Pennsylvania Spirituality: Visiting The Village of Kimberton, Pennsylvania
by amanda linette meder
Woodland, rich mossy green, stone buildings everywhere.
Villages in Pennsylvania look like you stepped back in time.
And no different than this is the little village of Kimberton, Pennsylvania.
Kimberton, Pennsylvania is a little nook of eco-spirituality, settled in a low-lying grove of old forest and colonial buildings, settled near the intentional living that is Camp Hill.
In Kimberton, there's only one grocery store - and it's all organic.
There's also one bookstore, one retail shopping store, and a cafe.
Kimberton is a cute hippy enclave of biodynamic farming, eco-living, and spirituality just north of the big city, what Hudson Valley is to New York, Kimberton, and the surrounding valley is that for Philadelphians.
And it makes sense that it's there, actually.
The longest running music festival in the United States, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, is held every year and it's just a few miles up the road.
There's an herbalism school nearby.
And it's so close to New Hope, another metaphysical lover's favorite day trip destination around here - one that my mother and father used to take me to as a little girl.
Kimberton was officially settled in the late 1700's by European Immigrants.
The area is an ancestral homeland to many of the early colonists, many who have had members of their family die here during raids, epidemics, and famine. You can see remnants of some of these old buildings there today while you visit.
The downtown of Kimberton is bustling.
On the warm, sunny day I visited - its vibe was relaxed, European colonial, and very grounded. People are out bicycling, walking to and fro yoga classes, and picking up anything from firewood to kombucha.
Kimberton is home to one of the first organic markets in the area (Kimberton Wholefoods), a spiritualism-philosophy focused bookstore (Ideas Bookstore), one of the nation's first Waldorf Schools, an earth-based spirituality and crystal shop (EarthSpeak), a tea shop, and an eco-living community (Camp Hill).
It's bike friendly.
And in all of my travels back on the east coast, Kimberton is one of my favorite found towns - only second to either New Hope, PA and Woodstock, NY . . . to which, I'll be writing future posts about.
Amanda Linette Meder