live together as extended families where we share most meals together. Everyone contributes to the wellbeing of the community through their work, irrespective of ability, and our needs are met, not by a wage system, but by sharing resources according to individual requirements. Every year, we have many young short term co-workers coming to us, mainly from the continent but also from the Far East.
Having no hierarchical management, each of us is encouraged to participate in whatever way we can for the good of all. We are dependent on one another, and this mutual respect allows us the freedom to develop our individual potentials. Thus the community is founded on a Christian ethic of mutual respect, freedom of belief and ethnic background, while showing responsibility and accountability for each other and towards the world in general.