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Rosaspamba Our Ecuador Sanctuary

Here is a shot taken from the front yard of our Ecuador sanctuary in the Andes.


This land is part of a cloud forest and we are often truly above the clouds!


Many valleys in Ecuador are famous for the longevity of the residents. Our search for such valleys led us to understand that we can use more than landscape to live better, richer and longer.

This article was written on May 2, 2009, on the 41st anniversary of starting my international business.  Yet I plan to keep writing and sharing information for 41 more years!

This was more than an idle boast.  The promise was made from a belief and understanding that  began to grow when we first arrived  in Ecuador and began searching for the longevity valleys there.

We purchased the 962 acre Hacienda Rosaspamba and lived and studied there for nearly a year with a Taita Yatchak and his apprentices.


Here is another shot at Rosaspamba of one of the yatchak’s apprentices.


Mountain mists are important to longevity.  One Ecuador shaman taught us that the hydrogen ions in the mists bond with free radicals on the skin to cleanse the body from the outside in.

Up here in these mountains people in decades and centuries past labored, breathed clean air, drank pure water and ate fresh food. These were hardy mountain people who worked hard, had little, ate little and with that made the most. Life was simple and they kept it that way.

The life here is healthy.


There is fresh water.  Here is the yatchak at one of Rosaspamba’s water falls.


Another waterfall at Rosaspamba.


At the hacienda you are always walking up or down.


Accommodations are primitive and…


The property is very isolated.


Here we are building some extra huts.


Hiking from the top to the bottom.


This is a grove of pineapples in the lower property.


The land is remote about and hour and a half from Quito.


The road in is primitive.



Super Thinking Creates Super Agers

You can use Super Thinking tactics to become a “Super Ager”, a person whose  brain and memory is younger than their age.

We invite you to join us in the Blue Ridge this summer to share the peace, quiet and beauty and learn more about how Super Thinking can use simplicity to bring everlasting wealth in our complex world.


Waterfall at Merrily Farms

Learn how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society, but stop the world from moving too fast.  Learn how to keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines.  Learn how to find time for God, family, charity, and friends.

The ultimate answers of everlasting abundance lay within.

Investing and business are not normally considered an emotional event.  Yet my 46 years of global business experience and numerous scientific studies suggest that success and failure are not determined by external events.  This fact is summed up in a quote from Sir Arthur Keith, about the battles of WWII, “The course of human history is not determined by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts”.

We can become “Super Agers”  from our hearts by controlling what happens in our brain.

A CBS.com article entitled “Scientists calling all “super agers” for brain study” tells how “Super Agers” are men and women who have brains and memories far younger than their age.

Researchers have been studying this rare group to help protect others from memory loss and found tantalizing information about how  these “Super Agers” have such good memories.

One discovery uncovered is that deep within the brain of “Super Agers”, a small region called the “anterior cingulate”, important for attention, is bigger than even those who are 20 and 30 years younger.

The studies also found that not just the brain of super agers is different.  They also have more energy and share a positive, inquisitive outlook.  Research found that being “cognitively active and socially engaged” is important.

An example is Edith Stern who at 92 years, is vibrant and helpful to most of the residents at her assisted living home, even though she lost most of her family in the Holocaust.

Stern says,  “I am young – inside. And I think that’s the difference”.

Helping others is important to her youthfulness.

She says: “When you get old, people are mainly interested in themselves. They talk about the doctor, what hurts,” she said. “You are not so important that you just concentrate on yourself. You have to think about other people.”

Scientific studies support the idea that meditation and music help the use of the anterior cingulate.

One study referenced at the National Institute of Health entitled “Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate” says:   The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is part of a network implicated in the development of self-regulation and whose connectivity changes dramatically in development.  In previous studies we showed that 3 h of mental training, based on traditional Chinese medicine (integrative body–mind training, IBMT), increases ACC activity and improves self-regulation.  We here report that 11 h of IBMT increases fractional anisotropy (FA), an index indicating the integrity and efficiency of white matter in the corona radiata, an important white-matter tract connecting the ACC to other structures. Thus IBMT could provide a means for improving self-regulation and perhaps reducing or preventing various mental disorders.

Music strengthens the use of the anterior cingulate cortex as well.

A study at SFU.edu entitled “Passive music listening spontaneously engages limbic and paralimbic systems” showed that listening to certain types of music activated the affective division of the anterior cingulate cortex.

We hold the keys to success inside and can insert these keys with Super Thinking.

Learn the art of Super Thinking.  This talent helps you break loose from the materialistic social view that has created crime, corruption, greed, fear and stress.  You are more than your mind.  You gain use of your full potential when you integrate the process of making and using wealth with fulfillment and service in a pinnacle career.


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Learn how Super Thinking can also help you write to sell.

Scientists calling all “super agers” for brain study

Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate

Passive music listening spontaneously engages limbic and paralimbic systems

Andean Thoughts on Depression and Pinnacle Careers

Pinnacle careers can help us neutralize depressing events.

Many readers tell me they are depressed with the state of their nation.  This is not just an American comment.   I received messages from readers in Canada, Ecuador and all over Europe… plus a few from Asia… especially Japan and Singapore.

A common source of this depression is their view of the change that has taken place in the democratic process.

Here is how to make such a view better.

Merri and I lived and worked with a number of Andean shamans and one specialized in treating children who had depression.  His prescription was “eat well – sleep well and work hard with joy in the heart”.   He had them live in this routine and soon they were back to youthful brightness.  Perhaps the most important lesson we learned from the years with this yatchak was learning how to make work joyful.


