Focusing on the question how war and violence can be overcome on a global scale, Duhm became intensively interested in the theories of the Marxist psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. This would include the peaceful cohabitation and cooperation with all creatures of nature including bugs and vermin and provide alternative types of energy supplies using inexhaustible energy sources rather than exploiting the earth, alternative types of architecture, of nourishment and of medicine, right up to a new understanding of the human world imbedded in a cosmic order. Practical application[ edit ] In Duhm began to put this theory into practise. Their goal was to find workable answers to the ecological and technological problems facing the human species at that time. However, within a few years they discovered that if their project had any chance of surviving, they first had to research more deeply into the core human relationship questions that lay hidden under all issues — such as competition, greed, and jealousy. But in a slanderous campaign in the media began against Duhm and his projects, both in Germany and Switzerland.
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However, its history goes back to 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 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 Experimental research[ edit ] Currently, approximately 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 participants from more than twenty-five different countries lived, studied, worked, or visited there[ citation needed ]. 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.
When establishing new fields in evolution, it is not the law of the strongest, but the success of the more comprehensive that is the determining factor. Otherwise, no new developments could be made, for when they begin they are all small and inconspicuous. The Global Campus[ edit ] The Global Campus is a worldwide educational initiative designed to offer knowledge in community development as well as the basic principles of decentralized energy supply, architecture, and ecology required to establish autonomous peace villages.
More than one hundred students have enrolled since "Monte Cerro" opened on 1 May , and in April the first class will graduate. GRACE Foundation[ edit ] The GRACE Foundation was established in , founded by Sabine Lichtenfels, to direct and attract money towards peace projects in an attempt to offset the large amounts of money now being directed into war and war industries.
With the motto, "A peace village instead of a tank," the Foundation mainly finances peace actions and peace education which are connected to the power of grace. GRACE reminds us that the healing of our planet can only succeed if humanity succeeds in connecting itself with the true basis of life and love, trust and truth; and humanity will only succeed if we personally succeed. GRACE embraces the commitment not to aggravate personal and political conflicts, but to create new possibilities for solutions.
The Love School[ edit ] One core tenet of the Tamera theory is that a nonviolent culture will essentially depend on whether we succeed in ending the war between the genders.
It can be built without any assistance from the big energy companies. With the energy produced by a system of lenses within a greenhouse and stored in a hot oil system, round-the-clock cooking is available. Power and electricity can also be produced by means of sun-powered pulses of the low-temperature Stirling engine.
Even in a hot climate, vegetables and other useful plants flourish and grow very well under light filtered by these lenses. The lake in front of the Monte Cerro campus Lake 1 of the Rainwater harvesting landscape in Tamera, Portugal The Permaculture Project[ edit ] Since Tamera was founded, an ecological team has made ponds and oases, and planted about 20, trees. Sepp Holzer , Austrian mountain farmer known throughout Europe as the "Agro-Rebel," is cooperating with Tamera to build a sustainable "lakescape" in the dry Alentejo region of Portugal , surrounded by a self-sufficient edible landscape with trees, gardens, and wetlands.
The Horse Project[ edit ] The basis of working with horses in Tamera is to develop a new way of cooperation between human and horse, to promote inner growth, and to increase the ability to be in intimate contact with animals. The horses are ridden without bits or saddles, which requires trust and sensitive communication.
The Horse Project is now expanding to offer first-aid treatment for sick, injured, or abused animals, and developing an Animal Sanctuary. Seminar and Guest Center[ edit ] The Seminar and Guest Center offers visitors the possibility to get to know Tamera, its grounds, and its research activities. Terra Nova movement[ edit ] Terra Nova is the global platform that has arisen from the ideas of Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels and from the real experience of Tamera.
Terra Nova aims to create the conditions for a global system change for a nonviolent Earth, through activism, education and networking and by spreading perspectives for profoundly nonviolent culture based on trust and cooperation. In addition to painting, "art" in Tamera now includes music, theater, dance, landscape art, and artistic expression in language.
For example, there is a Tamera Chorus as well as a small a cappella jazz group called the "MoonRiders. Designer Martin Pietsch of Tamera has developed "Shade Creations" which have been used not only in Tamera but in quite a number of light-roof pavilions in other locations.
The Great Hall in Tamera is a meeting place for up to people. It is a wood-frame, straw bale , clay, and green roof construction. With its harmonic interior structure, it is the largest straw bale and clay building on the Iberian Peninsula. Spirituality[ edit ] In Tamera, spirituality and religion are not questions of some profession of faith or creed, but of a clear perception, openness, and connection with universal forces in daily life.
The core community gathers together every morning and every afternoon in the "Political Ashram" to focus on attunement and connection through spiritual lectures. There is also a stone circle in Tamera made up of more than sixty monoliths, created and arranged by Sabine Lichtenfels in cooperation with Marko Pogacnik and Peter Frank, that serves as a place of meditation and power.
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