Monique Wilson, Global Director of ONE BILLION RISING, will be joining other international activists at this gathering on Sacred Activism – bringing the focus on women and girls, and the use of art in activism.

TAMERA is a school and research centre for realistic utopia.

The project was founded in Germany in 1978. In 1995 it moved to Portugal. Today 170 people live and work on a property of 330 acres.

The founding thought was to develop a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature. Soon it became clear that the healing of love and of human community had to be placed at the center of this work. Sexuality, love and partnership need to be freed from lying and fear, for there can be no peace on Earth as long as there is war in love. The ecological and technological research of Tamera includes the implementation of a retention landscape for the healing of water and nature, as well as a model for regional autonomy in energy and food. Through the Global Campus and the Terra Nova School we are working within a global network on the social, ecological and ethical foundations for a new Earth – Terra Nova.

TAMERA have been doing One Billion Rising events every year since 2014:

Watch their OBR videos below:

OBR Tamera 2014:

OBR Tamera 2015:

OBR Tamera 2016:

OBR Tamera 2017:
“Defend the Sacred at the Portuguese Coast”

Details of the Sacred Activism gathering at Tamera this August:



Tamera, Portugal

AUGUST 7-16, 2017


In these decisive times we stand up to protect life. Along with millions of people around the planet we defend the sacred wherever we are. From the depth of our being comes a NO against the insanity of this world. No to any violence. No to the destruction of nature and the exploitation of people. No to a system based on injustice, racism and war. No to all hypocrisy and lies.

For our NO to succeed, we have to know what we say YES to. For life to win, the global resistance needs to unify around a common positive aim for the future. We need a realistic vision for post-capitalism – a love-based, regenerative, nonviolent world – that will allow millions to divest from the old system and create a new one. There’s enormous potential in coming together and focusing the many movements into a common force for system change.

We dedicate this gathering to the sacred activism that was embodied by the resistance of First Nation people at Standing Rock in the United States against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A young Indigenous activist told the oil company, “We do not hate you, but we are not going to obey your orders either.” What began at Standing Rock in 2016 must turn into a planetary movement in 2017.

We invite activists from around the world to come together for ten days in a space of calmness, reflection, envisioning and exchange (including some days of digital detox). We want to think about how we can organize in a way that global system change will be successful. We want to come together to connect with the original indigenous wisdom of building community within all of us. Beyond all religions, we want to rediscover the sacredness of life and root our political activism in it. To defend the sacred, we need to know what is sacred.

Many of our invited guests are on the frontline of movements in their countries and fields:

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, writer, radio host, activist and elder of the Lakota nation, USA
Pat McCabe, artist, activist, elder of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, USA
Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, Elder of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Lakota historian and activist, USA
Wiyaka Eagleman, co-initiator of Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock and Sicangu Lakota representative, USA
Vasamalli Kurtaz, tribal leader of the Toda people, India
Ati Quigua, Native environmental activist and spokeswoman of the Arhuaco people, Colombia (TBC)
Rabbi Michael Lernerpeace activist and editor of Tikkun – An Interfaith Magazine, USA
Sami Awad, trainer for nonviolence and leader of the Holy Land Trust, Palestine
Gabriel Meyer Halevy, musician and peace activist, Israel
John DearJesuit priest and peace activist, USA
John Quigley, aerial art activist of Spectral Q, USA
Claudio Miranda, musician, peace worker and leader of the “Favela da Paz” project in Brazil
Gildardo Tuberquia & Ruby Arteaga, leaders of the Peace Community San José de Apartadó, Colombia
Geraldine Ovando, media maker and activist, Bolivia
Andrea Toro, community builder and environmentalist, Bolivia
Philip Munyasia, permaculture teacher and leader of the OTEPIC center, Kenya
Monique Wilson
, theater artist and global director of One Billion Rising, Philippines
Saad Dagher, permaculture teacher and peace activist, Palestine
Scilla Elworthy
, peace ambassador, speaker and writer, UK
Lawrence Bloom, Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, UK
And more…

Working topics for the gathering include:

– How can we establish a base of incorruptible trust among us that creates a unity in our movements, one that can no longer be broken by any external force?

– What could be a common vision on which we can focus our movements?

– What is sacred to us? How can we lastingly align with the sacred in our lives?

– Is there a particularly feminine way to protect the earth? How can women come together to stop violence and destruction?

– How do we create effective media outlets to make the vision of a global alternative known to humanity?

– How can we use theater, music and art as expressions of sacred activism?

– And very concretely: What can we do as a global community to protect the Portuguese coast from the oil drilling and offshore fracking planned to begin this year?

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