Perhaps the greatest place to be

by | Oct 29, 2002 | Archives

White mists creep on jagged peaks mirrored in the huge lake below. Green fields lay like lush stamps pasted on Cotacachi.

There is never a place we can appreciate more than a healthy, vibrant energetic body. Being vital, sound of mind and balanced in reason really is the best place to be!

Yet often it is implied that attaining health requires sacrifice. This does not need to be true. The process of enhancing our health can be fun.

This is why our upcoming “Health Secrets of the World” which will be conducted at the La Mirage Relais and Chateaux ranked La Mirage Spa just before the January 2003 business course in Quito Ecuador.

“Health Secrets of the World” matching good health and incomparable luxury, this garden hotel and Spa truly is one of the greatest places to be (yet the five day course fee including food, accommodation and transportation is less than the cost of a single day at many U.S. spas!)

“Health Secrets of the World” is a total immersion course on how to have more energy, better health and a longer life. Merri and I share health secrets accumulated in our travels as we have lived and worked with Andean Yatchaks, Shamans, Amazonian Curenderos, Tibetan Monks, Indian Vaidyas, Iraq Sufi Masters, plus some of the west's leading healers. Plus we introduce you to Andean Shamans who will explain how you can reduce illness, increase energy, lose weight, enhance stamina, look years younger (12 years younger to be exact) and live a longer, more fulfilled vibrant life.

Dates for this “Health Secrets of the World” course are:

    Arrive Quito Friday, January 10, 2003 Spend night at luxurious and gracious Mansion del Angel, the Quito overnight boutique hotel of La Mirage.

  • Saturday January 11, Travel to La Mirage Spa course.
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday January 11-14 course continues at La Mirage.
  • Wednesday, January 15, Return to Quito.
  • Thursday, January 16 Return to U.S. or free day in Quito.

Friday, International Business Made EZ begins

The Health Secrets courses combines ancient healing wisdom with modern technology and include education, exercise, meridian analysis, organic meals, steam treatments, soaking in the sacred waters, BIRM treatments (more on BIRM at, plus pure water and fresh air. Lose weight, drop inches, feel younger, more energetic, vibrant and relaxed. Sign up early as accommodations are strictly limited at this glorious spa!

To enroll, please visit our secure website at

More About Health Secrets of the World

January 10-15, 2003

There is a fountain of youth, but it is not in one place, or in one pool. Instead there is a fountain of knowledge in mystical places such as the Amazon, Himalayas, Andes and other hidden spots where the air is pure, water is clean and the food fresh, natural and mineralized with vitality and purification power.

Merri's and my lives have changed because of what we have learned from working with and learning from masters of health and longevity all over the world.

We have lost weight (though we were not by any means overweight) and our bodies have shaped up wonderfully. We have more energy, our skin looks better, tighter, our hair is thicker, our muscles more taut. Aches and pains have melted away and we don't get sick. Colds and flu seem to be a thing of the past.

At nearly 60 we have bounding energy. Our five children, between twenty to thirty five years younger, often have trouble keeping up.

More important we feel good nearly every single day (this last weekend being a rare exception). This is good because the best way to assure a healthy future is to be happy and in good health today!

I highly encourage anyone interested in natural ways of attaining higher degrees of health and greater longevity to join us on our “Health Secrets of the World” and enjoy the magic and beauty of the sacred Andes as you learn different ways to attain longevity, more energy and better health.

This course in more than learning! It is being surrounded in a healing journey and you will notice improvement right away as you are immersed in balancing surroundings, eating vitalized food and absorbing the energy of these ancient mountains. Even absorbing part of all of this can make your life, brighter, happier and healthier in many ways.

You will also be surrounded in the nourishment of the most luxurious spa in South America. La Mirage is a Relais and Chateaux rated resort. This is higher than a five diamond quality rating and few establishments ever earn this rare honor issued by the very very discriminating French.

