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Marco Nilo

I was approaching 30 years old. I was living with my beautiful girlfriend in a villa next to the beach in the beautiful Costa del Sol in Spain. I had a very well paid job in IT and the full potential to climb the corporate ladder very quickly. I had everything I wanted. Everything I had been thought I was supposed to have to be fulfilled. And yet, I was suffering. I wasn’t happy. 

Under that (perfect) surface I was screaming. 

I was tired of fierce competition, of lack of deep and honest relationship with other people, especially with men. Tired of not being able to love, to not being able to be intimate with my girlfriend. I was anxious, depressed, and with no motivation.

My deepest fear of living a very mediocre life was becoming reality.

A radical shift was needed. And so it was. I broke up with my girlfriend. I left my job. I bought a camper and in March 2017 I started travelling around sustainable communities. Or at least that’s what I thought. 

My first project was the Awakened Life Project, where I was supposed to spend just a couple of months to learn how to meditate. 

Not knowing that in reality I was embarking on the most transformational and exciting journey of my life.

The months soon became 3, then 6 then… well after over 2 years I am still here, as a full resident.  

If meditation is definitely a key aspect of the Awakened Life Project, being at the Quinta the Mizarela opened a complete new world for me. A world of exploration of who I really am. 

What does it mean to be a human being? 

Who am I beyond this physical body and the psychological mind?

What it means to live life fully? 

A journey of growing up from being a boy to becoming a man. 

A journey where I realized that the life I was living till that moment was nothing more than a reflection of my internal beliefs. That the only thing that was preventing me from being free and happy was the relationship I had with my thoughts and my emotions. 

A journey of discovery of how narcissistic and self-centered my behaviour was.


I am deeply passionate in understanding what it means to be a man nowadays. How to fully embrace my true masculine and feminine side. A manhood that is an expression of strength, humility, trust, responsibility and creativity.

How to shift from behaving like an adolescent, where everything is about me, my needs and my desires, to behave as a man in service of his community, taking full responsibility of his life. A man who lives every moment from his deepest understanding, standing for his values and acting from them. 

My mission is to support new generations of men taking a different path instead of getting caught into the male conditioning of the patriarchal, consumeristic and narcissistic society we live in. Supporting new generation of men in being authentic, discovering and expressing their full potential and putting it at service of the society.

If you are also interested about this topic please feel free to send me an email at:

Marco Nilo, Italy

+1 351 000 000

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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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