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The Simplicity and Joy of Living

What a journey...who knew that coming last year as a volunteer at Quinta da Mizarela would change my life for ever! I came with no expectations and no meditation experience...

Since the first day I was overwhelmed by the beauty and magic of the valley, the vivid colours, full of life and so many butterflies :) Also by the commitment, simplicity and joy of living of the Awakened Life Project members.

The message, teachings and support that Pete and Cynthia shared with each of us, were the answer to my deepest questions and my heart's call.

That I think was also the moment when I knew I want to do the Transformation Intensive and the 10 Day Evolutionary Awakening Retreat and to build a solid base for this life.

At the heart of the Project there is a strong practice of meditation and Self inquiry that leads us to be fully alive and fully present.

Meditation is definitely the key! The practice itself was so simple i couldn't believe it...just Be, awake and alert, with nothing to do or change. Don't we all just crave for that? We are used to always doing something with the body and especially with the mind.

And since this was my first approach to meditation, in a way I was also very relieved that there is no technique to learn, but just Be.

Basically remembering what is actually our natural state.

My intention now is to go deeper, to know my Self better, to open completely to Life Itself and understand that nothing is really personal, since almost all our experiences are influenced by our culture, biology and history.

These were three amazing, revealing and life changing months. My heart is full of Love and Gratitude for Pete's and Cynthia's teachings, for all the members of the Awakened Life Project, the volunteers, the beautiful cats and dogs and the magical valley.

All my love,

Andreea Trifescu, Romania

"Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,

Love is knowing I am everything 

And between the two my life moves."

                        Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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.


Quinta da Mizarela
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