Action for reforestation

Avaaz petition - Prevent future fires! Reforest Portugal with native trees!

We have created an Avaaz petition to put pressure on the Portuguese government to take positive action towards reforestation of broad-leaved forests in the wake of the recent devastating wild fires in Central Portugal. Please read, sign and share. If enough people share in the first 2 weeks we can make the petition global and really make an effect.


Defend the Sacred - August 12th 

Be part of an aerial art action on the beach to protect our coast from oil drilling and our land from eucalyptus monocultures that fuel deadly forest fires. Join activists from ASMAA, ALA, Climaximo and other environmental initiatives together with 200 international participants of the gathering "Defend the Sacred – Envision a Global Alternative” in Tamera.

Led by John Quigley, American environmentalist, educator, and aerial artist, we will use our bodies to draw a huge message on the ground, filmed by drone cameras. Accompanied by dance, prayers and speeches by LaDonna Bravebull, initiator of the Standing Rock movement in the US; José Amarelinho, mayor of Aljezur; Sabine Lichtenfels, Tamera co-founder; Laurinda Seabra, director of ASMAA and many others.

Join us for a powerful combination of prayer, art and political action!


Practical Ecosystem Restoration
Helping Nature to get back on her feet after years of monoculture and wildfires.
Practical Ecosystem Restoration
Would you like to come and help plant some native forest, learn about ecosystem regeneration and reconnect with Nature and yourself? Then join us on an Awakened Forest Project work weekend.
Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Sunday December 1st 10.30 - 4pm

Another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - June 2020

People have retreated to wild places for millennia to find inner peace and a greater perspective on life. Nature, in it’s simplicity and beauty, supports a profound relaxation in body, mind and soul.


It has been a long time since I have written a blog post because so much has been ongoingly changing in the last year. I wanted to wait until the dust and ash had settled and I knew where I would be before I wrote.

Many of the plants and trees the bees and other insects thrive on have burnt in the October fires and will not be flowering this year and some not next year either if they recover at all. Here are my suggestions on how to help the pollinators through these lean times.

God these are heartbreaking times. Rain that was so longed for in the summer is now pouring off these hills taking soil and stone and track with it onto the terraces and into rivers.


Many people have asked us how they can help in the wake of the fires and all we have lost. We are very touched and grateful for these offers of support. Here are some ways you can help:

We have started building the second floor of the workshop!! This will be our last major build here and will provide a dormitory and meditation/workshop room which will increase our capacities for events and hosting people, especially outside of the summer months.