About Glenora Farm
The Ita Wegman Association operates Glenora Farm, a biodynamic farm, located south of Duncan on Vancouver Island. We are a life-sharing community, where adults with developmental disabilities (Companions) live, work and learn together with Coworkers (Employees/ Partially Paid Workers/ Day Volunteers/ Practicum Students).
We are a member of the International Camphill movement and of the Camphill Association of North America, and one of two Camphill Communities in Western Canada.
Cultural, artistic and therapeutic experiences are provided through residential home support and day program activities.
Our primary objective is to allow the potential in each Companion to unfold and to be in harmonious relationship with the environment.
It is our common endeavour to create an environment in which those who are in need of special care, and those who provide it, can relate to each other as individuals rather than as professionals and clients. Thus we make room for creativity and personal fulfillment in the context of each person's privacy and spiritual freedom. In the way we live together, in the way we care for the land and in the things we create, we intend to uphold the ideals of Camphill, in which each contributes what they are able to, and receives in turn what they need.
Camphill is a worldwide association of schools, training colleges and adult villages where people with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together with their caregivers, sharing a culturally rich and productive environment. The Camphill model is based on ideas developed by Rudolf Steiner in his lectures and writing on Anthroposophy (literally “wisdom of the human being”), rising from the basic assumption that every person, regardless of ability, is an independent, spiritual being.
Developmental disabilities are treated as a part of the fabric of human experience and are cared for in the context of a healthy home and community life. Since the first Camphill was founded in 1939, the model has been refined and developed into a comprehensive therapeutic way of life for people with significant developmental disabilities. By combining wisdom from philosophy and the arts, modern science, alternative medicine, nutritional approaches, and a range of therapies, Camphill communities have been very successful in enabling people with developmental disabilities to function at a high level in a supportive environment, enjoying a richly developed sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Currently, there are over 100 Camphill Communities spread over 22 countries.
Glenora Farm is owned and operated by the Ita Wegman Association of British Columbia for Curative Education and Social Therapy, a non-profit organization and a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.
Of course! We love giving tours of the farm and meeting new friends. Tours are typically given a couple of times per month on a Monday or Friday. Contact us to get more information.
Each home consists of caregivers (called “Coworkers”) and Companions (our friends with special needs)…and in some cases, kids, too!
There are currently 40-45 people who call Glenora Farm “home”. We have three large, extended family-style care homes – The Big House, Helios House and Corwyn House – and a few smaller houses on and around the property. The community is comprised of folks of all ages and families of various sizes.
We are always accepting applications for both Coworkers and Companions. We do have a limited number of spots available for each.
Yes! We have a three-acre vegetable garden, which produces thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables each year, a small herd of Dexter cows and a herd of about 30 East Fresian sheep. Working the land is a task shared by all members of our community. We feed ourselves, some of our neighbors and even some of the fine folks in the town of Duncan via the amazing farmer’s market and some local shops.
We have an extensive workshop program which runs each week from Monday – Friday. Our Coworkers and Companions work side-by-side on the land, in the kitchen and in various handicraft workshops.
Some of our workshops include: forestry, vegetable gardening, weaving, cooking, farming, choir, drama, handbells, felting, candle-dipping, landscaping and more.