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My Life is a Mysterious Gift

The most powerful experience I have ever had! This is how I remember my ten-day Evolutionary Awakening Retreat at Quinta da Mizarela in August 2013. The Farm is a magical place... the quiet beauty of nature, the sound of running water, the chirping of birds, the love you feel in every corner and on every piece of land lovingly cared by the co-creators of the Awakened Life Project...

Just arrived from the stressful life of the city, and never having experienced meditation or silence, surprisingly, a calm came over me almost magically. In such a way that, with some ease, I finally rid myself of a smoking habit I carried for nearly thirty years. But the greatest gift that the retreat brought me was the gift of solitude, to feel that I am no longer alone, to have a sense of union with Life. When I got to the “Quinta”, I was one of those people most consider a lucky one. Among other things, I had a good job, friends, beautiful children and a comfortable lifestyle. But the truth is that only I knew the loneliness inside me and the suffering that the lack of meaning in my life caused me.

Once the retreat was finished and I went back to the "real world", the meditation and teachings I received at the retreat are now tools that allow me to maintain inner peace and remind me, every minute, that loneliness is just the result of my choices. The energy I wake up with every morning and the hope I now carry, as a result of having clarified my way, are wonderful gifts that forever changed my life and made me a whole, happy person. The new friends I made at the retreat fill my heart with hope and accelerate my path to a life of increasing fulfillment.

I’ll never forget everything the ALP team did for me! I try to give by part by doing what others have done for me at that retreat. This mission is one of the reasons why I know I will never return to being alone, knowing and feeling that we are all "just" One. Today, my life is a mysterious gift and very tasty : )


To Pete and the whole team (including the Nina, the dog that enlightened me so much in the days of silence), my eternal gratitude.

Vanda Proença


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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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