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The Sanctuary burnt down

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Raised by 178 people in 15 months
Created October 17, 2017
We are devastated.
Our home and beautiful retreat place The Sanctuary has been destroyed by the flames of the most devastating forest fires in Central Portugal. 

Sunday night we were hit by a fire inferno. We fled the house from the flames that were only 20 meters away from us.  Attila, Rebecca, Dorie (a friend of ours) and myself (Alexandra) escaped with all our animals, except for Luna. She got so scared when we started panicking that she ran off into the woods. It was horrible to drive away and leave her behind. We drove away to the nearest town, Oliveira do Hospital, to find safety, so we thought. The town was almost surrounded by flames. There we thankfully met Daniela and Johannes and we continued the 6 of us, trying to find ways out but kept driving into streets that were full of flames. We started to hear explosions of gas stations, gas bottles and cars that were blowing up. We knew the only way to survive was to find shelter somewhere, since we were surrounded by fire. Miraculously, we had stopped the car in front of a large house. After climbing the fence we found out that it had a pool. Alexandra had recently read about an article of a couple in California who had survived the fire because they stayed in the pool. We decided this was our best bet to survive. We then realized that there was a large electricity cable right above of the pool that could electrocute us if it fell into the water we were in. Our next possible option was the concrete shed that was right behind the pool, since it wouldn’t catch fire easily. We all soaked ourselves in the pool water, and sat in that shed and prayed that the fire would not get to us. Smoke started to enter the room, we saw flames through the window but our powerful prayers were heard. The flames did not hit us. Everything around the property was black except for ours we found shelter on. A true miracle!

 The next morning we went back to our land. We found Luna! She looks like she had a very rough time but she is alive, what a blessing!

Our house is gone. The tipi is gone. It was as if it never existed. Rebecca’s room is in ashes. The only thing still standing are all the guest rooms and the Yurt that we have just finished building. It is untouched.

Daniela and Johannes’s land and house is gone. Completely burned to the ground. The only thing they possess are the clothes they are wearing right now.

 At the moment we are living in Alexandra's and Daniela's father's home. We are still in shock that this has happened to us. It is devastating and we don’t know where to begin to rebuild our lives.

We realize that we are so incredibly blessed to be alive. We survived, and that is all that matters.

 We are asking for your support, in any way you can. 
We do not have any means of income since the retreat center is distroyed. We do not have a home and most of our posessions are gone. Please help us to rebuild our lives. We are six people in need. Daniela and her husband, Attila and Alexandra with their two teenage children, Rebecca and Tristan.

We are grateful for everyone who shared our journey here in Portugal. It has been an honor and a blessing to do the work we did and we would love to continue this path if this is what we are meant to do. Thank you for your love & support!

Attila, Rebecca, Daniela, Johannes and Alexandra
& all the animals

 Before and after. 

Our beautful tipi is gone.

The front porch of our home.



The cozy kitchen is no longer. 

Rebecca's room is only ashes.


Thank God our Yurt magically survived.

How the roads of our area look like at the moment.
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Update 3
Posted by Alexandra Akat
13 months ago
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Aloha dear family, dear friends, dear tribe,

We have finally come to understand where our next step on this journey is taking us.
It has been 6 intense weeks after the fire, with a lot of emotional ups and downs. A lot of uncovering and lifting of veils. Some painful, some beautiful! The naked truth revealed itself to us and it was necessary and we are very grateful. It has allowed us to see what needs healing and what is already healed.
One of the main things that has revealed itself to us is that we will not continue working together. It is time to spread our wings and learn more about ourselves and the needs and desires we have as an individual. For that matter we have all listened to our hearts and have found different destinations.

So were is our journey taking us, you might wonder…..
Daniela wants to develop new skills and at the same time continue her work at a retreat center. A wonderful opportunity has emerged for her and she feels very blessed.
Johannes feels drawn to retreat into deeper practice and service in an ashram, for some time.
Attila and myself will be fulfilling a long treasured dream to move to Hawaii. 6 years ago we visited two of the islands for the first time and we knew we were going to return one day to open a healing retreat. In the past two years the dream seemed to fade but since this intense fire initiation we dare to dream again and the idea of following our highest excitement fills us with so much joy and happiness. We will join our daughter Rebecca, who is studying on Oahu, and will establish a new life for ourselves.

On one hand all of this is so exciting and we are all so very happy with the choices we are making! On the other hand we are sad that our journey as facilitators of The Sanctuary ends here. We have truly enjoyed and treasured the time that we were able to provide a sacred space for all those that decided to meet us here in Portugal. We are so honored to have shared a part of your journey! Thank you for your trust and love! Who knows how we will meet again in the future. We do hope we will, in one way or the other. <3

The fire has given us all the ‘permission’ to see and follow even more our truth. We lost everything, therefore we have nothing to loose. A very liberating feeling. No more holding back, no more fears, no more judgment to truly live our highest excitement even more. FREEdom!

Without your help and support in the past weeks we would have not been able to take some time off and allow ourselves to truly feel what we need in the next phase of our lives. We are so grateful for your friendship and love that we have experienced through your words, gestures and donations! Thank you all for these gifts!

We are immensely grateful for this journey and the blessings we have received through this fire initiation! Aloha Mahalo!

Love always, Attila, Daniela, Johannes and Alexandra
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Update 2
Posted by Alexandra Akat
15 months ago
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Dear beautiful beings,

almost two weeks have past and we are still digesting the shock we lived trough. We have some good days when we feel confident that we can rebuilt our lives and some other days that do not feel so positive. We have spent a lot of time together sharing how we feel and what we want and do not want in our next step.
It seems that we do not want to continue living in this burnt region of Portugal. That means we will move, preferably to the coast where we can be close to the ocean. Many of you know that that is a long cherished dream of ours. Maybe it will come true now.
We are exploring all avenues and are open to what the Universe has to offer. We know we need time to work trough the trauma and loss. Our next steps require patience with ourselves.

Sadly our cat Annie has left the house we are staying in at the moment. She has been gone for several days. Please send her support to find her way back home.

The good news we received in the past days is that the Portuguese government and Brussels (EU) are helping financially with rebuilding businesses and private homes in the affected areas. Since both our houses didn't have insurance this is wonderful news <3

We have so much gratitude for all your loving support!!
We are still sending out thank you emails, please bare with us!

Sending you love & light, Attila, Rebecca, Tristan, Daniela, Johannes and Alexandra
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Update 1
Posted by Alexandra Akat
15 months ago
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Dear friends and family,

thank you so so much for all your love and support. We are speechless and so incredibly grateful for all your donations. We feel so loved! It brings so much hope and faith to our hearts to know we are supported like this. Thank you for shining the light for us so we can see where to go. You people are all a true blessing.
We want to thank every one personally so please bare with us. There is so much to take care of at the moment, we are all a bit overwhelmed. We are fine, so are the animals, while still staying at our father's place. Thank God!

With hope ands much gratitude in our hearts we are sending blessings your way, Attila, Rebecca, Tristan, Daniela, Johannes and Alexandra
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