18 August 2014

See Our Gorgeous Flyer

So happy to share this flyer with you. We're so thankful for the design work of Linsey Laidlaw, of Brooklyn. Just looking at this makes me want to drink a melon smoothie on the beach!! If you have a blog and care to share this with your readers, we would be so thrilled.

I have been not blogging as much lately and it's for good reason. We are in full retreat mode around here! We are getting really giddy about what is ahead. Menus are being perfected. Schedules are being upgraded and refined. Our wonderful masseuse said she would even offer facials to our guests for those who want them (what a treat). We are trying to go all out completely and we're just THRILLED to have so many attending. We have a nearly sold-out event. Though if you are considering coming, do contact us for sure as there is still some space.

Several have asked...

Q: Do you plan to host another retreat in the future?
A: There are no guarantees, but we hope that all the stars align once more and that we can do it again! 

Now, here is an important note: Danny and I are actually going to be off-line completely for about 10 days starting this Wed. (Aug. 20-31). We're going to be traveling to the Vipassana meditation course in Quito. In our absence, our colleague, Tony Spencer (tonyspen63@yahoo dot com), will be the contact person for all questions related to the retreat. Don't hesitate to reach out to him. He is beyond excited to help any and all of you.

Much love to all,


P.S. End of September is still whale-watching season in Ecuador in case you wanted to extend your stay for an adventure.  :)

P.P.S. I can't believe we will be off-line for 10 days, sitting on a cushion!!  I'm afraid I'm going to miss talking to and falling asleep next to Danny for 10 days. This will be NUTS. I hope my mind can settle into the experience. It will not be easy - not one bit. At the end we will get to reconnect with each other and with all of you while we hole up for a few days in another gorgeous hacienda near Otavalo: Hacienda Cusin.


  1. Hi Mara and Chef Danny

    I can't personally attend the retreat, but would love to know more about the raw recipes you are making. Will there be a cookbook in the future, or a perhaps, a link to the great recipes for your readers to try? Thanks!

    1. You are so cute! Yes! We really want to gather all the recipes and have a little cook book. It's definitely on the list. It's the next project we plan to work on. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Oh man, I wish that I could be going to this. I do hope that you and Danny do one next year. I am getting a budget set so I can save and go on a big trip next year and I want to go somewhere out of states. South America would be wonderful and if there is a retreat with it as well, ah blissful. Good luck on your meditation retreat.

    1. OK - so amazing. Fingers crossed that it all comes together again. If we plan to do it, we were kind of hoping for mid January. It's a great time to start of the year and also it would be lovely to come to WARM weather at the equator while the U.S. is chilly. :)


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