Do you feel that we are living in an unprecedented time of global crisis and transition and that something fundamental about the way human beings relate to themselves, to each other and to the planet urgently needs to evolve?

If you feel a Big Yes arising within your heart then you are experiencing the call to an Awakened Life. When we let go, even momentarily, of the fears and desires that usually shape our psychogical existence, we awaken to the deeper truth that we are Life, and that Life naturally wants to evolve.

The Awakened Life Project is our constantly developing answer to this call to manifest the deepest Truth, Goodness and Creativity that we are capable of. This means undertaking the transformational work to shift our individual and collective identity from separation and self-interest to the unity and co-creative passion of our True, Awakened Selves.

The seed that was to become The Awakened Life Project was sown when Pete and Cynthia bought the abandoned mountain farm of Quinta da Mizarela in Central Portugal in 2007. This huge leap into the unknown was propelled by their shared vision to create a beautiful place dedicated to the liberation of the human spirit in a context of communion with the surrounding nature.

While trust in the vision was strong how it would manifest was completely unknown. Then the magic started to happen and with the inspired participation of an international stream of volunteers, some of whom stayed and became residents and co-creators for periods of time, the Quinta gradually developed into small thriving community and retreat centre.

Over time the Quinta has hosted silent meditation retreats, women's and men's retreats, evolutionary awakening retreats, permaculture courses and residential intensives. Some volunteers and retreat participants who were lit up by their experience were moved to deepen their involvement together. As Cynthia and Pete created forums to meet this interest the Project gradually flowered and expanded beyond the location of the Quinta to form a growing network of people and related communal projects dedicated to discovering and manifesting the spiritual truth of unity in this world.

Foundational to the Awakened Life Project is the discovery of the deepest dimension of who we are as One Consciousness. This spiritual insight is approached through the guidance and teachings that draw upon the wisdom of non-dual awakening, a consistent practice of meditation and an ongoing collective forums of inquiry that embrace all of the important aspects of our humanity.

Thus the Awakened Life Project is not a specific place, but has evolved into a collective organism. Most participants are Portuguese or foreigners living in Portugal but there are also a growing number of people joining online from other countries.

The Quinta, which is the spiritual heart of the Project, is featured on our website and is where we offer a guest and volunteer program, retreats and other events where people can experience and explore what is being offered here.  

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

2 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian

People on site

7 - 40

Dry season

April to September

Wet season

October to March

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • private room
  • hammocks

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals


  • None: Off the grid

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