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Peter Bampton

I’m originally from the UK but after years of travels both within and without, I can only relate to being a planetary  citizen, who now mysteriously finds himself in the mountains of Central Portugal.

For as long as I can remember I have been insatiably curious about the mystery and wonder of being conscious that I am alive and the existential questions Who am I? Why am I here? have been my constant companions. My passion for spiritual freedom and liberating understanding initially took me into many intensive meditation retreats and living in Buddhist monasteries where I almost ordained as a monk. My path took a different turn when I met a fiery young American teacher, Andrew Cohen, which led to several years of involvement in a very radical and controversial communal experiment in what came to be called "evolutionary enlightenment". I logged 1000s of hours of spiritual practice and experienced much of deeply liberating value, particularly in the arena of collective awakening. I gained a deeper grounding in the radical immediacy of liberation and went through many crises confronting my ego's resistance. Over time the organizational structure and the relationship with my teacher felt increasingly rigid and limiting, and I left in 2005 when I no longer felt resonant due to certain imbalances and pathologies in teacher and teaching that later led to the collapse of that experiment.

After years of intense communal living I was drawn to a contemplative life of simplicity close to nature in a warm climate, I eventually found myself living on a permaculture farm on the isle of Ibiza where I got together with my wife Cynthia. During a two year period of inquiry and meditative retreat the vision for what was to become the Awakened Life Project began to emerge.

The vision for the Awakened Life Project has arisen organically out of the convergence of all my learnings and what I most value: the individual and collective awakening to non-duality, meditation, inquiry and simple sustainable living. It is a beacon for the evolution of consciousness and culture in communion with the ecological web of life. What does that mean? It means awakening to the Truth of who we are as One Self, One Life, One Consciousness. Hence this is a place to come to rest, to discover joy, peace and unity within oneself and with Nature. And it also means being willing to take responsibility for the unfolding of that One Life, One Consciousness as ourselves.As the Project has developed my devotion to the awakening process continues to deepen and evolve. Potent influences include the extraordinary comprehensive teachings of Adi Da which have had a deep impact and the Presence/Grace of Ramana Maharshi which I "met" which meditating in Virupaksha cave, where the renowned sage lived for many years.

In retrospect I cannot relate to being the "doer" of this Project. It has emerged through following an intuitive thread of guidance. I could never have imagined that so much development could happen so quickly and that we would be having such a positive awakening impact on so many people in Portugal and beyond as our extended Awakened Life network grows.

It truly is an incredible adventure to be flying on the wings of profound trust as we revive and mould the ruins and terrain of Quinta da Mizerela into a beacon for meditation/contemplation, authentic communication/relationship and awakening to True Nature as expressions of the Creative Source of All That Is.

Besides devotion to the mystery that lies at the heart of reality some of my other interests include writing, blues guitar, running on the nearby mountain trails, doing magnetic qi gong on a precipice, foraging for wild edibles and a nice cup of afternoon tea overlooking the valley...

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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.

Contacts

Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita
Portugal

info@awakenedlifeproject.org
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