Damanhur is a spiritual eco society founded in 1975 nestled in the Alpine foothills north of Piedmont, in Northern Italy, between Turin and Aosta. In a 15-kilometer area surrounding the lush, green valley of Valchiusella lives a very active, multilingual community of 600 people, of which about a hundred children.
The territories of Damanhur are not concentrated in one area, but spread out throughout the valley and surrounding countryside and comprise approximately 1,112 acres of woodland and farmland with residential buildings, artistic workshop studios, companies and farms.
Organic agriculture and sustainability are among Damanhur most important objectives. The Federation produces vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, olive oil, cereals, bakery products, wine and honey: raises poultry, pigs and cows. These and many others organic foods can be purchased from our organic supermarket Tentaty in the valley.
About energetic self sustainability we have 70% sustainability in hot water with solar panels, 35% in electricity in photo-voltaic panels, and 90% sustainability in bio-mass heating fueled in wood from the care of Damanhur own forest.
Damanhurian houses are built with ecological building materials, healthy homes with low environmental impact. Continuous research and, above all, practical experience have made it possible to experiment with techniques, materials and innovative living solutions that are earth-friendly. Green building in Damanhur begins with recuperating materials and energy conservation.
Damanhur economic system combines free enterprise with solidarity and sharing, in order to create the greatest overall benefits, individual wealth and collective possibilities. Some people work in the Damanhurian companies and others in the surrounding of Damanhur like employer, freelance or practitioner. The other people take care of the community.
Damanhur developed a complementary currency system with the objective to create a coinage, the Credito, to encourage a new form of economy based on the ethical values. In technical terms, the Credito is a functional account unit, active in a predetermined and predefined circuit.
For the law we have created several kinds of associations that deals all the sectors of our life while we wait the Italian Government approves the law about the legal entity of Intentional Communities
Children are central in Damanhur educational vision. For our Constitution they are Damanhurian citizen and each adult had to take care of them for all aspects, Parents are supported by the family to have time and money for the children and we have a school and co-created educational lines.
The Kids Damanhur School was founded in 1985 by a group of parents whose vision was to directly guide the education of their children. The Damanhur Education organization created the school to include curriculum that aligns with all the programs of the Italian educational ministry.
Beyond the standard Italian curriculum, there is an abundance of activities that give space for self-expression, from having contact with nature to practical experimentation in many fields, for example, in the arts and ecology.
Our model of health begins with home birth, moves through nutrition (preferably organic) and concludes with preparations for a good death. It uses pranatherapy as a foundation and there are also regular health screenings.
Damanhurian medicine is characterized by a humanistic view of care, where the individual is the main character. The body is regarded as a temple, a precious instrument for the soul. For this reason, physical and spiritual wellness are equally important. Each of us has the responsibility to engage in lifestyles and behaviors that protect our overall health; however, optimal health doesn’t just depend on the individual. It is influenced by many other factors, such as genetics, relationships and interaction with the environment.
Damanhur is a resilient Federation of spiritual eco communities