Botton Village, Danby, North Yorkshire, England

The invitation to Botton Weavery to take part in the World Wide Weave arrived at a time when we had just decided to work more closely with the Dollshop in the village. So we made our panel a joint effort of the two teams.

  In several sessions we reflected on who we are and how we relate to the world, both socially and physically. We drew out our thoughts and feelings on big sheets of paper. We felt the warmth of the house communities gathered round the meal tables. We thought with gratitude of the farmers, gardeners and cooks in the community who feed us. We thought of the people who make our homes clean and beautiful. We realised how blessed we are with the many people, of all abilities and from near and far who choose to be part of our community in various ways and make it colourful and vibrant. Some stay for the day, some for months, many for years or decades before they move away, taking their experiences of Botton with them into the world. We saw how festivals, bible evenings and eurythmy nurture us and link us to the wider Camphill Movement. We talked a lot about our work, how each of us has work to do that makes a difference to others and how much of that work is closely related to the place we live in.   Then we went out for walks through the village, having a good look at our familiar surroundings. We were struck again by the beauty of the landscape. Our village lies amongst the green fields of Danby Dale, embraced by the hills of the North York Moors, the hilltops purple with the flowering heather. We visited the cows in the barn and saw the sheep whose wool we use for dolls and weaving, we met people visiting or working. We wandered through gardens full of flowers, herbs and vegetables.   In our panel we wove the wide night sky over the dale, adorned with stars. We wove the green fields, speckled with wool from our sheep. In the centre is a big meal table, surrounded by people from many backgrounds, united in this community. There is space for others to join. Socially we have strong connections with our neighbours in the Upper Esk Valley and all over the world.   When it was all finished, we saw the shape of a seed, appropriate for the first Camphill village for adults.   The invitation to Botton Weavery to take part in the World Wide Weave arrived at a time when we had just decided to work more closely with the Dollshop in the village. So we made our panel a joint effort of the two teams.

  In several sessions we reflected on who we are and how we relate to the world, both socially and physically. We drew out our thoughts and feelings on big sheets of paper. We felt the warmth of the house communities gathered round the meal tables. We thought with gratitude of the farmers, gardeners and cooks in the community who feed us. We thought of the people who make our homes clean and beautiful. We realised how blessed we are with the many people, of all abilities and from near and far who choose to be part of our community in various ways and make it colourful and vibrant. Some stay for the day, some for months, many for years or decades before they move away, taking their experiences of Botton with them into the world. We saw how festivals, bible evenings and eurythmy nurture us and link us to the wider Camphill Movement. We talked a lot about our work, how each of us has work to do that makes a difference to others and how much of that work is closely related to the place we live in.   Then we went out for walks through the village, having a good look at our familiar surroundings. We were struck again by the beauty of the landscape. Our village lies amongst the green fields of Danby Dale, embraced by the hills of the North York Moors, the hilltops purple with the flowering heather. We visited the cows in the barn and saw the sheep whose wool we use for dolls and weaving, we met people visiting or working. We wandered through gardens full of flowers, herbs and vegetables.   In our panel we wove the wide night sky over the dale, adorned with stars. We wove the green fields, speckled with wool from our sheep. In the centre is a big meal table, surrounded by people from many backgrounds, united in this community. There is space for others to join. Socially we have strong connections with our neighbours in the Upper Esk Valley and all over the world.   When it was all finished, we saw the shape of a seed, appropriate for the first Camphill village for adults.