The Awakened Forest Project is reviving an area of mostly abandoned pine monoculture nestling in the hillsides of the Serra do Açor. Fuelled by a passion for green nature and a love of the land we are starting to recreate the broadleaf paradise that is natural to the area. Motivated by a conviction of the innate positivity of life we are passionate about working with this land we recognise that as we restore it, it supports us, body and soul.
We see that all our global crises are caused by the way human beings relate to the planet, themselves and each other. This must change, otherwise, any other changes we make will not be lasting or sustainable because they will still be operating within the old paradigm of greed and separation. We need nothing less than a shift in consciousness that embraces the totality of who we are and recognises all the ways we need to transform for lasting change to occur. So as we work here in the forest, we are not only focused on outer change but also on inner transformation – that of our individual consciousness and also of our collective consciousness that shapes our culture. Through meditation, enquiry and living simply in nature, we ground ourselves in a deeper dimension of existence. We loosen our focus from our conditioned beliefs and habits and learn to relate to everything from a saner, more authentic and more loving place.