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Awakened Life Men's Group

At the Awakened Life Project we are endeavoring to manifest a new human culture that is based on the individual and collective awakening to our fundamental unity. When we trust each other so deeply, when we see ourselves in the eyes of the other, we can experience that, as expressions of pure Life, Spirit, Consciousness, there is ultimately no difference between us and this intuitive knowing also transcends our gender as men and women.

But when we get really interested in what it means to actually live an Awakened Life, which means to express that understanding through the relative vehicle of our individuality, then we also want to embrace our gendered polarity and all the complexity that implies. We want to explore all the ways in which men and women are biologically, psychologically and culturally conditioned. Why? So that we can free ourselves from the habits and patterns that keep us locked in repetitive cycles of suffering and conflict, and discover what an authentic, awakened expression of our gendered embodiment might be.

So what is a deeply liberated, evolutionary expression of manhood in the 21st century? The Awakened Life Men's Group is a group of men who come together to participate in this adventure of inquiry, discovery, transformation and profound spiritual brotherhood.

To get a taste of our spiritual brotherhood listen to the Awakened Life Men sharing their reflections after a 5 Day "Strong Spine & Big Heart" Retreat together 2017...


The Group Guidelines below illuminate our shared purpose, philosophy and values:




If you are curious to learn more about the Men's Group we invite you to read the following articles in which some members of the Men's Group share the fruits of our experiment so far...

A Brotherhood of Being - Testimonials from the 2017 Men's Retreat

Aspects of Evolutionary Awakening for Men by Pete Bampton

A Genuine Brotherhood in Truth by Joel Baillergeau

Reflections on the Awakening Man Retreat 2016 

The Birth of a New Man by Ricardo Gonçalves

An Immense Blessing by Ricardo Gonçalves

Our Collective Journey by Marko Maitz

Learning to Live by João Pedrosa

The Great I AM by Pedro Pinto

One Presence by Poul Olufson

Something Sacred Shows its Light by Duarte Gonçalves

A Deeply Loving Brotherhood by David Williams

The Ground for a New Culture by Glen Friedman

 Awakening to a Higher Purpose by Pedro Morais

Can You Imagine? by João Serrano

One of the Most Precious Gifts by Edy Edgar

Seeing Through the Gender Game by Joel Baillergeau


Finally! I have been looking for something like the Awakened Life Men's Group for such a long time! All I was able to find before this experience was a series of techniques, names, approaches which were great but at the same time so limited. The Awakened Life Project  is something completely different. It is just Being. So simple and profound but so often there is so much resistance at the same time. Truly beautiful to discover profound connection with other men, to open our hearts because the only goal of everyone is to help each other to grow. In this context of trust and willingness to avoid nothing we can be vulnerable, get challenged in our beliefs, be supported and inquire and at the same time support and challenge others on the real topics that are limiting us from becoming an authentic man: patriarchy, selfishness, control, power, lust and so on. After only a short involvement this collective has alrady proven to be a life changing experience which I definitely recommend to any man who is sincerely looking to evolve as a human being.   

Marco Nilo, Italy

About the project

The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.


Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
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