What is the Awakened Forest Project?

What is the Awakened Forest Project?
We are restoring an area of burnt and abandoned monoculture in Central Portugal to a beautiful, diverse and vital woodland. We aim to restore our local water cycle and climate through reforestation and rainwater retention strategies.

We are led by Nature both through biomimcry - imitating Nature’s intelligent design - and through guidance gleaned from direct communication with plants, animals and natural elements. The honeybee and all they teach us are at the heart of the project.

We see that all our global crises are caused by the way we have been conditioned to relate to the planet, ourselves and each other - which is from a position of fear and separation. We understand that we must shift our consciousness from this position otherwise our actions will in some way re-create what we are trying to change.

The Project is driven by the recognition that the separation we feel from Nature is entirely self-imposed, taught to us by our culture, and that what is called for now is to recognise that we are not and have never been separate and instead learn to listen again to Nature so that we can work for not against her.

Through simple living, practical work and direct experience we naturally develop a greater sense of responsibility for ourselves and what is around us. Through meditation and enquiry, we rediscover ourselves as not only as a part of the great web of life but as the process of Life itself.




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.