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We are happy that you are thinking of volunteering at the Awakened Life Project.  We have had some amazing volunteers in the past and we look forward to meeting others as they come into our universe.

It’s important to us that before people arrive they know what we are about. We want to make sure volunteering is a positive experience for everyone.  So please take the time to read our “About Page” and our “Vision Statement” to see if this is the right place for you and you are the right volunteer for us!  If you like what you see then send us an email telling us a bit about yourself and we can set up a skype call to get to know each other better.


Also here are some practical things you should know:

Volunteers are expected to work 6 hours a day, 5 days a week during the Spring and Summer months with Saturdays and Sundays off.  During the winter months where the days are shorter we request that people work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week with Saturdays and Sundays off.  Working times can be flexible and are usually determined by weather, what needs to be done, individuals preferences are taken into consideration.

There is always a lot to do here!  Jobs could include gardening, pruning, weeding, eco-building, making paths, step building, donkey poop pick up, wood chopping, wood stacking, pine cone collecting and bramble clearing to name a few.  Depending on the month you may find yourself picking olives and grapes or sowing seeds. We are in the process of building our infrastructure so sometimes we may also be building fences, creating irrigation channels, digging ponds or making small out buildings.  Depending on the skills of the people here we may even decide to renovate another building! We are open to hearing people’s ideas and inspirations.


The diet here is vegetarian and about 90% raw food, lots of fruit, vegetables, wild greens, nuts, seeds, eggs from our chickens and raw goats milk cheese when available. In the colder months eat a bit more cooked food, we make soups, roast chestnuts and wild mushrooms.   Everyone that has come so far has had a very positive response to the food and seems to go through a cleansing process and leave much healthier than when they arrived.  With that said everyone’s body responds differently to the diet so people are welcomed to cook occasionally if they would like but we ask that no meat or fish is cooked or eaten on the property.

Breakfast is a communal affair with soaked whole oats, fruit, nuts and seeds, pollen and honey from our bees.  We usually have a fresh juice break in the middle of the work day and people can make what they like for a snack/lunch.  Depending on the season a big salad or the occasional soup is served around 5 or 6:00.  If there are special dietary requirements please let us know ahead of time. The only available kitchen is in our home at this time and is open for people to come and get snacks & to make food after 9am and before 7pm.


Because we are interested in living a conscious holistic life we have a few rules to support this during your stay:
·    No drugs
·    No smoking
·    No drinking (other than an occasional glass of wine with a meal)

We have 3 cats, 2 dogs, 2 donkeys, 6 chickens and bees.  Our animals are a big part of the quinta so if you are allergic to any of these is could be a bit difficult!

We do meditation for 45mins in the morning at 7.30am and 7pm for 30mins in the evening and on Fridays we do a silent day with several periods of meditation and a Conscious Conversation group.  Meditation is optional but highly encouraged if you want to experience the fullness of life here.

We have limited accommodation so we can only have 2 or 3 volunteers at a time. If you are interested in coming please let us know the dates you are thinking about and how long you would like to stay.  We prefer people stay at least a month but are open to shorter stays too.

Accommodations are in a caravan, yurt or in a tent depending on who is here.  You are welcome to bring your own tent.

We have a very nice compost loo that we call the “Bank of Mizarela”.  All deposits are welcomed and non refundable! The bank comes with a beautiful view and we like to think of it as “rustic elegance”.


Please bring bio-degradable soaps and shampoos.  We do not provide these and we do not want people using regular soaps and shampoos.  Our quinta is above some beautiful cascading waterfalls and keeping the water pure is very important to us.

Please bring sleeping bags or your own bedding if possible.  If you are traveling and do not have this we can provide bedding if needed.

Please bring torches (or flashlights) as these are not provided. Candles are prohibited as the fire risk is very high here and we have already had one fire!

Other things to bring – towel, hat, work clothes and boots, sandals in the summer. A musical instrument if you play one!

We are building our “educational” library for volunteers so we ask that you please bring a book that you are willing to leave behind or donate us a new one. See our wishlist of titles at the bottom of the page…

It is your choice if  you want to have insurance that covers medical care including transportation home, accidents, and loss of property. Make sure your insurer knows that you will be a volunteer on a farm.
Special insurance for WWOOF members.

Get yourself a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in case you need medical treatment whilst in Portugal, either as the result of illness or accident.

If you are interested in volunteering on our project please send an email to  Once we see if we have availability we will contact you by email and set up a time to do a quick phone call.

Thank you,

Pete and Cynthia

Book & DVD Wish List for our Library (second hand is fine!)…

Integral Consciousness & The Future of Evolution by Steve McIntosh

Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier

Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World by Michael Zimmerman & Marc Bekoff

Chasm of Fire by Irina Tweedie

One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukoka

Krishnamurti´s Notebook by J.D Krishnamurti

The Future of the Body by Michael Murphy

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


Canticle to the Cosmos by Brian Swimme

Global Gardener by Bill Mollison

A Forest Garden Year with Martin Crawford

The Powerdown Show, The Powering Up of Community, Creativity & Culture

Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh