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Our Story & Our Mission

Our Story

Welcome to Marilyn & Bill's Excellent Adventure!

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

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, we 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 us both.

In March 2015 Brenda Ryan began supporting me (Marilyn) in my business and executive coaching company (Capacity Building Coaching). After a couple of months, hearing us discuss our dream Brenda highlighted the fact that she indeed had a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development. This surprise gift is one of many that The Cedars Ranch has received and the richness and wisdom that Brenda is bringing to this project is immeasurable!

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The hunt for land began with 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 Ranch”. The first of 2 10-acre lots closed in early September 2015 and the second in early November 2015.

With a vision of combining incredibly beautiful, modern and sustainable design, we reached out to brilliant award-winning green architects, and New Brunswick, Canada friends, Monica and Stephen with The Acre. As we neared the construction phase, we brought local award-winning architect, Jamie Crawley with HA Architecture onto the team. Read more about our amazing collaborative architectural team on our Architecture page.

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Timing, people coming in to our lives, gifts of money, “chance meetings”, incredible new friendships are flowing in to us and we can only conclude that The Cedars Ranch is meant to be and that we have simply been tasked with being its doula. The story of The Cedars Ranch truly is the story of many gifts and blessings.

Our team and our dream continues to grow and flourish. Thank you for sharing this excellent adventure with us!" 

- Marilyn & Bill Orr, The Cedars Ranch

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Our Mission

Mission Statement

"The Cedars Ranch provides a stellar natural setting, with inspiring modern architecture, creating physical and emotional space for celebration, personal growth and community building, while committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability."

A passion to support the healing and well-being of others is the seed that started us on this journey with The Cedars Ranch. Both of us have experienced the power of healing and support that has allowed us to change faulty thinking, choose healthier behaviors and enjoy deeper levels of both joy and peace. The Cedars Ranch is built on a foundation that we have been weaving together for years. There are three prongs to our vision and they overlap and intertwine:

  • CELEBRATE: We are creating a space for celebrations - weddings, reunions, special events etc. 
  • HEAL: We are creating intentional space for wellness - be that relationship healing and growth, yoga, guided retreats, wellness weekends, etc. 
  • GROW: We are creating space for corporate and business use - for strategizing, for visioning, for team building.

All of these 3 purposes have at their core our key values:

  • We want wedding parties and wedding guests to experience peace and healing as part of their experience at The Cedars Ranch. 
  • We want wellness professionals to enjoy The Cedars Ranch as a place that supports their calling and offers space that encourages the growth and wellness of their clients. 
  • We want companies to come and lead their team to healthier relationships, a place where they can make a more positive and significant impact on our world. 

Environmental responsibility and sustainability are central values in the development and operation of The Cedars Ranch. Being eco-conscious, climate responsible, and simply just "smart" in how we use natural resources, feels good to us, is good for the planet and makes good business sense too. You can read more about our Triple Bottom Line approach at The Cedars Ranch, how we are embracing going "Green".

Do our values resonate with yours? We would love to hear from you: