“Regaining the Power of Thinking” at Tamera Portugal 

Excerpt from a speech by Martin Winiecki, coordinator of Institute for Global Peace Work in Tamera, about regaining the power of thinking and the logic of global healing. Introducing words to an international seminar held in Tamera Peace Research Center, Portugal, in August 2016.
Filmed By Serena Aurora August 2016

Lets Talk About LOVE: Excerpt of an Interview with Sabine Lichtenfels of Tamera

Sabine Lichtenfels was born into a family of artists in 1954. From a very early age she was concerned with questions of love and was connected to Jesus as a revolutionary role model. Already at 16 years old she envisioned “a village in which all lovers live together and no one has to abandon each other.” She studied theology, married and gave birth to her first daughter. In 1978 she met Dieter Duhm and along with their common friend, Charly Rainer Ehrenpreis, she supported in founding the Healing Biotopes Project.

Leila Dregger interviews Sabine about love and her childhood experiences.
Filmed at the community of Tamera in April 2015.


Solar Village in Action: The solar Testfield at Tamera, with Dr. D. Baillie and T.H. Culhane

Sunpulse 500: Showbox Tour at Tamera´s solar Testfield, by Jürgen Kleinwächter
Jurgen kleinsachter and Olivier Paccoud demonstrate the Sunpluse 500 as a technology for decentralised autonomous energy supply.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, we herewith submit our proposal for your challenge “Energy [R]evolution: Clean Pumping”. The main emphasis of our “SUNPULSE” solar water pump development was to create a robust, efficient and nevertheless simple and reliable system. We have been pioneering the development of low temperature stirling engines for many years.The “SUNPULSE” stirling engine including different sizes (from the SUNPULSE 150 with 150 Watts of hydraulic power to the SUNPULSE 500 and the SUNPULSE 1500) is developed to the laboratory demonstration stage. Our company philosophy includes the license production through selcected partners in the different parts of the world. It is important for us, that such partners are strongly committed to create structures, including stable and human employment serving the rural sector of their respective countries. Please notice also, that the SUNPULSE engine completed with a simple hot water storage bears also the potential of creating local autonomy not only for water pumping but also for small, modular extendible solar power stations to create electricity and mechanical power around the clock.


The Blueprint Meeting at Tamera Healing Biotope 1
“Blueprint” Meeting in Tamera:
For Sustainable Aid in Areas of Crisis
In April, a group of specialists, entrepreneurs and representatives of aid organizations came together in Tamera to discuss the possibility of creating a “Blueprint” for coordinated aid measures in crisis and disaster areas. They were invited by Ruth Andrade who called on the friends and cooperation partners of her late husband, Paulo Mellett, to form a team that would continue his work.

Many aid organizations know the problem all too well. Emergency aid after natural disasters and wars is necessary. However it often slows down the mechanisms of regional social and ecological regeneration. What does aid mean and what should it look like to support sustainable structures? How will the essential elements of autonomy, such as natural water cycles and traditional knowledge in areas such as regional food production, renewable energy sources, local economies and craft industry, be sustained rather than further destroyed? How can we help the recovery of refugees and damaged regions?

Recently some aid organizations have tried to integrate the experiences of ecovillages and communities in their work. This makes sense as these communities have been called “laboratories for the future.” Through lived models they are testing simple, economical, decentralized systems in cooperation with nature. Their most important resource is social knowledge. The experience of many aid organizations shows that ecological and technological knowledge alone do not create sustainability. An understanding of group dynamics, conflict resolution, social sustainability, the significance of gender roles and communal decision-making processes is also needed for the success of a project. With all this experience, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), is currently creating an “EmerGENcies Protocol” program for responding to crisis situations.

What is the Blueprint?

The concept of the “Blueprint” is a similar approach. It incorporates tested technologies and techniques into a modular design for a village. Bernd Müller, Director of the Global Ecology Institute in Tamera explains:“The Blueprint is a master plan for regionally autonomous, regenerative community development. It is designed to be adapted to many different situations and climatic conditions.”

