Writer’s Camp delegates at Little Horse Creek… and a white dog in a green meadow (Ma II) trying to fly.
Family togetherness is one of nature’s best social tools. Being together even for meals can have a profound effect on health and balance.
An excerpt from a University of Florida IFAS Extension lesson entitled “Family Nutrition: The Truth About Family Meals” by Larry Forthun explains this when it says: In a recent book entitled “The Surprising Power of Family Meals”, author Miriam Weinstein asks this question:
What if I told you that there was a magic bullet—something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, [and] your family’s health. . .? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce, and within the reach of pretty much everyone? (Weinstein, 2005, p. 1)
You guessed it, that magic bullet is the family meal. According to research, eating together as a family on a regular basis has some surprising effects. When sharing a meal together family bonds become stronger, children are better adjusted, family members eat more nutritional meals, they are less likely to be overweight, and they are less likely to abuse alcohol or other drugs. Given the positive benefits of eating together, why are more families not doing it?
With this in mind we began encouraging family groups to attend our summer camps in the Blue Ridge.
We were gratified at the great results in this first attempt. We had a mother-daughter, father-son and a family of four at the camp.
One mother-daughter team reported after the camp: Hello, Merri and Gary, My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.
We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “how to make money with our writing skills”! Thank you. Your and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal. The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great! Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all. Donna/Jeanna
The son, a college student, of the father-son team wrote: Hi Merri! I just attended your writers camp with my dad this past weekend. I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport. Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!
This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.
This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.
I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality, Mitchell
Writers camp delegates deep in study.
Of course the couples and those who attended on their own enjoyed and gained a lot as well.
One single delegate wrote: Good Day Merri, (Queen of Scots) Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.. (tell them what you’re going to tell them)
This was my introductory visit to the northwestern corner of North Carolina and it appears, from looking at the map, that this area could be considered the “foothills” of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Remote? You bet! But a beautiful place for retreating when life or weather calls for relocation.
Corresponding as we have for the past two years was simply a forerunner to our one on two meeting and I am so pleased that we found this opportunity. You are both most personable with dynamic and pleasing personalities. I was extremely comfortable the entire weekend and thank you for making that possible.
The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.
But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts. (Tell them what you experienced)
The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John
Plus a couple who attended emailed this:
Share Points of View
Our forefathers in this land, the migratory Americans, have been credited with the origin of the phrase “walk a mile in another man’s shoes”. This is an ancient wisdom that suggests that we cannot really understand someone else unless we live their life.
Yet modern virtual technology that creates broadband virtually assures that everyone has different views. This makes it harder for families to share common interests.
Learn together… with friends and family at our summer camps in the Blue Ridge.
Join us for our Spanish Camp September 21-22-23, 2012 and enjoy the Blue Ridge leaf change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more details contact Glenn Sterling @ firstname.lastname@example.org)