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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
10 Day Evolutionary Awakening Retreat
12/08/2017 @ 19:30 — 22/08/2017 @ 17:30
Awakened Life Project
650,00 €
Experience the evolutionary edge of individual and collective transformation in the beautiful setting of the Awakened Life Project, Portugal. Discover the deeper dynamics of what it means to transform not only yourself, but the relationships and values you share with others...

A 10 Day Integral Evolutionary Journey that includes Meditation, Non-Duality Contemplation, Awakened Communication and WE Space Practice, Nature Communion, Yoga, Qi Gong and more....

With Peter & Cynthia Bampton




Do you experience a deep longing welling up from within, a longing for something that you cannot define or explain? Do you find yourself captivated by an inner cry that longs to discover deeply authentic answers to the big existential questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of Life? Do you feel a burning passion to actualize your fullest creative potential in this precious human birth?

And then, when you look out upon the reality of our world in the 21st century, do you feel that we are living in an unprecedented time of global crisis and transition? Does a deep caring arise and fill you with the sense that something fundamental urgently needs to evolve in the way human beings relate to themselves, to each other and to the planet?

If your answer to these questions is an immediate YES, and if you are doubtless that this passionate aspiration is the most important thing in your life, then you have already set sail on the greatest adventure that any human being can ever undertake—the evolutionary journey of Awakening.

What do we mean by Awakening? In short, we mean waking up from the dream of your separate, limited existence to the utterly liberating mystery of who you really are, of who we all really are, as One Life and One Consciousness. This discovery signifies the ending of the story of separation that is the source of all our suffering, conflict and insanity and the beginning of a Great Adventure—the adventure of Life, of Consciousness knowing, healing and creating itself anew as your very own unique Awakened Life.

This 10 day Evolutionary Awakening retreat is dedicated to the discovery, exploration and manifestation of our deepest potentials. This transformational journey embraces both our individual awakening and our potential for collective awakening and through that the creation of a new evolutionary culture.

If you are hungry for deep and lasting transformation, if you want illuminate the shadows that hold you back, if you want to come together with others in an ecstatic and positively challenging journey in which we reach for the highest, and if you want to experience all of this in an integral context that embraces nature, exercise and delicious nutrition, then this retreat may be for you!

In this retreat you will:

• Discover the timeless transcendent dimension of Being through deep meditation
• Engage in deep and subtle contemplation of Non-Duality
• Awaken to your pure passion as the embodiment of the Creative Principle
• Learn how to identify and transcend your ego patterns, self-image and limitations
• Discover tools to illuminate your unconscious shadow and deal with challenging emotions
• Discover tools and practices to align with your True Awakened Self
• Engage in dynamic group work to evoke "Higher WE" Consciousness

• Explore what might be your Unique Purpose
• Explore the potentials and principles of Evolutionary Relationships
• Investigate a Liberated relationship to Gender & Sexuality
• Experience the wonder and ecstasy of Evolutionary Love with many others
• Practice Creative Writing and Painting as a vehicle for Evolution
• Eat delicious Vegetarian Meals
• Practice Yoga and/or Qi Gong and Meditative Nature Walks every day

The first 5 days of this retreat will be held in silence devoted to the discovery of profound inner freedom through the practice of meditation and contemplative inquiry exercises aimed at illuminating the perception of non-duality or unity consciousness. Peter will give a variety of guided meditations that are simple and direct and will lead you to the source of your Being. Most of the meditations will be in a group but you will also have the opportunity to meditate alone in a beautiful spot in nature if you wish. Everyday there will be a question and answer session with Peter.

One the fifth day we will go for a beautiful hike together in silence. We will walk as One Being through the nearby mountains and valleys, occasional stopping for short meditations, and also a silent picnic. We will finish with the opportunity to bathe in the pristine waterfalls below the Project.

Rooted in the timeless and joyful mystery of Being, in which we discover the source of true happiness free from desire and fear, we will then, during the second 5 days, explore and discover who we are as an evolving individuated expression of the Universe becoming conscious of itself.

While still doing regular meditations, we will now begin exploring and interacting with each other and together we will evoke an awakened field of a Higher WE.  Peter & Cynthia will introduce themes for contemplation through presentations in the morning and then in the afternoon we will meet in small groups.

The group work will be very focused and dynamic. Our goal is to evoke in and through ourselves the Evolutionary Impulse that is pure passion, freedom and uninhibited creativity—a new order of relatedness, a new level of consciousness, a deeper and higher perspective that is always unimaginable until the moment it explodes into existence.

There will also be sessions exploring the dimensions of the psychological ego and shadow which will include practical tools for inquiry that participants will be able to apply in their lives. Also there will be teachings bringing an integral, evolutionary perspective to gender, sexuality and relationships. 





Besides all of this everyone will have an opportunity to practice Hatha Yoga and/or Qi Gong in the mornings before breakfast...

