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.
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.
25 May 2017
Ascension Day, also known as The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus, Ascension Thursday and Holy Thursday, is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter. It marks the Christian belief, that Jesus ascended into Heaven at this time. To celebrate this day, the whole community of Corbenic took to the countryside for a hike up a hill.
It was a beautifully sunny day, with clear blue skies which set the scene for a well-earned rest at the top.
Lunch was enjoyed amongst the heather and a passage was read to mark the occasion.
Everyone decended to the buses in the afternoon, tired out but having had a great community experience.
19 May 2017
The whole community joined to celebrate and say thanks to Leonie for all her commitment, enthusiasm, vision and hard work over the past 7 years. She started out in Corbenic as the House Co-ordinator in Mullach House back in 2010. An opportunity to head up the Horse Workshop arose and so Leonie willingly took the reins, splitting her time between horses and pioneering a House garden workshop to bring life and colour to Corbenic.
She transitioned fully to the House Garden Workshop Leader in 2015 until May 2017, when she made the decision to hang up her gardening gloves and apron. We say thank you to Leonie as a community for the legacy she leaves behind, not to mention all the beautiful flowers and plants that will be seasonal little reminders of her time here.
There was singing, speeches and a presentation of a beautiful hand felted wall hanging, made in the craft workshop.
9 - 16 April 2017
Palm Sunday Celebrations.
Palm Sunday is a Christian feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four gospels.
The entire community gathered with crosses decorated with bread in the shape of a rooster, a tradition that comes from Saxon regions of the Netherlands to walk the boundary of Corbenic.
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Monday Outing
Easter Monday in the Western Christian Liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide, sometimes referred to as 'Bright Monday. To celebrate this special time, there was a trip to Tentsmuir beach in north east Fife. It was a great day out; paddling, splashing, bonding and laughing which were all done against the atmospheric skies and the sound of waves crashing on the shore. By all accounts, it was a very 'bright' Monday!
02 February 2017
Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Christian holiday commemorating the presentation of Jesus at the Temple. It falls on February 2, which is traditionally the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season. While it is customary for Christians in some countries to remove their Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night (Epiphany Eve), those in other Christian countries historically remove them on Candlemas.
The community gathered on a wet and windy afternoon to pour melted wax into holes in preparation for the lighting of the candles later on that day. The forecast was looking good for the 5pm ceremony and true to form, the rain had abaited leaving moody skies. It was a perfect backdrop for the flickering flames set amongst the blooming heather and mossy stones. It was noted that one flame, seen from Lindisfarne was still burning the next day.
19 February 2017
Balloons, hearts, amazing cakes and cupcakes were laid out to set the scene for the celebration in the hall today. The whole community gathered with an air of expectancy and warmth to join in singing 'love' and 'friendship' songs lead by Karin, Claire and a band of merry musicians. From the volunteers to Steven and Ghislaine who sang a duet, there was a willingness to get involved.
After everyone had their fill of the beautifully decorated sweet treats, the lights were dimmed for a showing of the romanic comedy 'Me Before You'. The perfect end to a 'lovely' day.
28 February 2017
To end the celebrations on Shrove Tuesday, there was a Jungle themed Carnvial held in the main hall. Lions, tigers, bears and monkeys were amongst some of the creative fancy dress costumes.
Faces were painted, tails were attached and with a beautifully hand painted back drop, the scene was set for a 'rip-roaring' time!
28 February 2017
The whole community turned out to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with the annual pancake race. The pictures below are a great indicator of how much fun everyone had racing up the hill in front of Drumhor Lodge.
25 January 2017
The hall looked beautiful with the tables laid out, candles trimmed with tartan and the walls drapped in tartan fabric. Everyone filtered in, taking their seats ready for the celebrations to begin.
The sound of bagpipes coming up the hall was hauntingly atmospheric, and a proud Ewan followed behind carrying the signature 'haggis'.
Martin, master of ceremonies, opened the evening with a Burn's poem delivered in his best thick Scottish accent. We sang songs and feasted on haggis, neeps n tatties washed down with Iron Bru, in true Scottish keeping. (Would Mr Burn's approve!)
The evening was topped of with an amazing homemade Cranachan and a cheery rendition of Auld Lang Syne, sang hand in hand with our neighbor. It was a pleasure to observe this wonderful tribute to one of Scotland's great poets. If Mr Burn's were alive today, he'd have been a proud man.
24 December 2016
Three Shepherds Christmas play
29 September 2016
The whole community joined in to celebrate the annual Michelmas day celebrations. It started off with harvesting all the fantastic things that have been grown over the last few months.
This was followed by a harvest meal altogether in the evening.
Everyone joining together to harvest fruit and vegetables.
Hall set up and decorated, ready for the evening meal.