Olá! I’m Antonia, 25 years old and originally from Germany. In 2019, after coming back from traveling in South America for one and a half years, I found myself lost, depressed and seeking for something else. So I ended up volunteering at the Awakened Life Project and participated there in a ten-day-retreat. This changed my life as I discovered how addicted I was to unhappiness and as I got in touch with a ground of happiness I could have never imagined. While I was studying in Berlin, I regularly went back to Portugal to spent my summer breaks there and extended my stays every time, until in 2021 I decided to move to Portugal permanently as it was then becoming possible to study online. So I spent my first winter at the Awakened Life Project ashram and then moved to Avidanja in February 2022. Pretty soon after this it became obvious that I did not only want to stay there for half a year, as originally planned, but that I wanted to become a resident. During my time here in Avidanja I discovered my passion for cooking (and baking) and I’m more than grateful to be given the space to explore it. If you want to follow my journey, check out my Instagram @devotedlycooking.
Furthermore living in Avidanja gives me the opportunity to see beyond all the ideas and presumptions I have about myself and others and to be in real relationship; learning how to give and receive Love truly. I’m in love with this beautiful place and the amazing family I have here that reminds me everyday that I am always already loved, Happy and Free. So I’m very grateful to have found this little paradise and to be part of creating it as well.