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See how to earn from Ecuador’s best hidden secret…  an Ecuador cooking school in Cotacachi now offers readers a special earning opportunity.

Last year we launched  two new beta programs to help readers earn income globally.

One was our online course “Event Full Business- How to Earn with Seminars and Courses”.    The second program was our more specific Super Spanish teaching course.

I am pleased to say that the Super Spanish teaching program has worked really well.  Teachers are now teaching all over  and have completed courses in Ecuador, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Seattle.  They have courses coming up in Vancouver, Toronto, St. Louis, Washington DC, Sarasota and Spain.

We have learned a lot about how to help others to have an events business and how to get it off the ground.  This is creating the core of the Event Full online course which is filled with real time case studies… not out of date theory.   Staying current is vital today because technology is changing how we do business at a faster pace.

Our self publishing course ten years ago would not have included the internet.

Our business courses five years ago would not have included how to use Facebook.

Our events courses a year ago would not have included how to use Twitter.

We are using all of these technologies in business today and we share what we are doing and testing and learning in business now with our subscribers.

The Event Full course includes case studies from our Super Spanish teachers. Last year they were readers with no experience in the seminar business. These reviews show how they started and are earning now.  One case study shows how one teacher generated $6,737 for a three day course  (this is the best sales a teacher has enjoyed for a three day course so far).

We try to evolve every single day and have now organized a new beta program… an event based business opportunity based around natural health and Ecuador cooking recipes blending pre-Incan nutrition with modern cooking techniques.

You can earn and participate in one of the most special cooking schools in the world.

Actually this is more than a cooking school… “gastronomical education and delight” might be a better phrase because this Ecuador cooking school  is hosted at the luxurious La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa by La Mirage proprietors, Jorge Espinosa and Michel Duer.

Simply the Best

First, let me describe what I mean by most special… because one of the rules we teach in our business courses is to have unique products and services.

La Mirage is unique and beyond… simply one of the finest hotels in the world.  When you stay at La Mirage or offer a cooking course there you know you are offering the best.  You simply cannot be outdone!

La Mirage’s restaurant was one of the first places where Merri and I discovered on our first trip to Ecuador.   The wonderfully exquisite cooking  is just one reason we fell in love with this country.

There are twenty three luxury rooms at La Mirage and a world class spa, plus plush private gardens.

Whether you are dipping into a jacuzzi or enjoying a cozy eucalyptus fire in one of the many beautifully decorated rooms, you will find fresh roses everywhere. No detail is overlooked.   Guests range from Hollywood stars and US Senators to royalty.  The Queen of Spain chose La Mirage during her stay in Ecuador.

This message looks at new culinary delights  in the La Mirage kitchen that you can now know, enjoy and even turn into an income opportunity.

We recommend that anyone visiting Cotacachi… or anywhere near… go to La Mirage.   Enjoy at least the spa and the great Ecuador cooking there.  The food is incredible.

The chefs are world class, and presentation is at the top of their list.  Appetizers are served in individual wooden music boxes, soup is poured hot into your bowl and each plate is a work of art. Here I am with delegates at La Mirage.

Here is the risotto starter up close.

The homemade, organic rose petal ice-cream dessert is out of this world.  Each tiny ball of rose ice-cream hides in the center of a blossom of sugared rose petals.

Everything at La Mirage is exquisite! It was with keen interest and expectation that Merri and I visited La Mirage to enjoy lunch with the proprietors when they opened their cooking school.

La Mirage installed a teaching kitchen just for these courses in the Garden Room, where we met with Jorge Espinosa, the La Mirage proprietor who created the Cooking Course and the hotel’s …


executive chef and sous chef.


Relais & Chateaux means of course… the best!   This is what we saw… the best, an exquisite meal built in front of us… just as those who join these Cotacachi cooking classes will learn and enjoy.

The menu included these three courses.




Here is the start of the Gazpacho.


Then the chef added…


sherbert and Jorge poured in the gazpacho.


The quinoua began with


tomatoes drizzled with two sauces.


Preparation for the quinoua.


The chef adds grated freshly grated ginger on top.




Now we had to do our work which was…


the eating.


After the soup and the quinoa started, our main course was this duck fricasse.

What can I say?  Delicious… words fail the event… a perfect meal.

If you get to Ecuador, you must enjoy this food.  Better still learn how to prepare it  and attend the La Mirage Cooking School.

Even better still learn how to earn extra income from this school by being a La Mirage Cooking Course event planner.

The La Mirage Cooking Course is an opportunity to visit La Mirage Garden Hotel  & Spa and earn.

