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The Meeting Place of Love

The men's retreat felt very rich and full. We covered an incredible range of subjects in such short amount of time. What stood out for me was, as we slowly sunk in deeper, looking at all these different angles of what it means to be a man in this context of liberation here and now, something emerged between and as us.

It is as if layers of separation were being peeled, until the point that no clear distances remained between what is me and not me. It is as if Beingness took over and overshadowed our insistence on limitation. We where being relieved from our compulsive, ordinary contraction and holding back from life. Peace became our ground, and what was there for all of us to witness was a mysterious, yet  self evident and solid presence of trust, joy and the freedom that comes from having no edge.

By freedom I mean that acting, moving and speaking had no center, and the best way I can describe it is that it was coming from itself. All of this was neither big nor small, it just had no size. It was not comparable in that way. Space was made and Love simply outpoured. Love in and for myself, love between us, love for what we are doing together, love for who we are and in the end, just Love. I feel so privileged to  have taken part of such a gathering of broken hearted men and to have 'met' my brothers at the 'meeting place' of Love. May this become the standard for all our coming gatherings.


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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.


Quinta da Mizarela
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