The stone circle is the central ‘power place’ of Tamera. All indigenous cultures had power places in which people could recharge their energies and contemplate and communicate with the divine. Power places are places of peace and contact with natural forces. They are beyond particular cultures and religions: they are places of prayer and communication with what we perceive as divine and universal.
While at the Almendres stone circle, near Évora, Sabine Lichtenfels was inspired to build a modern stone circle in Tamera: a communitarian work of art. Its 96 stones stand for the 96 basic archetypes of a peace community. It sig- nifies complementarity instead of exclusion, cooperation instead of fight.
In April 1994 she travelled through Portugal and visited Almendres. Through her many years of spiritual research she had learned to perceive not only the visible world but also subtle energetic information. She sensed that the stones of Almendres had been erected by a peaceful tribal culture. The monoliths, up to three metres high, were not arbitrarily arranged. Each of the stones seemed to repre- sent one archetype of a harmonious tribal culture. Stored in the stone and in the subtle energetic matrix of their positioning, they host timeless supra-historical information of a non-violent way of life based on wisdom, formed by a long-forgotten culture which must have settled in Portugal and in many other areas of the world during the early Stone Age. There are no archaeological findings from this early global culture to indicate violent ways of life or defensive structures. Historical researchers increasingly assume that there was a time when people lived without war. They must have had knowledge about peace.
In the years which followed, Sabine Lichtenfels decoded the stone circle of Almendres as a treasure of knowledge of a deeply peaceful, archaic high culture. She wrote the book, Dreamstones – Journey into an Age of Sensual Ful- filment. (only available in German and Portuguese)
From the book: ‘I sat down in the middle of the circle on a large flat stone and closed my eyes. I repeatedly heard the sentence “Remember your past, long before the beginnings of Christianity.” I immediately had the feeling of having arrived home, and a huge tension fell from me. ‘You will find a lot of information here that you need to find the right place to build your project. You will come here often.’ I became evermore curious.’
The stone circle remained an important source of inspi- ration for her, and the idea of building a stone circle in Tamera became stronger. It became reality when Marco Pogačnik, Earthhealer, and Peter Frank, his longterm student, entered into cooperation with Tamera by applying their geomantic knowledge to help initiate a new stone circle. The ‘Icon of the Future’ started to take shape.
The first stone was set on October 12th 2004 on the top of a gently sloping hill in the centre of Tamera. Now the stone circle is complete, with 96 stones, some chiselled with cosmograms representing the archetypical powers of a community of the future. The cosmograms have been developed over the years through intuition and creativity by members of the community and guests who felt connected with the archetypes.
The community gathers in the stone circle every Monday morning at dawn for the ‘Ring of Power’, in which political thoughts of healing are sent into the world. Padre Javier Giraldo held a Christian service here, inspired by the Church of the Poor. The peace activist Starhawk led a pagan ritual with dance and singing. Tibetan monks from Dharamsala let their prayer flags blow in the wind here. Individuals come here to find calm for meditation and prayer. It is as if the stone circle, in its simplicity and completeness, hosts all kinds of different religions and directions of thought, making dogma and exclusion superfluous.
Excerpt from the book: Tamera. A Model for the Future by Leila Dregger