Sundays at Healing Gardens

The gardens are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
the Second Sunday of every month from April through October


April 9  ♦  May 14  ♦  June 11  ♦  July 9  ♦  August 13  ♦  September 10  ♦  October 8

Admission: Individual $5.00  Family $10.00
In solidarity and to honor the journey, Cancer Survivors are always FREE.

“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
~ e.e. cummings

~ The Picking Flower Garden is still blooming! ~
Pick your own boquet for a $4 donation ~ jars and scissors provided

Yoga in the Gardens
April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 and October 8 (weather permitting)

As an Option, Join outdoor Yoga class from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Ease stress and tension, relax muscles, increase circulation, or just pamper yourself with a day in the beautiful gardens!

Instructor, Nancy May, owner of “Yoga from the Heart” studio comes to Healing Gardens to teach yoga classes
on the 2nd Sunday of every month. She is qualified to work with students of all levels.
Come explore the world of yoga in the Gardens.
For more information & to schedule, call Nancy May 815-319-3500 or visit to register.

Saturday, September 30th at Healing Gardens!

from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Cost: $55.00
Presented by Tiza Pyle, PhD

Participation is limited to 12 people.

From Stressed To Best™ is a proven program for reducing everyday stress that produces remarkable results!
Because people are different, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to stress reduction simply will not work.

Instead, From Stressed To Best™ uses definable personality differences to pinpoint specific, individualized steps to help
each person find their best individual solution to daily stress. Tiza Pyle, PhD is a personal transformation coach who helps
people who have made, or are considering, significant changes in their lives hone the skills they need to succeed.
She is the author of “Fat Hurts: Your Guide to Personal Transformation After Weight Loss Surgery.”

For more information and to register for the program, please visit

Something New in October...Common Threads: a Day Retreat for Bereaved Parents

Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Held at Healing Gardens At Stone Hill Farm

$75.00 per person, lunch included

To Register Contact:
Pre-registration is required as group size is limited. Scholarships are available.

The death of a child creates a change in life's tapestry and requires piecing life together in a different way. This day retreat will provide you the opportunity to share your unique grief journey with others
through reflection, expressive arts and activities in nature. In a supportive grief environment, led by trained grief professionals you will gain insight into your grieving process and develop new coping skills.

Common Threads was developed by Life Changing Support Center Facilitators:
Judy Hanson, LCSW, CYT • Priscilla Brinkman, LCSW, FT • Cheri Hunt, Art Instructor

Awakening In Nature Retreat (formerly "Spa Sisters Retreat")

Women . Nature . Wisdom . Sustainable You
Saturday, October 21, 2017 • from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm

Come into nature and learn to use God's creation as a tool to sustain yourself. Awakening In Nature Retreats teach how to gain insight from nature
and sustain your true self amidst all of life’s cluttering “to-do’s.”

Retreats are held at Healing Gardens

Go to; for more information.

“There is magic in the air entwined with the peace of the Holy Spirit as I approach the healing Gardens.
My senses giggle and smile and rise to their fullest intended purpose as I am greeted warmly by Sophie
(the resident dog). This spiritual island draws me into a warm, safe relationship with nature
and an abundant connection to other women…simply heavenly! Thank You!”
    ~ Chris M.

Shhhh. Silent Saturday Mornings. Shhhhh.

March 11, April 22, June 24, August 5, October 28

9:00 am to 12:00 pm • Cost: $20 per person

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
~ William Wordsworth

Carve out sacred time for yourself to pray and reflect in a group setting.

Morning will consist of two, 20 minute meditation periods; a guided meditation
walk in nature; silent reflection time; journaling and optional sharing.
Drinks and snacks provided.


Contemplative Prayer Group

2nd Friday of Every Month at the Healing Gardens
from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Free admission for this event. Please register by calling: 630-377-1846
Donations appreciated!

Prerequisite: An understanding of the Centering Prayer Method.

Centering Prayer Workshop

Saturday, April 1 & Saturday, July 29
Introduction to Centering Prayer

Presenters: Deborah Marqui, LCSW and JoAnne McElroy, MA

8:45 am to 3:00 pm • $65.00 per person*


“Nothing in all creation is so like God as Stillness.”
~ Meister Eckhart

Is God calling you to more Stillness in your life?
Learn a prayer method based on the early Christian, contemplative tradition.

Deborah Marqui, LCSW and owner of Healing Gardens at Stone Hill Farm, will teach the workshop.
She is a commissioned presenter of Introduction to Centering Prayer. A two-time cancer survivor, Deborah attributes
her healing to the restorative power of nature and the simple prayer practice of Centering Prayer.

There will be optional follow up sessions that assist in strengthening the Centering Prayer practice.

JoAnne McElroy, MA is a Life Coach/Spiritual Director and teacher of the Enneagram Workshop.
(see more information above) *Scholarships are available by calling 630-377-1846.

For additional info about Centering Prayer visit