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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
Sustainability and Resilience Weekend Workshop
21/04/2016 @ 19:00 - 23/04/2016 @17:00
Awakened Life Project
95,00 €
Are you interested in sustainability? Do you want to know if is possible to live off grid? Do you think that is possible to survive in a crisis situation? Join David and Raquel for a practical, informative and fun weekend learning skills from bushcraft to foraging.

The Awakened Life Project is excited to offer this weekend workshop on how we can take steps to live more sustainably and be resilient to economic and climatic fluctuations. 

What is Resilience?

Resilience can be described as the capacity to cope with change, and having the ability to adapt and evolve during challenging times. Being resilient is not just about survival, in fact resiliency in the truest sense is living in a way that can accommodate the ever changing, and includes a way of living a more sustainable, consciously connected life.

Most of our food, water and energy come from totally unsustainable sources and ones that generally don’t look after us, or our planet. Not only are they largely unsustainable, these infra structures are also extremely fragile, relying heavily on consumerism and exploitation of natural resources, resources that are depleted and running out. However there is recognition that for life to continue on this planet, things need to change. There are a number of people waking to a more expanded outlook on life and the way in which we relate to each other and the planet. 

As The Awakened Life Project living in community we are passionate about living in a way that is caring for the whole, rather than just the individual. We recognize that we have the capacity to choose and actively play a part in creating the world in which we live. What we consciously choose to eat, consume and put our money and energy into has an impact in the world. Making a conscious choice to come from the place of unity, we are being active players in creating a new culture that is no longer dominated by sense of lack and selfishness, but rather one that is aiming for greater support. We support a culture that takes into consideration the bigger picture and larger understanding of the web of life.

How to be Resilient now?

The purpose of this workshop is to help you prepare and be in touch with your capacity to take care of yourself and others close to you. This is in part down to being prepared, but also, more importantly how to work with others around you and create resilient self-supportive communities, sharing knowledge, experience and ideas. Communities or resilient networks can be friends, families, or neighbours and is not limited by living in one place together.

This weekend workshop is going to be fun, practical and inspiring journey exploring the nature of what it is to be resilient and sustainable. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences of community and living in a sustainable way. Below is the workshop program with the areas that it will cover: 



19h – Welcome dinner

20h30 – Orientation and presentation 


7h - 7h45 – Guided meditation

8h – Awakened body practice and optional dip in the waterfall

9h – Delicious vegetarian breakfast

10h - Presentation on living in a resilient spiritual community

12h - Foraging (picking wild greens, roots, other plants and fruits)

13h - Lunch

14h30 - Preparation of a basic natural 1st aid kit (includes teachings and practice of how to make your own natural products)

17h – Fire lighting and dinner preparation (we will be looking at many different techniques to start a fire, in particular using natural materials and how you to make a fire in the rain,  traditional Portuguese cooking materials and techniques, learning about vegetarian food. We will cook and prepare the food and fire together)

20h - Dinner 


7h - 7h45 - Guided meditation

8h - Morning walk to the sunrise mountain (on the way observing edible plants, and other useful natural materials)

10h - Breakfast on the top of the mountain

11h – Walk back to the Quinta

13h - Lunch

14h30 - Demonstration of how to store dry food long term

17h00 - End of the workshop with tea and sweet treats


Because of the economical crisis in Portugal we offer to prices to reflect this situation.


95€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow

110€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow

125€ - caravan - per person in room with 2 people with a double bed

155€ - space in yurt - per person in room with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed

165€ - individual room 


115€ - using your own tent, mattress and pillow

130€ - using our tent, mattress and pillow

140€ - caravan - per person in room with 2 people with a double bed

170€ - space in yurt - per person in room with 2 people, 1 double bed, 1 single bed

180€ - individual room

If you have a sincere desire to participate in this event 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 event and what price you can afford.

Please bring bio-degradable soaps and shampoos. We do not provide these and we do not want people using regular soaps and shampoos.  If you cannot find these or buy them before you come let us know ahead of time. We make our products for our own use and will be happy to sell you a bit to cover your stay. Our Quinta is above some beautiful cascading waterfalls and keeping the water pure is very important to us.

Please bring torches (or flashlights) as these are not provided and are VERY NECESSARY!

Cancelation Policy

To reserve your space we ask that you pay the full price that corresponds with the accommodation that you would like. 

If you need to cancel 1 month before the event we will refund your money.

If you cancel 2 weeks before the event we will refund 50% of the money you have paid​​

If you cancel less than 2 weeks before the event and we can fill your space then you can apply the money you have paid to another event.  If we can’t fill your space then there will be no refund.

There is no refund of any kind once the event starts.


Contact for any questions: or call Raquel at 00351 938 026 477

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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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