Creating such a master plan for human settlements combines social, ecological and technical knowledge. Each settlement will include modules which demonstrate best practice in these areas. Examples of such modules are: solar cooking devices and mini biogas systems, natural water and waste water systems, compost toilets, buildings made from locally-available materials, decentralized, sustainable food cultivation and energy production from renewable sources. Combining these modules according to the master plan makes regional autonomy in cooperation with nature possible.

The first models can be built as pilot models for demonstration and experimentation. The experimentation phase will mainly not take place in crisis areas; the model should be first developed by an experienced community situated within a more stable region. There the overall system can be tested, allowing important conclusions to be made before they are included within the blueprint. These experiences can then be used to help in post-disaster areas, refugee camps and other crisis points in the global south. From the beginning, the models will be educational and training centers which facilitate the integration of holistic principles in daily life.

The Blueprint meeting was hosted by members of Tamera’s Autonomy Council: Barbara Kovats, the coordinator of the Solar Village Test field; Christoph Ulbig, a core carrier of the Ecology Team and Bernd Müller. Among the participants of this first “Blueprint” meeting were Simon Constantin, son of the founders of the natural cosmetics company Lush and co-initiator of the Sustainable Lush (Slush) Fund; solar inventor Jürgen Kleinwächter, Sibylle Culhane who, with her husband Thomas, builds biogas systems in slums; engineer J C Abrahams who develops natural waste water treatment plants; Magnus Wolfe Murray and Bee Bowen who are involved in post-disaster work in Pakistan and Peter Mellett, Paulo´s father. For Ruth Andrade the calling of the first “Blueprint” meeting together was a logical continuation of Paulo’s work.

This film shows the second meeting of the blueprint team at Tamera and explains what its about.


Filmed By Serena Aurora
April 2015

Blueprint meeting at Tamera August 2015

BioGas Digesters at The community of Tamera in Portugal
T.H Culhane, BioGas expert, shows the 5 different BioGas digesters at Tamera, and how to make them. Filmed during the 5 day BioGas course at Tamera Community in Portugal.


Filmed By Serena Aurora April 2015

Magic Mud: Experimenting With Lime Stabilised Soil at Tamera

Biologic Design: Wetland Ecosystem Treatment presentation given by Jay Abrahams at Tamera
Jay Abrahams gives a presentation about Bio Logic Design of Wetland Ecosystem Treatment at the community of Tamera in Portugal.
Filmed By Serena Aurora April 2015

International Sunpulse Seminar
The International Sunpulse Seminar, held at Tamera Peace Research Center in August 2015, showcased the pioneering work of Jürgen Kleinwächter and his team, together with Tamera’s energy technology team. The latest model low-temperature Stirling Engine, the Sunpulse 500, was shown in action and the most recent research on a precision solar furnace was presented.

Jürgen Kleinwächter’s work encompasses a wide range of enabling technologies for future decentralised energy supply networks that function in cooperation and synergy with nature and human needs. A recently founded company, SunOrbit, is making these systems commercially available.

The seminar brought together engaged decision makers and active cooperation partners from around the world. Much of the material presented at the seminar is available here online.

Sunpulse: Why Low Temperature Stirling Engines: Theory and Possibilities by J.Kleinwachter

Sunpulse 500; Showbox Tour by Jürgen Kleinwächter at Tamera solar Testfield

Solar Village in Action: The TestField at Tamera Healing Biotope 1

Sunpulse: Concept of Solar Power Village by Jürgen Kleinwächter at Tamera

House in House – Combining the EPG and Architecture by Jürgen Kleinwächter at Tamera

Sunpulse 500: Present to the Future by Jürgen Kleinwächter at Tamera

Concept of Multi zone Architecture by Janos Valder

Step by Step Freedom with the Sun

Sunpulse: Precision Membrane Fix Focus Mirror