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.
6 January 2018
Three King's 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.
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!
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