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How to Get Simple

To be honest, I came without big expectations to the 7 day retreat, but the impact of it was huge.

The biggest impact was this moment, where everything was ONE.. and everything was BEAUTY.. despite the fact that this state faded away, the experience will last in me forever: From now on, I will try to see the world not only with my physical eyes, but also with my eyes that are limitless.

Rabindranath Tagore, an Indian poet wrote following quote : 'It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.'

In this retreat, Pete showed us how to get simple: I could let go so much and a inner state of freedom came up during the retreat.. at the end of it, I was just happy to be.. nothing more.. just to be!

In many spiritual books, the Ancient Greek aphorism " know thyself ", inscribed ‎in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, is described as our sense of life;  on my way to know myself, the retreat could give me very important puzzle pieces.

Pete is such a great teacher; he explains in a very comprehensive way and, despite his enormous knowledge and experience, he stayed simple and humble, he taught the whole retreat with love and compassion.

But also everything around the retreat itself was just wonderful: the welcoming houses, the lovely people, the delicious food etc.

The whole concept of the Awakened Life Project was such a big inspiration for me - I would love to stay connected with the project and take as much as possible of this “spirit” to my home country.

I’m so grateful that I participated in this retreat.

Thank  you so much

With lots of love

David, Belgium


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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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