Brian O'Leary & Meredith Miller


Over 100 guest comments in the Montesueños log book:

“Staying with Meredith and Brian in Montesueños was the highlight of our South American trip. Thank you for your hospitality and for putting together so much beauty and warmth in your magical place.”    -Sergio Lub, Napa, CA,  8/4/06

“Montesueños is a place built with the soul of artists.  It has the spirit of peace that blends with the magical qualities of Vilcabamba.”    –Charles Feil, international photographer, Bisbee, AZ,  8/4/06

“Montesueños is a masterpiece of creativity.  Every room is uniquely different. Beautiful original art and photographs throughout. Outside an extravaganza of floral variety accompanies you as you view the mountains that cradle the sacred valley below…a veritable vortex for new energy, truth and universal peace.”    -Sam Butler, San Jose, Costa Rica, 12/17/06

“Thank you for the wonderful time we spent with you in your unique, artistic, comfortable home and Center, surrounded by pretty gardens and lovely pathways, and crowned by the majestic waterfall.  It is surely a magical and powerful space created by your planning, determination, patience, and holding the vision for all this time.”    –Karen Butler, San Jose, Costa Rica, 12/7/06

“Thank you again for the magical time we spent with you at beautiful Montesueños.  I really enjoyed the beauty of your home as well as the mountains that surround you…this is truly a paradise!”    –Rosemary Zitek, San Jose, Costa Rica, 12/7/06

“Your house is an obvious reflection of both of you, revelaing your wonderful energy and passions…an evolving work of art and life…hard not to be caught up in its many secret places and in your dreams.  Having traveled to over 40 countries, I was surprised to find myself enamored with Ecuador…the short visit with you was not only delightful but memorable.”    -Barbi Reed, 2/13/07

“No trained architect or builder could top what you’ve accomplished.  You truly listened to your hearts and spirits and the exercise speaks for itself.”    -Jeff L., architect, Dallas, TX, 2/25/07

“Montesueños is a fusion of mind, heart and spirit!  Beautiful and inspiring. It is becoming a valuable resource for opening to new dimensions of understanding.”    -Dr. Will Tuttle, author, The World Peace Diet, 4/07

“Your spectacular place with grand possibilities never left our hearts.  We truly enjoyed visiting with you.”    -Madeleine Tuttle, 4/07

“Your place is so wonderful.  Meredith, it is your massive sculpture, isn’t it?  What a wonderful memory of the repast we enjoyed together.  Thank you!”    -Rev. Joel Baehr, Mesa, AZ, 4/07

“You’ve done a magnificent job, It is one of the most creative buildings on the planet. I look forward to participating in many exciting seminars there.”    -Eleanor LeCain, Washington, D.C., 4/07

“WOW! AWESOME! INCREDIBLE!  No one word can describe Montesueños.  You have to stay here to get the full feeling, surroundings and serenity.  I have never relaxed this much in my life!  Waking up to the smell of flowers, sunshine, tranquil rains, butterflies, I slept like a baby!!  Great jazz piano playing, great food, fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden, great fires in the fireplaces, gatherings and meeting people…This is Paradise!”    -Jack Kaplan, Roswell, GA, 4/22/07

“Nowhere, but no where, have I experienced such a special place!  One’s eyes are drawn from one detail to another quickly creating a special and unique connectivity with the hosts and the elements, all combining into something that expands beyond the limits of three dimensions.” -Douglas Rutherford, Topeka, 4/22/07

“Yet another wonderful stay at Montesueños.  When I sleep here I hear sweet music in my mind, and wake up thinking, ‘wow, where did that come from?’  Really!  There’s something wonderful about the energy here, something that we all want to have more of that you’ve manifested through your work.”    -Eric Salter, Cuenca, EC, 5/2/07

“Finally a place in the world where you can kick back and relax in order to quietly think about the solutions to the planet’s quandaries.  A well-prepared environment that will help many to see the light in a light way, and hopefully thus create a vortex of real change.  Perfect soil for the  growth of positive ideas…inspiring..”    -Leonardo Wild, Tumbaco, EC,  7/14/07

“Our stay was like a breath of fresh air, like a happy, gurgling, sparkling cascade of water-refreshing, renewing.  A colorful array of nature’s gifts and human effort and love…Fairies and nature spirits can visit the beautiful gardens…inspirational!”    -Danica Wild, Quito, EC  7/14/07

“It is so beautiful and peaceful at your place, you can almost touch the green, misty Andes…the artistic, architectural and botanical touches are incomparably relaxing while inviting in an energetic and creative spirit.”    -Mary O’Donnell, Plymouth, MA,  11/18/07

“A photographer’s paradise…With the hosts, we had conversations that ranged the universe—  most frequently, ways we can collaborate in ushering in a world of peace and sustainability.” -Norie Huddle and Richard Wheeler, Harpers Ferry, WV,  11/18/07

“Thank you for receiving us!  We had a great conversation and we will make our dreams come true.  In the name of directing people to connect with their essence and live in harmony with the Earth, I will keep working toward my goals.  Your place is very nice and peaceful!”    -Peter and Sandra, 1/4/08

“What a mystical magical place!”    -Greg Caton, 1/13/08

“What a blessing…an inspiration to never be forgotten.  Meeting you has been one of the best experiences I’ve had, you are unique.  To think that you are here in Ecuador will definitely change my life.  I have been waiting for this safe haven for so long.”    –Andrea Fernandez-Salvador, 1/13/08

“This is a dream come true!  Ever since 1999 when I first heard of you and your book Miracle in the Void, it became a goal that I will some day reach here.  Meeting you and your wife now has a higher meaning.  A purpose in this lifetime so that we together be able to work for a beter world…Ecuador is an awesome place, prodigious and for selected people like you…  May the universe grant you both with all the love and peace you greatly desire.”    -Lucia Vallarino, 1/13/08

“What a beautiful dream is to live in your dreams.  And that is wahat happened to me during my stay in Montesueños.  I dream a lot when I am awake, but not so much when I’m asleep, probably once every 3 or 5 months.  It was very amazing to enjoy 5 nights filled with great and peaceful dreams….I do think this place is magical, such as the host couple.  Brian and Meredith have turned their dream into a unique experience.”    -Raul Hernandez, 4/08

”Thank you for receiving us!  We had a great conversation and we will make our desires come true…your place is very nice and peaceful.  Thank you!”    -Pilar, 4/08

“You lovely couple of humans… I loved to stay with you this week.  This is a magical place.  Your work into the growing human consciousnesness had inspired me to continue to search for the truth for all the world.”    -Oswaldo Osorno, 6/16/08

“This is one of the most magical and inspirational places have ever been…it has been wonderful to know you both.”    -Chris Shaw, 6/16/08

“Thanks for your hospitality, good vibes, graciousness, nesting desires, vision and willingness to crete a space for the eagles and condors together into a harmonious space for Ecuador and the world.”    -Bob Banner, 6/16/08

“Thank you Mer and Brian for hosting our Phoenix Gathering!  I absolutely love your evolving organic, artful home.  It was such an honor to be part of this first retreat event in your venue.  It was a pleasure to be here in this beautiful place with such gracious hosts.”    -Richard Moore, 6/16/08

“At Montesueños, dreaming of Mother Earth reborn, greener than ever…”    -Virginia Igonda, 6/16/08

