Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure

Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure

We thought you might enjoy a re-telling of our tale about The Cedars beginnings! As most of you were not subscribed to our blog from day one, you may have missed our very first post, introducing Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure!

In April of 2009 Bill and Marilyn met, online. Bill lived in Massachusetts, USA. Marilyn lived in New Brunswick, Canada. During their dating relationship they discovered that they each had a dream to build and run a wellness retreat center. It just seemed like a far off dream though.


That dream received a formative gift when Bill’s daughter Alyssa was looking for a beautiful spot to be married in the Texas Hill Country. The scouting happened in the Spring of 2013 for a 2014 Fall wedding.

The process made it obvious that there was high demand and still room for more supply of venues in the Hill Country for weddings in particular. With this kind of demand a business model that would also allow for creating a beautiful venue for personal retreats, corporate team-building, wellness seminars and other celebrations became feasible.

Arriving in Austin in October of 2014 Bill and Marilyn immediately fell in love with the city of Austin and began to get to know the Hill Country better. Wimberley, TX soon became the favorite get-away place. In addition to the adorable town itself (great restaurants, great shops, beautiful) was the town’s commitment to sustainability, an important value for Bill and Marilyn.

In March 2015 Brenda Ryan began supporting Marilyn in her business and executive coaching company (Capacity Building Coaching, LLC - After a couple of months, hearing Marilyn discuss their dream Brenda highlighted the fact that she indeed had a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development. This was a detail that had not registered with Marilyn in reviewing Brenda’s documents since she was focused on Brenda’s professional organizer credentials. This surprise gift is one of many that The Cedars has received and the richness and wisdom that Brenda is bringing to this project is immeasurable!

The hunt for land began and the arrival on the scene of Garth (Bill) Robinson (who here after shall be known, affectionately, as “Agent Bill”). The quest was sadly paused with the horrible Memorial weekend floods in Wimberley (and surrounding areas). Just when it seemed time to put the dream on a respectful hold Agent Bill found the land that is now “The Cedars”. The first of 2 10-acre lots closed in early September 2015 and the second in early November 2015.


Wanting both incredibly beautiful and sustainable design, Bill and Marilyn hired brilliant and award-winning Acre Architects ( Our team and our dream continues to grow and flourish. And we are so happy that you are all sharing this excellent adventure with us!


Until next week,

Bill and Marilyn

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1. Margie Fife wrote:
Ahhhhh - love it. Some details I did not know. Thanks so much for sharing - you wonderful couple and hope to visit your fantastic place someday! Hugs to you and the B's (not honeybees - lol).

Tue, April 12, 2016 @ 2:49 PM

2. Anne Christensen wrote:
It's been such an adventure for both of you, right from the start of you meeting, dating, getting married and so on. To know you and see how you weathered so many storms and gathered strength and resiliency along the way, to end up right where you had your and heart set on at the very beginning, is the testimony to the rest of us that anything is possible! I love you guys and I always look forward to hearing about your progress. The Cedars will be an amazing venue and retreat with you two at the helm ☺. One day I hope to visit.

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