Shamans walking with views at our Andean hacienda.

One reader who moved to Ecuador for example wrote:  Many of us who served in the Viet Nam war are now in our sixties and can no longer afford to live in the country we served.  I was fortunate to have served in Vietnam, Beirut and Iraq.  I love what my country was, but have my doubts about America’s future.

This depressing view has been developing for a long time. This is a natural evolution.  My first book “Passport to International Profit” published in the 1970s, explained why this change would come when it defined  the “Concept Conversion Trick” and said:   “The Concept Conversion Trick begins when people agree on a good concept for working and living together. The people go to work and if the concept is good they will create a paradise. The government gives them a flag and a song. Then the government pulls the trick. The government convinces the people that the flag and song are important. Then while the people are busy watching the flag and singing the song, the government replaces the concept with a set of ever increasing written rules and regulations administered by bureaucrats and backed up by a police force.

If this writing sounds prophetic having been written 30 + years ago, it was not. A simple review of any previous great society shows this trick and the evolution brought by it.  Like the Roman Empire, things may get better for a while, then worse and then better again. In the long term, as societies age, they lose their original vibrancy and life.

This is the universal nature… to grow until the growth becomes so excessive that balance is lost.

This truth shows us the nature of mankind and every underlying force that goes from birth to continuity and then transformation. This is the way of life.  However when we recognize and accept this fact, we can adapt and do a lot to slow the rot and return our community into a more positive space.”

Read more from my 1970s book “Passport to International Profit” “Don’t be a sitting duck when the shooting starts“.

The Longer We Are On the Pond the Smarter We Can Be

Having decades of experience offers many benefits… inner growth, more focus on health and the ability to coax our community into a better place.

These separate subjects, actually tie together rather well in a pinnacle career.  Health, wealth, meaning and service are so inexorably linked that if you apply the process of having one it becomes easy to have the others.

This thinking came clear to me years ago when one small sentence in a book review about “The Wealthy 100” which showed the fallacy of working just for cash.

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The Wealthy 100 at Amazon.com

This book showed who the wealthiest people in the world were by looking at their wealth at the time of their death in relation to the GDP of the U.S.

John Jacob Astor was the wealthiest man in these terms as his wealth equaled 1/65th of the U.S. GDP.

The paragraph in that article that shook me to my roots was: “The stories of the Astors, Vanderbilts and Morgans have been fascinating. They were not always the smartest, or best educated, but possessed a single minded discipline. If there was a common denominator it was a passion they brought to business whether inspired by greed or desire to be the best.

The backlash; many lived unhappily.”

My immediate thought was, “How would I feel if in the last 30 seconds of my life I realized that I was the richest man in the world, ever and yet I had lived an unhappy life?

This is why pinnacle careers offer more power than any we have had in the past.  If we have a career doing what we love, we do better and joyfully, put in more energy, time and care.

This is nature’s irony; if we chase money, it seems to run away.  If we pursue our passion and work without concern for the cash, the wealth can’t resist us.

Now is a great time to know more about health and its relation to wealth because as the economic slowdown carries on, people feel worse. They look for new values and ways to feel better despite the negatives in the outside world.

We live in a holographic, fractal universe.

This quantum reality can be summed in the phrase, “As above, so below”.  Most humans on this earth are feeling the external turmoil within. We are all one and we are all connected. All the negativity that abounds in uncertain economic times impacts us all at some level.

There is no better way to overcome this, to make a positive statement in the way we serve others. Charity is not the main answer either. For success, we must be rewarded for our efforts.

“The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” is a book on human behavior by Andrew Solomon. This book tells of a unique study that shows how people put meaning back in their lives after the most horrible of circumstances.

Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon at Amazon.com

The book reviews a study of Cambodian women who had survived the trauma of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge purge where 20 % of the population was destroyed.

The three-step plan used gives us a great insight into how we can have true wealth. First, the women were taught to forget, the psychotherapist Phaly Nuon, a woman who had lost her family as well says they used exercises each day to forget so that each day they could forget a little more of the things they would never entirely forget. They distracted with music or embroidery or weaving or whatever seemed to work. “The loss is under the skin”, she said “and we cannot take it out.” But they could forget that it was there, even though it was.

Second, Phaly Nuon taught them to work. They had to learn to work well, have pride in the work and to be paid. The receiving of energy as well as the giving of it was necessary to make this work. Finally, once they had mastered a trade or profession she taught them to love. She used a steam bath to do this, where the women could meet and give one another manicures and pedicures. Doing this made the women feel beautiful and put them in contact with the bodies of other people and to give up their bodies to the care of others. Grooming is one of the primary forms of socialization among primates and this return to grooming brings the women back to balance.

Finally, she taught the women one more vital lesson, that these three steps, forgetting, working and loving are not three separate skills, but part of one enormous whole. The practice of these three things together each as part of the other is what makes the difference.

I quote this book and Phaly Nuon: “It (this wholeness) is the hardest thing to convey” she laughed-“but they all come to understand this, and when they do-why, then they are ready to go into the world again.”

Wholeness in giving and receiving is the answer.  If we give too much without allowing others to return we manifest the parasitic element that lies within us all.

Solomon also wrote in his book “The people who succeed despite depression do three things. First, they seek an understanding of what’s happening. They then accept that this is a permanent situation. And then they have to transcend their experience and grow from it and put themselves out into the world of real people.”

