Tamera: A Living Experiment in Healing Biotopes, Peace, and Intentional Community


Monday, September 28, 2015
Mon, 09/28/2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

We are delighted to have with us Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founder of Tamera, Ben von Mendelssohn, co-leader of Tamera's Global Love School , and Vera Kleinhammes, co-ordinator of the Global Campus, for this evening of exploration and insights, hosted by Gigi Coyle, long-time activist, Council and Rite of Passage Guide / Trainer, TOF Elder, and core team member of Walking Water.  Tamera is an incredible living research and educational center in southern Portugal dedicated to intentional community and peace.  Please come and welcome them to the Ojai Valley, and glean from their insights and long-lived experience with current issues facing our global family as we dive deeply into the essence of Tamera!


What is Tamera? The project was founded 20 years ago and is based on over 35 years of research in inner and outer peacework. Now it is working on the implementation of a real­life model for a non­violent future society based on trust and cooperation. Around 160 people live and work in this ‘Center for Concrete Utopia’ in Southern Portugal. Some of the main areas of this arising model include the healing of love, the dissolution of the collective trauma, the establishment of functioning communities, the restoration of nature, the creation of a replicable model for self­-sufficiency in energy, water, and food, and non­violent cooperation with all fellow creatures.

A global network is connected to the project with engagement especially in Israel-Palestine, Colombia, Kenya, Brasil, Mexico etc. Many thousands of young people come to Tamera every year to study sustainability. Even though it is about a holistic model researching new ways for all areas of life, a special expertise has developed: the healing of love and sexuality through exploring new social structures to make love free of fear possible.

This evening we will give a comprehensive overview of the complexity of our work and then give a good portion of time to Q&A's to be in resonance with the interest of those present. Our invitation is to be as daring with the questions as possible ... hardly a question is too private or intimate!

Also included in the evening will be some films about our ecological healing work and our "Free School“.


This evening is offered through donation, requested in support of this journey and the work Tamera engages in world-wide. 

Find out more at  www.tamera.org.


Born in 1954, Sabine Lichtenfels studied Theology in Germany. She is the author of many books, a freelance theologian, peace activist and cofounder of Peace Research Center Tamera, Portugal. Her spectrum of knowledge and activity comprises international peace work, cooperation with the Plan of the Healing Biotopes, community knowledge, spiritual research, a new female consciousness, reconciliation between the genders, truth in love and eros. With her comprehensive knowledge and her radical commitment she is an ambassador for a global perspective for peace. She was nominated as one of the “1000 women for Peace” for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.

Ben von Mendelssohn was born into a once-wealthy, culturally significant Jewish banking family in Germany where the issues of reconciliation, politics and money accompanied him from his early years. After a radical but frustrating period of political engagement in his youth, Benjamin started to explore holistic approaches to bringing about change. To this end he co-founded the Peace University at Potsdam and later researched many social experiments and intentional communities. Although he trained as a healer,dancer and choreographer, Benjamin retained a focus on new models for living and a passion for complex synergies and systems theory. Ben has lived in Tamera since 1998 where he now serves as a next-generation leader, co-leading The Global Love School and currently directing the Grace Foundation for Humanising Money

Vera Kleinhammes is a “product“ of a modern tribe. She was born and raised in Tamera, an intentional community and peace research project. She dedicated her whole life to regain the knowledge of functioning communities. At the age of 14 she began to travel the world and grow her planetary heart. With 17 she began to deeply get involved in several peace initiatives and reconciliation camps in the Middle East. In 2011 she became one of the main carriers of the Global Campus. Currently she is also part of the “internal government” of Tamera. Vera has a 7 year old son, and lives together in Tamera with three generations of her family.