At the heart of every Camphill community is a celebration of a wide range of festivals throughout the year.
In this section you will find information about each festival, with recent updates to keep you informed of what's happening here at Corbenic.
26 March - 2nd April 2018
It's the Sunday before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week. The Corbenic Community commence this special week with a boundary walk, marking the territory with crosses topped with bread shaped roosters, a tradition from the Netherlands. The procession meandering along the Poetry Path could be likened to the crowd that gathered to lay palm branches, a symbol of triumph and victory on the ground in anticipation of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Easter Egg Hunt
The annual egg hunt and rolling was blessed with good weather, and everyone assembled at 4pm to commence the search for their hidden chocolate prize. It's a day when families join and over 100 eggs are shared out amongst those who join in the fun. We even had a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny!
13 February 2018
This year's theme was 'Space' which allowed for very creative costumes; aliens, Darth Vader, astronauts and strange creatures with antennae. Tin foil, paper mache, cardboard tubes and boxes were glued, cut, painted and assembled. The hall was decorated with planets, moons, shooting stars and aliens which glimmered in the rotating lights, illuminating smiling painted faces.
Elton John's Rocket Man, Bowie's Space Oddity and Lou Reed's Satellite of Love were amongst some of the songs that everyone bopped along to. I believe the dancing carried on into the wee galactic hours of the night! It's fair to say that everyone had a 'blast'.
13 February 2018
It's tradition at Corbenic to have a pancake race outside every year to mark the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. This year, the snow fall dictated a change of venue and so pancake tossing was the substitute game in the Main Hall. There's a knack to flipping pancakes that everyone seemed to master, some taking full advantage of the high ceilings before skilfully catching it again in their frying pans.
Thanks to Thomas for cooking up the pancakes and to everyone for their efforts and good sense of humour - what a giggle!
2 February 2018
The Christian festival of lights marks the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the Spring Eqinox.
The community gathered for a celebration in the hall followed by the lighting of the candles which had been poured into holes in the ground that morning.
Seeing the snowdrops poking through the wet soil is always a welcome sight, the hope of longer days and warmer weather!
9 February 2018
Corbenic's Got Talent
....it certainly does. The staff, co-workers and residents took to the stage to showcase their balancing, singing, playing and mimicking skills in front of an expectant audience and 3 judges. Hidden skills came to the fore, a wonderful surprise at how varied the talents here at Corbenic are.
The three judges certainly had their work cut out deciding who would be worthy of the CGT title. Dani, the house co-ordinator of Mullach, swung the vote in the end with his singing and guitar skills, but to quote Hot Chocolate...."everyone's a winner...that's the truth".
25 February 2018
Everyone gathered in the decked out hall awaiting the arrival of the ceremonial Haggis, a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Robert Burns in 'Address to the Haggis'. Our new piper took the lead, followed closely by Mark our Haggis bearer. It was a moving moment with the sound of the haunting pipes echoing through the corridors. Martin, master of ceremonies opened the evening and the feasting commenced. Poems were recited, songs were sung and the evening ended with a standing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
6 January 2018
Three Kings Celebration
Hugo Erbe (1885-1965) created the Three Kings Preparation as a result of his work as a biodynamic farmer in Germany. It was after the boming of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that he experienced a deep wound inflicted on the earth and in order to restore healing, he developed a preparation made from the gifts of the Three Kings.
Gold the symbol of wisdom, growth of the physical body
Frankincense representing spiritual intuition, sacramental offering and development of the harmonious soul
Myrrah the symbol of dying, the earthly in order that the higher may come to life and enhancement of spiritual development
All three are ground together for one hour to form a paste which is then added to warm water. The stiring process represents restoring the elemental forces back into the water which is then sprayed around the boundary in an outward direction to act as protection. These three holy substances can serve as gifts to the earth and the elemental world. Amongst the chaos of the festive season of consumption, gift giving etc, it's good to pause and give thanks to the land and our environment for sustaining us throughout the year.
What a beautiful end to the day, with the sun setting on the newly fallen snow and a poignant beginning to the New Year.
01 September 2017
At the beginning of August, Geza Sallai lead 5 Hungarian students to Corbenic, tasked with creating sculptures for the Poetry Path. Their time frame - 1 month.
On 1st September, the whole community was given a tour and a talk about each student and the amazing work they produced.
Geza, Bendeguz, Agnes, Dorottya, Benedek, Eniko - The following scultpure pieces can be seen on our Poetry Path nestled amongst the trees and one stone dyke wall.
Benedek Karolyi-Kiss Dorottya Ferenczy
Agnes Domokos Eniko Csaszi
Bendeguz Szentesi Geza Sallai
26 Sept 2017
Michaelmas Day, traditionally celebrated on 29th September, is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, the angel who hurled Lucifer down from heaven. It used to be said that harvest had to be completed by Michaelmas, a marking of the end of the productive season and the beginning of the new cycle. It is also an indication of darker nights and colder days - a time when defences need to be strengthened.
Here at Corbenic, as per tradition, we will be fortifying ourselves with a hearty meal on Friday using the fruits and vegetables harvested yesterday by the community. What a beautiful array of colourful produce, all grown here!
28 July 2017
Seon Joo's Farewell
Everyone joined in wishing Seon Joo a heartfelt farewell on Friday afternoon. The hall was decked out with fresh flowers from the garden and every chair filled awaiting Seon Joo's arrival.
Speeches were made about her commitment and work over the past 6 years as a House Co-ordinator in Ossian. Gifts were given and the floor was opened for anyone who wanted to say a special thanks.
With Seon Joo's positive spirit and bubbly personality, it would be impossible not to miss her presence and influence around the community, but we wish her much happiness and success as she creates a life in South Korea. They're most fortunate to have her.
5 June 2017
Whitsun, or 'White Sunday' is the 7th Sunday after Easter, the day of Pentecost telling the story of the Holy Spirit's appearance to the Apostles. The Biblical account tells how they were gathered to celebrate the Jewish Harvest Festival and began to speak in Foreign Languages.
Here at Corbenic, we have lots of volunteers from all over the world, speaking many 'foreign' languages. To celebrate Whitsun, we have 'International Day'. It's a time to share our culture, our food, our language, what makes us individual and yet unites us as we live and work together with a shared purpose, under the greater 'Camphill Community umbrella'.
A passage from John was read, first in English and then in 28 other languages, a veritable mix of unfamiliar tongues, a bit like Pentecost! It was a moving experience to have such diversity in one room.
'In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God'........ (John 1 v 1-5)
We shared dishes from all over the world. What a feast! There were 16 different acts performing; singing, dancing, poetry readings in native tongues, stories and lots of smiling and laughter.