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A Journey into a New World!

The 7 day silent New Year retreat with Peter and all of the other participants was a journey into a new world beyond anything I could have ever expected...

Experiencing a powerful presence in the beautiful spaces that we shared, meals, nature walks, moments of introspection, routines, a state of alertness and contemplation boosted by the abandonment of communication and interaction. This was an experience of deconstruction of false beliefs and limiting assumptions both very revealing and challenging.

Therefore I felt at the beginning of this retreat, difficult emotions and thoughts of rejection, discomfort and maladjustment. Awakening is a conscious act that reveals conditioned experiences, ideas, feelings, that were before not so conscious or often that I was not even aware of. I saw how I live life like a game of hide and seek, and what it means to continually strive to understand and see beyond the mind to a deeper dimension of our being. 

But as the retreat went on this experience was lived as a diving head first into a journey that revealed a deeper dimension of being that is always present but at the same time so often seems very distant. In this timeless, formless domain of pure essence I discovered the mystery where all the answers lie and all questions dissipate. 
Meditation was undoubtedly a huge revelation as a way to reach that self-knowledge that all human processes, mental and behavioral, become clearer from an unprecedented connection with ourselves, with that pure and true nature that is truly who we ARE!. Because of the intensity, depth and lack of words to make this experience rationally intelligible, I can only say, experience it for yourself!

There is no understanding without commitment. Give yourself to the unknown ...

Catarina Machado Faria, Lisboa

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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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