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This interview was conducted with Marty Hunt at Drop Forge & Tool in Hudson, NY, on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. Marty was born in Kentucky but moved frequently as a child and settled in Columbia County, NY, as a member of Camphill Copake community. She narrates her history of growing up as an active member of the Presbyterian church, aptitude for math education, training and career as a math teacher in Beltsville, Maryland, engagement with the Camphill program and life sharing model of people with and without disabilities in Ghent, the Netherlands, and in Copake. She speaks about her engagement with the philosophy of Rudolph Steiner, Anthroposophism, that underlies the Camphill organization, and her spiritual and philosophical worldview. She also speaks about her love of travel and travel experiences as well as her training as a registered nurse and the variety of roles she has undertaken as part of Camphill. She includes stories about her family, including her role in her family of origin, her father’s alcoholism, her sister’s life and early death and its effect on her family, her role as a house mother at Camphill, her marriage and family with Lawrence Hunt, their three children, divorce, and eventual harmonious blended family that extends to her ex-husband’s daughters and their children, who are her honorary grandchildren. She tells about her management of a collection of Camphill-related materials that she hopes to archive and make accessible to those wishing to learn more about the history of the organization and its sites.
This interview would be of interest to those interested in Camphill, Anthroposophism, the Presbyterian Church, service, education, teachers, nurses and nursing, communal living, co-parenting, volunteer work, travel, blended families, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, sisters, alcoholism, bereavement, medical malpractice, people with disabilities, disability, mixed-living, perinatal injury, adult education, adolescent education, military families, relationships, marriage, divorce, communal governance.
Elizabeth Shaw (1985- ) is an elementary educator and librarian in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches in a Reform Jewish day school and serves on the board of Resolve Network, a grassroots peacebuilding organization operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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