“To see you again alive and well and surviving and flourishing in the Andes is a treat to my heart!  You are both special to me, as we have shared so much!  I am still in awe of your Fairy House and in wonder that you completed such a work of art…a unique one-of-a-kind castle, in the best location in Ecuador, with mountain vistas everywhere.  With the love of your Luna cat and your “greatest dog in Ecuador” Seda by your sides…life is good and filled with wonderful expectations and being able to exist comfortably with what you’ve got.  You’re both OK and it is enough…I salute you and congratulate you both!  Life is good in these mountains .”    -Bob Neal, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, 9/22/08

“High in the cloud kingdom of Ecuador live a magical couple who create a dream of peace, unity, joy and love.  Through the long ages they have awaited this opportunity to express their vision of enlightened architecture, symbolic interiors, ecstatic art, poetry and prose, fairy gardens and enchanted living.  We have relished our visit to their hearts lived large.  We have been immersed in their vision of sustainability.  We have shared unconditional love…and how bright the light!”    -Ashleea Neilson, 9/22/08

“We arrived in the dark and rose with the mountain light and clouds.  We’ve met dear friends here and celebrated a birthday. Montesueños is a doorway and an invitation to begin a new path.  We are grateful for all of you, this place and for the coming times ahead.”    -Much love,  Susan and Sven

“Beloved Ones Brian and Meredith- Thank you with all my heart for the great blessings of being here in this lovely sanctuary…It has been a nurturing refuge for me.  Enjoy the garden—it was my great joy to create and my joy knowing you’ll continue to benefit.  With deep profound gratitude,.”    –Grace Somers, Mt. Shasta, CA, 2/09

“Thanks for providing the fine space and focus for so much good energy.”    –Love and Blessings, Donald

“You have dreamed a wonderful dream Montesueños and the mountains are an awesome experience! Thank you for such a nurturing and wonderful stay, it’s been so inspiring and life changing!  May the sacred space nurture many hearts.  You are true architects of a ‘New World.’  Keep dreaming the dream!  Love and Blessings of the One Heart.”    –Rob Underhill, Wales, U.K., March ‘09

“You would have to die and go to heaven for better views than here.  Your suggestions and guidance make for a very successful trip, one that may have resulted in a land purchase. “

“ I can hardly express our thanks for your friendship, hospitality and wisdom!  I already feel like we will be coming “home” soon!  We will follow our hearts and return for another part of our adventure in living.”    -Niki

“Trekking Peru and Ecuador.  This is the best and most beautiful we’ve encountered.  Thank you.” -Joe, David and Megan

“Come to Montesueños and open your eyes.  The love that is in Brian and Meredith and has constructed this place is in all of us and is hoping to create this same experience of love throughout the world and is our responsibility.  So let’s get to work!”    -Julia French  April 2009

“A more beautiful retreat I could not imagine—what a great pleasure and joy to awake each day surrounded by such natural beauty and “applied creativity”!  Brian and Meredith, you are truly inspirational to all that find their way to this tranquil valley.  This has been a week of clarity, connection and transformation and I look forward to our return.  Thank you.”    -Jack Crompton, 4/19/09

“Here, heaven meets Earth–with Brian and Meredith our outstanding hosts.”    -anonymous, April 2009

“Thank you for an extraordinary and memorable experience at your magical Montesueños.  We appreciate your warm hospitality!”    -Carmen and Norman

“Your place is magical!  I am so happy for you both to have found this paradise.  Continue with your wonderful life of giving and sharing.  With love.”    -C. 4/20/09

“I wish to thank you for the experience of being here, meeting you, having great conversations (both with you and with all the animals and plants) and the music, the art, everything.”    -Sue Terry, 4/09

“Congratulations!  On your wonderful creation—built step by step and inspiration by inspiration.  The conference was wonderful, the hospitality warm and generous, and a setting insuperable.  Its energy flows out to the variety of people far and wide.  What a boost to the mind and soul to have been here with you.  Your ‘mountain of dreams’ is now a reality.”    -Paul Von Ward, 5/13/09

“Thank you for sharing your little piece of Paradise with me.  You are all phenomenal and will reside in my heart forever.”    -Jan Crowe, Santa Rosa, CA, 5/7/09

“It’s been a lovely experience, being here with you in your beautiful spiritual place.” -Patricia, Tucson, AZ, 5/7/09

“Thank you for inviting me into your home.  We are so blessed for this time together and all of those to come…your Light in bringing so many wonderful beings together.”    –Molly Oldham, 5/10/09

“Thank you for doing what you do.  Your home is amazing, the serenity and peacefulness are unbelievable.  We thank you for an information conference and all your guest speakers were excellent.  With much love and gratitude,”    –Reenie and Greg Esterlund, 5/10/09

“Thank you angels for inviting us into your hearts and into your home.  I felt the home feeling well before I arrived…I love you both deeply.”    -Tina Braddock, 5/10/09

“I was just looking over your website and said, ‘Why aren’t we living our vision like this?’ You guys have pulled off such an amazing venture and your commitment to beauty is unsurpassed.  It brings tears to my eyes to read your words and those of your visitors and to see what you have done in such a period of time.  Beautiful beyond words…and against so many odds…you have done what what others fear to tread…”    -Stephanie Sutton, 6/09

“What a delightful and restful stay we had at Montesueños.  Your house and grounds are magical and provide just wonderful energy.  God willing, I’ll be a neighbor of yours ”    -Dr. Dan Wagner, Pittsburgh, PA

“ Once again thank you—we carry this place in our hearts.”    -Danica, Miranda, Sebastian and Andrew Wild, Tumbaco, EC.

“A dream brought me here, and my wonderful stay at Montesueños has been tremendously uplifting.  These days and nights spent in this harmonious atmosphere, combined with timely, stimulating conversation, are now in me and will positively affect my life from this point forward.  Blessings to you both as well as your wonderful staff.”    -John Parton, Boise, ID 9/09

“Thank you for wonderful conversations on life and an opening to being custodians of consciousness.  When we arrived at Montesueõs, Pierre and I were brought to tears from the powerful love energy we felt—we now return to our home in Quebec with our hearts filled.    -Joanne Mantha

“It has been a great honor and pleasure to spend two days with you and staying in your unique boutique Montesueños, and meeting some like-minded people of high consciousness.  Keep up with the good work and we will keep in touch.”    -Dr Alexander Yuan, Hong Kong, October 1, 2009

“ The Best again!  You have made us so happy, words in this journal cannot describe it!”    -Love, Jack Kaplan and Doug Rutherford, 11/15/09

“Brian, Meredith, Seda, Luna and Lappie- After a harrowing journey from Guayaquil, I feel the past week has been one of the best times I’ve spent in this incarnation.  I feel rejuvenated, re-energized and more creative than ever.  I look forward to my inevitable return and to begin a new chapter and a new dimension in space and time.”    -Love, Scott Comings, Dec. 20, 2009

“This place is exquisite and muy sagrando!!  You have created a base for germinating the emerging planetary culture of peace, sustainability and shared abundance and I am dedicated to helping with this vast evolutionary effort and that many will draw inspiration from what you have initiated here.”    –Brightest blessings and love, Mark Comings, 12/20/09

“This has truly been the trip of a lifetime, the best part has just begun.  Thank you so much for all your hospitality and wonderful friendship!  You have really made me feel welcome and a part of the family here in beautiful Vilcabamba…may the force be with you!”    –Love, David

“Such a profoundly magical place.  When I arrived I wept, stayed up all night and wan’t even tired, stayed up on the next night and I still wasn’t tired.  This has never happened to me!  You are both wonderful, sweet and very interesting people and I am so grateful to have met you.  You will see me again in about a year!”    -Ned Davis

