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This interview was conducted with Rachel and Jody at the Solaris Gallery in Hudson, NY on July 2nd 2015. Rachel and Jody discuss when they met at Camphill Hudson in 2011, and how their relationship has grown in the past four years from working together to a solid friendship. Rachel talks about her love for cooking cuisines from all over the world and cooking for events and large groups of people. She talks about her transition from Triform to Camphill Hudson and how she loves her independent lifestyle and explains her active social life. Jody discusses her role as Program Director at Camphill Hudson and various activities at Camphill such as marching in the pride parade, participating in Meals on Wheels, cooking community dinners, and putting on a play with Jody as the lead, and about healthy eating. She also discusses what makes a healthy lifestyle and Rachel and Jody talk about how they support each other in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Rachel and Jody explore the qualities of a good friend, and why their friendship works so well.
This interview might be of interest to people who want to hear more about life and relationships at Camphill Hudson, mixed ability friendships, passion for cooking and theater, healthy life styles, and activities at the Solaris Gallery.
Originally from Los Angeles, media has been a big part of my life but I felt the need to break away from the conventional main stream media influence. I left to go to Tufts University and studied psychology and media studies. After graduating, I ran a program for documentary filmmaking for teens at the public access station in Cambridge, MA. From that experience I found the intersection between mental health and narrative to be fascinating, and became interested in the documentary arts as a way of healing. I am currently a doctoral student at Yeshiva University in Clinical Psychology hoping to dip my feet into various forms of storytelling and understand the dynamic power of it.
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