Camphill ‘Reflections’ Magazine
At the beginning of 2014, we welcomed Camphill Special School to our growing roster of brilliant clients. Their mission is to “create wholeness for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and therapy in extended family living so that they may be better understood and their disabilities moderated, that they may more fully unfold their potential, and that they more fully and meaningfully participate in life.”
Camphill Special School is part of the global Camphill movement, which is based on the principles of anthroposophy — the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner that seeks to integrate spirit, body, and soul. Steiner formulated the concept of curative education, which includes the arts as healing and educational forces, and his influence is felt in Camphill Special School’s adapted Waldorf curriculum.
There are many things that make Camphill Special School unique, but perhaps one of the most obvious is the sense of aliveness in everything that they do. What we found most interesting was that everything that is taught, explored, debated, and discovered at Camphill happens in a live environment and is shared by everyone in the community. There are genuine relationships that are forged between the people of Camphill and their environment as well as the community that they serve. We saw an amazing organization backed by an incredible movement that is currently redefining what is possible.
Reflections, Camphill’s bi-annual magazine, was one of our first assignments. Reflections started as a quarterly newsletter but we saw the potential in this piece as something much greater. Invictus proposed a complete re-design of this piece including the structure of the content. Our vision was to make Reflections a bi-annual magazine versus a quarterly newsletter. We would beef up the page count and focus the content on specific themes surrounding Camphill life. Each article would be beautifully illustrated with images captured by some of Camphill’s professional volunteer photographers so that we could provide their readership with an accurate and compelling portrayal of what it means to be part of Camphill Special School as well as the Camphill movement.
With unwavering support and guidance from our contacts at Camphill, we successfully rolled out the first redesigned issue of Reflections in the Spring of last year followed by the Fall/Winter issue directly thereafter. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to seeing how this piece evolves over the coming year and beyond.