Tamera is a peace research village with the goal of becoming “a self-sufficient, sustainable and duplicable communitarian model for nonviolent cooperation and cohabitation between humans, animals, nature, and Creation for a future of peace for all.” It is also often called a “healing biotope”. Literally translated, “biotope” simply means a place where life lives. In Tamera, however, “healing biotope” is also described as a “greenhouse of trust”, “an acupuncture point of peace”, and “a self-sufficient future community”. It is located on 335 acres (1.36 km2) in the Alentejo region of southwestern Portugal.
Tamera was founded in 1995 by three Germans: Dieter Duhm (M.S. in Psychoanalysis, Ph.D. in Sociology), Sabine Lichtenfels (Theologian), and Rainer Ehrenpreis (M.S. in Physics). However, its history goes back to 1978 when these three left their professions and tried to create an interdisciplinary research center to find solutions to the ecological and technological problems the world was facing at that time. Very quickly they discovered that if their project had any chance of surviving, they first had to research the *core human relationship questions that lay hidden under all issues and prevent real solutions – such as competition, greed, and jealousy.In 1983 they began a three-year “Social Experiment” with fifty participants in the Black Forest of Germany, and then further developed the results of this research into creating a functioning community in other projects throughout Europe, until they finally established Tamera in 1995.
Currently, approximately 250 coworkers and students (including children) live and study in Tamera which operates as an experimental research center dedicated to discovering how human beings can live peacefully among themselves and with nature, and create a successful, working, and sustainable community. Tamera is also a “free lab” and an international meeting place where peace workers and specialists in various fields from many parts of the world share their expertise. In 2008 participants from more than twenty-five different countries lived, studied, worked, or visited there
The research in Tamera is based on a complex world view explained in detail in The Sacred Matrix by Dieter Duhm. One essential part of this theory is the “implicate order” of David Bohm. Another is the “morphic field” theory developed by Rupert Sheldrake, where only a few peace research villages worldwide of a large enough size and complexity in which peace is established in all its aspects are enough to create cultural healing on a global level.
Projects – hq for a number of different and independent projects that, when brought together properly, they believe can establish a new social model and a new culture of peace.
The Global Campus: offer knowledge in community development as well as the basic principles of decentralized energy supply, architecture, and ecology
Monte Cerro Peace Education – 3 yr course..comprehensive ..for the devel of globally effective peace villages. 100 enrolled since 2006
GRACE Foundation – est 2007, bySabine Lichtenfels, to direct/attract money towards peace projects
The Institute for Global Peacework (IGP) – initiatives around the world
Verlag Meiga Publishing Company – main headquarters is in Germany, with a branch in Tamera.
The Children’s Center – “ed of perception.” In addition to languages, math, biology, and geography, the main emphasis in learning is placed on studies in community development, art, cosmology, international networking, and how to be a spiritual being in the world.
The Love School – a nonviolent culture will essentially depend on whether we succeed in ending the war between the genders. Love without jealousy, sexuality without fear, faithfulness that is not broken when one loves and desires others, truth and longevity in love, and new pathways in partnerships
Terra Nova movement – global platform from the ideas/experience of Tamera. . In 2015, Dieter Duhm wrote the book Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love to expound upon and clarify the basic ideas of the movement.
duhm in terra nova: the concrete utopia is a latent reality w/in the universe.. just as the butterfly is a reality latent w/i the caterpillar. it lies in the structure of our physical and biological world in our genes and in our deeper ethical orientation.. w/in context of committed peace work, it is not the fixing of individual defects w/in existing structure that is required.. what is required is a fundamental system change..
indeed.. one that simply uncovers that latency.. (returns the turtle shell)
from what i’ve seen, tamera, the community founded by duhm and his cohorts, is the most advanced effort to work out the implication of our situation and construct a viable alt..