Courses are limited to ten maximum, and provide insights into the cultivation and production of corn, quinoa, sugar cane, herbs and many other products which the hotel uses daily use in the preparation of food. Venues for lunch and dinner have been carefully chosen to give you the wonderful flavor of different cooking styles and techniques using ingredients from the region. You will enjoy local specialties for which La Mirage is famous along with a range of fine Ecuadorian and South American wines and spirits.

You learn about Ecuadorian cuisine and preparation by actively participating at this hands-on lively 3 hour cooking class during 4-days of your stay.  The chefs share their secret recipes in the preparation of a variety of starters, soups, main courses and desserts.

The classes take place in the kitchen of the Garden Restaurant COLIBRI, under the leadership of the chefs.

In this beta program we can tailor make a cooking course suited for your own business or you can capitalize on three existing La Mirage Cooking Course Plans.

The Queen of Spain stayed at La Mirage so it is not surprising that we call their most luxurious course the Royal Plan (though I hasten to add that this has nothing to do with the Queen of Spain).

The Royal Plan is an extensive course and tour plan that includes a 9 Day/8-Night culinary experience and numerous tours around Ecuador.  The course cost covers:

Hotel accommodations at La Mirage and in Quito (the divine Mansion del Angel)

Return transportation between Quito and Cotacachi as well as daily outings

Four cooking classes including ingredients

Full daily breakfasts, lunch and a three course select A la Carte gourmet dinner at La Mirage

Soft drinks and water during meals and one glass of Ecuadorian wine during class lunch

American breakfast at hotel in Quito

Apron and accessories


Train ride and lunch

Condor park entrance fee and show

22% tax per government regulations

One spa gift certificate

Price per person for the 9-Day / 8-Night culinary Experience:

Double Occupancy: US$ 2,952.00 per person
Single Occupancy: Additional supplement of US$ 1.000.00

This price includes the 22% government tax.

The Premium plan is much shorter and eliminates the tours.  This course just gets down to the brass tacks of this special cooking  
and covers three days and two nights at La Mirage in either one or two beds (shared room) and includes:

Return transportation between Quito and Cotacachi

2 American breakfasts per person

2 Three courses select a la carte gourmet dinner per person

2 Three Hour Hands-on cooking classes per person. 
 Supervised and instructed by a professional team of chefs

Apron and cooking utensils

2 class luncheons with one glass of Ecuadorian wine

22% taxes as per government regulation

A Certificate of participation will be extended at the end of class

Price per person US$ 854.00

The Off Site Plan is least expensive and is for those who have their entire focus on profit.  To reduce costs this plan provides accommodation at  our hotel Inn Land of the Sun in Cotacachi just a couple of blocks from la Mirage.

This plan includes:

2 Three hour Hands-on cooking classes per person supervised and instructed by a professional team of chefs

Apron and cooking utensils will be provided

2 class luncheons served with one glass of Ecuadorian white & red wine

22% taxes as per Government Regulation

A Certificate of participation

Price PER PERSON US$459.00

The cost of the two nights stay at our Hotel Inn land of the Sun is $132.  Double occupancy for one or two and $55 for shared return taxi to Quito.

This is not a business opportunity that will make you rich… but is a way for those who have a passion for fine food and natural health to immerse themselves in the ultimate luxury… and turn that luxury travel and learning into a tax deductible expense as they earn.

What to Do Now

There are our numerous options.  First, if you are in Ecuador… at least go stay at La Mirage so you can see this uniqueness for yourself.

These recipes are created by Jorge Espinosa.


Jorge Espinosa

Jorge is a proprietor of the La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa. He was trained as a Chef at the famous Hotel Training School in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany before honing his culinary skills cooking at several notable hotels before opening La Mirage in 1986.

At the La Mirage Cooking school Jorge teaches a unique cooking style that blends ancient pre Incan cuisine with his decades of  experience gained while working globally with some of the best chefs in the world.

You can learn more about visiting the hotel or having a meal there by clicking on La Mirage’s website link below.

Or if you love fine cooking and natural health… and plan to visit Ecuador… sign up for one of the plans shown above.

If you feel that this might be a business idea… then you could order our course  Event – Full Business

The latest lesson of this course outlines several ways you can use this cooking course to enhance your lifestyle and earn a bit more.

For example.  If group leaders bring four couples they can attend free including COMPLIMENTARY ROOM, BREAKFAST AND DINNER.

Or group leaders can earn commissions. A group leader would earn about $2,500 for bring a group of four for the Royal Plan.

