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Sanctuary in Brazil

Published on April 23, 2010


We are a couple hundred meters down from the high point of the chapada in a deep valley where the rivers meet; a place where the water will never run out.

My older readers know of my project in the interior highlands of Brazil. This picture is the view from the top of the valley and as you can see overpopulation is not a problem here. It was in 1991 that I parachuted into this beautiful region, what’s called the high chapada about 200 kilometers north of Brasilia the federal capital. My heart has made a good home in this beautiful country though presently I live far away on the northeast coast in a modern city.

Brazil, in my and some other peoples’ opinion is probably positioned to have the highest quality of life in the 21st century. It is a vast country with tremendous water resources and an extremely low population density in most areas outside the huge cities like Rio and San Paulo. There is only two nuclear plants, no coal fired electrical plants emitting friendly CO2 and highly poisonous mercury, plenty of good food and friendly people. We have our problems here but insane economics is not one of them. Brazil has prudently been paying down its international debt for years and is now considered a creditor country with enough money to spare to pay off all its debts if the leaders thought that was a prudent thing to do with the country’s cash.

I have for the last year and a half left the project in hibernation but am now ready to take it out of mothballs. We had run out of money and I was too busy writing and publishing my series of medical books and my one book on the heart, love and the vulnerability of being that I wrote many years ago on the chapada. It was the reason I believe I was sent here. To write a book (HeartHealth) on love and the nature of the human heart because this is a land that still has heart and soul, at least when it comes to music and football (soccer).

Brazil doesn’t have a government that goes off around the world killing as many people as they want though my son believes that people are not that different meaning if the Brazilian government had the power the Americans did they would be setting sail for misadventures around the world too. Sorry the Garden of Eden can only be found right now in ones own heart and perhaps with a life partner or a small group consciousness.

The structure and project was originally to be a very exclusive retreat center for healing and the surrounding region is loaded with practitioners of every stripe and more than several of my neighbors in the valley are doctors from Brasilia who have their second homes here.  I cried profoundly the day I knew I was going to get this precious piece of land that is surrounded on three sides by two rivers one of which you can drink directly from 365 days a year. Just in terms of its water resources it’s a water mine and a water park.

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This is me walking across the bridge we built that got washed away last year in the rainy season. The tiny little town of about perhaps a 100 houses is the setting on one side of the river and we are on the other. Right now one has to walk across the stones that are set in the river but that’s impossible when it rains. Part of the project integrates with the town’s people who are simple good folk and some are actually decedents of the slaves that were once in the area. There are plenty of hippies and end of the world people from Europe and other parts of Brazil there as well.

You can imagine my sadness at even thinking about selling the place but alone I have run into a dead end in terms of financial resources this past year and a half having invested totally in publishing a series of books, second editions and a whole series of web sites. We have a whole network of affiliates who are supporting our work and we are open to forming partnerships with others to bring IMVA publications into other languages and countries. Already we have IMVAR coming on line in Russia and are trying to do the same in the Far East.

So I am asking for support and even donations to help finish the project and again would even entertain a partner or two. Yesterday I even talked to a woman in Uruguay who owns a land/park with three waterfalls less than a mile upriver and she is open to joining our projects in some way. Certainly I am open to creative input and someone showing up with new energy for our project, though we already have a strong soul imprint.

I put this out just as I publish Into The Ashes, Climate Change and Agriculture News sites suggesting world calamity is just around the corner for humanity and I want my communications and invitations pertaining to our Sanctuary project to be received in this light. This is an extremely serious moment with a huge part of the world’s population now vulnerable to catastrophe though would you believe, in the city I live, you would never ever think there were problems in the world. I have published an essay called It Matters Where You Live and it was in great part about mercury pollution, something most people just do not want to talk about.


It would take a lifetime to explore all the sweet spots in the region and really it’s impossible to count all the waterfalls on the high chapada. Yes some people have all the luck and can live in places like this though it is my belief that we are all going to struggle with what is coming.

When I came to Brazil 18 years ago it was with a prayer answered and when I heard the message (in plain English) I felt Goosebumps and did not doubt for a moment the import of those feelings. I found a home distant from the insanities in medicine and here the government is even friendly to medical alternatives to the point of endorsing the use of herbal therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy in public clinics. When I shared about our shrine dedicated to Mother Mary with this woman yesterday who owns the land upstream she also felt these Goosebumps. It is my belief that one can set ones sails from such feelings.

