Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with and support our work.


******* I am looking for skilled volunteers for Summer/Autumn 2019 ********

Skills needed include:

  • Building, carpentry, woodwork, plumbing
  • Land clearance, strimming, digging swales
  • Forestry work including chainsawing (if you are qualified and have your own insurance)

If you don't have these skills but are familiar with tools, strong and willing there may also be a place for you. 

I ask for a minimum 1 month commitment and 6 hours work 5 days a week.

If you have none of the above skills there also may be a place for you paying a contribution of €5 a day. Or if you prefer less work hours you can be a supporting volunteer and work 3 hours a day, 5 days a week and pay 25€ a day. See the Volunteer page in this section for more details.


We run day and weekend courses through the summer related to our work and philosophy. Check out the ‘Courses’ section here and be sure to sign up to our newsletter to stay informed.

Become a member

We are in the process of becoming a registered non-profit Association. We invite anyone who would like to support our work to become a member. Membership costs only €30 and entitles you to attend and vote at our Annual General Meetings.

Land-management and Land purchase schemes
There is great potential for passionate investors to help us reforest the land here. We are developing schemes whereby investors can buy land and pay for us to create a beautiful diverse forest to replace the monoculture. Or simply buy land to donate to the Project. 
There are always tools, materials and equipment that we need. Please see the Wish List in this section for more details.
One-off or regular donations
We are always happy to receive one-off or regular donations to help us build infrastructure to host volunteers, to support volunteers time, to buy forestry tools, to purchase trees and to buy land to reforest.


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.