- Date: 16 July – 7 August 2017
- Language: English
- Location: Tamera Healing Biotope, Portugal
We stand up to protect life wherever we are. From the depth of our being comes a NO against the insanity of this world. No to any violence, to the destruction of nature and the exploitation of people. No to a system of injustice, racism and war, to all hypocrisy and lies.
For our NO to succeed, we have to know what we say YES to. For life to win, the global resistance needs to unify around a common positive aim for the future. We need a realistic vision for post-capitalism – a love-based, regenerative, nonviolent world – that will allow millions to divest from the old system and create a new one. There’s enormous potential in coming together and focusing the many movements into a common force for system change.
We dedicate this gathering to the sacred activism that was embodied by the resistance of First Nation people at Standing Rock in the United States against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A young Indigenous activist told the oil company, “We do not hate you, but we are not going to obey your orders either.” What began at Standing Rock in 2016 must turn into a planetary movement in 2017.
We invite activists from around the world to come together for ten days in a space of calmness, reflection, envisioning and exchange. We want to think about how we can organize in a way that global system change will be successful. We want to come together to connect with the original indigenous wisdom of building community within all of us. Beyond all religions, we want to rediscover the sacredness of life and root our political activism in it. To defend the sacred, we need to know what is sacred.
One core question is how to establish a foundation of trust between people across movements? Trust based on mutual support and responsible participation creating a unified movement, as incorruptible force to withstand any offensive. Other questions include:
- What is sacred to us? How can we align with the sacred in all aspect of our lives?
- How can we carry out a paradigm shift from a world of war and fear to trust and love?
- What common vision can we create and focus our movements on?
- What’s the specific role of the feminine and masculine in protecting the Earth?
- What’s the effective role of media in the vision and movement to create a global alternative?
- How can we use theater, music and art as expressions of sacred activism?
- What can we do as a global community to protect the Portuguese coast from the oil drilling and offshore fracking planned to begin in 2018?
- Morning meditations and body work
- Mornings – lectures from key speakers in Tamera and our international network.
- Later morning and afternoons – study groups
- Introduction to Tamera and the Healing Biotopes Plan
- Community and system change
- Sacred Activism and Global Campus
- Throughout the day – special presentations, cultural events and activities, study groups and networking
Speakers from Tamera
Theologian, spiritual teacher, co-founder of Tamera and the Global Love School, author of several books including Temple of Love and Grace. Pilgrimage for a Future without War
Psychoanalyst, sociologist and art historian. He was one of the intellectual leaders of the German “New Left” in the 1960s and 70s. In 1978, he initiated of the Healing Biotopes project, which led to the founding of Tamera in 1995. Author of several books including Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love, The Sacred Matrix and Eros Unredeemed
Benjamin von Mendelssohn
Speaker, global networker, director of The Grace Foundation, co-founder of the Global Love School
Bernd W. Mueller
Ecological visionary, permaculturist and leader of the Global Ecology Institute, one of the leading engineers that built Tamera’s Water Retention Landscape
Leader of the Institute for Global Peace Work (IGP), writer and networker
Community-builder in service of the Global Campus, speaker and responsible for internal coordination
Activists coming from around the world
Many of our invited guests are on the frontline of movements in their countries and fields, and we want to support them attending by covering their costs. That’s why we’re running a crowdfunding campaign for 42,000€, which we invite you to contribute to. Watch our short campaign video.