Read about the experiences of participants:

100% Authentic, Bold & Creative

Reflections on the 10 Day Evolutionary Awakening Retreat

Unfoldment of the Universe

Retreat particpants are limited to 30 people, so please reserve your place early!


This is a general guideline to the daily program. Every morning there will be an optional session of Qi Gong movement meditation or Hatha Yoga.

7am         Meditation
8am         Qi Gong or Yoga (optional)
9am         Breakfast
10:30am Morning Sessions of Meditation or Presentations
1pm         Lunch
3pm         Afternoon Sessions of Meditation or Presentations
5pm         Tea break
5:30pm    Meditation
6:30pm   Dinner
8pm         Evening Q & A
9:30pm   Final Meditation


These prices are based on accommodation choices and include everything including 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day.
We offer a cheaper rate for Portuguese to reflect the different economic reality here compared with Northern Europe and America.

For Portuguese or Spanish (living in Portugal or Spain):

your tent- 500 € per person
our tent - 600 € per person
double room - 800 € per person
single room - 900 € (1 place)
Caravan - 2 people (double bed) - 750 € per person
Yurt - 2 people - 800 € per person


For people coming from abroad:

Your Tent - 650 € Per person
Our Tent - 750 € Per person
Double Room - 900 € Per person
Private Room - 1000 € (1 space)
Caravan - 2 People (double bed) - 800 € Per person
Yurt - 2 - 3 People - 1000 € Per person

100€ deposit per person to reserve your place. Full payment is due by August 1st.

Living here for 10 days you will also have the opportunity to experience off-grid living, the wonder of nature, the delightful animals, the cascading waterfalls and bathing pools, and compost toilets!

This retreat created a space-time that allowed me a direct connection with nature, creating an appropriate environment for relaxation, for contemplation, for meditation. The first part of the retreat allowed me to deepen my practice of meditation, with the opportunity to learn from experienced teachers. I was in 'flow' and enjoyed the silence. The second part of the retreat allowed me to contemplate and practice a way of life that integrates the principles of meditation in day-to-day, co-creating a way of being more aware and awake. The opportunity to receive the experiences of those who have lived in ALP community and experience its practices were enriching and invigorating. Furthermore the quality of human relations, the dedication of Pete and Cynthia, the love and care of the whole team that welcomed us with open arms and looks after us with great affection and esteem. The food is simply magnificent and made to feel very well.
This 10 days were unforgettable, which allow me to continue my inner transformation process. 
Marco Abreu, Lisboa

What Peter & Cynthia call "Evolutionary Awakening" is their synthesis and original expression of everything they have learned in 40+ years of combined experience in spiritual practice, community and the development of The Awakened Life Project.

Read about the experiences of participants...

A Deep Dive into Being & Flying High into Becoming

The Universe Evolves Through Me

My Life is a Mysterious Gift


Testimonials from previous events...

We are the One! But how to actually live that truth? How to free ourselves from the individual problems and patterns, the fears, defenses, the habits of the false identities? Peter Bampton is someone who has much experience of this type of real transformational work. Someone who works to bring the spiritual truth right down into the earth of our human reality.
John Motta, Founder Despertar Portugal, Lisbon

Your workshop touched me deeply! It was as if someone was to articulate exactly what I had always thought but I had not been able to articulate to myself.
Susanna Antunes, Lisbon

The evolutionary perspective that Peter presented resonated strongly with me. The love and simplicity with which Peter addresses all the issues of evolution of consciousness is extraordinarily inspiring. To have someone show me clearly how, in every moment of every day, I can shift the expression of my life for the Authentic Self, has been very effective to weaken the ego and create space for the expression of who I really am!  Now I have concrete tools to chart my spiritual journey and also the collective group experience has certainly been much more powerful than I could have imagined.
Natasha Leite, Coimbra

We loved your talk and your very clear and memorable way to express profound truths. The snowball is gaining momentum and I think there are a lot of us who are preparing for the next jump!
Jenny Fernandes, Lisbon

 It was amazing! I feel so much more strongly the potential for creating a new culture. As we gave up the ego every passing moment made us collectively closer, more one and more able to act together. To live this every day will lead us to discover what it means to demonstrate this next step.
Jose Soutelinho, Lisbon

This was an event in which we celebrated the birth of something new. The gifts were many and encompassed many levels. The integration of enlightened unity consciousness with the daily reality of living in a group was very inspiring. I believe deep in my Being that true brotherhood, sisterhood, transparency and a strong desire to evolve as a multi-universe is absolutely possible!
Gil Penha-Lopes, Lisbon

The retreat with Peter was deep, dynamic, spectacular and unique. In just two and a half days, we clarified objectives, focused and energized our directions in a context of profound harmony. The content was very enlightening in its simplicity, explaining extremely important and complex issues such as the "consciousness" and "ego" in very clear and accessible ways. This course is not only theory because since I had this experience, I have applied some of the knowledge gained with very evolutionary results!
David Avelar, Lisbon