This is good advice for viewing the changes that have taken place in our world.  Understand what has happened…  accept the change… and rise above it to make the existing reality more positive for all.

There is no more powerful process than serving through business.

Give.  Give in ways that support this earth and help the world.  Serve in a way that brings joy to your heart.   Your rewards will be better health and wealth.  There is no other model for success that makes more sense.


Learn how to serve by writing to sell.

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.


Longevity Adventure in a Global Lifestyle

Longevity is an important reason for having a global lifestyle.

We review longevity ideas in all our Super Thinking courses and there are fundamental sectors to longevity… consciousness… nutrition and exercise.

The catalyst for good consciousness is “happiness”.


I grew up in the Cascade Mountains. From the minute I had a car… weekends were spent camping and hiking on mountain trails like this.

I couldn’t stop.   There was such a lure… this great temptation to see what was just around the next bend.

Isn’t this how life should be? Adventure, curiosity and mystery create such great energy… enthusiasm and excitement in a global lifestyle… all these bends in the roads ahead!

Life is an adventure and we are happiest when we are learning and growing.  This is one reason we loved Ecuador.

A reader sent me this note and photo a couple days ago.


Mt. Chimborazo, Ecuador: Farthest Point from Earth’s Center

Because of the Earth’s equatorial bulge, the farthest point from the center of the planet is not Mount Everest, but the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador. It is 3,967 miles from the Earth’s center. Everest is 3,966 miles.

Being mountainous… on the sea… in the Amazon and on the Equator makes Ecuador unique. There is almost no other country that has this entire combination.  This means that Ecuador really does have it all… the same bio diversity as going from the Equator to the Arctic Circle.

This is one of the features that attracted Merri and me to Ecuador.  We loved mountains and all the bends in the roads.  We loved the completely different mind set of the Ecuadorians.

We loved the fact that one can escape the tyranny of Western reason and live in new exciting ways.

There are so many different new adventures you can have in Ecuador.

You’ll Live Longer

A great article on longevity “The Longevity Expedition – Dan Buettner’s search for the fountain of youth” by Josh Dean and photographs by David Bowman is at National Geographic’s adventure website (linked below.)

The article says:  Here’s one thing I can tell you for sure—we know this from a big, global values survey: Taking the time to know what your values are and acting out those values are important ingredients in the formula for happiness. And we know that happier people live longer than unhappy people. That’s measurable. If your values include travel and a certain testing of your abilities and limits, you should invest time and money to do that. If that means climbing mountains or biking across continents or kayaking down rivers, by all means, do it. It’s probably worth the wear and tear on your body. But it’s not a universal to tell people that adventure is the key to happiness. Because other people find happiness curling up by a fire and reading a novel.


Photo from the National Geographic Adventure website.

However, you do not have to go to Ecuador to find adventure. Adventure comes in so many ways.

Some of our readers and friends take amazing trips.  Ann Gallagher rode a bike 4,000 miles across Africa to promote tourism in Africa to help the poor there.  Here she is crossing the Nubian Desert!


Way to go, Ann!

Ken and Audrey Wallace who attended our Super Spanish course last winter just wrote: Audrey and I were able to complete our cross Canada charity bicycle ride this summer. We rode 6300 km raising $100,000 to build a school in Ethiopia which will open this September.

Author Bob Gandt sent this note last week:  G & M,  Triathlon Glory! First (and probably last) triathlon: Clermont, FL 08/23/12. Results: Finish middle of pack (including kids and less superbly conditioned adults); First in over-70 group (mainly due to being the only one in the group). Best event: Bike; Worst event: Swim (water sucks).

Lesson:  Old guys rule.

Looking forward to joining you for the seminar in Oct.  Our plan:  flying Delta to Tri-Cities, arr: 10:46 4 Oct, will rent a vehicle and reach Finca Scott in the afternoon.  Leaving Mon. A.M.  Hope that fits.  Best, Bob and Anne

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Bob and Anne Gandt after triathlon.

Be sure to visit Bob Gandt’s website here.

Yet one does not have to run or bike or swim to have adventure either.

This is what we love about our North Carolina Mountain farm.

The Appalachians are as old as the Andes are new. They began about 480 million years ago when several mountain building plate collisions culminated in the construction of the supercontinent Pangea with the Appalachians near the center.

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The Appalachians.

The Appalachians were the centerpiece of Pangea, and rose to Himalayan heights, nearing at least 30,000 feet. 300 million years of erosion knocked about 4 miles of bulk off the top. It is extremely difficult to estimate exact height, but it is entirely possible that Mt. Mitchell, about 90 miles from our North Carolina farm has been the tallest mountain in the history of the earth.

For the last 100 million years, erosion has carved away the mountains, leaving only their cores standing. Erosion continues today and is constantly altering the landscape of the Southern Appalachians.

We love our gardening at our farm and this can enhance longevity as well.


My sunflower garden.

The National Geographic Longevity Expedition article also shows how adventures in low impact exercise tacks on years. 

It says:  One of the greatest activities is growing a garden. You can say “That’s boring!” but you put it in your yard, and it requires physical activity to till the land, weed, water, harvest, fertilize. It’s there as a constant reminder to do a little bit of regular activity. It’s a range-of-motion activity, and it’s low intensity. And you emerge with organic vegetables. It’s something you have to do throughout the week for the entire growing season, and that’s important: subtle things that play out over time and not just fanatic exercise.

