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Awakening Man Retreat: A Strong Spine & An Open Heart
11/06/2021 @ 19:00 — 13/06/2021 @ 17:30
Awakened Life Project, Benfeita, Arganil
225,00 €
Discover the power, strength and vulnerability of a liberated masculine essence. Join the men of the Awakened Life Project for deep exploration and communion through meditation, shared inquiry, temascal and more...

Discounted price available for those who have their own tents to offer - see below in pricing section.


This is an opportunity to join the men of The Awakened Life Project for a Weekend Retreat in the beautiful valley of Quinta da Mizarela. The retreat will be led by co-founder of the Project, Peter Bampton and will be in English.

The men of Awakened Life Project are around 25 men of several different nationalities, the majority are Portuguese. The context for our gathering is the spiritual truth of Prior Unity, the radical recognition that we are all expressions of one Being. From that Transcendent ground we embrace the call for Transformation in alignment with our deepest understanding.

This experiment is proving to be a powerful crucible for Spiritual Awakening and real Transformation for men both individually and collectively.  You can read more about our Men's Group here and get taste of the experience of the 2019 retreat in the video below...


Finally! I have been looking for something like the Awakened Life Men's Group for such a long time! All I was able to find before this experience was a series of techniques, names, approaches which were great but at the same time so limited. The Awakened Life Project  is something completely different. It is just Being. So simple and profound but so often there is so much resistance at the same time. Truly beautiful to discover profound connection with other men, to open our hearts because the only goal of everyone is to help each other to grow. In this context of trust and willingness to avoid nothing we can be vulnerable, get challenged in our beliefs, be supported and inquire and at the same time support and challenge others on the real topics that are limiting us from becoming an authentic man: patriarchy, selfishness, control, power, lust and so on. After only a short involvement this collective has already proven to be a life changing experience which I definitely recommend to any man who is sincerely looking to evolve as a human being.   

Marco Nilo, Italy

Why a Retreat for Men?

Coming together in a deep ground of unity and shared commitment to observe, understand and transcend the psychological and cultural conditioning that binds us, we generate a rare quality of spiritual brotherhood.  It is a deeply relaxed, light and joyous camaraderie based on profound trust that vibrates with a distinctive masculine potency and strength.  Most men, even those who are sincerely interested in Spiritual Awakening, rarely or never experience this potential with other men.  

We often hear about spiritually interested women coming together in women's groups of various kinds, often exploring the theme of the Divine Feminine etc., but as men we do not tend to be attracted to coming together with other men in a spiritual context. Why is that?  Because as men tend to be attached to our independence, our sense of self-sufficiency and our learned disposition of invulnerability.  But when we sincerely want to break through this masculine conditioning that keeps us estranged from an uninhibited expression of our own True Nature, from other men, and from women, a new dimension of liberated possibility opens up.  

What will we do on the Retreat?

We will begin with dinner at 8pm on Friday night followed by an orientation.  Then we will go into silence until lunch on Saturday.  We will meditate throughout the morning in a way that opens us to the immediacy of Freedom here and now, so that we recognize and feel at the most fundamental level who we really ARE as Consciousness or Pure Being, which is the source of Love and Creation.  

On Saturday afternoon we will dive into the "Strong Spine" dimension of our growth.  We will explore what it means to discover and cultivate our true purpose - a purpose that transcends our own desires and even our own lifetime.  The discovery of True Purpose grounds us in a natural authority, self-confidence and strength that holds firm through all the challenges and insecurity of life.

We will do this in circles and give voice to our authentic spiritual depth and developmental challenges with transparency and vulnerability. The challenge is for each man to leave behind the past, his fears, his opinions and beliefs, and to dive individually and collectively into the unknown. Through this trust, humility, vulnerability and courage, we transcend the barriers that usually keep us separate, and ride the wings of spirit into new territory.

On Saturday evening we will immerse ourselves in the elemental, shamanic occasion of a temascal / sweat lodge.

On Sunday we will explore the "Big Heart" dimension of our expression as awakening men.  How are we unconsciously conditioned by patriarchal culture to be stunted in our capacity to feel deeply? How do we open our "Big Heart" while remaining sourced in our "Strong Spine"? How to deepen and evolve our relationships other men and with women? 

It is our experience on these retreats that through our collective participation in meditation, collective inquiry and other practices we tap into an emergent enlightened power and intelligence that is greater than the sum of the individual man.  It is through this collective expression of enlightened consciousness that the miraculous higher potentials of our evolution as human beings, and as men, is revealed.

You can read testimonials about the last Awakening Man Retreat here.

Ricardo fala sobre o Retiro em portugues...



Joao shares his experience of the Men's Collective...




We offer a discounted rate for Portuguese to reflect the different economic reality here compared with Northern Europe and America. Price includes everything for the retreat. Because we have limited space we offer a 25 euro discount for the retreat for those who can help us accommodate more people by bringing their own tent.  We have 4 rooms available for those who need them and also we have tents for those who don't have their own.

For Portuguese: 175 € per person

For people coming from abroad: 225€ Per person

If you have a sincere desire to participate in this retreat but you have financial difficulty and need a discount in order to attend please write to us and tell us why you want to come to the retreat and what price you can afford.

Prices include three delicious vegetarian meals every day, including vegetables and wild greens harvested from the Quinta.



To reserve your space please complete the ‘Subscribe to this Event’ info on the right hand side of this page. We will contact you with bank transfer information. Complete cost of the retreat is due at the time of reservation. If you need to cancel for any reason 2 weeks before the retreat your money will be refunded. If you cancel closer to the event your money will only be refunded if your space in the retreat can be filled.

If you have any questions please write to us at

Delicious vegetarian meals will be provided and there will be free time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area and to take dips in the waterfall pools.


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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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