In Brazil the most remarkable quality is the heart (warmth) of many of it’s people. It was a good place I came to 18 years ago. Emigration from ones country is not a little thing but if one is living in the first world and has the resources it’s probably now or never. I would have thought many would have fled the states just because of the mercury pollution. See the following map:


In Texas the mercury pollution is so intense it was possible for researchers to measure autism prevalence by education district finding of course that areas with the highest mercury emissions had the highest autism rates. I would have thought things like this would have driven out hordes of people but that is not the nature of people in the first world. Now there are many reasons to try to escape with fewer and fewer that have the resources and courage to do so.

For me and my family Sanctuary is a survival retreat center and we intend to keep living on the coast for as long as possible. I don’t have plans of living in the interior unless the world goes up in smoke, which it might as the clouds continue to darken between Israel, Iran and the United States. I fear the worst in terms of that. Don’t underestimate the need for intense full out war as governments just cannot stand seeing their economies collapse without some external diversion.

It is not my destiny right now to be exploring all the beauty there is to see on the High Chapada though I cannot complain with the ocean and beaches so near by. I have the responsibility to broadcast to the world the news of what is happening in medicine, agriculture, climate, economics and finance. Luckily I have a builder partner on site that I can trust with my checkbook and my life and his brother is the one who this woman from Uruguay trusts.

So forgive me but understand if I do not respond to casual inquires. It is not really a time for playing around though it is still time for love and not taking oneself and what’s happening in the world too seriously. For me that was my mentor Christopher Hill’s most interesting teaching, thou shall not take thyself too seriously. It was his eleventh commandment. When I was young I took myself much too seriously and suffered with the terrible disease of self-obsession and self-pity. Luckily through two decades of meditation and devotion to love I found my way out of that nightmare.

If you resonate deeply with what I have written today and my other work and want to get directly involved with me and this project and have a big YES screaming in your head and heart please let me know. Goosebumps only please! In terms of Sanctuary and getting involved with us please inquire only if you have the strongest feelings about participating and have the resources to do so.

Donations of course will be accepted from anyone wanting to support the IMVA home base that will do everything it can to be a light in the darkening world. It is five years since I wrote an essay called The Dark Ages of Medicine; and even though I wrote years before of everything from the terrorism of the military to the terrorism of money and debt I did not feel the coming dark ages of man as I do now. So to build a fortress of Light I obviously need a lot of help.

Special Note: Brazil has already emerged from the worst of the recession. Posting new stock market highs, decreasing unemployment and strong GDP figures which along with all time low lending rates and a pro-active government, Brazil is currently one of the strongest economic powers in the world. This summer Brazil lent $10 billion to the IMF, which is amazing, given that only a few years ago they were borrowing from the IMF. Brazil also holds historically high USD deposits (not a very good idea), an abundance of newly discovered oil and an export industry that is going from strength to strength though in the future there is no security as the first world tanks.

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  • Looking to contribute financially & energetically to a sustainable community of like-minded people… with a holistic health focus. My background is in health, nutrition, detoxification.

    Would appreciate an update regarding your Brazil project.


  • Elifarley

    Dear Dr. Sircus,

    I would like to share something with those interested in starting a community or ecovillage for sustainable living.

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    It includes tractors, compressed earth brick (CEB) press for earth building [4], hydraulic power source, torch table, induction furnace [5], modern steam engine construction kit [6], etc.

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    * Blog post about the GVCS from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation:

    Another blog post, from Grist:

    [2] List of GVCS machines:

    [3] Karl Hess talks about appropriate technology:

    [4] Intro to CEB (Compressed Earth Bricks):

    [5] Open Source Induction Furnace Project:

    [6] Steam Engine Construction Kit:

    * The GVCS game (being developed)

  • dave morison

    I am very interested in both Brazil and your vision and medical interests. I have visited Brazil 3 times in the last few years, and each time I have reluctantly moved back to the great white north of canada.
    I usually go to Abadiana, a small town about 120 miles west of Brasilia. There is a very powerful healer there. What he does is miraculous. They call him the miracle man of Brazil, John of God, and Joao (his brazilian name).
    I am planning on returning to Brazil in early 2011. I would very much like to come and see what is happening at Sanctuary. It is relatively easy for me to immigrate to Brazil as a pensionairo. I have been thinking of doing this while I can, before the pensions are all zeroed out.

  • teresa smith


    I’ve followed your work for some time and respect your work. I am a nurse living in southern California and wonder each day what I will do when I can no longer run for 12 hours at night! Intrigued is putting it mildly, I would love to know what your needs are and I would be willing to offer funds if their is a return on my investment of some kind. I always thought I should be by the ocean and believe it would be far better to live anywhere than in the US as this country is headed on path of implosion or at the very least financial disaster, as if that isn’t already happening.
    Please let me know what stage you are in so I have a better idea. Remember, I am a nurse, not a doctor!!

