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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
Awakening Man Retreat: A Strong Spine & an Open Heart
02/06/2017 @ 19:00 — 04/06/2017 @ 17:30
Awakened Life Project, Benfeita, Arganil
150,00 €
Discover the power, strength and vulnerability of a liberated masculine essence. Join the men of the Awakened Life Project for a deep integral exploration of authentic transformation for men through meditation, shared inquiry, physical practice and fire walking...


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 men of Awakened Life Project are 20 men of several different nationalities, the majority being Portuguese.  The retreat will be led by teacher and co-founder of the Project, Peter Bampton and will be in English. 

We men of ALP are creating an evolutionary masculine culture grounded in the spiritual truth of prior Unity and embracing an integral framework for transformation. This experiment is proving to be a powerful crucible for spiritual awakening and real change both individually and collectively.  You can read more about our Men's Group here.



Why an Integral Awakening for Men Retreat?

When men come together in a shared commitment to transcend the psychological and cultural conditioning and explore the higher potentials of our embodiment as men 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.  

We hear about spiritual interested women coming together in women's groups of various kinds, often exploring the theme of the Divine Feminine, but as men we do not tend to be attracted to coming together with other men in a spiritual context. Why?  Because we 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 our own True Nature, from other men and that causes much of the difficulty in our relationships with 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.  

From this  ground of Freedom and fundamental wholeness, Peter will then open up an exploration into the Two Faces of the Divine Reality.  These Faces correspond to the stillness, clarity and presence of the Divine Masculine and the dynamism, energy and creativity of the Divine Feminine.


On Saturday afternoon we will dive into the "Strong Spine" dimension of our growth which correlates to our embodiment of the Divine Masculine.  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 there will be an optional fire walking ceremony, which is a very powerful way to deepen our courage and commitment to our authentic purpose while also deepening a field of spiritual brotherhood.

On Sunday we will explore the "Big Heart" dimension of your growth which correlates with opening ourselves to the Divine Feminine.  Peter will catalyze an inquiry into the ways in which we as men are unconsciously conditioned by patriarchal culture.  We are often stunted in our capacity to feel deeply and often automatically superior and defensive in our relations with women.  How do we open our "Big Heart" while remaining sourced in our "Strong Spine"? How to deepen and evolve our relationships with women? What is it that women want?

It is our experience on these retreats that through our collective participation in meditation, collective inquiry and physical practices that engage our authentic masculine essence, 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.

And see two video testimonials below...





To reflect the financial crisis in Portugal we have two prices. If you are unemployed or cannot afford the prices listed then please send us an email and let us know why you want to come to the retreat and the amount you can afford.

For Portuguese

150€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow
160€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow
175€ - caravan - per person.  Can be 2 people and a double bed
200€ - space in yurt - per person with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed
175€ - room in building - per person in room with 2 people (2 single beds or one double bed)
225€ - individual room 

For Foreigners living abroad or in Portugal

200€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow
210€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow
250€ - double room per person
265€ - caravan - per person in room with 2 people and a double bed
300€ - individual room
275€ - space in yurt - per person in room with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed



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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