Mara Vollmer

I’m a community builder, a researcher into freeing love from fear and I work in the Political Ashram.


I was born in the Black Forest, Germany, into the “Bauhuette” community in 1984. I was one of the children that was born into that social experiment and I grew up in this protected, creative communitarian surrounding. When I was 6 years old, I moved with most of the community to a town near Berlin, where they established ZEGG. I spent my youth in ZEGG and attended a public school.

In 1999 when I was 15, I traveled to Croatia with the project’s youth group. Seeing a country of bombed-out villages and towns and traumatized people was a turning point for me. I directly witnessed what war means firsthand.

In 2001, I joined the winter education in Tamera’s Political Ashram for the first time. My friends and I knew that we wanted to continue to learn and live at existential depth. We decided to stay, to study and live together for one year – we called this experiment the “monastery school.” Strongly guided by my father Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels, it turned into a very intensive social and spiritual education, and I’ve been part of Tamera ever since then.

In 2004, I started working as a facilitator for the youth. In 2005, I was among the next-generation leaders that led the Monte Cerro Peace Education. We wanted to pass on to others the learning and experiences that we had.


What Motivates Me

I came to Tamera because of its holistic approach to life. From the outset, I’ve loved the idea that love is a political issue, that its healing requires a whole new system of life free from the betrayal of any being. I believe we can end the war in the world if we end it in people’s relationships and establish new social living systems. I need something I can believe in and have found it here.

My Role in Tamera

I serve various groups and courses within Tamera as a group facilitator. I’m currently involved in the spiritual and social education within the Political Ashram. In this work, I particularly dedicate myself to studying the spiritual realms. Throughout my life, learning love has played a crucial role. I’m constantly learning more through the processes I go through, learning to anchor myself into the spiritual world so that I can do this work.