The vision of the Peace Research Village in the Middle East (PRV-ME) is to develop a model of living together that acts as a research tool for the study of peace. This model is carried by a committed core group of Israelis, Palestinians and internationals who put their lives in service of the idea that sustainable peace can be achieved only when it touches all aspects of life. The PRV-ME is part of an international network of peace communities that promote cooperation between humans and nature to support the transformation towards a sustainable and peaceful world.
The core group of the PRV, after several years of peacework and community-building training in Tamera, left for Israel-Palestine in November 2012 in the first major step towards the establishment of a Peace Research Village in the Holy Land.
Through a commitment to the principles of nonviolence, Holy Land Trust seeks to develop spiritual, pragmatic, and strategic approaches that will empower the Palestinian community to resist all forms of oppression, and to engage this same community in making the Holy Land a global model.
Global Campus Middle East - Creating Sustainable Models for Peace
The Global Campus is one month of border-crossing service and study taking place in Portugal, Kenya, Brazil, Columbia and Israel-Palestine. During this month teachers and members of the Tamera community will come to support and strengthen the network that is working to establish Peace Research Villages as models of a new culture based on trust. This will be an opportunity to encounter the communitarian, social, spiritual, cultural and ecological knowledge that has been gathered during more than 30 years of shared life and research, and to study and research the following questions together: What is the healed picture of the Holy Land? What is our concrete contribution for the manifestation of this picture? How can the global cooperation between various peace communities in crisis areas be strengthened towards a complete system change and the establishment of new social structures?
The Holy Land Trust and Aida Shibli will welcome the international and Palestinian participants near the town of Tulkarem in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, at the organic farm of Fayez Taneeb, a long-term cooperation partner. They will gather for two weeks in a space of exchange, study and political education towards the aim of manifesting sustainable living models. Through practical work on ecological projects (such as a biogas energy system, solar dryers, sustainable water systems, permaculture gardening) and through connection with the local community, the international peace workers will have a profound experience of the Palestinians’ social and political reality.
Parallel to the gathering and working time in Tulkarem, the PRV-ME group will hold an intensive “Community Building” course in the area of Jerusalem, together with teachers from Tamera. This is a special opportunity to learn about living together while making the connection between inner and outer peace-work. The two groups will meet together and representatives from both will continue with “Along the Incense Route": a pilgrimage in the Negev and a time to connect to one another, to the tribal vision and to the consciousness of the desert.
Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelsohn will lead the pilgrimage as well as the three-day seminar: “Healing of the Earth – Healing of Love”. The seminar will deal with the question of what connects peace between the genders and peace with the land, and will take place in Mitzpe Ramon in the desert of Israel. It will conclude with a concert of Jewish and Arab musicians, on Global GRACE Day – the day that brings together dozens of activities and a vision for peace all around the world. During this time we will connect with potential places for establishing the Peace Research Village in Israel.
At the end of the Global Campus the group will host “The Language of Water – the Language of the Desert” – working days in the area of the ancient city of Ovdat, renovating a Nabataean water cistern and preparation work for building a rock-art park. The Nabataeans were nomadic tribes that lived in the Middle East around 2000 years ago. They knew how to retain water in a way that enabled a livelihood in the desert. In this area there have also been rare archaeological rock-art findings. Towards the establishment of a rock-carving park, the group will work to rearrange the site while taking part in the fascinating dialogue that has been taking place on the rocks for more than 10,000 years. They will also create a new stone circle with symbols representing a new peace culture.