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Donations - Help Support the Work of ALP

The Awakened Life Project is now almost 10 years old.  Hundreds of people have come to us through retreats, talks, webinars, volunteering, and visiting.  Everyone that comes usually tells us that we are doing amazing work and they loved spending time here.  But the Awakened Life Project is more then the physical place of Quinta da Mizarela, it is a growing network of people who want to evolve, change, create a world based on Truth, Love and Honesty.  Some people are very connected and active with the project and others we don't see or hear from often but there is still a love and appreciation for the connection that we have together.

We are funded mostly by our events and whatever donations that we receive.  So many people have given so many hours to get us to the place we are now.  Having enough money or materials to create this physical place is only one aspect of the financial situation here.  

We want our events to be opened to anyone who's heart is drawn to be here and we get many requests for discounts or complete sponsorship. In order for someone to receive a discount or sponsorship they must tell us why they want to come to an event and what they can give.  We put the responsibility on them to engage and not wait only for us to tell them what we will offer.  This is part of the culture of responsibility that we are creating.  And to be honest 9 out of 10 people who want a discount do not want to take the responsibility to engage in this process.  But the ones that do are amazing people and we want to be able to give all we can to someone who also wants to give all they can - not too much and not too little.  

Part of spreading the philosophy of ALP includes creating free content (audios, videos, articles) for people so they have easy access to us. This involves buying video and audio equipment, printers, computers, fees for software and a host of other things.  Over the years we have quite a lot of good equipment but we are still working with less than we need.

We have three more buildings to renovate which will give us more inside accommodation for retreat participants, volunteers and visitors.  The cost of renovating these buildings is around 75,000 euros.  We do all the work we can ourselves but we need experts in stone work, electricians, carpenters for doors and windows, etc.  

We have just bought a new RAM pump with a bigger capacity.  This will enable us to grow more food as we need the extra water for irrigation.  The hydro system is up and running, the solar system is doing great and we have a generator for a third back up.  So things are moving along.

When one first builds everything is very shiny and new.  In other words there is no maintenance.  But now we are almost 10 years in and there is constant maintenance, painting, building fences, repairing stone walls, redoing the deck (which we have done now) and many more little things.  Of course materials are needed as well as feeding volunteers and community members to do the work.

We have planted hundreds of oaks, chestnuts and cork oaks.  We would love to reforest the whole valley in the indigenous trees and bring this valley back to its original beauty. We have also planted many many fruit trees and would like to plant more.  The gardens continue to evolve, not only in the food that is provided but in its beauty.

So if you are one of the many people who have come here and love what we are doing we would love to have some financial support from you!  If you have never been here and are inspired by what we are doing we would love to hear from you!  

We understand that there are many organizations that you can give your money too.  We also support other organizations doing good work.  If many people give a little every month we can do a lot with the physical place, be able to open our doors to all those that want to come, create more virtual opportunities and also we can help to support some of our staff that has been working years as volunteers.  Everyone needs to make a living and we would love for those who have dedicated so much time and energy so far to be able to receive some financial help.  

There is so much that has been done, the culture of Unity, Love, Trust and Transparency is happening and will continue with this work no matter what.  And we could do so much more if we had regular donors that would support us.  We are happy to receive a one time contribution or a monthly contribution.  Every amount is gratefully accepted so don't feel if you can give only 5 euros a month that it's too little.  Giving what ones heart calls for has no value attached.  Different people are in different financial situations so give what feels right for you.  And if you are not inspired to give then that is fine too!

To sum up here is what your money would go towards:

  • Renovation of buildings
  • Maintenance
  • Sponsorship for events
  • Small salaries for some of those who are already working for free! 
  • Computers, a printer
  • Better audio equipment 
  • Garden tools, wheel barrows


If you happen to have building materials, computers, printers, audio equipment, garden tools and you would like to donate them please contact us!  We would also love to have an old sink that clothes can be washed on!  Your 'extras' may be exactly what we need!

To donate money with a one time contribution or to set up a monthly donation here is our bank information:


IBAN: PT50-0045 3451 4028 0571 9050 6

NIB: 0045 3451 4028 0571 905 06


Nome do Banco: Crédito Agrícola, Coja

OR you can also transfer money through our PayPal account.  The account is

We thank all of you for your help!  If you have any questions or have items you would like to donate then you can send us an email at  If you make a donation please send us an email and let us know as we would love to thank you directly.  If you prefer to be anonymous that is also fine - how you give and what you give is entirely up to you.

Sending you all very much love,

Pete, Cynthia and The Awakened Life Project Community


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through Bank Transfer:
IBAN: PT50-0045 3451 4028 05719050 6

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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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