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The Birth of A New Man

When I first read about the Awakened Life Project and many of the experiences of it's members and volunteers, there was a substantial part of me that jubilated with joy, because I realized that this was exactly what I was looking for, and also some relief, because I didn't had to go into a remote country to deepen the search for my deepest self.

Two and a half years later, I'm a very different person from what I used to be in so many dimensions of life! Interestingly enough, although I resonated a lot with the ALP right from the start, I never dreamt that this journey could be so transformative! And my experience continues to be that I'm just barely starting...

Although I completely changed my life outwardly through this period of time (quit my job, became a father, moved to the country side close to the Quinta da Mizarela, got married, and so many other things...), the biggest and most important transformations are happening in my interior, through the cultivation of a strong and clear intention to evolve, taking full responsibility for my choices, increasing the commitment to see things as they really are and aiming to live a full and liberated life, with integrity, trust, love and care for the whole.

The transcendence of the ego is definitely not an easy endeavor, so far it has been the most demanding and challenging in my entire life, but it is definitely becoming the most important thing for me!

The deepening of the valuable practice of meditation has been an anchor that has allowed me to be more rooted and much more in touch with the deepest part of myself! The engagement in the men's group has also been a powerful experience in so many ways, revealing the many impersonal aspects of life as a human being and as a man, a growing and valuable support to my liberation from all the conditionings of my history, the family I was raised in and the culture where I grew up.

All the relationships, conscious conversations and experiences that I have been sharing with an increasing number of co-creators of a new reality, continue to inspire me to live a more conscious life as a man, husband, parent, son and friend...

I am deeply thankful to Peter Bampton and Cynthia Bampton, for being an expression of what is possible and for always believing and supporting the best part in me, to my beloved wife, Teresa Leite, for the continuous support, for wanting to go all the way with me, for my dear son Miguel coming into my life and for nurturing him so beautifully, to my parents, for their unconditional love and support, and also to all brothers and sisters that make this wonderful awakened family a living heaven on earth!

I feel blessed for being alive, exactly where I am, being who I am, and sharing the wonders of life with you all...

With Joy, Care and Love,

Ricardo Gonçalves


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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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3305-031 Benfeita
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