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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
Meditation Retreat: A Journey into Pure Being - MAY
19/05/2017 @ 18:30 — 21/05/2017 @ 17:00
Awakened Life Project, Benfeita, Arganil
120,00 €
If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, then we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through discovering our natural state...


With Peter Bampton

Amidst the breathtaking beauty of Quinta da Mizarela

This is an opportunity to put aside the routine of our everyday lives and give ourselves completely to spiritual practice in a supportive collective context.

If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through a direct discovery our natural state.

Experiencing awakened consciousness and sharing that discovery with others is the most fulfilling and liberating experience we can have. When we discover direct access to our inherent freedom we find ourselves in communion with Life, fearlessly open to the future, and able to respond with clarity, creativity and spontaneity.

The radically simple yet profound approach to meditation that Peter shares is a direct doorway to this miracle of natural awakening. The instructions are so simple that anyone can begin without any previous experience. At the same time, the subtlety that is revealed about the nature of mind and non-duality offers infinite depth to even the most experienced meditator.

The retreat will be held in silence except for teaching periods and question and answer sessions. No previous meditation experience is necessary and people from all faiths and spiritual orientations can benefit.

Listen to an interview with in which Peter shares some of the highlights of his own spiritual journey from almost ordaining as a Buddhist monk to co-founder of The Awakened Life Project, how we understands and teaches meditation and what happens on his meditation retreats. Click on the image below...

In this video in English and Portuguese you can hear from participants and get a sense of what it is like at Quinta da Mizarela...


This retreat will include a daily session of qi gong in the mornings with Peter. What the Chinese called Qi and the Indians called Prana is the subtle life force energy that emanates from pure consciousness. Qi can be understood as arising in the space between formlessness and form. Therefore the cultivation of Qi can help us to embody our formless spirit in and through our individuality. 

Peter will guide you in some simple qi gong postures and movements that are very relaxing and energising. Some are silent standing postures and some are flowing movements of improvisational dance that we will do to soft, inspirational music. Many people find that the qi gong is a perfect compliment to the meditation practice.

If the weather is warm enough we will do the qi gong barefoot outside on the grass.


Peter will give you contemplations to read on such subjects as the nature of thought, emotion, body, time, space and creation. These contemplations have the power to illuminate conditioned patterns of thinking and perceiving that keep us trapped in false and limiting ideas and beliefs. 

In combination with meditation, these contemplations can open you to the direct perception of non-duality or oneness. Many participants have experienced life changing revelations and understandings as a result of this combination of meditation and contemplation, together with the opportunity to explore the contemplations further with Peter in the question and answer sessions.

Click here to listen and download an Introduction to Awakened Life Meditation and Guided Meditations with Peter.


7am Meditation

8am Optional Qi Gong 

9am Breakfast

10 -1pm Meditation Sessions

1pm Lunch

2-3pm Free Time

3-5pm Meditation Sessions

5-5.30pm Tea Break

5.30-6.30 Meditation

6.30 - 8pm Dinner

8 - 9.30pm Question & Answer


To reflect the financial crisis in Portugal we have two prices, one for Portuguese and one for Foreigners. 

For Portuguese

120€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow
140€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow
170€ - caravan - per person in room with 2 people and a double bed
200€ - space in yurt - per person in room with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed
170€ - room in building - per person in room with 2 people (2 single beds or one double bed)
225€ - individual room 

For Foreigners

120€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow
160€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow
200€ - double room per person
185€ - caravan - per person in room with 2 people and a double bed
250€ - individual room
225€ - space in yurt - per person in room with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed

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.

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

The retreat starts at 19:00 Friday with dinner. There are 3 meditation sessions in the morning and then 4 in the afternoon and evening on Saturday, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon on Sunday. Every day there are question and answer sessions so that you are fully supported as you go through the retreat.

We ask that people arrive between 17:00 - 19.00pm if possible on Friday night so you can get settled before dinner. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. We have an orientation at 9pm and this is the official start of the retreat. If you cannot arrive by 8:45pm please eat dinner on the way.  And if you can't arrive by 9pm please let us know.

The retreat silence officially ends at 18.00pm on Sunday. Everybody usually stays for a while afterwards to share the ecstatic joy and unity and enjoy some tea and healthy delicious cakes together.


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

A retreat not to be missed! Absolutely transformative and powerful! I never imagined that just stopping for one week to meditate and to contemplate could have such a profound impact on my life. It is one week later and I still have the sense that the retreat touched me in ways I still can not see. Everything is much more meaningful and feels like a new beginning. It was all magical ... the landscapes (including a stroll and meditation on the beach), the delicious food, the unity of the group even in silence, the contemplations on non-duality that Peter gave us, the questions and answers at night. Simply amazing ... no more words to describe it! Ana Fonseca, Porto 

Articles by Retreat Participants:

Meditation opens us to the Eternal One Moment...

My First Meditation Retreat

The Radiance of Being

The Joy of Being Who I AM

More testimonials on the next page...



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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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