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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...


I could not believe the simplicity of Pete’s meditation. There was practically nothing to it. But it was deep, and intense. By the end of the weekend, a powerful bond had formed in the group of people. I left feeling energised, and totally empowered! So I did a meditation in the morning, as Pete suggested, and felt great after it. The weekend was an eye opener for me, even if my eyes were closed most of the time!!
Steve Nicholls, UK

I have now been on two of Pete’s meditation retreats, and I found each one incredibly powerful. Being at the retreats was like a clear, strong wind, blowing through all my dusty corners and bringing me to a cleaner, clearer place. I meditate regularly, but somehow Pete’s instructions, and the answers he gave in the “question and answer” sessions seemed to clarify things for me. At both retreats there were people who had never meditated before, and others who meditated regularly. It didn’t matter. We all seemed to go somewhere together. The feeling of stillness and oneness grew steadily through each retreat. 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

On friday the moment when we went into the silence together really made me realize how I have forgotten to embrace it. It was such a beautiful moment. I still get chills when thinking back to that realization. It was like suddenly an old, forgotten friend appeared back into my life. It made me re-unite with this beautiful emptiness that we all share, and I now am very dedicated to connect with it more and more often. This was a very purifying and inspiring weekend in many ways but I dont know how to verbalize it that much. I’m now meditating daily and the awareness of the space between my thoughts and my being is with me and makes me see myself more stable no matter what’s happening around.
Tiina Arjukka, Finland

The whole weekend was a very beautiful experience. The place, food, nice people and meditation itself. That is why together we could create a very calm, still energy to go into the deepest place in ourselves. I realized how much I try too hard to meditate and work with myself by trying to change my experience and that I can relax more and let my experience be as it is.
Maki Quayle, Japan

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. 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! When you read the steps to enlightenment as told by Buddha the last of his steps consisted of a long meditation in which he undertook a titanic struggle with Mara (symbolizing his ego) and this final step meant of even letting go of the desire for enlightenment itself to eventually reach and realize Spiritual Liberation. This weekend I realized that the type of meditation that Pete taught us was that which most closely approximates to the descriptions I read about the kind of meditation that Buddha recommended. Thank you, Peter, for these invaluable lessons!
Joao Patente, Lisbon 

Participating in the meditation retreat for the evolution of consciousness was a very interesting experience! The vegetarian food was delicious. Staying in silence the whole weekend and meditating in a group was an experience of preparation for life. I feel I came away from the retreat stronger, happier, more whole. I felt the love and life force! Thanks Pete.
Celia Carvalho, Coimbra

This retreat was a unique opportunity to jump right into silence and have no concerns or distractions, which allowed me to experience almost “heaven on earth”! I could truly enjoy every moment … the beauty of the place, great food and the company of others in the silence, all the conditions were perfect so that we could totally devote ourselves only to be present and be. It was extraordinary to gain more objectivity about the workings of my mind and understand the strategies of the ego to keep me busy. For me, the meditation group and how it was organized was very powerful and after the retreat, I noticed big changes in daily meditations. I feel really grateful to have participated, thank you!
Natascha Leite, Coimbra

For me, the retreat was a unique opportunity to delve deeply into my being, realizing the importance of silence, peace and integration it brings to all aspects of my being in the moment. All the energy and care taken in organizing the retreat made me feel at home, welcomed and protected, surrounded by much love. Inside me, something changed.
Madeline Lucena, Lisbon

Thank you for the wonderful experience I had this week-end, I felt the importance that meditation has to call us to the silence of Being and help us to relativize our problems, realizing that most of them are only in our head. The vegetarian diet was also an important aspect during the retreat, as it gives enough energy without making us feel full, very good!
Luis Miguel Francisco, Lisbon

I had never meditated before and it was a revelation of joy and clarity for me. Knowing ourselves inwardly is simply everything!
Paulo Conde, Braga

This was the first time I participated in meditation and it was way beyond my expectations! First of all the perfect location, away from the hustle of city life, then the wonderful hospitality and best vegetarian food I ever tasted. Then the silence full of energy that we shared…it was wonderful and profound to simply be able to sit still and try to discover who I am, who we are. A week later I’m still integrating everything I felt and finding a way to keep that peace alive in my daily life. This experience has totally changed my perspective on the world and motivated me to be what I really am. Thank you!
Raquel Duro, Porto

It was a wonderful weekend of awakening of consciousness.
Joanna Santos, Porto

The meditation retreat was a challenge very well received. The quality of the hospitality, as well as the guidance by Pete, exceeded my expectations. This was just a starting point. Meditation has proved to be a powerful instrument of change, that we want to dig into in order to expand the positive impact on my life and those around me. It was because I believe that meditation could be a way to strengthen my inner strength that I enrolled in this retreat. What I experienced, as well as what I shared with other participants, reinforced this conviction. Meditation has proved to be an ally in what I consider to be the goal to seek ever more each passing day: the connection between human beings and between them and the world. I returned this weekend convinced that meditation goes hand in hand with love. Thank you to everyone who participated and will continue to participate in this process.
Sara Leao, Porto

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

Many thanks to you (and your team of angels) for a beautiful weekend. Several days on I am feeling the meditation went deeper than I realised at the time. The simple instructions – “Be still, relax, have no relationship with the content of consciousness,” have stayed with me and arise repeatedly throughout my day whenever I notice identification, or any sort of resistance, and have also integrated naturally in to my existing meditation practise, which is a bit different but seems totally complementary. Much seems to be opening and softening for me at the moment.
Clare Finlator, UK

Thanks Pete for the opportunity. Right now the silence is a gift for me. How much we need to be in silence with our being. It was a discovery, the retreat offered me what I needed. Since then I feel a great need to to be in silence, to meditate. The day after, on the way to work I felt peace, even my driving was calm and nothing stirred. It was an experience which I will be happy to repeat and deepen. I'm following your advice and meditate every day. I feel that creates space, brings more awareness and joy.
Paulo Teixeira, Coimbra






























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