The Site

Tamera is located 20kms off the west coast on 134 hectares of slightly hilly land in southern Portugal. When the land was purchased it was completely over-grown with cork oaks, rockrose, olive groves, blackberry bushes, thistle and a small orange plantation, among thriving hawthorn, quince, and colorful meadows in spring. There were numerous drinking water sources that over the years have been repaired and enclosed.

 

In the beginning there were several ruins on the land, some of which have been made habitable.  A formerly existing building, an 80 meter long hall had been restored and served the community as a main gathering place until 1999.  It included an art gallery, a laboratory and storage spaces.  The hall burnt down completely on February 1, 1999.  Since then numerous new community buildings have been constructed.   

The Water Retention Landscape, under construction since 2007, has largely transformed the land of Tamera. The desertification could be reversed. Cultivated land and edible landscapes were designed around the lakes and ponds, and many thousands of trees have been planted, among them many fruit trees.

The land of Tamera now has a guest and education area, including a campsite, guesthouse, seminar rooms and an auditorium with 400 seats. There are several living areas for co-workers as well as various research areas: a test field for the establishment of a solar village, including workshops, an experimental solar kitchen and energy greenhouse. The Aldeia da Luz contributes handcrafts and a place for processing herbs. The Place of the Children has a school and kindergarten. There is an art place and the area of the Political Ashram.

At the geometric and heart center place of Tamera you find a stone circle – a community artwork, modeled after the prehistoric stone circle, Almendres, near Evora. It serves the community for prayer, meditation and celebrations. Originating at the stone circle, a network of Pilgrims Paths and geomantic power places weave throughout the landscape. These are places of contemplation, silence and communication with nature.

For more information: Terra Deva

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