• Deborah Marqui
has been studying spirituality and psychology since the early 70's. She earned a BS degree in education and then received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work. Her field of concentration was child and family therapy. Debbie currently works as a psychotherapist in a private practice. Cancer free from non-Hodgkins lymphoma since 1996 and in remission from breast cancer since 2002, Debbie felt called to offer a peaceful retreat setting helping people to connect with God through nature. Her creative spirit manifests itself in her beautiful perennial gardens and wooded paths. Soon after her diagnosis Debbie immersed herself in the study of integrating body, mind and spirit into wholeness including introductory training in the Science of Intuition and Energy Medicine taught by Carolyn Myss, Ph.D. and Norman Shealy, MD,Ph.D. This training and her studies has provided her with a deepened spiritual perspective on the emotional, physical and spiritual energy of illness and how to stay healthy and healed. Debbie and husband, Buzz enjoy the tranquility of their property, Stone Hill Farm and have decided to open their beautiful healing gardens monthly as a meditative sanctuary for those with life-challenging illnesses or anyone interested in the path to wellness.

• In Her Own Words...
In 1995 when I received a terminal diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I knew that my approach to healing had to include not only my body but also my mind and spirit as I knew they were all connected. Cancer diagnosis has a way of waking you up to life and I wanted to know who I was. To heal body, mind and spirit I knew I needed to embrace a meditation practice. Several years prior to the diagnosis I was introduced to Centering Prayer (a Christian meditation practice that can be adapted for any spiritual tradition) but after a few fledgling attempts, I thought, “This is not for me, I can’t sit still.” This time I knew in the core of my being that if I were to heal meditation must be a part of my life. Every morning for 20 minutes I would meditate using Centering Prayer and then I would journal. In the summer, the front porch over looking the front yard and a portion of a wooded area became my sacred place and in the winter, a window that over looked the woods. I began to see metaphors in nature that taught me about myself, God and life. What I began to realize is that being attentive in nature takes you back to your senses. When you are fully engaged using your senses time stands still and a miracle occurs - you find your self in the present moment. Each season began to reflect a new beginning of soulful understanding and I relished these quiet hours of solitude and discovery.

• History of Stone Hill Farm
The earliest recorded deed to the property is dated May 1842 purchased by James Trumbull from the United States government. Dean Ferson, one of the earliest settlers in “Charlestown” (later changed to St. Charles) bought the land from Trumbull in Nov. 1851. Much later, Dean Street would be named after him. In March 1853, Leonard Juckett a colorful resident of St. Charles bought the property from Ferson. He was known as “Dr.”Juckett for a special healing salve he created. Sven Timms owned the property from 1854-1873 when it was purchased by Patrick and Ellen Dailey. The “Dailey Farm” stayed in the Dailey family for 67 years, until it was sold to Lathrop Hunt in 1940.

The original silo foundation has become one of the gardens. The current house dates back to the 1870’s built by Dailey with various additions added throughout the years. Parts of the house have bricks that were hand made locally and either used as insulation or for structural purposes. This technique was called “nogging”. In about 1980 an elderly resident of St. Charles called the property and surrounding area “Stone Hill” because of all the rocks and boulders. The foundation in part of the home was constructed with these huge rocks. All the rocks and boulders in the gardens were found on the property.

The pump house was built over the well with the original windmill structure still intact minus the sails. The original well was used until 1988.

In June of 1886, the Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad bought land about 100 yards south of the house from the Dailey’s for railroad tracks that are still in use until the old railroad bed becomes the Leroy Oaks Bike Path.

Buzz and Deb Marqui have lived here since 1972 and have raised four children. The land has given Debbie and Buzz an opportunity to manifest their creative spirits in the garden spaces, woods, “Barn” and home.