Here is the longevity formula.  Integrating consciousness… nutrition and exercise helps you live longer.   The catalyst is happiness.   Find an adventure that calls you just around the next bend. Follow it!  Go do things that make you happy (while helping others)… wherever  and whatever works for you.  This happiness will lead you to a lifestyle that helps you live longer.


Join us in October and meet interesting like minded souls as you learn longevity secrets from Super Thinking, plus International Investing and Business.

Learning in the mountains and nature is special.  Here is what a delegate at our course here in North Carolina wrote:

Dear Merri,   Once again, thank you, Merri and Gary, very much for a most enriching, informative and enlightening Writer’s Seminar which I was privileged to attend this past weekend at Merrily Farms in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  The peaceful ambiance was certainly conducive to the intellectual, and meaningful processing of the powerful insight, knowledge, and experience, shared.  For me, it reaffirmed the realization of just how utterly unimportant and destructive all the negative forces we allow to influence our inner calm on a daily basis, are.
I, for one, would certainly encourage many more people, Boomers, and especially thirty-something adults to attend a series of your seminars.  I think we all need to be reminded, and the younger generation guided, towards self-actualization in our professional, as well as our personal lives, by steadily pursuing, and focusing on, our own realistic dreams and goals – while deftly circumventing external, competitive and energy depleting forces.   In my personal experience as a parent, it has proved very possible to motivate young children to challenge and exert themselves to reach for “their” stars without proverbially elbowing everyone else out of the way.  By maintaining an uncluttered emotional state, the mind is capable of a much higher level of critical and creative thinking.
Thank you, also, Merri, for sharing your wisdom about issues relating to effective sleep and an overactive mind.  I am eagerly awaiting the products, and have also shared your thoughts with others, who share the problem.
Lastly, the food you provided for the whole group, was exquisite!!  Thank you!  I am now also a Quinoa-convert!!  Also, thanks for the mountain honey – I am savoring every mouthful!  You are both very special human beings!  Until we meet again,  Sincerely,

National Geographic Longevity Experiment

Tuvindidor – Ancient Wisdoms II

Ancient wisdoms use sight, sounds and actions to get and stay in harmony with our natural being.


National Geographic photo by of the Tuvan in prayer from the article “Vanishing Languages”.

What do Tuva, India and Ecuador have in common?  Could there have been a Tuvindidor?

See how ancient wisdoms use similar exercises for balance.

The July 2012 National Geographic article “Vanishing Languages” by Russ Rymer with photography by Lynn Johnson tells how  a language dies every 14 days and explains that by the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

The article ponders the question, “What is lost when a language goes silent?”

We can spot common threads that run through all ancient wisdoms.

Take action as an example.  These are a thousand year old symbol of the Knights Hospitaler (left) and an ancient Incan figurine showing a prayer position and exercise.


See the similarities?

This is the second in a series on ancient wisdoms and how we can incorporate them for better lifestyles in the modern world.

See ancient wisdoms #1 here.

The importance of words in ancient languages and the connection between the frequencies we call sound and intelligence can turn our lifestyles up a notch or ten.

Ancient wisdoms can help tune us into reality because they all, at some level, reflect the same truths about the basics of everything in our physical world.  One way we can see this is through their commonality of sounds… how the ancients… though separated by vast distances use similar sounds to be aligned with nature’s truth.

For example at the language level, the root of Quichua in the Andes and Sanskrit in India are the same. Many words and sounds are identical.

Another example is the use of conch shell trumpets in so many ceremonies of ancient wisdom.

One way of looking at everything is as a collage of frequencies.  Good health is the body operating as a bundle of correct, natural frequencies.

Healers from the ancient disciplines globally use the frequency emitted from the conch shell because the form of these shells represent the Golden Mean.

In mathematics and the arts, the golden mean is the ratio of expansion in nature when all frequencies are in harmony. This mathematical constant is about 1.618033.

In other words each ring of a conch shell (that has grown in harmony) is about 1.6 larger than the last.

Non stressed flowers unfold on the Golden Mean.

Adolf Zeising, a mathematician and philosopher, found the Golden Mean expressed in the arrangement of branches along the stems of plants and of veins in leaves. Animal skeletons, the branches of veins and nerves expand on the Golden Mean.  The Golden Mean rules the proportions of chemical compounds and the geometry of crystals.   The Golden Mean is a universal law as Zeising wrote, “the ground-principle of all formative striving for beauty and completeness in the realms of both nature and art, and which permeates, as a paramount spiritual ideal, all structures, forms and proportions, whether cosmic or individual, organic or inorganic, acoustic or optical; which finds its fullest realization, however, in the human form.

Hearing the Golden Mean in music or sound helps balance our being.

Shamans in Ecuador begin ceremonies with the blowing of the conch because they know that the conch represents the Golden Mean, 1 to 1.6. the expression of nature… the rate at which nature expands.   Hearing this frequency helps integrate the brain, body mind and soul.


Wise people from around the world blow the conch at ceremonies. Here is a picture of a Fijian ceremony beginning with a conch trumpet. (Photo from Vanuati pictures.)

In India the conch shell is an important ritual object in Hinduism. The shell is used as a ceremonial trumpet, as part of religious practices, for example puja.

We can become smarter and more productive  by dwelling upon and truly understanding the words used in ancient wisdoms.

See the conch used in Indian Puja.

Ancient wisdoms also use words and chants to establish natural balance.

