It all started when...
The three of us were in Tamera, Peace Research Village and Healing Biotope I in Portugal in the Spring of 2016. People from around the world gathered for the first ever World Council, and we divided into three subgroups to address and begin to reimagine the ways we relate to Money, Media/Information and Water. Dr Rajendra Singh has been a friend of Tamera for some time. His work over the last 40+ years has been rooted in working with communities across his home state of Rajastan in India. He has helped these communities to use water retention landscape techniques to create 11,600 waterbodies and restore 7 rivers.
Ian and John scooped up Rajendra in a golf cart and took him to one of Tamera's most sacred sites, the oracle spring. That spring was what led co-founder Sabine Lichtenfels to know that this was the land upon which to create the community.
Since then, Tamera has been a global leader and model for what is possible in the retention of water. In just 8 years, they have created multiple lakes upon their 300+ acre land. You can learn more about that here.
We've heard #WATERISLIFE abundantly all over social media in recent months. And yet, how much do we allow that to 'sink in'? We notice even in ourselves as activists, Earth lovers and people living in the Western developed world that it truly takes something to shift our awareness away from seeing water as this thing that just flows from the tap, whenever we need it, and towards seeing water as the substance that sustains not only us, but all life on the planet. Towards seeing it as the substance that deserves respect and is calling us to step forth to come into relationship to it.
We're seeing the cascade of awareness that the movement at Standing Rock is creating in people all over the planet. Reframing protestors to protectors, unveiling the corporate structures that contaminate and control the waterways, creating opportunities for reconciliation, awareness of appropriation and space for reclamation. At the base of it, the native people are standing for protection of the water.
In these times of rapidly increasing global warming and climate change, we need stories beyond just hope. And so, we share a story of how one man has catalyzed thousands of individuals to work together to restore their water sheds.
We feel that the way towards a regenerative future is to build up a culture of collaboration with one another and in relation to 'place.' As Rajendra iterates in this piece," with the disciplined use of water, we create the healing of water."