What is the Awakened Forest Project?

We are restoring an area of abandoned monoculture in Central Portugal to a beautiful, diverse and vital woodland. We aim to demonstrate that sustainable forests that support humans and wildlife can be a reality.

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 with 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.

 

 

Events

Benfeita, May 1st 2017
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Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita October 21st 10 - 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 12 - 15 Ocober 2017

In our times crafts such as green woodwork are something truly revolutionary. We find making a useful product with ones own hands straight from the forest is totally inspiring.  Not only is such work simply sustainable it is also deeply...

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.

LATEST BLOG POSTS

I am passionate about building with round wood because it simply makes so much sense.
It’s autumn again and the abundance is obvious. The forest and land is heaving with food and we know of no greater joy than getting out into the hills and foraging this freely given resource.
 

So we have some systems and facilities coming online this month - very exciting!!

Davi and Hazel have been working hard on the bathroom tiling, building glass brick walls and crafting mosaics. It looks beautiful!

Marko has been figuring out the solar system, this is the frame to hold the panels. Washing machine here we come!!!