Formed: 1975 Established: 1977
This page last updated:12/10/2012
Damanhur, Federation of Communities
Baldissero Canavese, Turin,
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Damanhur is a collective dream transformed into reality thanks to the creative power of positive thought -- a Spiritual EcoCommunity nestled in the hills of Northern Italy that promotes a culture of peace and holistic sustainability through solidarity, respect for the environment, arts and education. The philosophy of Damanhur is based on action, optimism and upon the idea that every human being lives to leave something of themselves to the others and to contribute towards the growth and evolution of the whole of humanity.
Damanhur, Federation of Communities comprises many different settlements extending over 1,200 acres of Piedmontís pristine Valchiusella valley, in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Damanhur has a population of around a thousand citizens, with embassies and supporters in Italy, Europe, Japan and the United States. Founded in 1975, the Federation has its own Constitution, a complementary currency system, a daily paper, art workshops, a medical and science research center, a Study Center, a school system (from nursery to middle school).
Every year thousands of people visit Damanhur to experience the social model and study the philosophy, but what sets Damanhur apart from other eco and spiritual communities is the Temples of Humankind. Often called the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the Temples were dug by hand from the stone mountain by the people of Damanhur.
As Daniela Biancolini, architectural inspector for the Italian Heritage Ministry, has said: "Nothing like this exists outside of the films of Indiana Jones."
Damanhur offers events, activities and courses all year round. Damanhur and the Temples can be visited for a short time and for longer periods of study, vacation or regeneration.
Partial list of awards:
2008: Damanhur recognized as an example of applying the Earth Charter.
2007: Community Magazine declares Damanhur "The Most Beautiful Community in the World".
2007: The Green Flag is awarded to two Damanhurian houses: Aval and Prima Stalla farm.
2005: Award for Sustainable Communities awarded by an agency of the United Nations as a model for a sustainable future.
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Damanhur: For a Culture of Peace ~ Part 1
Former/Other Names: Damanhur
This page last updated:12/10/2012
Visitor Process: Visit our website: http://www.damanhurwelcome.com
GEN - Global Ecovillage Network
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may).
Members(adults and children):
By a group of elders or other leaders
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Land and Buildings
1482.6 acres (600.0 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Private school at the community
:: Private school off the property
:: Public schooled
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