“Did I really spend a week in Montesueños?  Do you and Meredith really exist?  I feel like last week was a dream, a beautiful tranquil dream full of magical moments, humourous discussions and inspiring conversations. If I didn’t have my photos and videos I might think it had been only in my imagination.  But no, you are real, so is your beautiful home and gorgeous guest house, so too is Meredith and her extraordinary artistic talent which is evident in every nook and cranny of Montesueños.  And equally so is the warm welcome, incredible generosity and caring exhibited not only by you and Mer, but also the wonderful staff you have attracted to you.”    -Pat Hyduk, 1/7/10

“Dear Brian, Mer and Crew (familia!)—Thank you so very much for the enriching and life-affirming experience and environment—hou have certainly accomplished the goal of creating a safe space for all to just be—and a lofty and magical goal it is!  Please accept our sincerest thanks for your most humbling and wondrous gift, in gratitude and with affinity.”    -Georgi, PA, USA, 1/20/10

“This entire property is a major work of art by Meredith and Brian.  I am honored and thrilled to have shared the serenity, intelligence, beauty and consciousness of their creation.  God bless you both.”    -Love, Betty Wilkinson, 1/20/10

“To the Montesueños family, I have truly enjoyed my stay and have learned much as a result of coming to you and Vilcabamba.  Good luck with your dream of creating an enlightened university setting.”    –Martin A. Jones

“  Your hospitality has made us feel like family.  You have created a mystical haven in a chaotic world.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”    –Evie Brandon

“  Thank you for creating a sanctuary.  This is truly a place to cure all weariness.  I have drunk deeply of the beauty, magic, whimsy and tranquility.  May this rain on all the seeds that you have planted in the world.” -With love, Sarah and Emily Brightwood, Feb. 24, 2010

“Well, well, well,  The life blood of the cosmos flows through you both.  Accordingly, it flows through, nay permeates, every atom of this beautiful holographic reflection of yourselves and Vilcabamba!”

“There comes a time in ones life to reflect the joys of natural beauty.  The time we spent there was that moment in time. (now!)  Montesueños will be remembered as a place of peace.  It was once said, “Imagine living life in peace.”  You two are on the right track, keep up the great work.”    -Love, Cyndy and Malcolm, Apr. 19, 2010

“We’re all blessed to experience this amazing dream you both have been realizing.  Thanks a lot for everything and we’ll be back soon.”    -Peter, Feb. 2010

“Wow?  What an incredible journey it has been.  This will be a week to remember; it has certainly gone by much too fast.  Montesueños indeed!  What a dream and yet it’s real.  Somehow this place is blurring those distinctions and drawing me ever nearer to that which I have always known.  And it leaves me with a deep sense of peace and an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  Thank you both.  You have filled me with so much inspiration that I feel I will be contagious, sharing unabashedly, that which you have shared with me.  Who knows, maybe we will set the world a-fire with that love for everything that you so deeply have.  It has been a great honor and a delightful pleasure, and I can’t wait till next time.”    -Justin Gonzalez, 2/10/10

”Thank you for your bright eyes and big dreams and sweet caring hearts.  I am amazed by the beauty of Montesueños and by your dedication to honor the beauty of the Earth.”    -With love and blessings, Yeshi, 4/2/10

“Thanks for the wonderful and relaxing stay!  It was great to unwind in the new studio space, practice yoga and eat good food before heading back home!”    -Candice, 5/8/10

“”Thank you for how you both BE in this world.  Your ‘ripple effects’ are felt and appreciated.  May you be content and blessed.”    -Love and Light, Reatha Ryan, Seal Rock, OR, 5/8/10

“You have truly created an amazing space that sits between dimensions.  The magic here is strong and I can’t wait to experience it again!  Thank you so much for letting me share time and space with you!  You have been most kind and loving!  Till we meet again.”    -Love always, Heather Campbell

“Creation is un-mistaken in appointing your guardians of Paradise!  Here magic, splendor and awe abide.  May you all stay well until we all meet again…as heaven is meeting Earth.  The first day after Virginia had departed for her next adventure, I was already grieving the empty space her presence had so graciously and gracefully filled here at the Doves Nest with beauty, humor, nurturing and joy!”    -Gina Palmer, San Diego, 5-23-10

“What an extraordinary place.  Our stay wouldn’t have been the same if we hadn’t stayed at Montesueños.  You are ‘special’ people.  We hope to be back.”    -Jan

“ A truly mind, body and soul shifting time here.  We will be back…thank you for ALL you do.”    -Meredith Keaton, 5/28/10

“I will come back to this special special place, to the special experience, the special people who created it and gives of it so generously.”    -Lilian Keaton 5/28/10

“Let the tile run around and play freely with the adobe and driftwood.  I have almost expected to get up and find it, having had new ideas, rearranged itself while I dreamed on at Montesueños.  Love your vision.”    -Samagra

“Please do visit, please do stay if you need a respite from NYC come and visit.”    -Nancy and Geoffrey Boynton

“Vilcabamba, Montesueños, San Jose have each become words easily rolling off my tongue.  Great food, exotic fruits, local coffee and healing teas now course through my body; gingerbread-mosaic buildings exude artistic care, details that flow with life forces.  Mind, soul and spirit find nourishment at every turn, with every conversation, with every hug!  Montesueños is a blessed place; you and your guests are blessed people, Vilcabamba is a well-deserved paradise!  I’m grateful my wanderings brought me here.”    -Love and blessings, Daniel, 6-23-10

“ My solar and lunar timings continue to manifest only the highest vibration of your dreams as you continue to co-create the magic on this sacred site.  Many continued blessings!”    -Love, Judy

“We spotted a UFO tonight.  The sighting was truly amazing, the UFO (red and white lights) traveled very quickly up and over the mountain.  It was very high in the sky and over the mountains, then stopped in the sky and stayed in one spot as if it were warching us for about 15 minutes.  Then in a flash it disappeared—completely!  Wow, we are truly blessed to have seen it.”    -Reenie and Greg Esterlund, Aug. 5, 2010

“Yesterday I received a birthday card wishing me “unexpected blessings”.  I told Elena I wished to awaken on the morning of my 64th year at Montesueños under a Podocarpus sunrise.  Your inspired design provided the setting for my most memorable birthday, nestled in the Andes, the most elegant of mountains.  The unexpected blessings continued as we met with you and enjoyed an immediate heart connection and then with Brian.  We are blessed to be “family” with you and co-adventurers on this awesome journey of joyful creation.  Thank you for bringing unexpected blessings into our lives.”    -Stan and Elena

“Thank you so much for being here, in this magical place .  I think this is not goodbye, but ust the beginning of our spirits connecting as one, and the joy we bring to each other.  I will see you soon, all the love.”    -Marc,  9/1/10

“This place is magical—we’ve met wonderful people and will not forget this visit ever!  It is our intention to return—we’ll see what the Higher Realms want!  May your healing take you to higher levels of health Dr. Brian—Meredith, your art and your home are Stunning!”    -Heartfully, Janaki,   10/4/10

“Thank you for everything, I enjoyed it.  This is a beautiful place and and blessed to have it!  We hope to come back and you’re first on our list.”    -Colina (Janaki’s daughter), 10/4/10

“A wonderful stay in a truly wonderful place.  Enjoy life!”    -Paul and Maria Bierbauer, 10/12/10

