Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure

Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure



The Cedars Beginnings

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 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 and the second in early November of this year.

Wanting both incredibly beautiful and sustainable Bill and Marilyn hired brilliant and award-winning Acre Architects ( design. Recently, Solluna Builders ( has joined the team as very experienced green builders in Austin.

This blog will come out weekly with updates, photos and videos sharing our inspirations, our progress and possibly requests for resource ideas. We are so grateful to have our own in-house phenomenal photographer, Billy Orr ( who will be documenting our process.

Over the weeks to come you will get to meet more amazing team members. We welcome your ideas, comments and visits!!!

Bill and Marilyn Orr


11 comments (Add your own)

1. Susan Orr wrote:
Dear Bill and Marilyn,
Exciting to see your dream take shape! Everything about it screams success. Sandy and I can't wait to see it. We wish you all the best.
Much love,

Wed, December 9, 2015 @ 7:05 AM

2. Sandy wrote:
Love you guys! Great to readthe story tho' I know a lot of it and I am so happy and proud - you are making a dream come true! Yay! One day I will be a guest there!

Wed, December 9, 2015 @ 8:21 AM

3. Lauren Palozej wrote:
Congratulations to you both on making your dreams become reality!! Very exciting and I cannot wait to see and hear more!

Wed, December 9, 2015 @ 6:09 PM

4. Keith Marin wrote:
Good for you guys!

Thu, December 17, 2015 @ 7:46 PM

5. JimPrice wrote:
Bill and I met at the Ultimate Courage retreat in Ca last week. He was really excited about this effort and I hope it works well.

Jim price

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