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Celebrating 50 years of Camphill Village

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we at Camphill Village renew our commitment to focus on serving people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities while continuing to provide a service to the country and to South African society.

Fifty years ago in 1964, Camphill Village (West Coast) was established by Julian and Renate Sleigh in one modest house set on open sandy farmland some distance outside Cape Town. Over time it has evolved into a working farm of some 220 hectares with various sub enterprises, and fifteen homes that can house ninety-eight adult residents in total.


In honour of Julian and Renate’s vision and lifelong commitment, our 50 year celebrations aim to raise funds to set up a trust fund named after them that will enable Camphill to support more people with intellectual disabilities who desperately need a place in a safe and caring community.

In a developing country such as South Africa, with its vast disparity between the rich and the poor, there are so many competing needs that must be addressed and redressed, and there just isn’t enough State funding to provide adequate care for those with intellectual and cognitive disabilities from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

All funds raised during our 50 years celebration will be invested in this trust creating a capital base to allow Camphill to provide more places for those most at risk and give them a secure future.

If you can’t make one of these events but would still like to contribute to the Julian and Renate Sleigh Trust, we welcome all donations large and small.

Join us!


Music festival at Camphill - Freshly Ground, Valiant Swart and more ...


Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Camphill.

We will celebrate with the following events:

  • 24th of September (Heritage Day) – Music Concert held at Camphill Village. This will be an outdoor music event, featuring Freshly Ground, Valiant Swart, and more. Bring a picnic and join us from 1pm till 6.30pm for a memorable feast of music. Tickets R100 available from QUICKET
  • 25th October – This is our 50th Birthday. We will celebrate with a large barn dance, held in our hall. More information will be available soon.


Please diarise these dates – we look forward to seeing you!