“ journeyed to Ecuador with no expectations or preconceived notions…it/s been amazing, wonderful, kind, inspirational and unforgettable.  Life changing maybe—life enhancing without a doubt.  It underlines what I know.  It’s made me stronger, and I thank the universe for that.  There is so much more than we know… gratitude is immeasurable.”    -Rebecca and Wayne

“Thanks for a wonderful journey, we really enjoyed staying at Montesueños, your hospitality and care have been more than appreciated, thanks for making us feel like we were at a second home.  We’ll definitely be back.”    -Abrazos, Jose and Maria Andrea, 11/3/10

“I’ve sincerely had the best time here and have met the best people.  Thanks for making my holiday perfect!  I love what you made here and keep being the dream! Thanks for the magic!”    -Maria Andrea

“What a glorious, precious stay.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with us.  We dearly look forward to next time!”    -Love, April and Kaleb, 11/3/10

“Thank you for sharing the Dream.  Your home is the art of nature blended with the One.  Thank you for the gift.”    -Lanna Mingo, Denver, CO 12/13/10

“It was a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for sharing this magnificent corner of the world with us.”  -Santiago Lopez, 1/2/11

“ Like always, Montesueños was this weekend a place for transformation.  Thank you for hosting us, our family, in this amazing 3D artwork where I brought my family to share.   Lots of love and energy is starting year 2011 devoted to the rights of nature.”    -Happy New Year, Nati Greene, 1/2/11

“Thank you very much for the “incredible days”; this is a place that changed the way I see the world.  I hope to see you again.”    -Cecilia de Greene, 1/2/11

“My stay at Montesueños has been full of Delight.  I will forever remember and hold precious my experience ere in this most special sanctuary.  Thank you again and again for who and what you are and your essential contribution to the glorious 3rd planet from the sun.”    -With deep love and gratitude, Ken Cadigan, 1/9/11

“Montesueños, a deeply spiritual place.  The energy and wisdom gathered here will carry us through a wonderful 2011…Meredith and Brian thank you for making it happen!”    -Patricio and Gizi

“I woke up saying, ‘I died and went to heaven.’  Constant gratitude and delight the whole while.  I felt like I had entered a fairy-tale fable.  May the blessing of this place expand to the whole world.     -Love and Light, Sheila Blake, Houston, TX 1/9/11

“Thank you Mer and Brian, for all you have done, for all you do and all you will do in the future.”      –Shepherd Hendrix, 1-18-11

“ Thank you so much for welcoming us into your beloved and beautiful space you so lovingly call Montesueños.  You’re both such wonderfully inspiring people, doing amazing things in and for this world.  For this, we also thank you.  You are both living proof that all my/our dreams, aspirations, plans, desires and manifestations can come true.”    -Matt and Ashley, 2-19-11

“Thank you both so much for opening your home and your hearts to us while we begin our journey toward a more enlightened and hopefully meaningful time in our gorgeous planet.  From the moment we walked up unannounced, you have made us feel so welcomed and special.  We hope to count you both as part of our extended family and partners in the quest for a more insightful and sustainable future.”    -Janira and Vernon, 2/11

“You two are amazing souls!  We feel so blessed to come to your home in Montesueños to spend time with you.  Montesueños is truly a mystical, spiritual place.  We were originally en route to Peru, but after discovering Montesueños online we immediately changed our path and are so glad we did.  Because there is so much world to see we usually don’t return to a specific destination but that will not be the case with Montesueños—we will be back!  Thank you again for everything you have done for us but more importantly for the world and our planet.”    -Mike and Raechel Swanson, B.C., Canada, 2/14/11

“What wonderful energy you both have expressed so well in all that you have created around you, it’s food for the soul, an ongoing joy!”    -Daniel, 2/21/11

MontesueñosWhat is Montesueños?
Montesueños (moan-tay-swain-yoass or “mountain dreams”) opened to guests in 2008.  We are a growing and evolving retreat conference center and B&B operating year round and dedicated to the values of peace, sustainability and the creativity of art and new science.  In 2004, we (Meredith Miller and Brian O’Leary) purchased one hectare of land in the Andes of southern Ecuador overlooking the village of Vilcabamba.  Initially, we lived in a one-room cottage on the property that later expanded into a guest house.  A nearby old farmhouse, outhouse and open courtyard/small bedroom eventually become part of the main house and conference center.  As of early 2011, we now have ten bedrooms each with a private bathroom, conference and dining space for up to 100, plenty of nooks and crannies and library for breakouts, two modern kitchens, an art studio, meditation tower, wireless Internet, nature trails through lush tropical gardens, waterfall, scattered outdoor tables, tiki huts, ceremonial sites, and breathtaking views everywhere.

Over the past three years, the inspiring, artistic and tranquil setting has attracted hundreds of overnight guests.  Many of these turn out to be kindred spirits ranging from students and teachers of the arts, new science, deep ecology and environmental activism to ones who seek to lead a more peaceful and sustainable lifestyle free from the pressures of the global North.  Our website gives further details and updates about our ongoing activities.

How do I get there?
Your international flight should arrive in either Quito or Guayaquil.  There are several daily nonstop flights from cities in the U.S., South America and Europe.  You’d then connect on a domestic flight to our closest city Loja, sometimes overnighting in Quito or Guayaquil.  Prices for hotels and taxis are reasonable.  The flights from Quito are on comfortable jets operated by Tame airlines.  Reservations should be made on or through the Miami travel agent Gabriele Proaño  It’s best to make prior reservations for domestic flights in case your preferred flight is full.

On weekdays Tame has three flights, at 5:45 and 8:40 am and 4:30 pm and two daily flights on the weekends (subject to change).  From Guayaquil, Saereo airlines has morning and afternoon flights to Loja during weekdays and only Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon on weekends.

Write us at to make your room and conference reservations.  When you’ve purchased your domestic air tickets write us again and we’ll send out a taxi to pick you up at Loja baggage claim for the ninety-minute $35 scenic ride to here through the Andes.  The driver will be holding a Montesueños sign probably with your name on it.  We recommend you use these prearranged Vilcabamba taxis because they are bigger, safer and lower cost…and they know where we are.

I’ve heard rumors that the Loja airport might be closed starting sometime later in 2011.  If or when that happens, how can I get to Montesueños?
The possible upgrade of the Loja airport means that you fly into Cuenca instead.  Cuenca has many flights daily from Quito and Guayaquil and is a four-hour ride from Montesueños on an excellent new highway over the Andes.  There’s a $12, 3-hour van service three times daily from Cuenca to Loja.  Cuenca is a beautiful old colonial city well worth seeing.

Should I wait and come for a conference or workshop?
Presently we have about four planned retreat gatherings per year on different topics.  They’re generally announced on about three months in advance.  But you don’t need to wait; our year round B&B service almost always includes breakfast bullsessions among the guests and ourselves.  Occasionally we have impromptu gatherings, ceremonies and video shoots on a wide range of topics such as saving the rainforest through sustainable and innovative practices.  These sessions often occur when some guests happen to be teachers who themselves are on retreat.  Our spontaneous gatherings, like the architecture and landscaping, grow organically and provide inspiration to most everybody who comes here any time.

Is it better to connect in Quito or Guayaquil?
It’s your choice.  All other things being about equal, we prefer Quito, the connections are better and it’s generally safer downtown.  Quito has an interesting historic area and is nestled in a scenic green Andean valley.  The altitude is about 9000 ft. (just under 3000 meters) so we suggest taking it easy if you’re sensitive to altitude.  It’s a bit cooler in Quito than here, with no indoor heating so we recommend you bring a sweater, jacket and long pants, which will be useful here as well.

