Muitas das plantas e árvores das quais as abelhas e outros insectos vivem arderam nos incêndios deste Outubro e não florescerão este ano e algumas nem no próximo ano. Apresento-vos as minhas sugestões sobre como ajudar os polinizadores durante estes tempos difíceis.

Deus, como têm sido tempos desoladores. A chuva, que foi tão esperada durante o Verão, é agora abundante e está a arrastar o solo e as pedras das montanhas, levando-os consigo pelos terraços e para os rios.

Ouvi dizer que, quando se está a criar, está-se mais próximo do Criador e, na minha experiência, isso é verdade.

Depois de um longo, quente e seco Verão, finalmente alguma, benvinda, chuva veio em Setembro. Estivémos fora durante as primeiras chuvas mas houve mais e depois de alguns dias de sol, fomos até uma floresta de bétulas e castanheiros mais adiante na montanha.


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 November 30th 10.30 - 4pm

I am very happy to announce 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.