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The Project Grows – Jacqueline Joins Us!

I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Portugal. The trip was multi-purpose. I went to visit my friends Pete and Cynthia and to see their land and get a feel for Portugal (I’d never been there before!), and to visit a retreat Center in the Algarve, where I was thinking to hold a Yoga Teachers training.


My friend Nancy and I traveled together. Before leaving for Portugal, I was already seriously contemplating moving there, to join Pete and Cynthia’s project. I am currently living on the East Coast of USA in Massachusetts and I’m ready for a big change. I have been thinking about moving somewhere for the past year –somewhere warm and beautiful, where I have close friends. I have known Pete and Cynthia for a many years and I know spiritually we are on the same wavelength, which is the most important thing to me.

Seeing Quinta de Mizerela and the surrounding area of Central Portugal clinched it for me. I love mountains and forest and beautiful nature and it’s all there. The sky was blue the whole time we were there – late October, early November – and we could wear T-shirts during the day. The valley is lovely, enchanting and peaceful. I think what made me sure about going into this project was that as I sat overlooking the valley, I could visualize it perfectly, come to life, and I know it will happen. I really like the slate buildings and I could see them rebuilt and lovely, with patios and pathways and decks, overlooking that beautiful valley. And the valley thriving with abundant fruit and vegetables. Friends living together, meditating, growing and learning together. It’s all there, latent on that land, waiting to burst into existence.

Pete and I sat together overlooking the valley, the last day I was with them, and we entered into a time warp. We planned to meet Cynthia and Nancy in a nearby town at 12.30pm and sitting there talking we lost track of time. When we got back to the car, we realized we were going to be an hour late. Then when we got to the town we discovered that we were right on time because unbeknownst to us the clocks had gone back an hour for daylight savings!! So everything worked out seamlessly. This, a small incident, yet again gave me confidence in this magical flow which sustains us and allows everything to unfold perfectly. There is something happening here that I deeply trust and my intuition to join this project is coming from this place.

Somewhere in the middle of the eventful 4 days we spent with Pete and Cynthia, my friend Nancy miraculously and spontaneously bought a beautiful house in a little village, just 5 mins from Quinta de Mizerela!! It happened unexpectedly, in a matter of hours, and was another inexplicably magical occurrence. This house is a wonderful extension of our project. I’ll leave the full story to Nancy to tell…

The idea of living sustainably and off the grid is very appealing and makes total sense. I don’t know much about it but I’m willing to learn. We visited some of Pete and Cynthia’s new friends, who were living in a similar way, on renovated farms, and it was like going back in time to the early seventies, back to my roots. I must say I liked that! I even bought a Portuguese hippy-looking Poncho, whilst I was there! The Hippies were definitely onto something. I have started fantasizing about salting olives, having our own olive oil, making goat’s cheese and eating veggies and fruits picked fresh from our own land every meal!

It’s an exciting project… I don’t know where it’s all going, but I’m in for the ride and I’m profoundly happy about it! I know it’s all going to unfold, naturally, organically, mysteriously and perfectly.

With love, Jacqueline

PS The retreat center near Tavira in the Algarve, turned out to be a good thing and I have booked to lead a Yoga Teacher training there, next June/July. See my website for details www.froglotusyoga

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