For example a series of chants I was taught from the archives of an ancient prophesy were aimed at dwelling on words that reflected the spirit of friendliness, happiness and compassion.

As social animals in a crowded interconnected world there are few things we can do that will improve our lives more than being friendly, compassionate and happy to get others to cooperate with us and enjoy a better lifestyle.

Cooperation is a basis for survival and enrichment and there are few personal qualities more effective at gaining cooperation than friendliness, happiness and compassion.

The words in ancient levels can often express wisdoms at an even deeper level in reaching the full spirit of such concept as friendliness, happiness and compassion.

The National Geographic article for example reflects a clue into this deeper  wisdom when it explains the Tuvan word “khoj özeeri”.

An excerpt from this National Geographic article explains “khoj özeeri”:  One morning in early fall Andrei Mongush and his parents began preparations for supper, selecting a black-faced, fat-tailed sheep from their flock and rolling it onto its back on a tarp outside their livestock paddock. The Mongush family’s home is on the Siberian taiga, at the edge of the endless steppes, just over the horizon from Kyzyl, the capital of the Republic of Tuva, in the Russian Federation.

Khoj özeeri,  is the Tuvan method of killing a sheep.   If slaughtering livestock can be seen as part of humans’ closeness to animals, khoj özeeri represents an unusually intimate version.

The article also says:  Reaching through an incision in the sheep’s hide, the slaughterer severs a vital artery with his fingers, allowing the animal to quickly slip away without alarm, so peacefully that one must check its eyes to see if it is dead. In the language of the Tuvan people, khoj özeeri means not only slaughter but also kindness, humaneness, a ceremony by which a family can kill, skin, and butcher a sheep, salting its hide and preparing its meat and making sausage with the saved blood and cleansed entrails so neatly that the whole thing can be accomplished in two hours (as the Mongushes did this morning) in one’s good clothes without spilling a drop of blood.

Khoj özeeri implies a relationship to animals that is also a measure of a people’s character. As one of the students explained, “If a Tuvan killed an animal the way they do in other places”—by means of a gun or knife—“they’d be arrested for brutality.”

The Tuvan have carried this energy described in these sounds… friendliness, happiness and compassion… so far into their lifestyles that it turns the act of slaughter into a ceremony of kindness.

These are universal concepts that ancient wisdoms everywhere express so we can learn a lot by looking for ideas and concepts that ancient wisdoms share in common.

Merri and I observed this kind of universal cooperation in the chants and consequently mentality of the advanced Andean shamans…  that everything… “even the worms in the earth”  the shaman used to say is part of a universal cooperation.  When they plant their crops… they plant an area for themselves and a portion for the wild animals to eat because they are a part and parcel of our total being.

The sounds, the singing… the combination of the beats, rhythms, tones and words create a powerful useful meaning in the chants.

This is why we use music and rhythm in all our Super Thinking courses and seminars now.

Another quote from the National Geographic article explains the deep power within music: When I ask university students in Kyzyl what Tuvan words are untranslatable into English or Russian, they suggest khöömei, because the singing is so connected with the Tuvan environment that only a native can understand it.

The article tells about Andrei Mongush and his wife says:   They work as musicians in the Tuvan National Orchestra, an ensemble that uses traditional Tuvan instruments and melodies in symphonic arrangements. Andrei is a master of the most characteristic Tuvan music form: throat singing, or khöömei.

khei-àt means air horse  or a spiritual place within.

Ai-Xaan Oorzhak throat sings and plays the igil, or horse-head fiddle, with bow techniques like “make horse walk.” Singers use the term “air horse” to describe the spiritual depths they draw from to produce the harmonic sounds.

We can see how alike chants and songs from varied cultures are by listening to a Tuvan singer and then an Indian Vedic chant.


Tuvan singer

Hear Tuvan throat singing here.

Hear the similarity of sound in an Indian Puja

If these thoughts make sense, then we may be able to at least partially answer this profound Vanishing Languages which asks, “What is lost when a language goes silent?”

The sad answer is that mankind loses a unique window into reality and a special way to state truth and we lose words that can lead us to truth.

Fortunately we can improve our lifestyles by gaining greater unison with positive truths when we look for agreements in the ancient wisdoms that we can apply to our daily activities in the modern world.


The National Geographic article also provided a clue about how to learn a language when it said:   Andrei and his wife also speak English, which they are teaching themselves with pieces of paper labeled in English pasted onto seemingly every object in their modern kitchen in Kyzyl.

The key to speaking a language well is to use it and use it and use it.

This is why our Super Thinking + Spanish courses use music to help the process of absorbing, retaining and recalling the language… plus create a mental bubble that keeps delegates think Spanish so they learn it even when they do not speak it.

Learn how to combine the power of music and 4005 Spanish words you already know as you learn Super Spanish.

Learn Spanish in the Amazon or Blue Ridge

We have added a  3 Day Super Thinking + Spanish Camp to be conducted September 21, 22 and 23 at our North Carolina farm  on Little Horse Creek.

(or learn in St, Louis, Vernon BC Canda or Washington DC)

In these busy times the farm is a peaceful quiet place to learn.

Here is Little Horse Creek.


The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house where guests meet and flows past our deep woods seminar hall where we learn together.


Creek below the seminar hall.


The leaf change will have begun…(Saturday, Sept. 22 is the first day of Fall)…enjoy the beauty of golden leaves.

Enjoy sunrise views.


and crisp mountain morns… maybe even a little frost.


