How it all started:
Among us there are and always will be idealists, who wish to see past their everyday lives, find opportunities for further development and better life. In Valmiera district, Rencēni parish, there were people, who wished to serve ideals. One of those ideals was to create a school for children – a school suited to children, not governments and party programs. While looking for such a school, they came across Anthroposophy and Waldorf-pedagogy. They realized that this was the kind of school they wished for their children, and that they would be happy to work in such school themselves. But in order to achieve that, they had to learn.
They took their two children, sold their cattle and went to learn in the northern lands of Norway. In Norway they came across what they’ve always dreamt of and had searched for – they learned that people can live and work together, taking care of each other, celebrate holidays together and search for a deeper meaning of life, to look into the secrets of the true human being. They saw and realized that in order to achieve this they would need the help of all people – including those that are otherwise regarded by society as held back, handicapped (useless), that these “useless”, special people are those that know the secret of living together, of true love and forgiveness.
In July, 1999 the Neimaņi family – Inga, Vilnis with their children Kārlis and Marta and their Norwegian friend Elling returned to Latvia to start a small Camphill village in their Rožkalni property. Norwegian friends from the Camphill village Vidaraasen, where they had lived for 5 years, were determined to help.
The work could begin. The old Rožkalni dwelling house was restored first, and now it is a family house where up to 10 people can live at a time. In November 27 a Camphill fund was founded, and all Neimaņi real estate was handed over to this fund.
Norwegian architect Rolf Jakobsen had made a large family house project. This house was to be build from straw bales. Construction work started in May, 2000.
On May 17, 2000 the first handicapped person came to Rožkalni.
The same year, in August, Rožkalni was filled with young people and teachers from the Norwegian ecological construction school “Brobygger skolen”. The idea of this school is to build bridges between the head and the hands, between theory and practice. For two months clay and strawbales were assembled.
On September 9, 2002 the new house was consecrated and now it is called the Zenta Mauriņa house.
Many know of Camphill village Rožkalni, and the story continues.