"Doctors and hospitals focus on your physical ailments. They are quick to dispense medicine to cure your mental anguish, but I’ve found on this cancer journey that there’s very little to help cure one’s spirit.”—Joshua, Cancer Program Alumni.
Harmony Hill began with Gretchen Schodde’s dream to create a retreat center where people could experience renewal and deep well-being. In 1986, Harmony Hill opened its doors as a small nonprofit retreat facility focusing on wellness. In 1994, Harmony Hill added their Cancer Program, the heart of their mission, to provide support for those affected by a cancer diagnosis, including caregivers and health professionals.
Today, Harmony Hill serves thousands of visitors each year through many programs, including those living with cancer, those who seek a retreat away from their daily lives or those who want to make healthy changes in their lifestyle. Harmony Hill’s mission is to transform the lives of those affected by cancer and to inspire healthy living for all. The newest program is the Northwest Center for Nurse Renewal, providing resources that connect nurses and other health professionals to the heart of nursing.
The story of how the Cancer Program grew, and the many lives it has touched, is shared in One Hill, Many Voices: Stories of Hope and Healing.
"Harmony Hill gave me permission to be the author of my own life. Don’t let anyone tell you that because you have cancer your life is being ripped away. Pursue whatever lifts your heart.”—Julie, Cancer Program Alumni.
Gretchen Schodde, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, is the founder and executive director emeritus of Harmony Hill Retreat Center. After attending a retreat at St. Andrew’s House in 1986, Gretchen decided to open a small retreat center and wellness community on the adjacent property now known as Harmony Hill. In 1994, she founded the Harmony Hill Cancer Program, still the best known program at Harmony Hill. Gretchen has been part of almost every Cancer Program workshop and retreat at Harmony Hill, helping to facilitate thousands of individuals through their cancer journey.
You can contact Gretchen email@example.com
Gretchen is a family nurse practitioner, a former University of Washington Assistant Professor, and one of the first nurse practitioners in the state of Washington. She co-facilitates retreats on the sacred Isle of Iona in Scotland, is a founding member of VOICE for Healers in Healthcare and is a certified facilitator and nurse educator.
J. Fields, MA, CHT, is the faculty mentor for the Cancer Programs at Harmony Hill Retreat Center. He began facilitating cancer groups at HH in 2004 shortly after his own journey with cancer. He has guided groups of cancer patients and their companions/caregivers on retreat and worked with various hospitals and organizations that provide cancer programs for the past eight years.
J is a former Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specialized in working with victims of trauma. Additionally in working with the healing of cancer he continues to explore complementary alternative therapies, including Guided Visualization and Qi Gong.
You can contact J at firstname.lastname@example.org (email begins with number one letter o letter l)
You can contact Harmony Hill at www.harmonyhill.org