Yet afternoons are sunny so we can visit the views from the woods and even…


take a little relaxation in the sun… since we use relaxation techniques in the teaching of Spanish.


We’ll have picked plenty of mountain blackberries by then so I expect Merri will have a pie or two (maybe four) cooked up for us when we…


come up to our house for afternoon tea.

The Super Thinking + Spanish course is the same as always but seriously limited to the number of delegates due to the nature of our seminar hall.


Here is the inside of our seminar hall.


A recent group at the camp.

We hope you join us for this Blue Ridge experience where you’ll enjoy nature and  learn Super Thinking + Spanish.

September 21-22-23  Merrily Farms Spanish Camp  Enroll for one $799 or Two $999

Or if you prefer the Amazon!  October 8 to 12 Glenn Sterling with conduct a Super Thinking + Spanish course in the Amazon.

Glenn Sterling sent us this report about the first Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.


Here is a picture of lodge from the canoe on the lake.

One great way to get paid to travel to places you desire is as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.  Spiro Michas enjoyed conducting a Super Spanish course when he visited Uruguay. Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there.

Learn how to become a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher during our September Blue Ridge Spanish Camp.

See below the schedule for Glenn’s next Amazon Spanish camp.

Here is a report from Glenn on the first Amazon Spanish Camp he conducted.

Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust

By Glenn Sterling

Arriving was 99% of the adventure.  We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.


Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.

We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.


This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.

This bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport.


The bus took us to Coca and once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.

Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.


The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers.  Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.


There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had been a jet!

In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.


Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches.  Bottled water accompanied our snack.


We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.

The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains.  Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.”  It was.


Napo River bank.

We were never alone on the river.


The ponchos kept us dry.


Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.


Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.


The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quicha).


In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.


They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us  and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.


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Read the National Geographic article “Vanishing Languages

Ecuador Rentals

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Benefits From Music

There are many benefits from music.

Ecuador shamans and…


shamanas… from the Andes to the…


Amazon, dress in white.


So do Ecuador Andean musicians.


This is because the  ancient wisdom recognized the healing benefits of music.

Merri and I listen to classical music as we write and work. We gain energy stamina and enjoy our work more.

I listen to classical music as I review my investment portfolio and make decisions about which bonds and shares to buy.  This helps me remain calmer and more objective about my investments regardless of whether they are up or down.

We use music because certain types of music help integrate the mental-emotional-physical connection so the whole mind works better.

In short a benefit of music is it can make us stronger, healthier and more intelligent.

Take for example this excerpt from an August 25, 2010 New York Times article: “Exercise with Music: A Potent Stress-Reducing, Health-Promoting Duo!” The article discovered that listening to music could prevent basketball players from “choking” while under pressure to perform and discusses several really interesting developments in the area of how music impacts physical performance.

Exercise is perhaps one of the most effective stress-reduction strategies there is. And, with or without exercise, music is also a great mood regulator in its own right.

Music Links Your Brain and Body

The New York Times article says:  No one can explain the exact mechanics of how music achieves what it does, but researchers consistently find that music has a major impact on exertion during exercise – and then some.

Motivation appears to be one factor. Different types of musical scores elicit different emotions, such as joy or melancholy for example, and certain types of music can motivate you to run faster, or keep going even though you’re fatigued.

However, a more intriguing connection may be the fact that you’re more or less “hardwired” to respond to musical beats.

“It may be that… your body first responds to the beat, even before your mind joins in; your heart rate and breathing increase and the resulting biochemical reactions join with the music to exhilarate and motivate you to move even faster.”

Dr. Mercola commented on this at his popular site:  In a recent study, researchers asked 12 college students to ride stationary bicycles while listening to music. They were given a selection of six songs with a range of tempos.

During one session, the six songs ran at their normal tempos. In other sessions, the tempo was slowed by 10 percent or increased by 10 percent. Their activity changed significantly in response.

When the tempo was slowed, their pedaling diminished in rate, their heart rates fell, and their mileage dropped. When the tempo was increased, they produced more power with each pedal stroke and increased their pedaling rate, and their heart rates rose.

The power and influence of music is being studied on several fronts, and its impact on human performance is nothing short of astounding. From helping you improve your math skills to getting your legs pumping and entraining your heart to beat normally, music is not to be underrated.

Exercise really is one of the single most important lifestyle choices you can make to improve your health. I have been exercising for 43 years and for the first 20 or so I exercised without audio. For the next 20 I listened to lectures that really helped me learn natural medicine and many personal development principles.

But more recently, especially since I have been using the high intensity Peak 8 exercise program, I find that music is an amazingly effective motivation to work out at a higher level.

It has a profound difference on how intensely I work out.

Music Can Also Improve Verbal Fluency

This New York Times excerpt helps explain how our “Super Thinking plus Spanish course” uses music to learn the language in four days.

Interestingly, while studies have shown that exercising alone has the capability to improve your mood and increase the speed of your decision-making process, listening to music while exercising has been shown to improve verbal fluency as well.

A 2003 study published in the journal Heart Lung found that listening to music while exercising boosted cognitive levels and verbal fluency skills in people diagnosed with coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities. In this study, signs of improvement in the verbal fluency areas more than doubled after listening to music compared to that of the non-music session.

This study did not offer any explanations for these findings. However,  it would seem reasonable to think that it has something to do with the automatic interplay between your body and brain when you hear music, which might allow your brain to process language easier, just as it can help improve math skills.

