Awakened Life Project

Last updated: January 5, 2012 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: December 23, 2009

Awakened Life Project

(Benfeita, Portugal)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Pete Bampton
  • Phone: 351 966333187
  • Address:
    Quinta da Mizarela
    Benfeita, 3305-031

Mission Statement:

Spiritual Awakening

Community Description:

The Awakened Life Project is gradually being formed from the ruins of Quinta da Mizarela, once a small rural hamlet. The location is a beautiful secluded mountain valley above a dramatic gorge of cascading waterfalls in an ecological reserve in Central Portugal.
Residents are currently the founders Pete(UK)& Cynthia(USA, Adam & Mim(UK), Laura(UK), Glen(USA), Marko(Austria), Sara(Portugal).

The project is our creative response to the crisis of our tipping point times with the intent of being a beacon for our evolutionary future. Thus the foundation is a shared commitment to spiritual awakening and transformation beyond ego. This means being more interested in what is true than in how we feel, our opinions etc. It means taking responsibility for our deepest recognition and understandings so that we can become vehicles for the evolution of consciousness itself. This bold endevour requires commitment, honesty, passion, trust and results in profound unity and purpose.

The founders have a total of almost 30 years combined experience in intensive contemporary spiritual community. Much has, and continues, to be learned about individual and collective evolutionary potential. We believe that the consciousness of our age calls for a God principle that lives not just in the wonderous beauty of nature, or the eternal stillness of the present moment, but in the unknown creative potential that exists in the space of the future. Hence this is a place to BE and BECOME all we can be for the sake of Life itself.

We are dedicated to rejuvenating the farm in the spirit of communion and cooperation with Nature, and in the process hope to make ourselves as self-sufficient as possible and live from the bounty of our own land.We have embraced the principles of permaculture as an invaluable guide on this journey of off-grid sustainable living.

We are now 8 people and are not actively seeking more members, although as we renovate more buildings there is potential for more permanent residents. We are mainly interested in people who want to be long-term volunteers.


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization


  • Area: 12.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: All information is here:

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: meditation, conscious evolution group

    Closest description would be

    no children as yet


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Natural Hierarchy: The person with the deepest and most authentic perspective in any given situation leads.

    by shared inquiry into what makes most sense in light of the whole


  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments: Yes this is a working community and hours and jobs are allocated as appropriate

    depends on level of commitment

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: this will increase

    vegetarian, mostly raw

    wine with a meal…we are in Portugal!

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.