  • Dr. Marc
    I’m from Brazil and I live in USA(NM)for 25 years!
    I read about your sanctuary in Brazil and would love to participate. I have a dream of open a healing center in Chapada dos Viadeiros in Brazil. When I read your article a light came to my heart. I don’t know how is going to happens but I have a love for healing and you can check my website. I have a lot of connections here in USA and Brazil. I like to know what are your plans and how can I help.
    We build a Temple here in NM, Albuquerque(Belen) another one in Costa Rica and the third one close to Tibet. They are helping the Earth right now and I moved here to be close to the temple site, but I’m thinking about going back to Brazil and open a healing place there.
    Can we talk?My cell phone here is 505-463-6879-New Mexico-USA. Do you speak portuguese? Lets talk!
    Raquel Fontes

  • goosebumps here too. I’ve been following your work for a while. been looking for my sanctuary. I bought a farm in the rain forest in Puerto Rico 25 years ago – precisely in preparation for the days coming (though I keep hoping they can be averted). But I know now that P.R. is way too civilized (and connected to US) to survive whatever. I just got back from a trip to Nicaragua – scouting out various property deals there. I know Gabriel Cousins is doing a project there – but they are in a different part of the country than where I was. anyway, I didn’t like the country. I want to know more about how one could participate in your project.

  • Tricia

    Dr Marc, thank you so much for all you give, Magnesium is truly heart medicine.
    Bryun , your music is heart music , Thank you both from my heart, Tricia

  • Your emails have intrigued me and touched me. Thank you for your truths.
    Are you planning to start a community there in Brazil?
    I studied with a Brazilian umbanda shaman/bhuddist monk from Brazil who now has a monastery in California.
    This is an amazing spot and the healingliterally flies off the page.
    Thank you for sharing this garden of eden. I kleep envisioning myself in a place blessed like this someday.
    Thank you for reading my note.

  • Dear Dr. Sircus… You are a true doctor which is a rare thing these days! My wife and I are enjoying your books very much. They are so fascinating! The knowledge that they impart is invaluable and you describe it in a way that even people with no medical background can understand. We can’t thank you enough for this and as soon as we can, we’re looking forward to purchasing your other books.

    In one of your recent blogs entitled “Sanctuary in Brazil”, the following phrase caught my attention in how I could possibly support you in your project … “this is a land that still has heart and soul, at least when it comes to music and football (soccer).”
    I’m referring to this particular phrase because I am a remarkable musician and my title is Kayler Guitarist Extraordinaire (you accepted me as a friend on Facebook).
    I am a performing artist, composer, arranger and songwriter. I possess great musical talent but I am not adept in marketing my music but I absolutely know that if the public would be aware of my talent I would sell a lot of my music. I haven’t encountered the opportunity to meet somebody who could really be able to help me.
    Regarding your sanctuary, I would like to propose the following: if you have contacts there in Brazil or anywhere else for that matter that could market my music, I would give you 50% of profits from my 9 cds and future ones. The way you are a great doctor, I am a great musician and it would not be a waste of your time considering this. You can check out my homemade videos on MySpace at: This will give you a good idea of the way I play.
    On CD Baby you can check out the different kinds of music I play. I currently have 8 cds featuring my guitar playing and 1 cd featuring my talents as a songwriter. They are featured at:
    And I am capable of much much more!


    Bryun Kayler


  • Good Day Dr.Mark Sircus :

    Keep on Keeping on Mark! I live in New Jersey,I’m retired and my wife is a Nurse. She is from the Philippines. We go there every January. Plus we have a home their too. I think it is a good and healthy place to retire. Ps. I loved your article on Baking Soda. My Van back window has your web site , for people to log on and access your many healthy and informative articles……
    God bless you Mark and your family…………Joe Gabisch

  • Linda Piatt

    Goosebumps! My husband is @ my 3rd son’s home right now showing him a power point of a village he saw in a dream and wants to build (He designs homes/architecture/interiors). I have a heart for sustainability and health…I am a holistic family nurse practitioner who believes diet/exercise can cure just about anything! We are Christians who home educated our 4 sons (now adults!

    Not sure how all this fits but no mistake my heart was captured with the reading of this page! I am currently in trouble with my job (CVS/Minute Clinic) for standing up to their corporate fascism…not sure how much longer they’ll keep me! Ha!

    My husband is looking to keep his dream alive! No $ or funding to build this project but he did an 80 acre development in the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex in the 1990’s that looks like France! He grew up in Holland, Japan, Australia, New Guinea…and Charlotte , NC. He definitely has a European flair to his design!

    Can’t wait to see how this all develops for you!