Damanhur, Federation of Communities

Last updated: June 10, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Damanhur, Federation of Communities

(Baldissero Canavese, Turin, Italy)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1977
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +39 0124 512236
  • Address:
    Via Pramarzo, 3
    Baldissero Canavese, Turin, 10080
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visit our website:

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Spiritual EcoCommunity

Community Description:

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 Piedmont’s 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.


  • Adult Members: 500
  • Child Members: 96
  • Non-member Residents: 1000
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: esoteric tradition

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 1482.6 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 85

Labor and Money

    • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Fair Housing Laws

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge