History

Tamera is based on many years of research and community work.
Dieter Duhm, the founder of the Healing Biotopes Project, was one of the leading figures in the 1968 students movement in Germany.  His book, “Fear in Capitalism,” became a bestseller.  After the failure of the movement, he retreated to an isolated farmhouse in southern Bavaria and worked on a concept for how a global system-change could succeed, a shift from the matrix of violence to the matrix of life.


He visited different international peace projects to complete the concept.  He founded the Baühutte project in 1978, which led to a three-year social experiment in the Black Forest in Germany.  The experiment was a success.  Important principles for building functional communities were discovered and developed. 

At the end of Baühutte began a time of “diaspora.”  Many of the participants founded groups in the cities, in cafés, galleries, and various meeting points to keep the ideas alive.  Some members of the former Baühutte founded ZEGG in 1991, which over time developed into its own independent project in close connection with Tamera. Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels moved to Lanzarote, where they lived until 1995.

In 1994, in search of a suitable site for the planned Healing Biotope in Portugal, Sabine Lichtenfels visited the Stone Circle in Évora. She received intuitions there that led them to Tamera’s land. The caretaker of this land led them to a drinking water source among overgrown fig trees, roses, and a palm tree; and she was touched by the spiritual radiance of the surrounding. At this place, later called the Oracle Source, the name of the future Healing Biotope came to her – Tamera. She later learned that he means the “Original Source” in an ancient language.

Finally in 1995 Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtenfels and Charly Rainer Ehrenpreis founded Tamera Healing Biotope I in Portugal.  Many of the original researchers reconnected in the new project and new co-workers joined.  The next generation was growing and, over time, leading positions were passed on to them.

Today there are 170 people working in Tamera within a variety of project groups.  

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