Welcome to Tamera – an experiential community and peace research project
At some point in history, with the evolving modern, instrumental worldview, humans placed themselves outside of nature on the basis that humans carry some sort of consciousness that non-humans do not. This, according to many, has led to many of the environmental and ecological crises we face today. It is perhaps high time then that we start re-connecting to the non-human world as part of a learning process towards a holistic and ecological understanding of the world. There are many ways to do this. In this blog post I will give the example of Tamera, an intentional community in the south of Portugal that works a lot on re-establishing a relation between humans and nonhumans that is based on trust.
Tamera is one of the three case studies in my research project about ecovillages. The ecovillage movement aims at transforming the world in which we live by creating conscious, intentional communities all over the world. These communities can take many shapes and forms. In the ecovillage definition of community, a community is not just the people in it. A community ideally refers to the human and the non-human in a certain place. Adopting such an inclusive understanding of community in our current society is, I believe, key in shifting our human-centered view of the world in which we live.