Portugal / Currently Resident
“I came to avidanja after a men’s retreat in Awakened Life Project .
Before that, I was already in touch with the fact that my life was needing a 180°change and after what I got in touch in that retreat and knowing about Avidanja, I immidiatly felt a pull to come.
A beautiful place surrounded by beautiful people available to inquiry together, to grow the understanding of life.
By being here I realized what being in true relation means and how much I was nott used to do so.
I feel blessed for having crossed paths with this project, embraced by people which never rests towards a divine mission which is to truly love. To truly know what freedom is. To know that is always already here!”
Portugal / Resident in 2019
” I can say i was guided by angels to meet this project. I was lucky enough that the psychologist i had when i was twenty years old, told me about Avidanja. She suggested me to visit Avidanja as she felt i would have many of my questions answered there. At that time i checked the website, i felt interested but i didn follow my heart impulse until 8 years after, when i realized that Avidanja was still in my mind and heart and i had to discover by myself why i was being called to visit this project. So i went in a trip with my girlfriend through Portugal to meet Jutta, the founder of Avidanja. A simple conversation, a cup of tea and a slice of cake changed my life as i found the simple questions i was looking for, as predicted by my psychologist! Jutta made it clear in a simple way, that my vision for life was possible and that i should follow my heart to make it real. She gave some advice on how to follow what i was feeling was the right thing to do. Three months later, me and my girlfriend decided to volunteer in Avidanja and we ended up living there. The time i spent there made me realize my inherent happiness and freedom, i learned that happiness is a simple matter but not an easy one. We learned to live together facing the creative friction of the challenges brought to all of us by living in community. I grew up a lot through the consistent dedication jutta demonstrated, always present to support us the best she can. She is a strong powerful woman that shines the light in people’s hearts. I will be forever grateful for everything i learned with her and i wish many of you have the possibility to spent some precious time with her as i did. “
Latvia / Currently Co-Creator of Avidanja
“I came to Avidanja after meeting Jutta in India where I started my journey of wanting to profoundly change my fast pace city life I was living at that time in Paris and i began the search for “home”, Jutta spoke about the place and the community, I became instantly curious to visit. I first came as a volunteer and very soon it became clear to me that I want stay. What I thought at first was that I have found my physical home, but I got to discover that what led me here was my longing to be free, which I discovered while living here as I came more and more in touch with what Avidanja is actually about. It’s such a joy to be here and give myself to make this project grow through my authentic expressions and passions. In the presence and guidance of Jutta – my friend, my spiritual sister and my teacher, I am here since more than two years now and I can say it has been the best years of my life. Growing, following my heart and realizing all my dreams, and just simply being happy. Its a place to come with openness and willingness to go deeper and discover life without limitations!”
Germany / Volunteer in 2021
” Avidanja is a place full of surprises. Its like a gift you might have had a slight glimpse how it looks like and as you unwrap it these glimpses accumulate and start to radiate. Jutta and Liva as well as all the other people I met there are enormously loving and caring to an extend which I never experienced before. I got in touch that Love does not necessary mean that I feel good all the time but rather having a free relationship to my experience, thoughts and emotions so I can embrace my Happiness.There are so many more lessons to learn in this supportive environment on a personal and/or cummunal level. I want to highly recommend a stay in Avidanja to everyone who is interested and willing in giving oneself totally to unwrap ones gift. All you need is dedication and the willingness to peel layer by layer. Enjoy! “
Portugal / Resident 2019-2021
” The first time I step into Avidanja, I was blown away by the beauty of the place, and the love that Jutta received me in her home was immediate warmth in my heart. We ended up talking through the afternoon, a simple talk that profoundly impacted me. Looking back, I can see how that was just the beginning of beautiful natural guidance that is one of Jutta’s gifts. I knew then that it was a special place, so I decided to live there just after some weeks.
I shared this home with Jutta and Liva, and it was a magical journey with these two amazing women. With them, I learn what it means to be real and together, beyond all women’s conditions. We support each other and had a lot of fun together. We went through ups and downs, but we always stayed together in love.
I recommend this magical home for anyone who wants to find out what it truly means to be happy and share that with others.
I lived in Avidanja for one year and a half, and it changed my life.”