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Meditation Retreat: A Journey into Pure Being
02/10/2020 @ 19:00 — 04/10/2020 @ 18:00
Awakened Life Project, Benfeita, Arganil
200,00 €
If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, then we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through discovering our natural state...



This Retreat is an opportunity to put aside the routine of our everyday lives and give ourselves completely to spiritual practice in a supportive collective context.

As described in his book The Fire of the Heart, Peter offers a penetrating and profound journey into the radical immediacy and evolutionary potential of Spiritual Awakening here and now. Anchored in a simple yet illuminating approach to True Meditation, the Awakening Process that Peter describes is direct, contemporary, and includes the totality of manifest existence in its integral embrace. 

Experiencing Awakened Consciousness and sharing that discovery with others is the most fulfilling and liberating experience we can have. When we discover direct access to our inherent freedom we find ourselves in communion with Life, fearlessly open to the future, and able to respond with clarity, creativity and spontaneity.

The radically simple yet profound approach to meditation that Peter shares is a direct doorway to this miracle of natural awakening. The instructions are so simple that anyone can begin without any previous experience. At the same time, the subtlety that is revealed about the nature of mind and non-duality offers infinite depth to even the most experienced meditator.

The retreat will be held in silence except for teaching periods and question and answer sessions. No previous meditation experience is necessary and people from all faiths and spiritual orientations can benefit.

Listen to an interview with in which Peter shares some of the highlights of his own spiritual journey from almost ordaining as a Buddhist monk to co-founder of The Awakened Life Project, how we understands and teaches meditation and what happens on his meditation retreats. Click on the image below...

In this video in English and Portuguese you can hear from participants and get a sense of what it is like at Quinta da Mizarela, the ashram of The Awakened Life Project...



We offer a discounted rate for Portuguese to reflect the different economic reality here compared with Northern Europe and America. Price includes everything for the retreat. Because we have limited space we offer a 50 euro discount for the retreat for those who can bring their own tents.  We have 4 rooms available for those who need them and also we have tents for those who don't have their own.

Regular Prices:

For Portuguese and Spanish Resident: 200€ 

For Foreigners and Portuguese living outside of Portugal: 250€ 

If you have a sincere desire to participate in this retreat but you have financial difficulty and need a discount in order to attend please write to us and tell us why you want to come to the retreat and what price you can afford.

Prices include three delicious vegetarian meals every day, including vegetables and wild greens harvested from the Quinta.

In a time when many talk about starting a revolution, it was really important to understand that the real revolution that really has to start is the revolution of consciousness, and the strong and deep feeling of wanting to be free. In the emptiness while sitting in deep relaxation I could see the seer that sees all the fake action of my mind, and I understood that we all have what we need to be happy, we just have to make the choice to finally want to be free. Relax, enter into the amazing space that will, not knowing how, change our whole perceptive on life, and then all your actions in life will be different. Do not be afraid what you gonna discover, just let it go! And this changed my life forever.
Frederico Cabral, Lisbon

The retreat starts at 19:00 Friday with dinner. There are 3 meditation sessions in the morning and then 4 in the afternoon and evening on Saturday, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon on Sunday. Every day there are question and answer sessions so that you are fully supported as you go through the retreat.

We ask that people arrive between 17:00 - 19:00pm if possible on Friday night so you can get settled before dinner. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. We have an orientation at 9pm and this is the official start of the retreat. If you cannot arrive by 8:45 please eat dinner on the road and if you can't arrive by 9pm please let us know. 

The retreat silence officially ends at 17.00pm on Sunday. Everybody usually stays for a while afterwards to share the ecstatic joy and unity and enjoy some tea and healthy delicious cakes together.


