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Gift Economy

The Awakened Life Project is, and always has been, about supporting the best and most giving part of ourselves that is inspired to create the future, and it is also about learning and taking responsibility for the ego in all of us that resists transformation.

So here we are with a lot to give! We have a beautiful place, we have knowledge to share, and we have courses, groups, and events. AND we are living in a country that is in a financial crisis. We do not have a lot of money and we have expenses to be able to do all that we are doing, every event costs money, restoring buildings cost money, etc.

So the question is how do we respond to a global financial crisis, a crisis in Portugal, a knowledge of the fact that there are many people out there that can benefit from what we have to give and can’t afford to pay the whole price, and our deep desire to be able to continue to create this project now and in the future? These are complicated questions and maybe there isn’t a single answer.

We know that Life is fundamentally good and we are here to give and when one gives there is more Trust and Love in this world. So as a step to follow our hearts and to try different alternatives to an economy based solely on money we have decided to experiment with the principles of a gift economy.

This means that people who would like to come to the events offered on gift economy are welcome, it is our gift. We ask those people to take some time to reflect on what participation means to them, and how they can add to the flux of giving through their own actions. How can they support us in continuing what we are doing and/or enrich the community they are a part of through what is given to them?

Each event will have a limited amount of spaces for people who want to participate in this experiment into gift economy. If you are interested in participating in an event in this way then we ask that you send us an email to and you tell us why you want to come to the event. If we receive more inquiries than available gift spaces then we will select those that will receive this gift.

Giving inspires giving so the words that each person gives in their email will inspire us to give or not. So let your hearts sing and allow yourself to express your passion for why you want to come to the event!

To give back to us at ALP and support what we are doing, we have posted a list of what we are open to receive here.

Please read this list and consider what you may want to give.



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.


Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
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