Betty’s Mountain Top

Greek island, the perfect location, but the Russians just bought it (like they are buying everything else)

Greek island, the perfect location, but the Russians just bought it (like they are buying everything else)

Many years ago, I was working in Jamaica and had a very good friend who was a Diplomat by the name of Kay Baxter (she sadly passed away at very young age) but as we traveled Jamaica, we would talk about growing old and how we wanted an interesting life with interesting people as we age.  We talked about buying an old Hotel in Jamaica and having a Nurse and Doctor on duty and only inviting the people we wanted to be part of our life, and complex! I have never forgotten Kay or our idea!!!

So as I travel, I am beginning to talk about the concept of Betty’s Mountain Top (for lack of better name at this point). Not long after being in Jamaica, my Mother who had been very ill for long time needed a Nursing Home and I became very upset as I looked for decent home with good care and where people where not just sitting around with blank looks on their face! It took me a lot of homes before I found one!

So, this is what I know for sure that Betty’s Mountain Top should have!

1.     Nice weather and sunshine

2.     Safe

3.     Medical resources nearby

4.     Invited guests from around the World (my travelling is excellent because of the people I interact with) without that, not nearly as worthwhile.

5.     Could be one or a number of locations around the world (as someone said, follow the sun)

6.     Could be a Hotel, Retreat Centre

7.     Should have live in as well as day programs (could be Franchise)

8.     programs, could include :

  •  International Think Tank
  • Mentoring
  • Spiritual
  •  Art, Music, Theater and Design
  • Community Charitable Activities
  • World Wide Educational Opportunities
  • Acquiring university degrees
  • Healing work
  • Innovation work
  • Physical activity (hiking , walking etc)

A friend of mine had an idea about having Artists in residence and writers in residence programs. Maybe it could be divided up, so many Artists’ studios and so many Writers’ Studios; we could have certain number of spots for gardeners, for people interested in food and cooking! Etc (which will be very important to the hearts and welfare of the guests) plus provide a yummy diet!

I feel also kids need to be somehow in the mix. I remember many years ago, I was involved in the development of a senior’s apartment building. We put a Nursery School on first floor and the seniors volunteered at the school.

As we age I feel we a lot to give back, resources, knowledge and wisdom. I see this place as a combination between a Salon and 1960 commune.

A definition of a Salon that I like –   “A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through  CONVERSATION!!”

A friend of mine from Mallorca named Manuela (only in her forties) got very excited about concept and sent me the email below, which I love , particularly the  “STOREHOUSE OF KNOWLEDGE” idea.

Hi Betty,

just a brief sharing: I dream’t of Betty’s Mountain Top! It was a big building with big rooms and high ceilings, open to everybody (like a symbol of the world as such in form of a house), where everybody could come and hang out. There was a room with telescopes to watch the stars, a library etc. etc. Symbolically it reflects the spirit of the “Living Museum” a temple dedicated to the muses, and a living storehouse of knowledge. It is already in the process.

Love from the island,


At this point in time, I am looking for additions, ideas and comment’s (positive and negative). If you have people you want to pass this onto or people I should talk to, please let me know. Nothing in my life has ever happened in isolation, my Business, Charity, Book, and travel and this will certainly be no exception!

Thank You, for becoming involved in my dream!!


About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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6 Responses to Betty’s Mountain Top

  1. Betty Steinhauer says:

    You are so right! Thanks

  2. Carol Fraser says:

    Hi Betty, alias the Nomadic Intern! I have been reading most of your blog posts but have not yet replied to you despite being invited to do so.  So here is my input to the Mountain Top living space – physical exercise!  You know that I could not let it pass by without asking you to add this to the list.  I don’t mean running or jogging but at least some types of physical movement activities that would allow one to remain physically healthy, e.g. hikes; stationary exercises. I hope this is helpful – as it is intended to be. I look forward to more of your uplifting updates re the life of a nomadic intern! Hugs, Lee

  3. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Didn’t want you to think my brain hadn’t been working!
    Thanks Adam

  4. Betty Steinhauer says:

    Pub and good wine , goes without saying! Back to my roots, Luton!
    Keep thinking!.

  5. Jeffrey Smyth says:

    You need a pub in there – definitely need a pub! Can’t think of anything else you have missed.

    Yesterday I went to a lecture at Rotman given by Geoff Mulgan, former strategy chief to Tony Blair. He has written about Capitalism centred on bees and locusts – creators and predators. Really good, and like you and me, he is from, and lives in, Luton. How about the Mountain Top at the top of Tennyson Road, or somewhere like that?


  6. Adam Bletsoe says:


    That was my brain! What an amazing concept Betty. And such a “Betty”-type concept, at that!

    Nothing to add at the moment… but very cool next venture for you to float out there.

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