I have to share with you the feeling of happiness I have been carrying with me since the retreat. It is overwhelming to perceive the difference inside me, despite the shortness of the time we spent together. Yet you emanate such a positive energy that makes it impossible to stay indifferent if one is prepared to open up to your teachings and valuable approach. I feel in balance with what surrounds me. I feel closer to others, to nature, to what is important. I feel closer to the essence of self, which has allowed me to develop more acceptance. I am more inclined to harmony and love and it seems I am discovering certain aspects of life as if I were seeing them for real for the first time ever. I might not have experienced the ultimate state of enlightenment, however I am positive that, with your guidance, I was able to go through a door which will take me to the next stage of consciousness.
Rita Martins, Portugal

A retreat not to be missed! Absolutely transformative and powerful! I never imagined that just stopping for one week to meditate and to contemplate could have such a profound impact on my life. It is one week later and I still have the sense that the retreat touched me in ways I still can not see. Everything is much more meaningful and feels like a new beginning. It was all magical ... the landscapes (including a stroll and meditation on the beach), the delicious food, the unity of the group even in silence, the contemplations on non-duality that Peter gave us, the questions and answers at night. Simply amazing ... no more words to describe it!
Ana Fonseca, Porto 


Articles by Retreat Participants:

Meditation opens us to the Eternal One Moment...

My First Meditation Retreat

The Radiance of Being

The Joy of Being Who I AM


More Testimonials...


I could not believe the simplicity of Pete’s meditation. There was practically nothing to it. But it was deep, and intense. By the end of the weekend, a powerful bond had formed in the group of people. I left feeling energised, and totally empowered! So I did a meditation in the morning, as Pete suggested, and felt great after it. The weekend was an eye opener for me, even if my eyes were closed most of the time!!
Steve Nicholls, UK

This weekend I was given a valuable tool that gave me a more self-knowledge and clarity, in an profoundly experiential way and not just theoretically. I realized what I am not and was gradually able to disidentify myself from of objects of consciousness (material, emotional and cognitive) and thus discover who I am – the Nameless, the Source! When you read the steps to enlightenment as told by Buddha the last of his steps consisted of a long meditation in which he undertook a titanic struggle with Mara (symbolizing his ego) and this final step meant of even letting go of the desire for enlightenment itself to eventually reach and realize Spiritual Liberation. This weekend I realized that the type of meditation that Pete taught us was that which most closely approximates to the descriptions I read about the kind of meditation that Buddha recommended. Thank you, Peter, for these invaluable lessons!
Joao Patente, Lisbon 


This retreat was a unique opportunity to jump right into silence and have no concerns or distractions, which allowed me to experience almost “heaven on earth”! I could truly enjoy every moment … the beauty of the place, great food and the company of others in the silence, all the conditions were perfect so that we could totally devote ourselves only to be present and be. It was extraordinary to gain more objectivity about the workings of my mind and understand the strategies of the ego to keep me busy. For me, the meditation group and how it was organized was very powerful and after the retreat, I noticed big changes in daily meditations. I feel really grateful to have participated, thank you!
Natascha Leite, Coimbra



This was the first time I participated in meditation and it was way beyond my expectations! First of all the perfect location, away from the hustle of city life, then the wonderful hospitality and best vegetarian food I ever tasted. Then the silence full of energy that we shared…it was wonderful and profound to simply be able to sit still and try to discover who I am, who we are. A week later I’m still integrating everything I felt and finding a way to keep that peace alive in my daily life. This experience has totally changed my perspective on the world and motivated me to be what I really am. Thank you!
Raquel Duro, Porto

The meditation retreat was a challenge very well received. The quality of the hospitality, as well as the guidance by Pete, exceeded my expectations. This was just a starting point. Meditation has proved to be a powerful instrument of change, that we want to dig into in order to expand the positive impact on my life and those around me. It was because I believe that meditation could be a way to strengthen my inner strength that I enrolled in this retreat. What I experienced, as well as what I shared with other participants, reinforced this conviction. Meditation has proved to be an ally in what I consider to be the goal to seek ever more each passing day: the connection between human beings and between them and the world. I returned this weekend convinced that meditation goes hand in hand with love. Thank you to everyone who participated and will continue to participate in this process.
Sara Leao, Porto


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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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