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Katrin Linke

It was pure chance that I came across the Awakened Life Project as a volunteer two years ago, in summer 2017. I did not consider myself a seeker, I did not look for spiritual guidance, I felt happy with my life, I never asked myself questions like: Who am I?

I grew up in communist East-Germany (where any sort of religion or spirituality was suppressed) and just when I was old enough to leave home, the borders to the “rest of the world” opened up. After a few years of teenage freedom - disorientation and rediscovering – I ended up studying biology, which informed the next 20 years of my life in a surprising way: It gave me the opportunity of working, studying and traveling all over the world, doing what felt good and what was coming my way, meeting diverse people, dealing with adverse as well as supportive environments, having a lot of fun and adventure. I even had a successful career without ever having had an ambition for it - life was good!

And yet, something was not quite right. I was yearning for a different way for people to live and work together, to be together. When volunteering for communities within the Awakened Life Project, it became clear to me very quickly that Pete & Cynthia’s teachings would help me find out about that. So I decided to participate in the 10 Day retreat. That was a big step for me, a step I never regretted.

I understood that spirituality is very simple and practical.
I understood that my happiness does not depend on what happens around me, but my attitude towards it.
I understood how much I was limiting myself and others because of ideas I have.
I understood that I am not separate from anybody and anything: We are all One, one Consciousness, one Spirit. Which means I am not a special somebody having control over my life or anything else.
Everything just IS, I AM.
These understandings gave me enormous trust for life, which was both very liberating and empowering.

Since then my commitment to freedom and my involvement with the Awakened Life Project constantly grew. At first I returned to the heart of the Sangha, Quinta da Mizarela, with a strong intention to give myself as a volunteer for six months. The next year I returned with the desire to live my life in this community as a resident.

And here I AM.

Kstrin Linke

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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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