Here is what they are saying:
"The Chautauqua was more than I could have imagined or hoped. I actually got freaked out the week before and wondered if I should back out - traveling to a new country with 20+ people I'd never met? I must be crazy. I'd have been crazy to have missed it, though. My saying for the week became, "I can't remember the last time I smiled or laughed this much in a week!"
Cheryl did a fantastic job of putting together the itinerary and dealing with the logistics. I knew that from the moment I arrived in Ecuador, I'd be shuttled around and fed as needed, and with someone that's lived in the area (travel fears #1 and 2, gone).
I could go on for days about the beauty of our accommodations and surrounding area, but what made this such a special trip was the people. I was suddenly in deep conversations with like-minded people, who I could learn from and share a laugh with. And none of the speakers ever acted "above it all" - I mean, Cheryl was at the airport late-night to greet us all with a smile, and we shared every meal with the four of them. Their presentations throughout the week were enlightening, but it's the personal interactions that really stick with you.
The best I can say to summarize is: laughter, lightness, and love; an enlightening experience in a strange country that feels like home. "
"The Chautauqua was, for me, a chance to reset, recharge, and refocus. The days were perfectly balanced between sight-seeing, learning, and just relaxing and getting to know others in the group. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat."
"It might seem that we spent all of our time on difficult mental exercises, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our days were filled with excellent meals, stimulating conversations and several interesting outings. We visiting an orphanage for local children with AIDS, made a trip to the Otovalo Market, hiked around the local countryside, had lunch and a boat ride inside an active volcano, observed a Shamanic Cleansing, and drank many, many bottles of wine.
My fellow attendees were a fascinating group. Somewhat surprisingly, given our universal interest in early retirement, most people actually seemed to enjoy their work. Nights were spent telling war stories and typically ended with sore cheeks from all the laughter. It was a wonderful group. I truly hope that we've made a lot of life-long friends.
Cheryl will be doing this again next year. If you have any interest in early retirement, seeing a fascinating country, or meeting interesting people then I'd highly recommend that you attend."
"The week long retreat in Ecuador arranged by the Cheryl Reed and company was nothing short of life changing for me and my wife. We both made life long friends and realized that early financial freedom was a distinct possibility and not a distant dream! Really enjoyed presentations from Cheryl, Jim Collins, J. D. Roth and Mr. Money Mustache! Below is a haiku from my wife that sums it up nicely!"
A Chautauqua Haiku
Good Morning Cusin!
Financial Freedom with Friends
Eat, sleep, laugh, new thoughts
Link to Blog about the Chautauqua by Ariane-- The Frugal Humanist.