Whatever the mechanism, adding music to your workout routine with the hopes of boosting your verbal fluency surely won’t do any harm.

Whatever your desire… to be healthier, to invest, work or learn better it’s the music that can help.


Use music to learn to speak Spanish in four days

Learn Spanish in Three Days

Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE

The Learn Spanish in three day course is now available online.

Read below to see why we are offering our Super Spanish course online for the first time.

Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.   This is available at the highly reduced price of $79.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish online $79


Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Learn Spanish online $79

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Three Ecuador Longevity Tips

Here are three Ecuador longevity tips.

Ecuador is famous for the longevity of its residents. Here are three reasons why.


Sunrise to…    (Sunrise at Inn Land of the Sun – formerly Meson de las Flores)


sunset… Ecuador has a consistency of weather… light and dark.   Sunset at East Lake Groves.

The evenness of sunrise and sunset helps longevity. The sun in Ecuador rises every day at 6am and sets every day at 6pm… 365 days a year.  Temperature is moderate also and the body likes this regularity. Energy that would have to be expended adapting to changing weather and temperature is saved for other life needs… healing… growing…. resisting disease.

Fresher, more natural food and more walking also helps.

Here is a this less known but perhaps more important longevity thought that arose because Merri and I  live part of the year in the middle of an orange grove.

Oranges can teach us many lessons when time is taken to observe… and reflect.

One such lesson came from the spring aromas while sitting each morning on our lanai… writing, immersed in this delicate fragrance that is orange blossom.


Ma in an orange grove by our house.

While soaking in this heady scent it was noted that citrus trees have learned to keep their ripe fruit on the vine while producing new blooms”.


The old & the new together in an orange tree.

This is a wonderful lesson that also happens to be related to longevity in Ecuador.  An Ecuador shaman once told me that one problem in the Western world is that we do not respect endings.  No one respects the old.

The Ecuadorian indigenous style (the indigenous make up well over half of Ecuador’s population) is to revere age. The older you grow… the more respect you get.

The Ecuador shamanic traditions believe that the youth do the work… but the elders provide the wisdom.

Though all Ecuadorian children are supposed to go to school…  in reality many start working at quite a young age.


The elders are usually provided with more spiritually oriented tasks… like this


Taita Yatchak who conducts our


Shamanic Minga on…


sacred Lake….



When we are respected… needed, active…. and fulfilled… we live longer.

This is good news for those who cannot retire…  because of the global economic crash.

Retirement can be fatal! An important part of longevity, for those who retire or not, for those who work in Ecuador or not,  is to remain independent, challenged, active and needed.

One of the most important features that was found in the valleys of Ecuador where people rarely retire but live long lives, is that old age was revered.  In Ecuador old age its not viewed as bad…  Maturity is highly respected.  People at the age of 100, even 110 are known to still be active and working!  There is not the same old age glass ceiling as in the West.

If you plan to work beyond retirement age, why not provide your services in a place where you efforts are more appreciated?

One does not have to move to Ecuador to work.  There are innumerable stories worldwide of how staying at work extends life.

One non retirement story that motivated me is of Max Zimmer of Los Angeles.  Max came to the US from Austria in 1911 with only a two dollar bill. At age 103 he still had the same two-dollar bill and had built and still ran a multimillion-dollar business.

One MD who specializes in anti aging points out that most centenarians seldom spend much time with doctors. When they finally get sick, they die quickly and with little expense. They depend on themselves to remain healthy not others.

“Kazuo Inamori, the new chairman of Japan Airlines (Japan is another longevity country that respects age) is a good example.

Inamori is now 78-years old, has founded two of Japan’s largest companies and recently became the head of JAL to turn it around as it neared bankruptcy.  He is showing no signs of slowing down!   He is a great example of steady success and shows how continuing to work rather than retire enhances longevity.


Inamori was born in  Japan and at age 27, he started Kyocera. His company is now a high-tech multinational maker of cellphones, office document equipment, solar power products and ceramic components that employs 66,000.  He founded KDDI in 1984, which is now Japan’s second-largest telecom network.

Yet he has not just followed the money.  He is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. His priest name Dai-wa, means “great harmony.” 

We can adhere to longevity principles anywhere we live… eat better food… get enough exercise and remain engaged and productive in a fulfilling way. When you follow these principles in Ecuador you get extra bang for the effort from a society that respects age and a climate where there is direct sunshine 12 hours every day.



See details about 50 Long Stem Ecuador Roses for Mother’s Day here.

Our April Ecuador export course is fully booked but you can still learn about Ecuador real estate.  See how to own the view above with these sunsets.

Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

April 26-27 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.

June 24-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Ecuador Shamanic Exercise

Ecuador shamanic exercises can increase intelligence.


See why we take delegates on hikes into sacred valleys on our Ecuador shaman tours.

Keeping up with accelerating change is a key to reducing stress, having more wealth and enjoying life more.  We need to continually grow smarter and wiser.

A recent message Ecuador shamanic thought and the brain at this site showed how we naturally become smarter as we age if we remain busy and keep looking for new activities.

The search for expanded horizons also expands our ability to think!

Ecuador shamanic exercises can also strengthen our mental capabilities.

Research by neuroscientist Art Kramer, from the University of Illinois, has proven that our ability to grow and change — is improved as the brain ages if we stay fit.

In his studies on exercising the body, Kramer found that this exercises the brain as well and that memory can improve with treadmill workouts.

“Over a six-month to one-year period,” Kramer says, “three days a week, working up to an hour a day, people improved in various aspects of both short-term and long-term memory.”

