Our Sponsors

We happily consider corporate and business sponsorship from like-minded and/or ethical companies. This may take the form of regular or one-time donations, land purchase or land management agreements, discounts for products or services or something else. We are open to suggestions as to what may best suit your company or benefit your clients.

In exchange for sponsorship all our sponsors apeear in this section of the website and we allow the use of our logo and name in the company literature in relation to the assistance given to us.

If you are interested in sponsoring our work please contact me, Laura; info@awakenedforestproject.org


Our first business sponsor was Fungi Perfecti the amazing company of Paul Stametes, probably the world's leading mycologist, who is successfully researching the solution to some of our most serious environmental problems using fungi! He is having success using mushrooms to clean up chemical spills, regenerate clear-cut forests and reverse the decline in bee health. We wholeheartedly support him in his mission to convince the world of the sustainable benefits of the amazing and diverse Fungi Kingdom.

Paul has written several books, my favourite and the perfect introduction is called 'Mycelium Running' and we recommend having a look at his youtube videos. His company Fungi Perfecti sell everything the budding or professional mycolgist could require, a lot for gardeners and around the home and much, much more. There are even a few unusual gift ideas....

Here is Sorin and I injecting our Fungi Perfecti mycelium dowels into logs in the forest. Fung Perfecti gave us a generous discount on these dowels. This was our first experiment of leaving injected logs out in the forest but we think the summer was too dry even on the north slopes and no (cultivated!) mushrooms grew. We are, however, undeterred and will try again as we think that growing mushrooms for domestic consumption is a nutritious, resilient, sustainable and delicious way to feed ourselves.



Thursday 14th of February 8 - 9.30pm (GMT)

It is well known that the priceless honey bee is facing a crisis world-wide.

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita Saturday February 23rd 10.30 - 5pm

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 - Date TBC 2018

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.