Open Day 23rd September 2017

We invite you to spend the day with us at Quinta da Floresta nestled in the hills of the Serra do Açor to hear about our vision, our first steps, our challenges, mistakes and successes. We will show you around our hand built house, our land, our new coppice site and the forestry work we have undertaken so far. 

We are in the middle of building the second floor of our workshop using wood from our forest and can show you the round wood timber frame construction in progress!

The Awakened Forest Project is summed up by our passions; Nature, simplicity and inspiration for action. We are dedicated to reforestation, sacred activism, natural beekeeping and discovering how we can best co-create with Nature to live and thrive. At the foundation of all that we do is the realisation that all our global crises are caused by the way human beings relate to the planet, themselves and each other. So as we work here in the forest, we are not only focused on outer change but also on inner transformation of our selves and also our culture. We will talk about our values and perspectives during the day and you are welcome to ask us any questions.
We are very much at the beginning of our journey so the day will be about vision, inspiration and what such a Project in it’s infancy can look like. There will be plenty of time for questions and we will share a delicious vegetarian lunch together.
The day will run from 11 until around 5.
The cost for the day is €15 including lunch.
Children under 16 €5 and children under 10 come free when accompanied by adults.
If this cost is an obstacle to you coming please get in touch.
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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.
I am passionate about building with round wood because it simply makes so much sense.