A Sanctuary for Nature and Health
The purpose of Vale das Lobas is to encourage and support the reconnection of Humanity with Nature, and create a more sustainable, peaceful and healthy world. It is a rural regeneration project that is revitalising community and regenerating ecology, through a process of land and building restoration, that integrates ancestal traditions with innovation.
Vale das Lobas is comprised of a Well-Being and a Discovery realm. The Well- Being realm, centred in the 17th century Nature Spa and terraced gardens, will offer Health programs, courses and conferences. The Discovery Realm, close to the riverside, and including the Discovery Farm, Lagar da Ribeira Restaurant, Discovery Camping Park, and Festival and Event venue, will host a wide range of discovery experiences, from wildlife watching to sacred arts festivals. These facilities and programs will be open for visitors by summer 2022, to provide inspiration, education and healing for all.
The Earth is sacred, and we should take care of her wisely, but we are now going through a period of emergence and emergency. At this crucial moment in our history, we must come together, transcend division, embrace diversity, and unite in a vision of Peace – a lasting World Peace where each generation hands on a better world than the last.
“But Man is part of Nature, and his war against Nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
All of our global ancestors shared the same vision: that Nature, including animals, plants, rivers and mountains, is alive and conscious.
There is a new vision gradually emerging, that re-embraces Animism, from a post-Enlightenment perspective. In this retelling of an ancient story, we will finally remember what we have temporarily forgotten, that we are part of Nature.
Once the world was complete, and the gods were marvelling at their creation, a discussion began concerning humankind. These creatures, unlike all others, had the power of free will. They had the potential to take care of the Earth, as kind and loving benefactors, and spread harmony and love throughout the world. Or they could become tyrannical, self-important, and destructive in their hunger to demonstrate their power over each other and all other creatures. Surely both aspects would always be present? There will be golden ages, where humankind embraces the light, and dark ages, when they are tormented in ignorance. This must be so! It is the nature of free will. Humankind must grow from infancy, to eventually embody its true adult nature, through all the painful stages of development. And the completion of this cycle is by no means assured. Humankind must make the critical choices alone. The gods knew that they could not intervene in this. “But perhaps we can assist” suggested the sky god, “give the support of a loving parent.” “The knowledge of how to maintain balance and harmony must be planted somewhere, so that those who are willing to seek it can become guides to others,” said the ocean goddess. “Perhaps deep in my ocean womb, so they feel drawn to return to me.” “No, that is too remote,” said the mountains. “The top of my highest peaks would be better. Those who come there will carry their far visions back to the valleys, and share them with others.” “These are all good suggestions,” said the moon, “but we have to remember one thing. Every human has the whole of creation within her. The world is a reflection of her nature. She can create heaven or hell on Earth.” They pondered a long time. “We must put the truth in the one place that is accessible to all, but where they hardly ever think to look. This way, the discovery will be gradual, and when completed, it will be irreversible.”
And so, it was decided. The key to self-realisation would be hidden within the human heart.