Tamera is in rural, remote Portugal, but the unique culture and group processes they’ve forged could be adapted to all sorts of collective endeavors here at home.
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Deep Sustainability at the Tamera Ecovillage: Book Event for “Terra Nova”
Wednesday, September 9
5:00pm – 7:30pm
Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Celebrate the publication of “Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.” Learn how Tamera envisions and practices a culture of systemic nonviolence, ecological and interpersonal healing, and love, with four representatives from the Portuguese ecovillage.
Tamera, a pioneering ecovillage in Portugal, has developed “a self-sufficient, sustainable and replicable communitarian model for nonviolent cooperation and cohabitation.” Permanent home to about 160 people, this “peace research center” is a living laboratory for what society might be like if it were truly sustainable. The full spectrum of personal expression is integrated collaboratively with the collective welfare, human activity is symbiotic with all other ecological constituents, and civilization’s most fundamental support systems–securing water, energy, food, and shelter–are regenerative, local, and cooperatively managed.
Following an inside-out approach to systemic sustainability, Tamera demonstrates the impacts of revolution beyond technology, beyond policy, at the level of culture. The philosophical and practical frameworks of this alternative culture are detailed in the new book “Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love,” by activist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, and Tamera community co-founder Dr. Dieter Duhm.
Three representatives from Tamera will visit the Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge at American University for a presentation, panel discussion, and group discussion focused on the applicability of Tamera’s insights and methods to community development and environmental organizing in North America and especially the DC-Virginia-Maryland metropolitan region. All are welcome, and space is limited, so please save the date and RSVP!
Light refreshments will be served.
WHO SHOULD COME
Anyone interested in sustainable development, cooperative systems, nonviolent communication, intentional community, grassroots economies, environmental stewardship, and humanist spirituality. Students and practitioners are equally welcome and encouraged to bring questions and ideas for the panelists and for each other.
Global Inequality and Development Thematic Area (School for International Service)
Ecovillagers Cooperative (http://ecovillagers.org/), contact Joel Rothschild
American University International Development Student Association (IDPSA)
Tamera Healing Biotope (http://tamera.org/), contact Dara Silverman