Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois spent his lifetime studying philosophy, spirituality, with a special focus on the evolution of consciousness. He has written and published numerous books, and first in the USA and now in Ecuador has founded The OASIS Center for Conscious Living. First a teaching center, but also a retreat center and for some a residential community, The OASIS Center for Conscious Living is headquartered in San Miguel, a pueblo on the west side of Cuenca, Ecuador. Louis lives with his wife Catty and their daughter Amelie, now 20 months, and numerous guests and volunteers from around the world.
An expat rides out the pandemic in paradise

An expat rides out the pandemic in paradise

It was interesting that last year, a few weeks before the lockdown would begin in mid-March, I had decided to leave my paradise in Jadan as little as possible. Luckily for me I am married to a Cuencana who cherishes her time with her tribal clan so she was happy to be the sole shopper for our...

Witnessing an old world dying and new world being born

Witnessing an old world dying and new world being born

I have been pondering this essay for quite some time, well before the current global crisis began. I have been living in paradise for the past 18 months, and I have witnessed quite an interesting phenomenon during this time. Those who have come to visit our eco resort are filled with a sense of...

Discovering treasure in a mountain stream

Discovering treasure in a mountain stream

I spend time each day, living in my rural paradise outside Cuenca, playing in the quebrada (mountain stream). I have a project, moving stones in the creek, creating a wading pool, and sifting through the gravel finding a variety of quartz. The myriad of colors of the small stones, the sun...

The balance between perseverance and patience

The balance between perseverance and patience

In the first part of this series on Conscious Living and Dying I referred to my early involvement with the Taoist philosophy as represented by the Tao Te Ching. I remember learning about the key principle of Wu Wei and being totally perplexed. As a young man this principle was illogical, and yet I...

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