Do I need any vaccinations or special visas to enter Ecuador?
No, a passport is all you’ll need.  Entering Ecuador is easy, immigration and customs are almost always rapid.  You’ll receive a 90-day visa stamped in your passport.  Vaccinations aren’t recommended for Quito, Guayaquil or here because we’re not in the jungle and you won’t find any disease-borne mosquitoes.

Is the timing within the day of my arrival important?
Not really, it depends on your own rhythms.  If you come in on the early morning flight, we suggest you stop for breakfast so we can get your room ready.  All the other times would work for a direct trip here from the airport.  The late afternoon flight would connect you to Montesueños around 7:30, which is a good time for us to greet you, but after 8, we may not be around. This is particularly true during the weekends, when we’re short-staffed.  Also it’s best that you have an afternoon meal before boarding your flight to Loja if you come straight here from the airport.

If you’re not coming in from the airport but by road (e.g., from Cuenca), give us your estimated time of arrival.  Daylight arrivals are easier all around because it’s difficult to find Montesueños in the dark.  When you get to town, all the taxi drivers in the Vilcabamba town square know who and where we are (we don’t have a street address but are just beyond the village of San Jose).  They can give you or your driver instructions about how to get here…or you could transfer to a taxi to take you up the hill for a $3 ride to here.

What should I bring with me?
Clothes are casual here.  We recommend you bring lightweight long pants and walking shoes for during the day and a sweater, jacket, flashlight and warmer pants for the evenings; and the usual toiletries, health products, and any food you might want to use in our kitchen just after you arrive (good food is also available in town after you’ve settled).

We also welcome in our library books, DVDs and anything else of educational value and we’re always interested in healthy food and snacks, incense, sage, split peas, sesame oil and any other items that are unavailable in Ecuador.

How much do I pay for my room?
For the past three years we have been charging $25 per person a night for two to a room, and $35 for single rooms.  These rates have held in spite of increasing overhead costs.  Three of our recently expanded and upgraded rooms will include a $5-10 surcharge per room to cover some of the increased costs we’ve incurred, and in part to make these rooms more special and comfortable.  Your room rate will include a delicious breakfast with fresh local fruit, granola, eggs and bread, the free use of a modern kitchen, wireless Internet, a trail system through lush tropical gardens and rest spots, and quiet ambiance everywhere.

How do I pay for my room?
In order to secure the room of your choice we recommend you make a $50 deposit through  The balance of payments must be made in cash while you’re here, no credit cards, checks or traveler’s checks can be accepted.  If you don’t have enough cash with you upon your international arrival, there are several ATM machines along your way at both the Quito and Guayaquil airports and in Loja en route from the airport to here about halfway on your journey.  There’s also an ATM machine in Vilcabamba, but it can run out of cash and/or have low limits for withdrawals, so we recommend you come with cash, which will also be needed to buy food and trinkets and eat out while you’re here.

When you leave Ecuador, be prepared to pay the airport tax of $40 in cash.

Where does the money go?
Approximately 80-90% of our income goes to supporting our local Ecuadorian staff and other operating and overhead costs.

How far are we from Vilcabamba?
We are a 25 to 30 minute walk down the hill to town and a $3 taxi ride back up.  The last taxis run at about 9 pm.  Vilcabamba village is about a mile and a half away from us and has many restaurants, food stores, shops, Internet cafes, etc..  If needed, we can call a cab for you to take you wherever you need to go from here, including your return ride to the airport.

What can I do in and around Vilcabamba?
There are many things to do here.  It’s a mecca for getting into nature.  While you get to experience all this right here at Montesueños, there are numerous trails going through the river valleys and up the nearby peaks, either on foot or by horseback.  Those arrangements can be made after you get here along with any other plans for touring, your return taxi to the airport, etc.

There’s also an active growing gringo community in Vilcabamba with lots of activities and spontaneous friendly gatherings at the cafes and parks.

One can also take excursions to the high jungle near Zamora about two and a half hours’ drive away from us with good overnight accommodations.

Cuenca is a beautiful historic city 4-5 hours drive on an excellent highway going to the north of here.  Some of our guests go there for a few days either before or after they visit Montesueños. There is frequent air service between Cuenca and Quito or Guayaquil.

How about real estate?
For a number of reasons, we are not giving recommendations other than to say “let the buyer beware.”  Even though we ourselves instantly bought our property when we saw it in 2004, there were only a handful of gringos seeking property at that time.  Now there are quite a few wanting to live here, and we recommend not rushing to buy but renting first while searching carefully.  Montesueños is a great initial landing pod for those seeking residency, seasonal stays, and educational vision quests as well as a relaxing retreat to get away from it all.  As such, we’re quite independent from any commercial interests although we could talk about it after you get here.

How is the weather here?
At about a one mile (1700 meter) elevation, we enjoy an ideal year-round climate with about 70-80 degrees by day and going down to about 60-65 degrees by night.  The drier season is August to November the wettest season is February through April, but varies from year to year.  We love the rainy season because everything is so green, fresh and springlike.  Almost every day has some sunshine with rain only in the afternoons and/or nighttime and picturesque misty mountains in the mornings, a haze that lifts to make way for later sunshine.

We have many microclimates in the region.  To our East is the continental divide of the Andes with cloud forests, descending further East into one of the most biodiverse rainforests of the Amazon basin.  To our West is the sacred mountain Mandango, beyond which there are deserts and more mountains and valleys.  Montesueños sunsets can be a photographer’s paradise, especially when rainbows appear over Podocarpus National Park toward the rainy East.  We have about twice the amount of rain here than the other side of the village and our fireplaces in both houses are sometimes lit for cool, cozy evenings.  We are very blessed to be at such a special spot on Earth, always comfortable and with no special requirements to “brave the elements” or to prove anything besides to enjoy the unique ambiance of Montesueños.

What about mosquitoes and other insects?
We are blessed by being virtually mosquito-free, although we do have mosquito netting on most of the beds for those times the occasional one is around.

What kinds of conferences and workshops are held at Montesueños?
Since 2008, we’ve had about ten conferences and workshops and dozens more smaller salons, concerts and video shoots.   They’ve all been unique experiments in designing a sustainable and just future and/or expressing the arts.  Some events have been open to the public with well-recognized presenters while others have been closed workshops, think-tanks and groups who have traveled together.  The first conference we hosted was the Phoenix Gathering in June 2008.  This week-long dynamically-facilitated event drew 27 visionaries from all over the world to address the simple question, how can we create a sustainable future for humankind?  One of the threads of the conference, besides a strong advocacy of re-localization of governance and monetary systems, was a commitment by one of our participants, Leonardo Wild, to create, a film Yasuni: Two Seconds of Life, about the threatened biodiverse Ecuadorian rainforest to oil drilling.  This discussion included the co-creation of the concept of protected “innovation sanctuaries” supporting R&D to bring forward innovations in clean and sustainable energy, water, agriculture and forestry.  This kind of initiative, when liberated from its suppression by the powers-that-be, could provide Ecuador the other Andean and Amazon nations with economic sovereignty while leaving the rainforest and its voluntarily isolated indigenous people alone.  Radical innovation will become necessary if humankind and nature are to have any chance to survive.