The rooms are magnificent, one built for a queen (Queen Sofia of Spain to be exact), each a decorator's delight, stuffed with antiques, flowers everywhere, rose petals strewn on the pillows, a roaring eucalyptus fire in your room after dinner and hot water bottle at the bottom of the bed. There is comfort, taste, charm, space, every imaginable amenity and exquisite attention to detail.

The grounds are stunning from the ornamental garden to the lush orchards and hummingbird feeders that hang by the sun room where breakfast is enjoyed with an aviary full of feeding birds.

The outstanding lunch and dinner menu is perfectly served by smiling Otovalans dressed in their native costumes and the excellent wine cellar includes some rare Ecuadorians wines that are inexpensive but good.

Our last group there never wanted to leave and enjoyed many improvements including an entire new series of treatments so wonderful and numerous I can only list a few of them below.

The course goal is to share information we have learned about health, longevity and vitality from around the world in a most enjoyable and effective way. The course includes beginning the day with optional pool side yoga, taking breaks for great gourmet (healthy) meals and using the spa treatments between learning sessions.

During our last course there, I had time for one treatment so chose the longest, most expensive (a mere $75) called Cleopatra's Bath.

Here is how it is described in the spa's menu of services:

“Experience the rejuvenating energy bath of warmed milk, oil and essential aromatic fragrances during thirty minutes. Then your body is wrapped with perfumed sheets, covered with rose petals and a thermal blanket for another thirty minutes. The treatment concludes with a full body message in specially designed and decorated Egyptian chamber alongside a roaring eucalyptus fire. “

Sound good? The description does not come close to describing the relaxation and luxury in this treatment. The wonderful soft décor of the room, the soft sweet Andean music and a blazing fireplace all enhance the sweetness of the therapist that coddles you for two hours! There is a gentleness in the nature of the Ecuadorian people that just cannot be offered at any price up north. And remember our friends the owners of La Mirage have offered for all our guests to be upgraded to their Luxury Suites…not a word lightly used by this establishment.

You can get more information about a few of the spa treatments at .

You an learn more about La Mirage Spa (including photos) at

Learn how to eliminate stress and gain more energy, vitality and longevity in the Andean-Amazonian way as you have optional shamanic treatments with the healers at the spa. You can see the Shamana (a lady with father, grandfathers as shaman for generations) shamanic healing bath by clicking on click on spa and click the second picture from the left. This is the residence Shamana at her healing bath that will be available for optional treatments.

This five day, five night course includes educational sessions shown below, plus Andean-Amazon-Ayurvedic cooking lessons, exercises and cleansings.

Huge Savings

This course does not cut a single corner when it comes to luxury, yet Ecuador and La Mirage are so reasonable that you can enjoy five nights in the La Mirage hands for much less than you would pay for a single night or even a day spa at a U.S. or European spa.

Yet because of our long term relationship (we have been bringing groups to the spa for nearly a decade now), you can attend our course and enjoy the La Mirage accommodations and meals at an almost unbelievably low price.

This five day course is conducted by Gary & Merri Scott at La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa and delegates are given deluxe suites that normally cost $366 per night. If you stayed at La Mirage for four nights and their Quito mansion the first night you arrive the cost would be about $1,650. This is reasonable at the least for a hotel of this standard.

Yet the course fee for “Health Secrets of the World,” including all the accommodations and breakfast at Mansion del Angel, the first night, plus transportation to and from La Mirage, plus a deluxe suite and two meals for four nights at La Mirage is less than $1,000!

The fee for “Health Secrets of the World” including all the benefits mentioned above is just $949 per person (for a couple or two singles sharing a room) and includes lodging Friday night at Mansion del Angel (see these two images mansionangel1.jpg and mansionangel2.jpg) including breakfast, plus transportation to La Mirage on Saturday January 11, dinner at the Spa Saturday evening, and breakfast and dinner at the spa on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and breakfast Wednesday. Transportation from Quito to the spa and back are also included. If you wish a room by yourself at La Mirage the single supplement is $499.

There are few times when you will have such a combination of luxury, health benefits, learning and sharing with like minded souls. Won't you join Merri and me in the mystical Andes to gain from and know “Health Secrets of the World”


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