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Peter Bampton

Originally from England, Peter studied English Literature in London and then, inspired by his longing for spiritual enlightenment, spent several years traveling the world in his twenties. During that time he participated in many intensive meditation retreats and in monastic life in the Theravada Forest Tradition in the Western lineage of Ajahn Chah, almost becoming a Buddhist monk at age 27. In 1992, through a series of synchronistic events he met a young American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and was then involved for the next thirteen years with the organization and spiritual community EnlightenNext in a progressive and highly controversial experiment in evolutionary enlightenment, primarily in the United States. After leaving that community Peter returned to Europe in 2005 and spent the next two years on the island of Ibiza, Spain, with his partner Cynthia, living in a secluded hermitage on a permaculture farm. It was there that the originating vision of The Awakened Life Project was born and they eventually bought the abandoned mountain farm of Quinta da Mizarela in Central Portugal in 2007.

Besides being a spiritual guide to the growing international network of students involved with The Awakened Life Project, Peter teaches retreats and courses that catalyze Awakening to the radical immediacy of Freedom here and now and facilitate the transformational task of embodying that realization in everyday life. He has a keen interest in the evolution of men and has led a committed Men’s Group for several years. A great lover of Portugal and the Portuguese, he founded the initiative “EvoLusa: For a more Awakened Portugal” to illuminate the underappreciated strengths and potentials he sees in the Portuguese character.

In 2017 Peter embarked on a spiritual pilgrimage in India and experienced a profound deepening through the Grace of Ramana Maharshi while meditating in Virupaksha cave on Arunachala mountain where Ramana had lived in silence in his early years. Since 2017 Peter has also experienced a profound and ever-deepening Recognition-Response to the Divine Grace and Teaching of Avatar Adi Da Samraj.

Peter’s other interests include writing, blues guitar, qi gong, hiking on the mountain trails surrounding Quinta da Mizarela, foraging for wild edibles, exploring and exposing the lies we have been told about just about everything, and a nice cup of tea. He recently published his first book called The Fire of the Heart.


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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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