The Federation Of Damanhur, or simply Damanhur, is an ecovillage and spiritual community in the Piedmont region of northern Italy near the city of Turin and also very close to the Gran Paradiso National Park. The commune has its own constitution and currency, the Credito.
Founded in 1975 by Oberto Airaudi, the Federation of Damanhur is an eco-society: a federation of communities and eco-villages with their own social and political structure in continual evolution. It started with around 24 followers and had grown to 800 by the year 2000. The group holds a mix of New Age and neopagan beliefs.
The Damanhur community states on their website http://www.damanhur.org…
“The movement to create ecovillages is perhaps the most comprehensive antidote to dependence on the global economy. Around the world, people are building communities that attempt to get away from the waste, pollution, competition and violence of contemporary life. The Global Ecovillage Network links several of these communities worldwide.”
The settlements of the Federation in the area of Valchiusella extend across more than 1,200 acres of territory which includes woodland, farmland, residential areas with around a hundred private dwellings, art workshops, craft studios, businesses, and farms. Damanhur has centers in Italy, Europe, and Japan and collaborates with spiritual and community groups throughout the world.
Damanhur is perhaps known most for its Temples of Humankind, an underground work of hand made art. The Halls of Water, Earth, Spheres, Mirrors, Metals, the Blue Temple, and the Labyrinth. Damanhur offers courses and events all year round and it is possible to visit at any time, for short or long stays, they also have 3 Day and 7 Day programs twice a month through June. For more information please see their visit and courses center website: http://www.olamidamanhur.com.
An excellent read for more information is the
The Traveler’s Guide to Damanhur: The Amazing Northern Italian Eco-Society
Here is an interesting first part of a series of YouTube videos on the Damanhur