In the Oak-dotted countryside of Southern Portugal lies the Tamera Healing Biotope, one of Earth’s most radical social experiments in human futurism.
Tamera began in the “free love” utopian movements of the 1960s’ and 70’s, building upon the insight that the liberation of love is not just a romantic notion, but the seed of the deepest political revolution of our time. Now, 40 years later, in an era of #metoo, political unrest, and mounting ecological crisis - where extinction could be our collective future - Tamera’s research provides a regenerative model for a post-capitalist society, rooted in trust and transparency.
LOVE SCHOOL is a visionary exploration through the depths of Tamera’s research for the first time. Filmed over four years with unprecedented access, and viewed through the perspective of key global allies, this feature documentary will accelerate the seeds of a planetary awakening.
The film intends to explore the following:
- Why integrating eros (life energy) is central to building a nonviolent culture
- How to truly build communities of trust & transparency
- The necessity of building solidarity between the genders
- What happened to village and how we might reawaken it
- How the vision of the healing biotopes offers a pathway toward a regenerative future
THE STORY SO FAR…
In the aftermath of the 2011 Occupy movement and the release of the short films 'The Revolution Is Love' and 'Sacred Economics' filmmakers Ian Mackenzie and John Wolfstone were invited by Tamera to make a film about their approach to building an alternative culture of love.
On the Spring Equinox in 2015, Ian and John launched an initial crowdfunding campaign for the film “Healing of Love” and successfully raised and exceeded their funding goal ($23K). They immediately flew to Tamera and participated in the Global Love School, a 10 day experiential deep dive into this new culture - and they were profoundly altered by what they found. Upon returning to California & Vancouver to edit the film, they quickly realized the potency of the material needed a longer format to share faithfully with the world.
Instead of the intended short, the film would now become a feature documentary (80+ minutes).
The following year, Ian and John returned to the Global Love School and were joined by Bay area filmmaker Julia Maryanska, who had already been working on her own film about love (Union). All three found shared resonance in co-creating a film about Tamera and began their journey of collaboration under the newly formed alliance RE/CULTURE FILMS.
In 2017, Julia and Ian returned to Tamera for a third round of shooting, and screened an initial cut of the film for the Tamera community. Then returning to North America and joined by John, they dedicated themselves to multiple immersive work retreats and rounds of feedback from numerous elders and advisors - each time distilling further the core message of the film.
In 2018, both Ian and Julia welcomed the birth of their first children (with separate partners) and were initiated across the threshold as new parents. Meanwhile John returned to Tamera for a 3 month education journey in the fall, culminating in a make-over of the film's main story-line and title.
In May 2019, Ian and Julia returned to Tamera and the Global Love School one final time, this time with their babies and partners along for the ride - and gathered the remaining footage and interviews needed to complete the film.
Now, Julia, John and Ian are in the midst of the final edit, animation, color and sound as we ready the film for festival applications in Fall of 2019.
“Community is the seed which carries the wisdom of healing inside of it.” - Sabine Lichtenfels, Co-founder, Tamera
Tamera Healing Biotope I in Portugal is a global leader in living and researching holistic models for a regenerative planetary culture. Started in Germany by a radical group in the 1970's, the project unearthed the foundations of fear that permeate the capitalist and communist systems of the time. They understood that only by rebuilding a foundation of solidarity and trust could they hope to build a new model of peace.
“To become capable of love, we must develop a system of life in which real trust between people arises and grows. It is this trust that opens the heart and the body, dissolves the body armour and heals the soul." - Dieter Duhm, Co-founder Tamera
40 years later, Tamera has successfully developed numerous other projects, including a global education campus which hosts thousands of students and volunteers each year - as well as permanent residence to nearly 200 "peace-workers."
In addition, Tamera has founded a global network Terra Nova, which aims to support the emergence of Healing Biotopes, living models of new culture which can serve to positively affect the morphogenic field of the planet.
WHY LOVE SCHOOL?
