Equatorial Health Tip

by | Jan 27, 2003 | Archives

Evening mists rose like white smoke from the dense jungle in tiny cyclones of purity that masked the deep green below. Evening shadows played purple harmonies on sharp angles in a distant mountain ridge while bird songs carried cosmic visions of nature’s perfect order in their tunes. A sun warmed breeze rose from the valley with pungent tales of life and death and the mystic reality of life’s richness in the setting sun.

Merri and I have just returned from Ecuador and while there we spent some time at our plantation where we are developing the second Healthy Awakenings Sanctuary at Hacienda Rosaspamba, in the Andes. You can see some pictures below:

The visit to our tiny bit of virgin jungle was just one of many treats we enjoyed during the trip. Ecuador has its ups and downs (I’ll send a more detailed report on the country later), but two facts never change. First the Equator has a special energy. You can feel it. You can even see it on the scales. You weigh less on the equator because of the earth’s centrifugal force. This seems to add a special health benefit.

One reason for our journey south was to conduct a Global Health Secrets course at La Mirage Spa. The delegates who attended had health goals that ranged from just tuning up to recovering from serious illnesses, yet all who visited the Shamana at the spa received treatment for improving their lymph system.

The lymph is one of our bodies most important immune and purification systems and it is driven very much by gravity. Thus it occurred to me while seeing the Shamana place such import on this aspect of healing that the altered state of gravity at the equator might have something to do with improving health.

Modern science has not been able to identify and label the underlying specifics of gravity. Yet we do know that gravity has a major impact on every aspect of our lives. Our bodies in a way are anti-gravity machines. This universal pull has an influence on the movement of our blood, our lymph, our skin and almost every part of our being.

Whatever one does at the equator , the exercise or treatment seems compounded by the leverage gained through the energy there. This energy is pushed back through the body.

Every year (sometimes twice) we take groups to the luxury la mirage spa for purification treatments. Stay tuned to www.naturalawakenings.com for announcements of our next trip.

Until then, may your health always be great!


P.S. Natural Awakenings readers had an incredible time at the last La Mirage Spa. White mists creep on jagged peaks mirrored in a huge lake. 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 the Natural Awakening Health Secrets of the World courses are conducted at the La Mirage Relais and Chateaux ranked La Mirage Spa two hours outside Quito Ecuador.

Health Secrets of the World matches 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 and shares health secrets accumulated from Andean Yatchaks, Shamans, Amazonian Curenderos, Tibetan Monks, Indian Vaidyas, Iraq Sufi Masters, plus some of the west’s leading healers. Plus the course introduces you to Andean Shamans who 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.

The Health Secrets of the World is a five day course :

· Arrive Quito Friday and spend the night at the luxurious Hotel Quito,

· Saturday you travel to La Mirage Spa with a stop to visit Otavalo market the largest native market in South America.

* Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday the course takes place at La Mirage.

* You return to Quito with a visit to Peguch waterfall for a shamanic experiience.

* Thursday you return to U.S. or enjoy a free day in Quito.

The Health Secrets course combines ancient healing wisdom with modern technology and include education, exercise, meridian analysis, organic meals, steam treatments, soaking in the sacred waters, 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, stay tuned to the www.naturalawakenings.com where we will announce the dates of the next course.

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 http://www.mirage.com.ec.

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 http://www.mirage.com.ec/.

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.

During this five day program you enjoy deluxe suites that normally cost $366 per night. If you stayed at La Mirage for four nights and Hotel 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 Hotel Quito, 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 $1,500!

To learn more about treatments at La Mirage go to:


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 the Natural Awakenings family in the mystical Andes to gain from and know Health Secrets of the World.

Stay tuned to www.naturalawakeings.com where we will announce the next course.