Waking up in the Forest

It has been our dream to live and work in a forest. Every day we are full of awe and gratitude that our dream has become a reality. We are passionate about bringing other people into the forest, but not just because wild, green nature is a wonderful place to be, where the air is clean, where the birds sing and where we feel good. There is something more. We love to be in the forest because here we experience on a deep level that we are one with all things. What does this mean? It means we find that we are not separate from Nature but that we are Nature. We are not only a part of the interconnectedness of life, we are Life itself. When we let this realisation under our skin and into our hearts, when we feel the pain of clearcut forests and burning hillsides as our own, then a fierce care will arise in us and we will be compelled to take action in whatever way we can. 




Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita Saturday November 24th 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.