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Everyday Magic from the Andes

By Merri Scott

Ecuador soups are great.

After experiencing years of work and study in the High Andes with the Taita Yatchaks, Gary and I became the humble recipients of many great gifts. It is my great pleasure to share them with you.

Beginning in 1998, the Grandfathers (wisdom keepers) declared that the ancient secrets of the Shamans for Longevity, Vitality, Energy could now be shared with the world.


Here is the chef at Inn Land of the Sun with one of his famous soups.

Gary and I joyfully share this knowledge through food.

We should always remember that mysticism is as simple as cooking and eating!

I feed everyone who comes to visit us at our Retreat Center at Little Horse Creek Food as Medicine.


Delegates learning about cooking at Merrily Farms.

It’s as if I have generation after generation of those old wise ones stirring my mind like a pot of stew. When I am creek side by myself in our small but lovely kitchen, I can hear friends and clients out on the deck overlooking Little Horse Creek laughing and conversing.

What do those old ones tell me?  Serve them rich, but simple, pure foods, cooked in certain ways.

The outcome?  Outrageous delight, pleas for recipes, desires for meals in their own lives and substantial weight losses!

Please join us in Ecuador in the Andes or the High Country of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina or in the hills of Mt. Dora!


Until then, here are simple ideas for your own pleasures and good health.

The Magic of Soups

Soups are undergoing a lot of clinical studies.  Dieters in tests who ate soup with their meals lost more weight than those who didn’t.  The more soup consumed, the greater the weight loss.  One year later, the soup group had kept the weight off better than the non-soup group!

Using Food as Medicine, soup is the ultimate.  It is filling, satisfying, rich, meant-to-be-eaten slowly, easily digested.  The warmth of the soup (a cold soup is unthinkable from a shamanic point of view!) allows the blood vessels in the digestive tract to expand, enhancing digestion.  THIS BETTER DIGESTION CLAIMS MORE NUTRIENTS FROM LESS FOOD AND HUNGER CRAVINGS DIMINISH.

In the Andes, shamans use whatever is ripe. A handful of guavas stewed with a bit of Quinoa (the ancient Andean grain with a complete protein makeup) and some natural sweetener….delicious, easy, relaxing and yet hearty.  How about apples, pears or mangos stewed with oatmeal?  Blueberries are ripe now here in the High Country and they are wonderful.  Use lots of liquid for a delicious, hearty, quick stew or soup that is easily digested!

How about Tomato Basil Soup with a some natural cheese, and a bit of good hearty 9 grain bread buttered with Sun Butter?


Here’s our dear friend, Jorge Espinosa, in his magnificent La Mirage cooking class kitchen with his divine soup. 

The Heat of Soups brings you a sense of fullness, stress relief, loss of weight and also heralds you as a good cook!  (Just don’t tell anyone how quick, simple and easy it is to cook all these natural delights.)

Sun Butter:  soften organic butter and add equal parts virgin olive oil.  Mix together gently, serve soft and flowing on hot bread for satisfaction, richness increasing good oil intake, decreasing butter intake. 

Tomato Basil Soup:

Sun Butter
Chopped Onion
4 good ripe tomatoes
2 tbsp. sundried tomatoes
Handful of shredded fresh basil
3 cups of vegetable broth
2/3 cup of organic cream

Tips: For Broths- use a handful of Jaffee Bros. Deluxe Dried Blend boiled with pure water.  An instant, healthy, delicious, inexpensive vegetarian broth!  Available at health food stores and www.organicfruitsandnuts.com

Take a dollop of sun butter and stir in chopped onions just until softened.
Add tomatoes and broth, simmering 20 minutes.
Blend the basil leaves and sundried tomatoes with the soup until smooth…leaving a bit of roughness.
Return to pot and carefully add the organic cream, heating through.

Serve, fill yourselves, your family and friends with the Magic of Soup.


As of August 1st, Jean Marie Butterlin (whom we have been working with for some years) has acquired our Ecuador real estate business.


Delegates at our Cotacachi Super Thinking plus Spanish Course.

Jean Marie has added some new tours and expanded the length of others, so see the new schedule below.

Jean Marie Butterlin, was born in France and after graduating in 1977 from the engineering college ICAM in Lille (France) moved to United States where he developed a homeopathic and dietary supplement business in Houston TX, with an aim at exporting the US made products  into Europe, with emphasis towards Belgium and France.


Jean Marie Butterlin.

After living part time on both sides of the Atlantic he moved back  in 2002 to Europe where he has a prosperous business in the natural health field i.e. phytotherapy, mineral supplements, specialty cosmetics, as well as Quantum medical technology, internet publishing for the anti-aging market.

This quest for anti-aging remedies, products and techniques has lead him to discover Ecuador with its valleys of longevity, where he is researching and developing new approaches to live longer and better and bringing the new products and techniques to more and more people in the United States and Europe.

Jean Marie moved with his family to Cotacachi last year.

International club members will still attend all 2010 tours free.


Delegates at a shamanic minga tour.

See the updated Ecuador tour schedule below.  * Indicates new added or expanded tour.


Delegates on a Coastal real estate tour.

Sept.   2-6   Ecuador Export Tour

Sept.   8-9  Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 11-12  Coastal Real Estate Tour

Sept. 14-15-16 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

* Sept 20-25th Women’s Event


Delegates on an Imabura real estate tour.

Oct.  7-10  Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business North Carolina

Oct.   11-12  Travel to Quito and Andean Tour

Oct.  13-14  Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Oct.  16-17  Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct.  19-20  Quito Real Estate Tour

Oct. 22-23-24  * Cuenca Real Estate Tour (Expanded from two days to three).

Oct 26-27   * Mindo Exploration of Life in a Cloud Forest ($249 $299

Oct 26-27  * Quito-Otavalo Christmas Shopping ($249 $299)

Nov.    4-7   Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida

Nov.    8-9   Travel to Quito and Andean Tour

Nov. 10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 13-14    Coastal Real Estate Tour

Nov. 16-17    Quito Real Estate

Nov. 19-20-21  * Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Nov. 23-24 * Mindo Exploration of Life in a Cloud Forest
Dec.   2-3   *Quito-Otavalo Christmas Shopping ($249 $299)
Dec 2-3  * Mindo Exploration of Life in a Cloud Forest

Dec. 4-5    Ecuador Shamanic Minga

Dec.   6-7    Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Dec.  9-10   Coastal Real Estate Tour

Dec. 12-13    Quito Real Estate Tour

Dec. 15-16-17  Cuenca Real Estate Tour


You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours.

Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.

Two Pack… 2 seminar courses & tours $998 Couple  $1,349 Save $149 on couple

Three Pack… 3 seminar courses & tours   $1399 Couple  $1,899 Save $98 single or $348 on a couple or more

Four Pack… 4 seminar courses & tours   $1,699 Couple $2,299 Save $98 single or $697 on a couple or more

Five Pack… 5 seminar courses & tours  $1,999 Couple $2,699 Save $496 single or $1,046 on a couple or more

Six Pack… 6 seminars courses & tours  $2,199 Couple $3,099 Save $795 single or $1,395 on a couple or more

You can apply multi tour discounts in reverse.  Enroll in multi tours.  Learn about Ecuador in June, July, August or September and then include the October Quantum Wealth course in your multi tour pack.

Oct.  7 Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business North Carolina