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Part 8 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Greetings again on a beautiful spring day. Here are a couple of paragraphs about our Cancer Retreats from One Hill, Many Voices Stories of Hope and Healing elegantly written by Donna Cameron and Kristen Leathers in 2011: “Harmony Hill’s story continues to grow with each new story, forged by the ...
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Part 7 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

     Spring is unfolding now at HH with a garden volunteer party this weekend to get our hundreds of zinnias, dahlias and other sweet flower starts planted in the gardens. Lois Oberg HH masterful organic gardener has brought great expertise to the Hill. Prior to our current greenhouse, we ...
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Part 6 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Greetings again on a beautiful spring day. Few more stories here about the early days and the startup of the Cancer Retreats. There were several people at our very first retreat in early 1994 that became on-going “weavers” in the unfolding of the CRs. Beth Fischer was one who not ...
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Part 5 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Nourishing the Body, Mind, and Spirit: Harmony Hill’s Kitchen In the early days of HH our kitchen was very small and I did much of the cooking. Our beloved elder, Elaine Cook, was passionate about delicious healthy food. She shared many wonderful recipes and wrote the first cookbook printed in ...
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Part 4 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Dear Friends—here are more stories on the early days of Harmony Hill (HH), to be followed soon by how the Cancer Retreats began.  Some of these blogs are taken from snippets of One Hill, Many Voices: Stories of Hope and Healing written by two extraordinary volunteers Kris Leathers and Donna ...
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Part 3 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Greetings again dear friends of Harmony Hill. As I shared in the last blog this post is a few stories about Kitty and Elmer Nordstrom and how these kind and benevolent people helped create opportunities for Harmony Hill to become what it is today. I had written them a long ...
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Part 2 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Greetings again dear friends of Harmony Hill. As I shared in the first blog this post is on opportunities that came from discovering St. Andrew’s House (pictured to the right) at a women’s retreat Feb of 1985. In his life St. Andrew’s illuminated peoples’ spiritual responsibility to one another. Unconditional ...
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Part 1 of 25: The Rest of the Story – by Gretchen Schodde

Greetings dear friends of Harmony Hill, For some time, I have wanted to write at least part of The Rest of the Story of HH…. the many incredible people who have helped make this place happen.  As I look back on the tapestry of my life I am honored and filled ...
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“I’m in Awe” – a Participant Reflection

ROOTED IN MISSION: Gretchen Schodde had a dream to create a retreat center where people could experience renewal and deep well-being. In 1986, Harmony Hill opened its doors as a nonprofit retreat facility focused on wellness. In 1994, the cancer program was added to support those affected by cancer. In ...
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A Cancer Retreat Experience – Arrival

One 2017 retreat participant told the story of his arrival and experience at a cancer retreat: "There was a sense of peace as we drove up the driveway onto this beautiful property. Knowing that we were able to come here and do this together as a couple - not as ...
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