By the Light of the Lanthorn: Working with People with Special Needs: A Cultural and Social Impulse in a Changing World
When Council Inspector Paul Clark visited the Peredur Trust in Cornwall more than twenty years ago, he was under pressure to serve a legal notice to comply with various regulations or face closure. He expected to encounter a cult organization with weird and unpalatable practices. In fact, he found something quite different. As he says in his foreword, "I came to inspect--I stopped to evaluate--and I remained to admire " Paul later became the trust's chief executive.
The Peredur Trust has been caring for disadvantaged and differently abled individuals, effectively and successfully, for more than sixty years. Siegfried Rudel, its president and one of its four founders, tells the story of how the impulse behind the organization--inspired by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner-- first transpired. However, this is not simply a narrative and history of a single organization; rather, this book represents a universal cultural impulse that embraces the needs of our time, and one that reappears today in many residential communities for people with special needs around the world. In a fascinating presentation, and with the aid of many archival photographs, In the Light of the Lanthorn tackles interrelated themes including the arts, the environment, sustainability, agriculture and nutrition--all in the light of working with individuals with special needs.
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Foreword by Paul A Clark B Sc Econ CQSW ACWA Introduction THE FOUR FOUNDERS 1 Marguerite Peggy Jarvis 19152000
Joan Hinchcliffe later Rudel 19152003
INTERLUDE THEMES IN A PEREDUR NARRATIVE AND BEYOND
Special Schools–Yes or No? The Environment–Obstacle or Opportunity? Nutrition–Help or Hindrance?
For the Rhythm of Life is a Powerful Beat
Work on the Land–Why and How? 11 Arne Klingborg the Swedish Connection and the Lanthorn Press
The Steiner Committee for Special Needs–Can We Think Together?
Sustainability–How Far is it Possible?
What are the New Needs? by Araminta Greaves 15 Quo Vadis Peredur? by Paul A Clark A Brief List of Events So Far 5 6 7 8 9
Who is Rudolf Steiner? A brief account of his life and work
Walk On A poem by Herman Hesse 18771962