I have really explored the possibilities revealed since I completed this retreat, especially transcending the structures of psychological ego. There has not been a day when I do not talk about it or actively seek to better understand the mechanisms of conditioning that keep us from truly communicating with transparency and that prevent us from being ONE. Peter´s teachings were amazing in their simplicity, clarity and practicality.
Jorge Crespo, Lisbon

I am deeply grateful for this living experience of the evolution of consciousness. Deep dives into the mystery of life that allowed the human soul to experience the "alchemy" of transformation generated when we open our arms, fully accept all that life offers us and surrender to the Whole!
Paula Mar, Evora

It was a blessing to be surrounded by people willing to share a wisdom so profound so simply, with clarity and harmony. Thanks to Peter for his extraordinary ability to  inspire and thanks to the whole group for the good moments of great energy and joy. It was really an amazing collective experience :)
Filipa Simões, Lisbon

I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything: for being here, for sharing what you've learned, for helping us evolve as human beings
Carolina Madeira, Lisboa

I have to share with you the feeling of happiness I have been carrying with me since the retreat. It is overwhelming to perceive the difference inside me, despite the shortness of the time we spent together. Yet you emanate such a positive energy that makes it impossible to stay indifferent if one is prepared to open up to your teachings and valuable approach. I feel in balance with what surrounds me. I feel closer to others, to nature, to what is important. I feel closer to the essence of self, which has allowed me to develop more acceptance. I am more inclined to harmony and love and it seems I am discovering certain aspects of life as if I were seeing them for real for the first time ever. I might not have experienced the ultimate state of enlightenment, however I am positive that, with your guidance, I was able to go through a door which will take me to the next stage of consciousness.
Rita Martins, Portugal

Being at the retreats was like a clear, strong wind, blowing through all my dusty corners and bringing me to a cleaner, clearer place. We all seemed to go somewhere together. The feeling of stillness and oneness grew steadily through each session. Pete’s teaching reminded us that we all have a choice: do we really want to be free more than anything else? The meditation room was filled with the power of that choice.
Mim Elkan, UK

In a time when many talk about starting a revolution, it was really important to understand that the real revolution that really has to start is the revolution of consciousness, and the strong and deep feeling of wanting to be free. In the emptiness while sitting in deep relaxation I could see the seer that sees all the fake action of my mind, and I understood that we all have what we need to be happy, we just have to make the choice to finally want to be free. Relax, enter into the amazing space that will, not knowing how, change our whole perceptive on life, and then all your actions in life will be different. Do not be afraid what you gonna discover, just let it go! And this changed my life forever.
Frederico Cabral, Lisbon

This weekend I was given a valuable tool that gave me a more self-knowledge and clarity, in an profoundly experiential way and not just theoretically. I realized what I am not and was gradually able to disidentify myself from of objects of consciousness (material, emotional and cognitive) and thus discover who I am – the Nameless, the Source! .Thank you, Peter, for these invaluable lessons!
Joao Patente, Lisbon

I gotta say that I loved this retreat, it was very transforming. I am a different person, and I continue to change, to grow … I’ll do whatever I can to pursue this path because I think we have to join, unite efforts, if we really want to change the world!
Vitor Vasconcelos, Lisbon

The immersion in Evolutionary Enlightenment brought me more clarity, self-realization and information on various aspects that contribute to our evolution. I also found a group of people with whom I share a similar passion that strengthens the intention: to become increasingly a better instrument for the manifestation of Consciousness!
Teresa Prima, Porto

Discover, grow, evolve, and develop! This is essentially what I learned during this experience. I learned that I need to look at who I truly am, contemplating what my passion is, to be a true vehicle of my own energy, an energy that wants to change the world. This course has totally transformed my life!
Raquel Duro, Porto

The experience with Pete has allowed me to recognize more and more aspects of my personality that have hindered my growth and evolution as a Conscious Human Being. And if there remains any doubt that there is only One Consciousness that unites us all, then the force and intent of the meditation practice in each session is enough to show us, by our own experience, that we really are all one!
Ricardo Gonçalves, Porto


The journey with Pete has been very influential and is having a profound impact in many aspects of my life. I've found the "philosophy" that I sought. My Clarity of Intention has become stronger and I intend to continue to walk this enlightened path and actively participate as a vehicle in the expansion of the Big Bang and this new culture: Evolutionary Enlightenment.
Patricia Fonseca, Porto

Amongst the numerous new understandings and possibilities that this experience showed me, the biggest revelation for me has been the deep understanding of the absolute limitlessness of our freedom and the many facets of the responsibility for that freedom. Becoming more deeply grounded in this understanding will forever be a guide in my life. I feel gratitude and a boundless confidence in you and what you teach.
Robinson Weiske, Coimbra

During the first session I felt like my heart was screaming "This is my purpose!". My heart cries out for FREEDOM. When choosing to face fear and discover that I am not limited as my ego made me believe. I'm discovering the freedom from the collective Portuguese ego ... Thank you Pete.
Celia Carvalho, Coimbra

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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.


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