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7 Day Meditation Retreat – August 5-12

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If we want to be free, if we want to live a life full of purpose and deep authenticity, then we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our being. In this week long retreat we will dive deeply into the practice and experience of meditation, not through a technique, but by directly discovering our natural state of spiritual freedom.

This is an opportunity to put aside the routine of our daily lives and surrender ourselves completely to spiritual practice, so we can be inspired and renewed by the source of peace, joy and infinite depth that lies at the ground of our being.

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You do not need to have previous experience of meditation to participate in this retreat. This practice is available for all people of any faith or path or no faith or path in particular. All that is asked is that you be willing to follow the instructions which will take you directly to the realization of enlightened awareness, which is the source of all true paths.  The retreat will be held in silence except during periods of instruction and question and answer sessions. 3 delicious vegetarian meals will be served daily and you will have the opportunity to camp and spend time in the beautiful nature in and surrounding the Awakened Life Project.

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The waterfalls of Fraga da Pena are nearby where you can bathe if you fancy a refreshing dip! We have solar hot showers and dry compost toilets. This retreat will include a silent meditation walk in the national park of Serra da Acor, one of the most beautiful protected areas in Portugal.

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Testimonials

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

At a time when everyone talks of revolution, for me it was very important to realize that the revolution that has to start with some urgency, is the revolution of the mind, a new consciousness, and the strong and deep desire to want to be free. In the emptiness and deep relaxation I saw the false action of my mind, and I realized that we already have all that we need to be happy, we just have to make the choice of wanting to be finally free, relax, and enter that wonderful space. At the same time, this choice changes our whole perspective on life, all our actions will be different from then on!

Frederico Cabral, Lisbon

Participating in the meditation retreat for the evolution of consciousness was a very interesting experience! The vegetarian food was delicious. Staying in silence the whole weekend and meditating in a group was an experience of preparation for life. I feel I came away from the retreat stronger, happier, more whole. I felt the love and life force! Thanks Pete.

Celia Carvalho, Coimbra
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The retreat was an eternal Moment of Love in Harmony, Lightness and Peace!

Augusto Neves, 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

For me, the retreat was a unique opportunity to delve deeply into my being, realizing the importance of silence, peace and integration it brings to all aspects of my being in the moment. All the energy and care taken in organizing the retreat made me feel at home, welcomed and protected, surrounded by much love. Inside me, something changed.

Madeline Lucena, Lisbon

Thank you for the wonderful experience I had this week-end, I felt the importance that meditation has to call us to the silence of Being and help us to relativize our problems, realizing that most of them are only in our head. The vegetarian diet was also an important aspect during the retreat, as it gives enough energy without making us feel full, very good!

Luis Miguel Francisco, Lisbon

I had never meditated before and it was a revelation of joy and clarity for me. Knowing ourselves inwardly is simply everything!

Paulo Conde, Braga

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

It was a wonderful weekend of awakening of consciousness.

Joanna Santos, 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

I gotta say that I loved this retreat, it was very transforming. I am a different person, and I continue to change, to grow … I’ll do whatever I can to pursue this path because I think we have to join, unite efforts, if we really want to change the world!

Vitor Vasconcelos, Lisbon

On friday the moment when we went into the silence together really made me realize how I have forgotten to embrace it. It was such a beautiful moment. I still get chills when thinking back to that realization. It was like suddenly an old, forgotten friend appeared back into my life. It made me re-unite with this beautiful emptiness that we all share, and I now am very dedicated to connect with it more and more often. This was a very purifying and inspiring weekend in many ways but I dont know how to verbalize it that much. I’m now meditating daily and the awareness of the space between my thoughts and my being is with me and makes me see myself more stable no matter what’s happening around.

Tiina Arjukka, Finland

The whole weekend was a very beautiful experience. The place, food, nice people and meditation itself.  That is why together we could create a very calm, still energy to go into the deepest place in ourselves.  I realized how much I try too hard to meditate and work with myself by trying to change my experience and that I can relax more and let my experience be as it is.

Maki Quayle, Japan

I am very grateful for the wonderful weekend retreat we spent in that location so blessed by God.

Jose Carlos, Figueria da Foz

It was more than good, and I went very deep. I thought that coming back to ‘my’ life would be harder. I took your advice and have meditated every morning and freedom hasn´t gone away! It is always here if we let it be, as you recognise it and pass it to others.
It is a very beautiful and profound foundation for a new way of living life.

Arlete Silva, Porto

Two Days Out of Time by Candice Branchy, France

Reflections on Meditation Retreat by Steve Nicholls, UK

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The cost of this retreat is 190 € per person with a € 50 deposit to reserve your place.

The deadline for reservations is July 25

Participants will arrive on the afternoon of August 5 and there will be time to put up your tent. Dinner will be served at 20:00. The retreat will end on Friday afternoon August 12.

If you would like to reserve a place or more information please contact: pete.bampton @ gmail.com

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Peter Bampton is  co-founder of  The Awakened Life Project and a teacher of evolutionary spirituality.

Born in England, he studied literature at university in London and then, driven by a burning passion,  he spent many years traveling the world in search of answers to the most profound questions of life: Who am I? And why am I here?

After some years of adventures he had a profound experience of cosmic consciousness during a meditation retreat in Thailand. During the following years he actively pursued a Buddhist path in the Theravada tradition established in the West by Ajahn Sumedho. He eventually gave up everything in order to  dedicate his whole life to the quest and did many intensive meditation retreats and almost became a Buddhist monk.

In 1992 the midst of a spiritual crisis in which he began to have deep doubts about the liberating power of Buddhism as he had experienced it, he met Andrew Cohen, an authentic American spiritual master, with whom he experienced an explosive awakening that changed the course of his life. He became a student of Cohen´s radical and contemporary teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment and lived in communities in UK and USA dedicated to the evolution of consciousness for 14 years. During this period he edited books, wrote for EnlightenNext magazine and facilitated groups in the individual and collective realization of higher human potentials.

In more recent years, endevouring to combine the perspective and revelations of evolutionary enlightenment with an adventure in sustainable, integral living in rural Portugal, he completed a Permaculture design course and founded the Awakened Life Project, together with his wife Cynthia. In Portugal, besides guiding the development of the Project, he teaches monthly meditation retreats, gives public talks on evolutionary spirituality, and has developed a conscious evolution course to facilitate genuine transformation for sincere aspirants.

Peter Bampton is an evolutionary visionary, spiritual teacher and permaculture activist.

Born in England, he studied literature at university in London and then spent many years traveling the world in search of answers to the most profound questions of life: who am I? And why am I here?

After some years of adventures he had a profound experience of unity during a meditation retreat in Thailand. During the following years he actively pursued a Buddhist path in the Theravada tradition established in the West by Ajahn Sumedho. He gave up everything to pursue the spiritual path and did many intensive meditation retreats and almost became a Buddhist monk.

In 1992 he met Andrew Cohen, an authentic  spiritual master from America, with whom he experienced an explosive awakening that changed the course of his life. He became a student of Cohen´s radical and contemporary teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment and lived in communities in UK and USA dedicated to the evolution of consciousness for 14 years. During this period he edited books, wrote for EnlightenNext magazine and facilitated groups in the collective realization of higher human potentials.

In more recent years, endevouring to combine the perspective of evolutionary enlightenment with an adventure in sustainable living in Portugal, he did a Permaculture design course and founded the Awakened Life Project, together with his wife Cynthia.