Waking Life sprouted from a common dream of a group of friends to build a community, in a sunny spot on the globe, to plant ideas and harvest tangible, alternative ways of living, learning, loving. It is slowly blooming into a space for artistic experimentation, spirited self-expression and collective imagineering of the type of society we could cultivate if there was freedom to diverge from default reality.

Speaking of default reality, on the admin side of things, Waking Life is a not-for-profit association registered in Portugal, largely operating on a voluntary basis. While our yearly gathering in June has been the cornerstone project to date, Waking Life is more than the festival it’s a multidimensional community project, with budding cultural, countercultural and agricultural initiatives.