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Celebrating Diwali by Aroon Kalsi

As in previous years, this year we again celebrated Diwali, The Indian Festival of Lights, in Triform on Oct 27th. Everyone  gathered outside Phoenix Center and was welcomed with traditional Bindi's (colorful stickers for the forehead) and Tikka (a red mark made on the forehead with a paste of Saffron Crocus that grows in India). It turned out to be a perfect sunny day.

The icing on the cake was that we were able to  to rope in two world class Indian classical musicians to play some live Ragas for us. The musicians were Eric Fraser and Ray Spiegel. Many friends from Camphill Village also joined us for the celebrations.
Once this introduction was given, along with instructions for the celebration, houses were asked to go to their designated spots within the semi-circular space just outside the bakery in the Phoenix Center to create traditional Indian Rangolis (colorful mandalas that are drawn on the ground with pavement chalk). Everybody seemed to have taken this task up very serious…
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Kaspar Hauser Festival and Play by Chloe Rovits

This October, actors from Camphills Triform, Copake, Ghent, Hudson, and beyond were busy rehearsing a play that tells the story of Kaspar Hauser's enigmatic life and mysterious death. The production, Carlo Pietzner's "And Out of the Night, Kaspar," was one of the many events of the Kaspar Hauser Festival - a four day coming-together spread between the four local Camphill communities. After the logistical difficulties of finding time for a dozen coworkers of different communities to rehearse together, we began the next trying task of unraveling the words of Pietzner.

The play takes us on a nonlinear journey across time and space to catch glimpses of Kaspar's interactions with the forces of good and evil. As a young child of royal birth, Kaspar was switched with a sickly infant and henceforth locked away in a small dark basement cell for 15 formative years of his life. Following his sudden release he was haphazardly and bewilderingly integrated into the rest of soc…

A Visit to Triform's Dairy

It’s just before 6 AM and the day at Triform has already begun. This morning I’m with householder Max vom Stein, his daughter, Lily, and co-worker, Lena, as they start the daily routine of caring for and milking Triform’s cows. These beautiful animals are a big part of the farm and Max was kind enough to give me a tour of the dairy operation to let me get sense of just how these cows fit into the bigger picture of the community.
While we talk, Max is busy herding heifer calves born this spring to nurse with their mothers.He explains that Triform’s herd is a mixed one, combing a variety of breeds, including Jersey, Devon, and Swiss Brown cows. Once the calves are seen to, we move on to milking. I learn right away that Triform’s cows are more than just livestock; each has their own name and distinct personality. Lily introduces me to Stormy, a very sweet Holstein that I’m told is one of the cows most beloved by the community.As we settle in to milk, slowly filling our pales, Max elaborat…

Report From 3rd Anual Camphill Research Symposium

Pickling at Triform