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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
Helena Monteiro

I come from a small seaside town in northern Portugal, the beach and the sea were to me the epitome of nature, to which I often resorted to "load energy."

I come from a traditional Christian culture, where I grew up surrounded by the conditioning / teachings I received. With youth came rebellion and the need to find an alternative to what I had been presented as "a normal and happy life."

 In my school career I had the good fortune to cross paths with people who were truly inspiring and that made me being to ask the great questions of humanity: "Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?"

These issues, and these people, ended up giving me some encouragement, and I began at last to feel a purpose for my life. It was then that I met Helder who would become my husband with who I pursue these questions and more.

I ended up graduating in Education (Primary Education, Visual and Technological Education). I worked in several areas, production of shows, a popular art gallery and as manager of a print-shop and I am now working part-time, with my husband in his graphic design and multimedia business as junior designer.

After years working and living in the city of Porto, motivated by the social alienation that is characteristic of these times when economic and material concerns outweigh the values ​​of the people, gradually I began to have an interest in living closer to the land, rising up in me an interest in taking care of plants and garden. Stimulated by the interest of my husband for eating healthier and more naturally, a strong desire arose to live on the land and plant our own food. This increased when we decided we really wanted to have a child, having moved into a nearby village, where our daughter could enjoy all the advantages of being closer to family, nature and its rhythms.

I became a full-time mom of a girl three  agoand a founder of a Waldorf school in the district of Oporto, the Place of the Gnomes.

However, despite being in an environment full of enjoyment and happiness, managing to combine work with the upbringing of my daughter and enjoying a healthier life of nature, I found that my ego and my personal bias is often conflcited with reality in my life, and sometimes made life difficult and painful for those I loved.

Through the investigations of my husband, I got to know the Awakened Life Project, and eventually attended a women's retreat led by Cynthia, which completely changed the vision that I had of myself, my life and my relationships with others. After that, my husband and I attended Peter´s Evolution of Consciousness course in Porto, which taught us how to align with the Authentic Self and recognize the movements of the ego, providing tools to enable real change in our individual and collective being. I am currently attending a course for women, also led by Cynthia, in which we work together in an environment of true union, transcending the limitations of female conditioning.

The increasing need for a life of greater unity with nature, with the Cosmos and a conscious evolution of human beings, led us to an even greater change in our lives...we decided to buy land in a beautiful valley of the Serra do Açor near Coja, in central Portugal, minutes from the residence of the Project, with which we feel a very strong connection. We are committed to achieve a full conscious life beyond ego, living in health and respectful of nature and the universe.

For me, being a member of this Project means to be committed to the impulse of evolution is calling so strongly at this time. A conscious evolution, constructive and unifying. An evolution that enhances what we do best ...

I feel that a "new" life, an exciting one indeed, awaits us.

Thank you ALP!



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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.


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