These plans can also be used as cores to create a stronger earning base by combining the cooking school with other events… such as weight loss, or teaching Spanish… natural health, shamanic or whatever you might decide to create.

These courses can also act as one part of a broader business base that includes publications and or/sales of cooking or Ecuador products.  The potential for combining these courses with other products are almost limitless.

This is all explained in the latest lesson of our course Event – Full Business.

Learn about this online course below.


Earn With a Business in Seminars and Tours

Learn how to earn extra income from a seminar, tour, exhibition or events business.

Enroll in the online Event – Full Business course, $349 by clicking here.

Many readers of this site crave freedom… and perhaps adventure.  At least they desire the ability to get out of the rat race.   They want  to travel… spend time… live… laugh or love in more than just one place… and they want the places to be ones they choose.

How can one live such a lifestyle… where a suitcase is a necessary and vital friend?

There are few people more capable of answering this question than… Merri and me.

For 43 years (from May 1968) we have been paid to travel and live exactly where we have wanted to be… because we have had an events business conducting seminars, courses and tours.

Our seminar/conference/ events business has allowed us to visit and to live almost anywhere we have chosen… or not.

Sometimes we have incredible adventures.


Here I am with Merri and an Ecuadorian Yatchak deep in the Llanganatis jungle creating a shamanic tour.

However when we want to stay at home we can also do so.  One does not have to travel to have an events business.


Here I am (in brown shirt) speaking to a delegate that we conducted at our Florida home.

We even built a…


seminar hall on Little Horse Creek so we can stay in the mountains when we desire… and still conduct events.

Here is one of the small groups at a retreat we conducted in the seminar hall.


Most owners of an events business do not do this much, however!  Lesson Two of a new course we have created called “Event – Full Business” shows how to start small and gradually build a larger events business (if that is your desire) as we have done.

We have conducted events as small as two delegates and some with over 400 so…


we know the events business inside and out… large and small. Here Merri and I are speaking to over 400 + people in Quito, Ecuador.

There are innumerable fringe benefits to an events business. For example almost all of our global travel has been tax deductible for all these years.

The pay has certainly not been bad either.  As you’ll see below, one time we earned  $142,260 in three days.  In another instance we earned over $135,000 in two days.  Once our earnings exceeded $200,000 in just three days.

Yet the income has been a small part of this adventure. The expanded horizons… the people we have met… the adventures we have shared… the tens of thousands of delegates we have enjoyed and hopefully helped…. the poor we have served… the freedom we have felt… to be able to go where we desire and come home, when we desire, with more than when we left.

These facts have dramatically enriched our lives….and we hope others.

Now we would like to help improve your lifestyle as well… if… earning with a seminar, tour events business appeals to you.

We have conducted seminars or events or spoken at them in… (alphabetical order)  Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary (before the Iron Curtain came down), Indonesia, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands,  Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and at one time or another most of the United States and more.

There is a possibility that  Merri and I know more about conducting events than 99.9% of the people in the world and because so many have asked… we have finally decided to provide an online correspondence course on how to create your own seminar, tour or events business.

We call this brand new emailed correspondence course:  “Event – Full Business”.

We have completed three lessons and to give you a better idea about “Event – Full Business”. The Introduction Lesson is below.  I am ready to send you the Intro and Lesson #1 of “Event – Full Business” and am ready to accept your enrollment of students in our beta program.

See how to benefit from this first stage in our course development after you have studied this introduction.

“Event- Full Business” – How to Profit Conducting Seminars, Workshops & Tours

Sometime about 24 years ago…. around 1987:


Photo from www.thetoptensite.com/Niagara_Falls.html


A white water symphony… harmonized in crushed octaves.  A melody amplified by nature’s power and white water sound conducted in the fresh air amphitheater that is Niagara Falls.

Merri and I walked arm and arm along the Canadian side of the falls…overwhelmed by its strength and its spectacular beauty.  We had driven from our home in North Carolina to conduct an International Investing and Business Conference… one of the largest of our own seminars that we had ever conducted…380 people.

We arrived a day early… took a suite with a large red garden tub… soaked after the long journey and then enjoyed the wonder of this natural phenomenon…Niagara Falls.

This was the day to enjoy because the next three we would be busy, very busy… with stress-of course. Marketing had shot past our expectations and this was a large crowd. We would work hard yet we would also earn approximately $142,260 for three days work. Actually more. You’ll see why below.

We have earned in many ways since then… until now… 24 + years later.

This morning a reader enrolled in our 2011 International Club allowing him to attend all the seminars we’ll conduct for the next year.