Starting in January 2009, we’ve hosted a series of conferences tracking the theme “Crisis and Opportunity.”  The first such conference involved the outside-the-box presentations by Bill Ryan and Kerry Cassidy, founders of Project Camelot, George Green and myself.  In 2010 we convened a think-tank of seven world-renowned innovators who co-founded the Global Innovation Alliance.  We’ve also held conferences on new science and consciousness, free energy, and local systems of energy, water and waste management systems, often bringing in eminent spokespeople from all over the world by Skype.  In addition, we’ve had week-long intensive workshops combining personal growth with planetary transformation so we can become more effective agents of change.

All our conferences have been videoed, and we’re also beginning to produce videos of conversations with some of the special guests who’ve stayed at our B&B.  Most interviews address transcendent solutions to the global crisis.  We are seeking assistance of a video editor to bring the information forward to larger audiences through the Internet.

In all, we expect to have more and more guests coming here for transformational education far, far away from the crazy world up North.  Keep checking for announcements of future conferences, workshops and think tanks.  Let’s hope we all can team up and co-create a peaceful, sustainable and just new world through innovation and compassion for all of nature and humanity.

What is our carbon footprint here?
We have one of the lowest carbon footprints on the planet—no need to heat or cool and almost all the labor, food and materials are local.

How did Montesueños grow into what it is?
In 2004 Meredith and Brian were ready to move South, having reached “retirement” age.  But hardly retired we became…when we looked at the property which was to become Montesueños, we were awestruck with the views everywhere and the fertile tropical mountainside grounds.  It only took us a few days to conclude the deal.  At that time there were only about ten gringos scattered around the Vilcabamba area, now there are close to a thousand, mostly very good folks seeking alternative lifestyles and making a fresh start.  We started out with a simple one-room cottage with a rickety loft sleeping space, with a total living space of about 500 square feet.  Now we’re up to about 6000 square feet comprising the main house and expanded cottage which is now our guest house, artistically sprouting in all directions.

This project has been guided from the start.  We were never premature in designing our buildings, gardens and programs.  We let them evolve.  With no requirement for building permits, we let the architecture evolve organically, and the process continues.  As architects and designers, we learned that it was important not to have any rigid structures or business plans.  Our intention has always been to co-create and share this beautiful space with others.  We are grateful we’ve been blessed with a perfect year-round climate, storybook surroundings, kindred local Ecuadorian staff who walk to work and our many fascinating guests who have become our friends.

Our intention to create Montesueños came to us in 2005 when we came back from a trip shocked with an architectural “mistake” coming from a confusion in which the builders constructed an unplanned enormous roof enveloping some old decaying buildings on the property.  We looked at each other and almost simultaneously declared, “This place is bigger than we are!”  The roof was no mistake: it now sits above now the living-and-conference room of the main house.

Synchronicities happen here all the time.  To the degree we set our own egos aside and let the peaceful energy here flow is the degree to which the magic can happen.

How did we plan the design of what you now see?
The design evolved from the start, we almost never envisioned the final plans until the last possible moments along the way, always seeking improvements.  Throughout the process, we feel all the important stages of this project have been synchronistically guided and blessed from a higher source of creativity and intelligence.  We hope you can come and share this special experience of a visit to Montesueños, the Andes and the sacred valley below.

Consciousness, Energy and the Matrix of Personal and Global Reality: How we can consciously design our personal and collective futures

Announcing a unique workshop-retreat at Montesueños-Vilcabamba, January 16-21, 2011, facilitated by Jay Schumacher, Brian O’Leary, Caroline Willcock and Meredith Miller

“There is only one revolution tolerable to all (people), all societies, all political systems: revolution by design and invention.”       – Buckminster Fuller

“Know thyself and thou shall be free.”                     “Knowledge is power.”

Montesueños is the perfect mountainside garden setting for a unique retreat that will celebrate and nourish solutions rather than problems. Our intent is for participants to become more effective agents of personal and planetary transformation.

We find ourselves in the (twenty) eleventh hour of humanity’s personal fragmentation, cultural violence and environmental decay. While this is indeed a profound crisis, we have before us unprecedented opportunities to begin anew in spite of it all. And time is of the essence!

We as individuals, and the civilization we have created, lose direction when immersed in distracting and unfocused activities that sap personal integrity, creativity, joy and collaborative potential. Lost in the cacophony of conflicting agendas, we and our society need to regain a sense of vision.

As a workshop participant, you will receive clear, concise and comprehensive tools that empower you to shift your personal reality and regain your vision, which will shift the collective reality of our group and, by the principles of physics, our society and civilization at large.

This experiment in co-facilitation will blend the talents of two accomplished teachers of consciousness along with their equally talented wives. Jay Schumacher, master hypnotherapist, transformational life and business coach, re-educator of the mind and spiritual counselor, will work with the depths of each participant’s personal reality using proven tools, such as:

How to take personal inventories and watch our minds;

  • How to easily drop into deep states of consciousness as well as how to use such states for highly beneficial purposes;
  • How to shift ourselves from a focus on survival to one on creation;
  • How to shift a life driven by the “veil of illusion” (e.g., bottom line, vanity, avoidance, approval and convenience) to one focused on self-healing and effective action in the community, nation and planet;
  • How to use the power of intention to create miracles of change; and
  • How to team up with kindred souls to produce synergistic results for groups and society.

Caroline Willcock will teach breathing and yoga exercises during the workshop as well as facilitate smaller groups during breakouts or individuals having special needs. Meredith will take us on a visual journey through fifty years as a full-time artist and will lead a tour of her and Brian’s three-dimensional canvas Montesueños as an example of a consciously evolving design process.

Dr. Brian O’Leary, internationally known scientist, practical visionary, longtime teacher, author and researcher of consciousness science, new energy technologies and transformational psychology, will lead the group in asking the questions:

  • What are the design requirements for a peaceful, sustainable and just world?
  • What is the scientific evidence for consciousness and the power of the mind to produce physically tangible outcomes?
  • What kind of world do you want?
  • What’s your part in co-creating that?
  • What are the relative roles of altruism and personal gain in your co-creation?
  • What’s your commitment, knowing that the universe rewards action?

To assist us in our journey through individual and collective consciousness, we will explore:

  • What is consciousness and how can a deeper understanding empower each of us to become designers of a new paradigm;
  • Personal stories of how synchronicities and positive changes happen when we’re conscious;
  • Scientific evidence (e.g., quantum mechanics, remote healing) that our intention and consciousness can heal ourselves and our world;
  • Skype teleconferences with inspirational leaders of personal and planetary transformation.

This unprecedented workshop will be an in-depth experience for all of us, its intent to support our selves and one another in self-awareness and correct action. We can heal our bodies, our lives and our planet.

Tuition for non-guests of Montesueños is $450 with optional $50 surcharge for five delicious afternoon natural meals. For guests of Montesueños, tuition plus artistic accommodations with private bath and meals are $950, $50 additional for single rooms. A non-refundable deposit of $150 will hold your space for the workshop, $300 for the workshop with accommodations at Montesueños for six nights and five days of meals, payable through The balance is due in cash on or before the first day of the retreat. This will be an intensive (fun and relaxing too!) workshop where all participants should be available from Sunday January 16 at 8 pm until 3 pm on Friday January 21, which allows attendees to connect by air between Quito and Loja on both days. Airline, accommodations and workshop space are limited, so it is strongly advised you make your reservations and deposits well before Dec. 15. Information about logistics getting to Montesueños is posted on Write us at with further questions and special needs associated with accommodations at Montesueños and/or about the conference.

