Forest Regeneration Days

Practical Ecosystem Restoration
Helping Nature to get back on her feet after years of monoculture and wildfires.
Come and spend the day in the forest getting your hands dirty and giving back to the Earth. We have thousands of acorns, chestnuts and trees to plant and dead trees to make into wildlife habitat. 
There is much to do to help this burnt landscape restore itself. The most pressing thing is to collect and sow acorns and chestnuts into the ground ready for the autumn and winter rains to germinate them. Trees that grow from seed in place are much stronger and more resilient than planted trees. These young trees will also nurse any trees we will plant in the future. There is also some work moving the fallen pines and making some firewood to keep us warm at night and cook our dinner.
During the workday you will:
  • get your hands dirty doing essential restoration work for the forest
  • learn some useful practical regeneration skills
  • gain knowledge about how ecosystems regenerate
  • put your time and energy in service of the earth
  • experience a guided meditation before we start work
  • spend a short time each day in silence
  • enjoy being outdoors in Nature
You need not having any practical experience but you must be reasonably fit and able to work and carry things on our steep slopes. 
You will need to bring:
Warm work clothes
Work gloves
Strong boots
Waterproof jacket and trousers
The dates for Autumn 2019 weekdays are:
Sunday 3rd November
Sunday 10th November
Sunday 17th November
Saturday 23rd November with 4000 trees and a delicious lunch from the amazing Wildlings and Gone West! and support from Reflorestar Portugal. Thank you guys!
***New Date***
Saturday 7th December
Sunday 8th December
The workdays run from 10am to 5pm. Please arrive at 9.30am to start at 10. Please bring something vegetarian to share for lunch. Well supervised children are welcome.
If you have any questions or to book your place please contact me Laura on


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.