Deborah 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. Deborah 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, Deborah 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 Deborah 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. Deborah 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.
A New Beginning
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.