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Marko Maitz

Coming to the Awakened Life Project a while ago, I was only interested in one thing: Is this place really about Awakened Life ? Does this Project really live up to its name?

… I started my journey to Portugal with the commitment of following my interests: I had dedicated the last years of my life mostly to Yoga practice and experiments in Permaculture (”permaculture” in the widest sense of the word) before it got clear to me how essential the company of like minded people was …

When I first arrived at Quinta the Mizarela I was impressed by the natural beauty of the mountain valley, the waterfalls and the clear air full of energy, but what really excited me was to directly experience what this place is all about – it got crystal clear for me that I had come to the absolutely right place!

Almost immediately I was struck by the authenticity of people here. Experiencing the community of people who drop the ideal of how they want to be and reveal the beauty of their real selves is endlessly wonderful.

In very many ways I felt stronger than ever that I had arrived at home.

Finding out how much clarity, experience and authenticity in the understanding of the true meaning of words like “enlightenment” and “spirituality” there is here does not cease to amaze me. There is quite a bit of new vocabualry in the language used, but the overall message is absolutely clear: Realize what you really are and live it – strive to live free in the world as a true expression of your highest Self!

The people that live here are commited to this process – their strength and clarity of intention creates a catalyzing field which encourages and facilitates the process, which is here called the “evolution of consciousness”. In fact the whole place here is designed for human development so that it does not allow anything else, but to grow and unfold.

Anybody who is ready to immerse themselves in this stream of development can experience what I am describing and will be able to witness that the seed of an entirely new culture is germinating here – a new way to live is actually manifesting.

So after having the privilege of being at Quinta da Mizarela for many weeks (many more will follow!) while endlessly benefiting in so many ways, I can clearly answer the question which was on my mind when I decided to come here:

Oh Yes – The Awakened Life Project does fully live up to its name!

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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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