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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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From the Harmony Hill Board of Directors

Harmony Hill is undergoing a transition in leadership. It is important that we inform you of actions taken during this time. Our Harmony Hill Board of Directors has appointed Tracy Merrifield as Director of Transition as we undergo a thorough search for our next Executive Director. Tracy is both a ...
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One Participant’s Journey – Anne Buck

To understand Anne’s journey leading her to Harmony Hill, you would have to understand her life before her cancer diagnosis. She had worked as a massage therapist and realized at one point she could no longer hold all of their emotions and stories she was hearing. Anne made the decision ...
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A Story of Hope & Light: Ann Loonam

"I first came to Harmony Hill in July of 2014. I was almost a year cancer free at that point. I was feeling scattered and also stressed to my breaking point. Besides my breast cancer I had lost both parents to cancer, my Mom about 4 months before my diagnosis ...
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