Symposium announcement

Crisis and Opportunity

The out-of-control manmade BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico adds an action-inducing insult to injury of the massive Chevron-Texaco toxic oil spills here in Ecuador as well as other ecological destruction and distress worldwide. Humanity is poised at the edge of a terminal worldwide disaster unless responsible people in developing countries find new ways to preserve and regenerate our ecosystems. It is also essential that we let indigenous and other communities find their own solutions through innovation and other sustainable practices, free of international economic pressures. The end of the Oil Age and the beginning of a New Energy Age are upon us, and we need to take decisive action to ensure that this transition moves forward. The mandate for sustainability is clear here in Ecuador: We must oppose plans to drill extensively in the one remaining most biodiverse rainforest on Earth: The Western Amazon. We must end the exploitation of nonrenewable resources and we must create economic sovereignty through sustainable innovation. We must not let this opportunity pass.

Next in our Crisis and Opportunity series, we are gathering leading-edge innovators of sustainable technologies that work with nature not against nature. Collectively, these technologies could begin to produce a more harmonious environment throughout the planet while generating income and employment on a massive scale. We are honored to present the award-winning Awakening the Dreamer Symposium of the Pachamama Alliance, a motivating visual workshop to participate in saving the rainforest and its indigenous peoples. Come join knowledgeable innovators and activists in creating a sustainable future!

  • Gunter Pauli,; International author of The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs, the 2010 groundbreaking catalogue of nature-friendly technologies that could be implemented immediately. An outstanding example is the productively sustainable rainforest of Las Gaviotas, Colombia, restored through an ingenious blend of soil and plant regeneration.
  • Dr. Brian O’Leary, Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Author and scientist; director of Ecuador Affairs, UN-affiliated Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization; fellow, World Innovation Foundation; former Apollo scientist-astronaut; former senior consultant, U.S. Congress on Energy; former Physics faculty, Princeton University; co-founder, Global Innovation Alliance.
  • Leonardo Wild, Tumbaco, Ecuador: President and co-founder, Logichem Solutions S.A.; author, marketing consultant and industry advisor; director and co-producer of feature documentary on the Yasuni-ITT Initiative (to leave the oil in the ground); co-founder, Global Innovation Alliance.
  • David Yurth, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Director, Nova Institute of Technology, inventor-integrator of new energy technologies; author of the Y-Bias model of scalar physics; R&D project administrator; author; co-founder, Global Innovation Alliance.
  • Tarsicio Granizo (invited), Quito, Ministry of Patrimony, ITT-Yasuni Project, Government of Ecuador; former director for South America, The Nature Conservancy.
  • Joel Segurola and Dan Ecklund, M.D., Vilcabamba: Coordinators, Los Visionarios and Global Genius Trust; inventors and integrators of innovative energy, mining remediation and breakthrough medical technologies.
  • Nati Greene, Quito, Pachamama Alliance, facilitator of the internationally-acclaimed Awakening the Dreamer Symposium and advisor to the Ecuadorian government on environmental issues.
  • Jaime Santin, Vilcabamba, Ecuador: Forester, co-director of the Vilcabamba Community Center; coordinator of reforestation projects in the Vilcabamba area.
  • Larry Wilhelm, Vilcabamba, Ecuador and Texas, USA: co-founder of the EarthCare Institute, award-winning educator, photo-journalist and developer of sustainability programs nationwide.

Registration: Tuition for the conference is $35 each day, payable in cash at the door. A special four-day rate is $120. Please register no later than Thursday, August 12 in order to have an accurate head count for meals. You can register by writing us at Note that your tuition will defray the travel expenses of some of the presenters as well as for the delicious food.

    During the first three months of 2010, Meredith and I experienced a quantum leap of activity.  With the addition of the Gaudi-esque Montesueños Towers art studio, a new guest room, a meditation tower with a panoramic view of the Andes and Yamburara valley, and many enhancements to the lush gardens, we can see Montesueños’s potential as a world-class eco-retreat and university for peace, sustainability, the arts and new science. We are fully equipped for the Internet, and we now have about 7000 square feet of space, including an artistic conference-and-dining room for up to 100 guests, ten bedroom spaces—each with a private bath—and a fully equipped kitchen in each of the two houses.  We thank Virginia Igonda and the Macas family for all their help during this intense move forward. 

    I myself have felt shot out of a cannon during the last few months. After we hosted housefuls of guests over the holidays, we participated in many videos here and I spoke at the University of Loja, while planning for imminent gatherings on what I call the Ecuador Initiative: the importance of saving the Amazon rainforest and indigenous peoples by developing clean breakthrough technologies, especially in energy, to replace dirty oil drilling, mining and logging practices (see Ecuador Initiative blog  article).  Some of those ideas are summarized as follows: 

  • the clean removal of mercury and refinement of gold in the tailings from mining operations;
  • the development of clean breakthrough energy technologies under protection;
  • the use of clean fuel technologies and additives such as HHO (Brown’s Gas);
  • the cleanup of hydrocarbon waste through the use of biodegradable acid solutions;
  • expanded eco-tourism, health tourism and educational tourism;
  • the development of exportable jungle medicinal herbs and their safe biotechnical applications, independent of the large pharmaceutical corporations;
  • the application of organic, biodynamic and permaculture agricultural methods;
  • ecological water purification and recycling through innovative technologies such as Schauberger’s;
  • the cultivation of commercial hemp for textiles, paper, oil, rope and construction materials;
  • reforestation projects, using funds and know-how from international sources to restore the forests’ former vitality and biodiversity and to employ Ecuadorians seeking work;
  • environmental technologies in recycling, waste management, ambient energy, etc.;
  • alternative currencies and regional trade integration;
  • information technology initiatives;
  • the taxation of real estate profits and the establishment of high ecological standards for real estate development throughout Ecuador.

    Then, on January 27, I celebrated my seventieth birthday amid many more video shoots here.  Just after that, we convened an international think tank on innovation.  This group of Australian, American and Ecuadorian inventors and visionaries formed a new entity dedicated to the integration of sustainable technologies to give nations like Ecuador (and the entire world) the option to convert from the extraction and export of dirty, nonrenewable resources to clean ones such as those listed above.  In the process, we believe it will be possible to leave nature and the indigenous peoples alone and gain sovereignty for nations, bioregions and communities in need of preservation and restoration.  Once our group becomes more established, you will hear more about what we intend to accomplish.  As you can see from the list above, embracing these innovations is a long-term effort that has barely begun.  People need to be thinking in these ways rather than in terms of short-term corporate bottom lines and the durations of elective political office. Hopefully, my new appointment as director for Ecuador affairs for the Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization, affiliated with the United Nations, will help expedite our Ecuador Initiative for innovation.

    We then met with Alberto Acosta, the former Ecuadorian energy minister who two years ago headed a constituent assembly that drafted a new constitution which provides for equal rights of nature and of indigenous peoples—an unprecedented measure for any nation.  The constitution was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the Ecuadorian people.  Acosta was also the first to propose that the oil be left in the ground in one of the most sensitive, biodiverse rainforests on Earth, the ITT block, within Yasuni National Park, if the world community were to match funds with Ecuador in lost potential oil revenues.  Mr. Acosta, the environmental groups, and indigenous nations would be natural allies in our innovation efforts. Representatives from Ecuador have made substantial progress in pledges from some European countries to keep the oil in the ground in Yasuni. 

