Damanhur is a place where you can explore your spirituality, learn about sustainable eco-community living and welcome the possibility of the impossible.
Tucked in the alpine foothills between Turin and Aosta, in Northern Italy is a magical place called Damanhur. This 600 person award winning eco-community is made up of all races and ages with its own constitution, culture, art, music, currency, schools and uses of science and technology. Within this larger community are 26 smaller “nucleo communities” made up of 15-20 people who live together. For the Damanhurians, living this way promotes positive thinking, diversity, change and pursuing one’s dreams with a sense of humor and adventure. Myself, along with the Live the Adventure Crew spent 4 days exploring and absorbing the teachings from this unique place.
In 1975, Damanhur was founded by a man named Falco Tarassaco who believed in solidarity, sharing, love and respect for the environment. Although there are many fascinating things about this place, Damanhur is best known for its cathedral called Temples of Humankind.
The Temples of Humankind is also referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of The World.” This stunning work of art was entirely dug by hand into the heart of a mountain. Walking through the entrance of the temple, you’d never guess what masterpiece lies beneath. After one elevator and several twists and turns, you’re greeting by temple upon temple, decorated with mosaics, stained glass, sculptures, wall paintings and other works of art. Each temple tells a different story but all symbolize unity.
While there is so much about this place that I’d love to dive into, it would take a life time to learn and understand it all. However, one thing that this place radiates more than anything is acceptance and respect for all. That’s the number one message that I’ll take with me from this place.
Siya and I are planning to eventually build our own community with like minded people, so spending time in Damanhur was exciting. It felt wonderful to be surrounded by others who choose to live this lifestyle and make it work. I believe that humans are meant to live together but many of u forgot how to. Nowadays some of us don’t even know the person living in the house next door.
Unity is a word that came up many times during our stay in Damanhur, and what I believe we need to encourage today more than ever.
Would you ever live in an eco-community?
Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.