Ballytobin is one of longest established Camphill communities in Ireland. Camphill has an interesting philosophy called “reverse integration”. Ballytobin is a shared living community, where some of the community with physical or intellectual needs would find integrating in the community difficult. Reverse integration is where you draw the “outside” community to you.
The building of Castelia Hall and the Rudolf Steiner School are both examples of creating opportunities and reasons for engagement with the wider community. Their openness to facilitate school tours benefits both parties, and the students can see first hand a number of unique therapies such as colour therapy, sound & music therapy and a range of other options while Campbell get to engage with their local community.
For a number of students interested in music and social care, they found the visit helpful in potential career choices. It was also a rare opportunity to play some the wonderful pianos stored at Castilian Hall, which is used due to it’s constant temperature and humidity control from the on-site biogas plant.