Our new vision is simply to create a peaceful neighborhood with good neighbors, where we each ‘do our own thing’ and, when it feels right, to collaborate with one another on projects.  We hope that out of this less formal interaction, a stronger sense of community will emerge organically.


We invite you to read our past newsletters (click here to find them) so that you may understand how and why our thinking has evolved. 


As for us, Norie and Richard, as long as we’re living in the Garden of Paradise, we aspire to create a beautiful place for people to visit.  For more information on the resources we offer our guests, please click here


From time to time we and our colleagues will offer classes, special retreats and workshops in the Garden of Paradise.  If you’d like receive our newsletters, with information about these and other news from us, please sign up below.


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In the Garden of Paradise, we write books, create art, play music, teach workshops, practice healing modalities and transformational strategies, lead retreats and actively work to create a rebalanced planet, one person and project at a time.


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“Garden of Paradise” is well named...


We have over a mile of river frontage bordered by flat fertile fields planted in organic gardens, pastures and orchards.  Lovely glens and hollows are found all along the entire length of this beautiful stretch of river, connected by meandering pathways.  A small internal road strategically connects part, but not all, of the property.  From several locations, hiking trails pass upwards through a series of micro-ecosystems to the mountain tops.  From there, well over 1000 feet above the valley, one sees stunning views of horizons that go for many miles in all directions. 

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Richard & Norie

As more resources become available, and more people come to shape and manifest this ever-emerging vision, things will move forward more rapidly. But that’s not the point. The point is to start wherever you are. To do whatever you can do to ‘leave the trail better than you found it’.  And while you’re moving forward, hold the faith that there are other team mates out there, all over our lovely Earth, doing what they can do, too.  Click here to see Norie’s book, Return to The Garden, for the overview of the vision we hold.

In 2007, when we “bought the farm”, it looked very different from how it looks today. 


Edulia Gonzales, President (till 2014) of our Junta Parrochial - a 6-barrio governing body - saw the farm in the spring of 2007, just before we bought it. She said, “It looked like hell” - abandoned and overgrown with weeds and cactus plants.

Two years later, Edulia came to visit us with a group of women. She expressed amazement at how the farm now looked - in her words, it was now “a garden of paradise.”

Seven years have passed since we bought our farm.  Despite floods, fires, Norie’s nearly dying and other major challenges, which we are chronicling for a book, we’ve been working with a small team of dedicated workers to create a true “Garden of Paradise” out of the abandoned farm. Our aim is to show what’s possible when you have a clear vision....

As for our physical-world Garden of Paradise....

we’re located near the small town of Vilcabamba in south-central Ecuador.  We have 350 acres, are one mile-high, and enjoy a temperate (not tropical) environment with year-round temperatures that average between 60-80 degrees F.

Our original vision for the Garden of Paradise was to create an intentional

eco-community.


After working hard to manifest this vision over the first five years, we concluded that we needed to modify our original concept....

While we do have a few lots and larger pieces of land for sale, we recommend that you first spend some time to experience the area and ourselves directly to see if we all agree that we’d make good neighbors. 


For more information on land and lots available, please click here to contact us

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This is a photo of about half of the Garden of Paradise, at the Western, downstream end, taken from the mountain across from us.  Our property extends for over a mile along the Vilcabamba River at our Southern border. 


The red line delineates our Western boundary.


The blue line above delineates our southern river boundary that goes upstream (to the right) more than a mile.  Our property is about twice the size of what is shown in the photo.