Tamera is a community in Southern Portugal. Tamera’s aim is to develop an example of a model for a nonviolent co-existence of people and between people and nature.
Here below a nice introduction to the community. You can find more information in their website.
The original community of human beings was not the family but the tribe. The community is the bed for all human life including family. Community is the organ of the whole which had been wounded the most. If we want to put into practice a sustainable ecological humanism we have to re-develop its foundation: a place amongst humans where children, men and women feel at home. From this base a stable peace and an authentic ethic
Community and being an individual is not a contradiction: authentic individualism can only be developed on a seedbed of trust. Living in community means to live on a communitarian base instead of a private one. Maybe this is the most radical change of paradigms which is thinkable.
The ethic orientation for community in Tamera is:
2.Truth and transparency
Approximately 180 adults (including students) and 20 children currently live in Tamera. There are no religious or ideological obligations, but there is a common direction that shapes the spiritual character of Tamera. This includes the desire to build things up, the desire to think in new ways, respect for life, participation in creation and solidarity with its beings, and friendship towards animals. On an interpersonal level this common direction entails “loving thy neighbour”, the dismantling of leadership cultures through assuming responsibility for oneself, honesty in relationships, truth in love, and transparency in community.
Love and Sexuality:
“There can not be peace in the world as long as there is war in love.” Sabine Lichtenfels
A non-violent culture will emerge when humanity succeeds in ending the war between the genders. Tamera gives no ideological answers to these questions but we are looking for new spaces of experience, for truth and insight. Love without jealousy, sexuality free of fear, faith which does not break with escapades, truth and constancy in love, solidarity between women and men and new ways for partnership are the big themes of the “love school” Tamera.
In old matriarchal cultures experienced women were the core of every tribe, every community, every extended family. The female knowledge of healing, conflict resolution and caring was the guarantee of stability and well-being of any social group. The female knowledge and power has been diminished and destroyed during the last 5000 years. In Tamera it is being restored on a new and modern level. It is one of the sources for peace.
The women´s council of Tamera is a group of experienced women whose task it is to use the female power and knowledge to help, heal and advise community members, guests, groups specially in questions of love and sexuality.
In future the women’s council of Tamera will become a voice in the world and takes a stand in political questions on the base of female peace knowledge.
Female power does not mean domination, instead it is based on co-operation with men. Female knowledge in this sense means knowledge, authority and increased efficiency which arise from compassion for all life and from experience in all sexual questions.
The women’s council is open for everybody in the community who needs help and advice. It supports young women and men in their first steps in love and it has a encouraging word for everybody who is going on the adventure of truth and trust in love.