we need a new approach to community and, ultimately, a new social design that is holistic, and comprehensive and secure. a truly liberated society must support longterm care of children. it must take care of old people. ‘free love’ it turns out, requires a great deal of discipline
or just listening..
in tamera they say ‘jealousy is to love as asthma is to breathing’ ..
duhm, lichtenfels and their partners founded the community nearly 40 yrs ago in s germany and then moved their project to portugal 20 yrs ago.. on 330 acres..
it has expanded, slowly, to its present population of 170 people, the majority of them germans and n europeans.. the older women are a major force in the community
the tamerans see a link between how a community treats its water and how it handles love.. they believe both water and love need vessels of containment, along w opps to flow and expaned.. they believe .. love’s natural tendency is to expand and flow.. that the monogamy model is an artificial constraint
well.. it certainly has to be coerced.. in an artificial environment.. (ie: science of people et al) .. we don’t really know what our natural tendency might be.. if we were truly free our entire lives.. all of us..
just thinking that the backlash against monogamy is that you aren’t with the right person.. and maybe if we were free from the get go.. eudaimoniatively free.. we’d have a better chance at 7bn people finding their soulmate.. if soulmates exist..
one of the social techs tamera developed is called forum.. ever day,, groups of 30-40 people .. take turns speak about or act out relationships and experiences.. .. tamerans give feedback.. goal is honesty
tamera conceives of sexual satisfaction as more than the individual’s problem. they consider it a community responsibility.. they have a house on their land which is called the temple of love.. train to become priests and priestesses.. make selves available for other members of community who desire connection..
when we envision the transition to a post capitalist, post work society, we must have a plan in mind for *redirecting the productive and creative energies of humanity as a whole. **i think this ideal for a liberated eros provides the basis for it.. if we can create communities that allow people to have ***deep partnerships rooted in truth along w other lovers if they desire, we would no longer feel cheated by a world that seems to deny our deepest desire and yearning.s..
**for basis rather (and esp if our desire is to hasten this revolution..for (blank)’s sake).. let’s focus on just 2 needs.. via maté basic needs.. (authenticity and attachment).. am thinking then everything else will take care of itself.. ie: meadows undisturbed ecosystem..
you’re right.. erotic love is a big issue.. but so is climate.. neither however.. are deep enough to get to the root of our healing.. and if we make non-roots into basics.. they become a distraction..
***for truly deep partnerships – because each person is authentically themselves.. ie: eudaimoniative surplus
rather than taking incremental steps, we may make a rapid evoluionaly rleap from our curren tsuicide system to on tha thoonours life an destablishes a foudnation of secure love and trust between the genders..
In 1995, Duhm co-founded the Tamera Peace Research Center in southwestern Portugal together with Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis. It was finally his chance to create a working model that put all his research into action, which he called “The Political Theory,” based in part on such concepts as holography, chaos theory, systems theory, and morphogenetic fields.
Duhm’s political theory contends that the basic building blocks of matter are not atoms, but instead are energy, frequency, and information. Earth with its atmosphere and magnetic field, with its waters and landscapes, with its creatures, biotopes and human societies, is an integral, oscillating and living body that can be healed, just as a human body can be healed if the appropriate “medicine,” i.e. the appropriate information, is administered, Duhm believes.
This healing information, Duhm says, is wanted most at the points where new wars are created daily: in the cohabitation of human beings. In this area far reaching change is necessary. Duhm feels that the peace information needed will emerge from social structures whose ethical basic values of compassion, trust, mutual support and solidarity are no longer being destroyed, but rather are generated and maintained; and Tamera is just one of several places necessary where the conditions for peaceful co-habitation are researched and put into practice
I personally visited Tamera ecovillage in Portugal and learned that they have had extensive negotiations with the local government. While I was told relations with the authorities were mostly positive, ultimately the government imposed growth restrictions on Tamera by regulating how many permanent structures they can build on the land. So how much freedom does Tamera really have? How scalable is their model?