Our film aims to be deeply necessary medicine for these times. Through personal stories of longtime residents and recent global allies, the viewer will receive a transmission of Tamera’s 40 years of research in community building, ecosystem restoration, and peace work.
While they are one example of these “islands of the future” that are emerging everywhere around the world, they stand as the most radical in their dedication to freeing love from fear, and integrating the role of eros in their culture.
In these four years working on the film, we have found ourselves immersed in our own school of love. We understand how important it is as artists to embed ourselves in the culture, rather than hover outside as neutral observers. In this way, the film is not attempting to portray a journalistic approach to Tamera - instead, it is best understood as an expression of visionary art.
We cannot live and work toward a future that we cannot imagine first. Tamera, with their decades of dedication toward working for a more beautiful world, offers key insights and functional models gifted in service to our shared planetary awakening.
WHERE DID THE FIRST KICKSTARTER MONEY GO?
The initial funds ($23K) were used for production, which included multiple trips to Tamera as well as many rounds of editing and feedback - including producing a two-hour rough cut. We are grateful to our additional foundation funders (Namaste, Grace Foundation) as well as personal contributors who came onboard to support the expanded version of the film.
In total we have raised $90K toward the total production budget.
AND HOW WILL THIS $50K BE SPENT?
We know many of you have been in the wings, waiting, supporting and watching as the process of birthing this film continues. As filmmakers, we are honored to be entrusted with this task of translating and transmitting their message into the noosphere - the collective imagination of our species.
In order to complete this film, we turn to you, our global community and ask for support again. The funds raised will go towards the following breakdown for final post-production and polish:
STRETCH GOAL - THE GLOBAL TOUR
If we hit our goal early on, we'll aim to raise an additional $20K to fund a proper global tour - activating audiences with live events all around the world.
For your generous contributions toward this campaign, you’ll receive access to a variety of perks, outlined on the right. From pre-release downloads of the film, to Skype calls with visionaries connected to the project.
For those willing to contribute to higher funding levels, we offer the ability to become an Associate, Producer, or Executive Producer and have your name in the prominent credits of the film.
View the entire list on the right-side and select the one that is best for you!
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker & media activist based near Vancouver, Canada. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and film festivals around the world. He is the director of the forthcoming short Lost Nation Road (2019) featuring Stephen Jenkinson. and is the co-director of Amplify Her (2018) following the rise of the feminine in electronic music. He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s feature film Occupy Love (2013), and directed the short films Reactor (2013) and Sacred Economics (2012). Ian’s short The Revolution Is Love (2011) was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch that year.
John Wolfstone is a filmmaker, ritualist, wilderness rites-of-passage guide, emergence facilitator and sacred clown focused on the work of cultural redemption. Over the past 10 years, he has wielded these tools in service to restorative justice, ancestral healing and peace building in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities in the U.S. He has studied intensively the 8 Shields Cultural Regeneration model, been a scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School, trained with Weaving Earth Relational Education, and been a long-term student, and trainee of the Tamera Love School and Healing Biotope Education. He has three times been awarded Moishe House grants to facilitate Jewish community gatherings on Ancestry, Love, and recollecting the Village. In addition, he has been producing new paradigm films and events through his media collaborative, Re/Culture Media.
Julia Maryanska is a media activist, performance-artist and community builder based in Sonoma County, CA. Her work intersects between feminism, eroticism, village-building and regenerative culture. She has co-produced films alongside Oscar nominated filmmakers spanning subjects from Buddhist Dzogchen Masters to Wikileaks, and in addition to co-directing the film, Love School, she is also the director of UNION - a film about evolutionary love and a co-founder of the media collaborative, Re/Culture Media. She is also tri-lingual, a Master NLP Practitioner and a new mama.
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Risks and challenges
One risk is that we are not able to raise the funds to complete our film, which would stall the project until alternate funding sources are found. Though we remain confident that this film and subject matter have wide appeal for the global audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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