Education for Peace Building

€19,644 of €23,940 goal

Raised by 74 people in 8 months

We are a group of 4 people, already working at Tamera, raising money to take part in a 3-month full-time course: the Healing Biotopes Student Program.

This education is for people who want to dedicate themselves to the emergence of a global network of Healing Biotopes.

The course will train us “to develop the vital social, spiritual and intellectual qualities needed to catalyze Healing Biotopes and to serve the world as a peaceworker.” (Tamera Website – Healing Biotopes Student Program )

What is a Healing Biotope?

“The word “biotope” comes from the Greek “bio” (life) and “topos” (place). It’s a habitat where all life forms – humans, animals, plants, waters and other beings – co-exist in united diversity. Healing Biotopes are futuristic centers for humanity to see and embody a new vision for inhabiting this planet. Through lived examples they demonstrate how a network of decentralized, autonomous communities can emerge around the world as the foundation for a new planetary culture.” (Tamera Website: The Healing Biotopes Plan )


What is Tamera?

Tamera is a community centered around peace research and education. Their aim is to enable people around the globe to build a regenerative, nonviolent culture.

Why choose crowdfunding as a funding method?

Through asking for funds, we are asking the world for resonance for our path of becoming peace workers. By asking others to support us, we are also becoming public about our calling in life.

We are taking this crowdfunding process as a spiritual challenge and an education in itself – over the next weeks, we’ll be presenting video updates in which we introduce ourselves and interview members of the Tamera community with questions such as:

- Why do we need a new culture?
- Why is it important to create peace between the genders?
- What is a peaceworker?
- How can you continue to follow an individual path of growth in community?


How we got to the amount

The full fee for each person for the course (including accommodation and board) is €5700. We're 4 people, and we've also added 5% to the total to cover payment processing, currency conversion and platform fees. We've also already added the funds that we have each.

    1. €30 is the daily fee for 3 meals a day with a bed & bedding. The course is 84 days long.
         => €2520 = 84 days x €30

   2. €3180 is the course fee which includes 6 full time educators/facilitators.
         => €5700 = €3180 + €2520

   3. We are 4 students.
         => €22800 = €5700 x 4

   4. €1140 is the 5% added to cover payment processing, currency conversion & platform fees.
         => €23940 = €22800 + €1140

   5. €5412 is the amount which we have put in.

We are:

Jessica: Community kitchen chef – Tamera’s Guest Center

Franziska: Kitchen chef – Tamera’s Solar Test Field

Ruth: Editor & website support for Tamera’s Institute for Global Peacework

Carolyn: Team Member at Blueprint 200 at Tamera – modeling regenerative refugee settlements

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Thank you to all of you who supported us, financially, spiritually, and with time and effort, to take part and complete the first cycle of the Healing Biotopes Student Program!

As we didn’t make the full amount during the fundraiser, we are all currently working hard to make the remainder of the money, which Tamera very kindly allowed us to pay after the course.

Here is a short summary of our time on the course.

We were part of a group of 55 people from around the world, many of whom had come from communities, or were part of starting impulses for communities. This included a group from Inla Kesh, a small community in Chiapas, Mexico ( https://www.inlakesh.info/); a group from Favela da Paz, a community project for peace situated in the slums of São Pãolo, Brazil ( https://www.facebook.com/institutofaveladapaz/); a representative from the Nature community in Germany, and groups who intend to start Healing Biotopes in Turtle Island (the Indigenous name for North America), Nicaragua, Israel-Palestine, and Switzerland.

We four were part of the group who are coming closer to Tamera and we found we played an important role in welcoming the newcomers and helping them to settle in at Tamera.

We studied many different areas of community building and peace work, including ecosystem restoration, the global political situation, art and spirituality, love & sexuality and economy. We helped to make water retention spaces on the Blueprint 200 site at Tamera, a piece of land intended as a model settlement site for reference by humanitarian and development aid organisations.The site demonstrates how crisis settlements can be designed and built for the wellbeing of humans, animals, and the land. We learned to make swales (ditches that work as water channels in heavy rains), planted trees, and helped to sculpt the land so that the maximum amount of water could sink into the soil.

In the unit on the global political situation we were given a broad overview of how capitalistic growth is devouring our planet at an exponential rate and looked into the roots of the system: colonialism, the break-up of communities, and wetiko, the mental-spiritual illness, known in the Native American Cree language as the 'disease of the white man', that shuts down our empathic response to life, allowing us to consume and destroy as we do.

Our time focused on art allowed us to develop our capacity to perceive beauty in natural forms and to experiment with colour and light. The time focused on love and sexuality gave us an insight into the core human wounds around these topics, and a glimpse of their possible healing. Spending a few days looking at economy gave us the chance to examine our own internal capitalistic structures and to consider other models of economy that could serve a new culture.

We also spent three days alone in nature in Vision Time which was a really valuable breather of silence and solitude. A lot of insights came, many interwoven between people, and we all were able to feel the spiritual support of the community, of the land, and of the clouds (which held off raining on us for the entire three days we were out)!

The most important part of the experience was to feel embedded in a global network of budding peace workers and community builders. Although it was only a beginning, we were left with the feeling that we would work with many of these people for the rest of our lives. We are all curious to see how we can continue to support and accompany each other in our various projects around the world. We've already begun meeting virtually to continue our connection and study together. Next year, we will begin the next cycle of the course, which will allow us to go even deeper into these areas, and also begin to dive much more deeply into the inner personal work each of us needs to do.

One very exciting idea that came out of the course was the proposal to look at the financing of the remainder of the course as an entire group. Rather than each of us worrying how to finance it, we can look at it as a family, and share ideas and inspiration for how to make enough money collectively so that any person who wants to take part in the education can. This is one concrete step towards a communitarian economic situation. A small core group of us will incubate this question over winter and bring suggestions for grant making or fundraising opportunities to the whole group.

It felt like a really solid first step into the global community we are building. May we all be part of manifesting the Healing Biotopes Plan!

Thanks again for all your help and support,

Ruth, Jessica, Carolyn & Franziska
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Today the education starts and we are very grateful for everything we have received up until now! We have decided not to close the campaign, but to leave it open during the next 3 months. So, if you'd still like to donate during this time, please do so.

If we find in November that we still haven't made the full amount, we will come together and make a plan for how to get there – whether it's working together or another round of fundraising.

We're very thankful for this opportunity to work together and to tell all our friends and family what we are doing and why. We also realise we've found a treasure worth much more than €23,940 – in the friendship and solidarity both between us 4 women and also around us, that has kept us strong in our faith and courage throughout the campaign.

If we can, we will make updates now and then to give you a taste of what we are experiencing in the education.

So, thank you all and please #keepgiving!

With love,

Ruth, Carolyn, Jessica & Franziska.
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We had a wonderful evening in the bar at Tamera last night and managed to raise €1000! Thank you to the Tamera community for supporting us!
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Getting ready for our crowdfunding cocktail evening at Tamera's cultural center tonight! May the money flow! #keepgiving
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