Aging test subjects were given treadmill training. Then they had brain scans.   The subjects with the treadmill training had larger hippocampi, the brain area key for memory, then test subjects without the exercise.   Other brain regions too — central for decision-making, planning and multi-tasking — were also larger in the treadmill exercisers. “There are a number of regions,” says Kramer, “that on MRI scans tend to show not just stability but increases as a function of exercise in middle-age and older brains.”

The study suggests that both physical exercise and cognitive brain training working in combination are especially effective.

Kramer’s research shows that the combination of the two contributes to brain health.

One of the 58 year old scientists involved in the research for example does a New York Times crossword and numbers puzzle every morning, as well as a series of toning and stretching exercises and at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise each day.

Ecuador shamans have known this for centuries and teach their apprentices to do both physical and mental exercise.


One of the most important exercises taught to us by the Ecuador shamans is the Llama Walk to strengthen the legs to better absorb the earth energy (frequency).  Here I am on one of our hand bridges in the Blue Ridge doing the Llama Walk.


I no longer jog… but like walking and hiking… especially up and down hills. Here I am hiking up Mt. Cotacachi with our hound dog Ma.

This search for health, vitality and longevity is one of the reasons I really enjoy living out of the city in Ecuador, Florida and at our Blue Ridge Farm.

There is plenty  of space to roam, to walk and to explore.  Merri and I have long discussions on these walks that keep us filled with interest.

Are you getting older and sometimes forgetful?  Or are you young but feel under continual pressure and stress to adapt to change?  Be smarter. Beat the effects of aging and a faster world with exercises.


See a list of Ecuador gyms below.

Join our shamanic and Super Thinking courses in Ecuador this May (see details below).

Or join Merri and me  in North Carolina this June to learn more about quantum wealth and health. June 24-27  Quantum Wealth & International Investing and Business North Carolina

Learn how to gain earning freedom with Ecuador exports at our Ecuador Export Expedition Tour ($499 or couple $749)

Apr. 17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 20-21  Coastal Mid Coast Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Apr. 23-24  Quito & Mindo Real Estate Tour ($499 or couple $749)

May 9-12       Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador

May  13-14    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

May  16-17    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

May  19-20    Coastal Real Estate Tour

May  22-23    Quito Real Estate Tour

May  25-26    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.

June 24-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

2010 Summer Schedule

July 3-4      Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7      Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Sept.   3-6   Ecuador Export Tour
Sept.   8-9   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 11-12   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Sept. 14-15   Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Sept. 17-18   Ecuador Shamanic Mingo

Oct.    7     Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct.   8-10   International Investing & Business North Carolina
Oct.   11-12  Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Oct.  13-14   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Oct.  16-17   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Oct.  19-20   Quito Real Estate Tour
Oct. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Nov.    4-7   Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida
Nov.    8-9   Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Nov. 10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 13-14    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Nov. 16-17    Quito Real Estate
Nov. 19-20    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Dec.   3-5    Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Dec.   7-8    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Dec.  10-11   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Dec. 13-14    Quito Real Estate Tour
Dec. 16-17    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Western exercise is also available because Ecuador gyms are plentiful and inexpensive.

A reader recently sent this note:  Could you or a member of your staff provide responses to the following questions, which may be of interest to many of your readers:  1.  Is there a gym  or “fitness center,” or two located in Cuenca, Ecuador?  2.  If so, can anyone advise of average cost to join and monthly fees?  3.  Same questions with regard to Cotacachi?  A gym or “fitness center” or two (or more of them)  4. Average cost to join and monthly fees in Cotachachi?  Thanks very much for considering these questions.

Cotacachi has one gym I know of with fitness classes every morning.  This gym is primitive by US standards and costs $1.50 a day.

Cuenca has a Curves for ladies started by readers Bill & Leita Bush.    This is a US franchised operation and offers workouts and fitness classes for women only.

The Cuenca Curves is at #9 Remigio Crespo, Cuenca, Ecuador
Gran Colombia y Unidad Nacional 2 Piso Cuenca, Ecuador
Telephone: (593) (7) 283 5322

There is also a Curves in Guayaquil at #16 Garzocentro, Guayaquil, Ecuador at
Av. Guillermo Pareja R. y Miguel Jijon (Altos de Fybeca)Garzota, Guayaquil ,Ecuador
Garzota, Guayaquil,
Telephone: (593-4) 2-245805

Gyms in Cuenca

Cam Gym offers up to date, clean equipment, showers, lockers

Nicolas Sojos L-2 y Gonzalo Cordero
Telephone: 7288-4118

The Olympic Sports Complex has  swimming.
12 de Abril near Unidad Nacional

The Cuenca Tennis & Golf Club has 9 hole golf course and tennis.

San Joaquin just outside of Cuenca off Autopista Cajas
Telephone: 289-4011 or 237-6506

Gyms in Quito

Extreme Motion
Aerobics, gymnastics
Bélgica E9-282 y Av. 6 de Diciembre
Telephone: 254-3222

Gimnasio Fuerza y Figura
Aerobics, sauna, steam bath
Av. Mariscal Sucre 2023 y Caranqui, Esq.

Janine’s Gym
Aerobics, dance exercise machines, weights
Plaza C.C. Cumbayá
Telephone: 289-3624

K. Nela Gym
Aerobics, dance, classes
Gaspar de Villaroel E11-14 y 6 de Diciembre,
Telephone: 226-2359