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Health

Healing Gardens in St. Charles to cap season with book signing, monk's meditation

Deborah Marqui finds healing in her garden in St. Charles. A book signing and monk's meditation will be part of the closing day of the season for the public.
Deborah Marqui finds healing in her garden in St. Charles. A book signing and monk's meditation will be part of the closing day of the season for the public.

ST. CHARLES – Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens on Stone Hill Farm off Dean Street in St. Charles, will have its final monthly opening of the season from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13.

The admission cost is $5 per person and $10 per family, always free for cancer survivors. Healing Gardens is cultivated and hosted by Deborah Marqui, owner of Stone Hill Farm with her husband, Buzz Marqui, a news release stated.

Marqui, who is cancer-free from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma since 1996, and in remission from breast cancer since 2002, finds great restoration of spirit in her gardens and property and wants to share that with the public for their own rejuvenation.

“Come and immerse yourself in the transformation of nature into the rich colors of fall,” she stated in the release. “There is still time to pick a bouquet of flowers with numerous colors of mums, summer blooms and fall foliage.”

For a small donation, visitors can pick their own bouquet of flowers to take home, with jars and scissors provided. There will be no yoga this month.

Bhante Bhaddiya, a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka, will teach a loving kindness meditation and walking meditation in the gardens and share an inspirational Dhamma talk in his one-hour program from 2 to 3 p.m.; the suggested donation is $10. People are asked to text or call Marqui to reserve a spot at 630-740-2597.

Marqui’s recently published memoir is titled “From the Fire Into the Garden: A Healing Journey.”

“Many visitors to the gardens ask why my husband, Buzz, and I have opened the gardens,” she stated. “The memoir is the story behind the creation of Healing Gardens.”

Her story is an intimate and soul-baring account that took her from the “fire” of cancer into the creation of Healing Gardens, an inspirational healing space open to all.

What began as journal entries to make sense of a shocking terminal diagnosis became a powerful raw account of the author’s transformative journey. With cancer as “teacher” and nature as “healer,” she was launched into a compelling, crash course in how to integrate body, mind and spirit into health and wholeness. Her memoir includes a guide for reflection.

The memoir can be purchased through Townhouse Books in St. Charles or Amazon for $15 or from Healing Gardens for $12 at the October opening, at which Marquis will be present to sign copies.

At the garden opening, people are welcome to read, nap, draw, meditate, journal, swing or simply do nothing. Donations of time or money for upkeep are appreciated.

Groups are welcome to schedule and reserve special days to visit the gardens year round. Healing Gardens also is available to rent for the day or weekend along with an indoor meeting room. Healing Gardens is at 37W249 Dean St. For information, call 630-740-2597 or visit www.healinggardensatstonehillfarm.com.

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