He wrote: “Hi Merri. I am looking forward to meeting you both again. Had met in Niagara in the 1980s. Thanks.”

Obviously, something we did for this client 25 years ago brought this extra business to us now.

This fact stimulated me to get on with this course which I have been outlining for some time. A seminar, conference, tour business not only creates unusual profit opportunity now… but when a seminar business is properly run, it can create income for a lifetime!

This course shows how Merri I and have created riches and a lifestyle beyond our wildest imagination and shares steps you can take to create a profitable and fun business conducting seminars, workshops conferences and tours wherever and whenever you like.  (Or perhaps you want to conduct seminars online or live or with a video sent through the internet.)

When it comes to conducting seminars, courses and tours, there are few people with more experience than Merri and me. Over 43 years we have organized, marketed and conducted thousands of tours for tens of thousands of people in dozens and dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).

This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… how you can get started and what you can do much better than we have.

Here are the initial lessons in an outlined that I am writing.

#1: How to earn millions from seminars, courses and tours. See how we have earned as much as $200,000 for three days’ work. (Once $135,000 in two days.)

#2: How to build a seminar business. See the one day Washington-Atlanta-San Francisco system that helped our courses evolve and how to use this approach to help your teaching grow.

#3: When and when not to use other speakers. Seminars for speakers… a way to get it all out as your bank accounts gets it all in.

#4: How to use other speakers. Gain the key to the room and the people within. Why the golden pen is mightier than a glib tongue, the sword and the overloaded brain.

#5: Dealing with hotels/locations. Why the marketing does not talk to catering who will not communicate with accounting and the mess this could mean for you. How to choose… arrange and survive the hotel. Forget the $11,314 coffee bill… for swill.

#6: Scheduling seminars. Magic dates and times for marketing… how far in advance to market and seminar death dates to avoid.

#7: Creating a back end business. How Merri made $12,936 dollars at a seminar in 37 minutes by just standing still.

#8: Three types of courses… delegate driven… speaker driven… third party driven.

#9: The importance of strategic partnerships for added wealth.

#10: How to market seminars, courses & tours.

#11: List building.

#12: Alternative seminar and course location options.

#13: The benefits of both big seminars and small courses.

#14: How to survive the dreaded problems: What to do when enrollments are low. Handling the heckler, the takeover and the cell phone. When the hotel fails. Surviving speaker no shows and all of those types of things!

#15: How to enhance your other businesses with seminars.

We welcome you to “Event – Full Business”.

We’ll be doing all we can to help you create your riches and a lifestyle beyond your wildest dreams with an events business so your life and income can be filled by events and event full!

The first lesson will look at seminars, workshops conferences, exhibitions,tours, various events, how they differ and their strengths and weaknesses so you can begin to zero in on what would be best for you.

This is the introduction.  We invite you to become a beta subscriber to this new online correspondence course, “Event – Full Business”.

The initial fee for the “Event- Full Business” online course is $499, but as with all of our courses, we provide a substantial discount to our first subscribers as part of a beta development program so they can help us refine the course.

Save Now

In this initial offer, you can enroll for a special initial savings plus we’ll enroll you in our our annual Event – Full Course Update for even more savings you’ll gain next year.

We’ll send you the first lessons immediately and each lesson as it is completed.  Plus we’ll ask for your input.

Never Ending Story – Save Next Year

The world is changing at an ever faster pace, so no course on business remains current for long.  Our events business evolves every year.  Consequently our courses never end… they evolve with our business.

Throughout the year we update, rewrite and expand our courses… adding new tips and share real time what we have learned and what we are still learning.  We show the changes we are making… how and why… in our business through the year.

This continual update is like an Alumni Club. Imagine attending Harvard. After graduation you stay in touch with your fellow students. You share. You help one another. You network and stay up to date. Our online business courses work in the same way so we… all our subscribers… and you,  help the courses evolve and keep pace with new ideas, new technology, innovation and changes in the market place.

Beta subscribers are guaranteed “Events 202” at a special discount when they choose to continue with the course in June 2012.


So you gain more than just savings as a beta subscriber.  The extra added benefit is that you help direct the creation of the course and make it more useful from the very beginning.

Then year after year… as long as you like… you stay in touch with us, our webmaster and with the other subscribers from around the world though a special password protected site.

The first 15 lessons above are set and will be sent regularly. Your questions, comments, actions, successes and failures will help expand and direct this course over the next year.

Enroll in the online Event – Full Business course, $349 by clicking here.


la Mirage cotacachi

Go to the La Mirage Garden hotel & Spa Website here