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Marko Maitz

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My name is Marko, originally I am from Austria.

So how did I end up at  The Awakened Life Project? I cannot tell exactly where the path that has lead me to the Awakened Life Project began but I think that asking myself the question “which is the best way to live?´´ and starting to seek for the answer was a significant point in my journey.

I studied biology and then lived in Egypt as a diving instructor when I discovered Hatha Yoga which had a big impact on my life. I started to live a more healthy lifestyle and felt more and more drawn to live in a simple and sustainable way that would be good for myself and my environment. Then I discovered Permaculture – something that I would have liked to learn about when I was university!

So I completely dedicated myself to learn about Yoga and Permaculure. I went to India, started to meditate, and began teaching Hatha Yoga, I did Permaculture courses and spent more and more time gardening, beekeeping, working outdoors …

I was seriously striving to live up to the ideal of living in harmony with nature. For quite some time I invested all my energy towards living in as sustainable and eco friendly a manner as possible, when suddenly something unexpected happened. One day I recognised that, despite all this, I was deeply unhappy with the way things were going. With greatest discipline I had put all my energy into what I had thought would to be the right thing to do. I really had tried to live according to my convictions, but I was miserable. In fact I was so deeply unhappy that I was completely fed up with everything. I really did not want to go on living my life this way.

That´s when I decided that something fundamentally had to change. In this very special moment I consciously decided that from now on I would handle things differently. Instead of thinking about things and deciding what would be most reasonable, I would only focus on what felt right deep inside. I began to uncompromisingly focus on living in harmony with the deepest sense of my Self – I dropped my ideas and concepts of how I want to be and began striving to live in tune with my real and deepest nature.

Since then things have dramatically changed. I immersed myself in a process of reevaluation. When I understood how essential the communion with people that share the same intention was I chose to move and look for what is so nourishing for me.

A few weeks later I arrived in Portugal and came to Quinta da Mizarela where I found much more than I ever could have imagined to find. Here I am now managing the woodwork and I help wherever I can. Working outdoors on the trees and in the forests is great!

My commitment to the vision and context of the Awakened Life Project becomes ever more compelling as I learn more and more about the nature of liberated consciousness and what it means to create a new awakened culture together.

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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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