    Between March 19 and 23, Montesueños hosted and I co-facilitated with Terry Tillman the workshop Transforming the Dreamer.  Thirty-one years ago, Terry facilitated a Lifespring training which changed my life from that of a mainstream physicist at Princeton University to one of stepping outside the box to embrace a new science of consciousness and free energy.  This training taught me to let go of my fears of not belonging to the crowd and paved the way for a new spiritual path and a career of writing and speaking about bold new paradigms for a sustainable future for humankind.   Transforming the Dreamer was an experiment in blending experiential education, personal growth, and information about threats to the environment as well as opportunities to develop sustainable technologies.  The experience that fifteen of us in residence shared proved to be a great learning for each of us.  We realized that the challenge of addressing and then transcending personal issues is central to any effort to form an Earth Team of dedicated change agents.  We also had an opportunity to take the Pachamama Alliance’s award-winning symposium Awakening the Dreamer, which focuses upon the vital issue of how to redirect society towards a new course of action that will be necessary to move into a world of authentic sustainability. 

    During April, I will be traveling throughout the U.S. to give some talks and to visit with relatives, friends and colleagues. Between May 4 and 8, we will be hosting Charles Feil’s Tao of Photography workshop at Montesueños.   (gallery link)  More updates will be posted soon.

All the best,


2010 Message

Happy New Decade!  We expect to make an announcement very soon regarding an appointment that might make a big difference in our quest for clean energy and sustainability, so keep posted.

Meredith and I have been here in southern Ecuador for more than five years, and the changes have been breathtaking.  For several years now, we’ve known our new home and retreat would be bigger than the two of us, and we’re mostly just cooperating with how spirit guides us.  We somehow feel we’re in the right place doing the right things for the larger issue of preserving nature and creating a new paradigm of sustainability, based in this remote and beautiful outpost in the Andes.

After nearly four years of construction, Montesueños opened its doors with the Phoenix Gathering in June 2008.  While the construction continues on into 2010, we been amazed at the number and quality of guests who have come here, mostly through word-of-mouth and our presentations, websites and blogs (see Links at the right).

During 2009, we hosted four major conferences, hosted some Round Table meetings and opened our B&B service.  We also built and dedicated the Montesueños Towers Center for the Arts which will house Meredith’s new studio.  Now that the architecture part of things is slowly winding down, Mer is excited to get back to more painting in her new studio.  She also plans to teach art workshops with some on-location excursions to exotic nature sites.  Meredith also just completed and unveiled a large original water color, a commission, which is really quite magical, matching the quality of the sacred environment here.  The Gaudi-esque architecture of the art center castle include a meditation tower with tranquil, panoramic views of the mountains, village and valley.  In all, 2009 was a productive and very, very busy year for us.

For 2010, we plan to continue our B&B service at the same low prices ($35 for a single, $25 per person for a double or twin).  We are now taking applications for the rental of the Doves Nest guesthouse at $1000 per week.  The guesthouse has five bedrooms, each with a private bath, modern kitchen and Internet connections. We have  three more guest bedrooms in the main house—also with private baths.  We have four ethernet Internet terminals, and of course, views and garden retreats everywhere.  [Watch promotional video or contact us at for reservation information]

Our conference programs for 2010 are still in formation to reflect the turbulent times we’re in.  As I am sure most of you would agree, the beginnings of our new decade require maximum flexibility in planning the future.  Each conference will be unique.  For us, the good news is, we have created a place where kindred spirits from all over the world can gather to help bring in the new paradigm.  The other news is, sometimes we will not be able to give you much advance notice about events we’ll be having here.  We ask for your patience and flexibility in planning your visits, so keep checking our websites and blogs for announcements, developments and essays.  But our B&B is open and we are here for most of the year.  We foresee the following events happening here during early 2010:

•  January 27: my seventieth birthday (see comments below)
•  Feb. 1-5: closed retreat of innovators on the Ecuador Initiative for innovation
•  March 5-8: Transforming the Dreamer workshop with guest presenter/facilitator Terry Tillman, a world-class transformational educator  (click here for PDF)
•  May 1-4: The Tao of Photography workshop with Charles Feil (gallery link)

My seventieth birthday literally kicks off a bold new path here.  Just after that celebration, we will be hosting international meetings to formulate and promote clean innovations to provide Ecuador and its indigenous peoples with economic sovereignty and economic sustainability.  Called the Ecuador Initiative, this long-term project would allow us to replace dirty oil and gas extraction and destructive mining, logging and farming practices with new technologies in energy, mining, agriculture and water management.  All this is legally required under Ecuador’s new constitution providing for the rights of nature and of the indigenous people.  I’m very excited about this project, even if I may not be here long enough to see all the results.  But as I.F. Stone observed, “If you expect to see the final results of your work, you haven’t asked a big enough question.”  I am certain that, with dedicated colleagues and ideas, we can create a sustainable future for humanity, and Ecuador can become a crucible for global transformation.

Between March 5th and 8th, we will be taking these efforts to its next step with an unprecedented resident retreat I’ll be co-facilitating with a leading transformational educator and friend of thirty years, Terry Tillman, “Transforming the Dreamer”.  In this follow-up to the popular Awakening the Dreamer symposia offered by the Pachamama Alliance, Terry and I are planning to host a few residents at Montesueños in a three-day intensive designed to become transformational activists willing to step outside the box for sustainable solutions.  If you’re interested in taking this unique workshop, let us know as soon as possible, because space may fill up quickly.

“Transforming the Dreamer” and our other 2010 programs, in Meredith’s words, “will gather together with loving intentions, in appreciation of Mother Earth, that each others’ gifts will awaken the sleeping warrior in all of us and send a wave of healing power for change in every particle of the universal dream.”

So…we hope to see you here sometime in 2010!

Best wishes,

Brian and Meredith

Another Exciting Weekend is Coming to Montesueños:
Dec. 11-13
Celebration of the Arts/ Fiesta de las Artes
with Sue Terry (renowned guest musician and teacher), Meredith Miller and Brian O’Leary

$25 per day includes lunch!  
Come one or both days attend as little or as much as you’d like.

Friday December 11, 5:30-7:30 pm:
  Dedication of the new Montesueños Towers Center for the  Arts, preview of the coming weekend’s program, visual presentation  of the life of an artist (Meredith):  free admission

Saturday December 12, 10 am – 5 pm:
9-10 am:                  Registration
10-10:30 am:          Introduction (Brian)
10:30-12:30 pm:     Creativity and Healing Workshop (Sue)
12:30-2:30 pm:       Lunch served
2:30-4:                    Pig puppet satire (Brian) and musical interludes (Brian 
                                and Sue)
4:30-5:                    Tour and walk of grounds (Meredith)

Admission including an abundant lunch (choice of veg and non-veg) is $25, cash at the door.

Sunday, December 13, 10 am – 5 pm:
9:30-10 am:            Registration
10-12:                     Creativity and Healing Workshop (Sue)
12-2 pm:                 Lunch served
2-3 pm:                   Crisis and Opportunity 2010: Challenges & Innovations for
                               Ecuador (Brian)
3:30-5 pm:              Creative sessions, to be announced

Admission including an abundant lunch (choice of veg and non-veg) is $25, cash at the door.

Please write us at to reserve your space.  Also, accommodations are still available at Montesueños.  We have a four-night conference special of $235 per person for a double or twin room, including the conference, breakfasts, Internet connections, use of a modern kitchen and views everywhere.

Because of the collective desire for our community to heal from recent events, we would like to host the most healing, accessible and fun weekend possible, hoping to attract many of you to participate in a coming-together.  If you can, please come to our free event Friday the 11th to learn more about this unusual creative gathering on the 12th and 13th.

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