The Story Behind the Name
The name of Parzival comes from a medieval tale of the same name, in where a youngster named Parzival learned what he needed to become a knight in a forest hermitage called Soltane, the namesake of our partner organization, Camphill Soltane. Parzival leaves Soltane to become a knight, bringing unique gifts and service to the world. The Parzival organization will be responsible for providing the various disability services necessary to support those we serve.
Soltane will continue to be the place where valuable life and vocational lessons will be learned, preparing our community members for their next adventure in life. Parzival, rather than Soltane, will engage with public agencies which benefit the individuals we serve. The estate in Glenmoore and the enterprises in Phoenixville will continue as part of Soltane, with the Camphill Soltane Foundation supporting all of our work. Parzival is the person; Soltane is the place.
Adrian Bowden, CEO
Adrian Bowden holds a Bachelor of Laws and a BA degree from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has lived and worked at Camphill Soltane since 2009. Adrian's career in Camphill began in a community in Norway, where he held a variety of roles over a 12-year period. During this time Adrian completed a three-year Seminar in Social Therapy and a one-year Seminar in Practical Mentoring. Adrian and his wife Rachel live in Phoenixville with their daughter.
Megan McCain, Co-Director
After earning an MA in School Counseling from Trinity University and an MA in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College, Megan McCain joined Soltane in 2014. Megan has overseen the establishment of Parzival Training & Working, an adult training facility that focuses on helping individuals obtain skills through volunteering that can translate to paid work opportunities. Parzival Training & Working facilitates community connections and supports people to live the lives they want. Megan serves as Co-Director of Parzival with Heather Hilferty, and enjoys living in Phoenixville, PA with her husband and daughter.
Heather Hilferty, Co-Director
Heather Hilferty has over 15 years of experience working in many different roles supporting people of varying abilities. These roles include direct support, residential manager and director. Heather received her BA from Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. Heather is excited to be working with people to have the life they want! She joined Camphill Soltane in January 2014 and is now a co-director with Parzival. Her area is living and learning both in Phoenixville and Glenmoore. Heather lives in Collegeville with her husband and two children.