Building a healing and retreat space for cancer patients and their families has been a huge undertaking, and PoSH has benefitted immensely from a steady stream of expertise, services, gifts and donations bestowed upon us. We are deeply moved by all the support. The excitement and support of our clients, as well as numerous physicians—both throughout the U.S. and abroad—is humbling. And the outpouring of local support far exceeded anything we could’ve imagined. All the positive energy and support let us know how much this Healing Space is needed. It has been our great pleasure to gather up all your skills and gifts and wishes…and direct them toward the completion of PoSH.
Early in the process we had an enthusiastic donor family who was excited to offer funding for this project, but later needed to withdraw their offer due to a personal tragedy (our thoughts are with you!). We knew we needed to reach out to the community if we were to make this healing center a reality! When we began telling people what we were trying to accomplish, every one wanted to help in some way.
A BIG THANKS to all of you. Because of your support, every guest will have the chance to take a new step toward healing, to take a vacation from the hard work of “being a cancer patient day after day,” and to find a place of relaxation and rejuvenation. Your gifts, and the hard work of many local volunteers, will allow our guests and their family members to immerse themselves in a serene, non-toxic environment and let peace and healing fill them. It is our hope all will return home inspired and empowered to continue their healing journey.
Here are the many people and organizations who have helped us along the way. Want to join this list? You can find our Amazon wish list here: www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/12M0Y44MKLF1U
Brad Barraclough / Heritage Builders – donated all the construction, renovation, plumbing and masonry services, including some materials and some electrical. Without your generosity and amazing building skills, PoSH would not have been possible. Thank you for consistently showing us that what we could create was even better than our vision. And thank you for being willing to explore and learn about Building Biology so that our space could be created with sustainable, green and non-toxic materials!
Michelle Gerencser – ongoing and daily support with all the little steps required in turning this dream into a reality, computer support, mindfulness support, ideas for setting up the meditation alcove. Thank you for your time and willingness to get certified for Wilderness CPR so our clients can enjoy time in the beauty of Utah’s wild spaces. And with all you’ve given, you also gifted us with a set of organic sheets from our Amazon wish list!
Nicole Tamashiro – professional photography sessions, lighting design suggestions, guest services support, marketing guidance and on-going design and decor feedback.
Patrice Surley (and Matt Dannelley) – for being the quiet but insistent voice that for years urged for this to happen, fueling the initial stages of the PoSH dream, consulting on aromatherapy and formulating PoSH’s herbal and aromatherapy formulas.
Chef Rebecca Katz – consulting on the set-up of the teaching kitchen, Cuisinart Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set, and and copies of her fabulous cookbooks One Bite at a Time, The Anti-Cancer Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen.
Patricia Reilly – business planning, networking and enthusiastic support
Sherrie Mitchell, founder of the awesome Buy Less Share More Cache Valley Facebook community, whose members enthusiastically embraced this project, donating a rattan queen bed, a rebounder, and salvaged barn wood
Lisa Duskin Goede from Bear River Heritage – sourcing and assistance collecting barn wood with amazing character and history (Ron too)
Kathy Miller & Family – salvage wood and artifacts from their 1890’s family barn, built by Amos Wright, north of Bear Lake.
Lester Tamashiro – furniture moving and delivery, sometimes without much advance notice when donated items needed to be picked up ASAP; and telephone repair services (not to mention advocacy in ensuring our communications systems are reliable)
Martha Lang Wescott – constructive review of the business plan, ideas for design of the meditation room, and on-going words of wisdom and guidance on all things (thanks mom!)
Roberta Gutermuth – counsel on set up of meditation room and altar; selection of meditation music
Cache Soil-to-Table garden interns: Bethany Heineman, Brigitta Borrego, Ivy Harvey, Michelle Wiltgen and Kendra Stanger (rain garden goddess) for assistance creating a thriving food forest & edible landscape paradise here in the zone 6, high-elevation mountain steppes of Northern Utah.
Aaron Tamashiro and team of students from the Fall 2015 leadership skills class at Utah State University – extending and improving the permaculture hardscaping and building of new sheet-mulched beds
Jeanne Wallace – gym and weight training equipment: Galena Pro Home Gym with leg press and stack guard; Nautilus R514 recumbent exercise bike; Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer; Bosu Pro Balance Trainer
Sunlighten Saunas – Far Infrared 2-person cedar sauna, low-EMF sauna with no glue/MDF/formaldehyde off-gassing
Anonymous – Media and entertainment equipment: Vizio 42″ Flat Screen TV with sound bar and wall mount bracket; Vizio 3D Blu-ray player
Anonymous – Magnussen Bellamy rustic, solid wood dining table that extends to 9′ and can also be used as a workspace in our farmhouse teaching kitchen. Your generous gift made our hearts fill with warmth and our eyes brim with smiles.
Gilles Arbour – Organic cotton sheet set, queen
Anonymous – Fiesta lead-free dinnerware place setting, set of 4
Sydney Scott – PoSH intern and assistant, smoother of earthen plaster, mover of heavy boxes and all manner of back up support for the PoSH team
Chet Naser – construction and electrical support, heavy lifting (moving many boxes of books and journals up multiple flights of stairs), trips to the hardware store for supplies
Cody Naser – thanks for seriously upgrading our electrical service, and for tackling some unusual requests, such as installing a “kill switch” so that our guests can sleep in an environment free of EMFs!
India Penney – KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor. The most highly used appliance in the PoSH kitchen! From shredding crucifers for home-made kraut and kim chee, blending up quick dips, grinding nutbutters and artisanal coconut butter, to making almond-based low-glycemic treats.
Gwen Stritter, MD – Two place settings of white farmhouse style Fiesta lead-free dinnerware (plates, bowls, cups & saucers)
Nancy Ferrato – Cuisinart programmable 15-bar espresso maker, stainless steel (celebrating 7 years!)
Nicole Huhtala Barton & Family – 1960’s solid wood kitchen hutch
Hoda Cox – set of stainless steel fine mesh strainers, set of bamboo cooking utensils
Dr. Michael J. Pierce – stainless steel 45-piece Wallace flatware set (service for 8), set of 3 Anchor Hocking glass measuring cups, and Amco Stainless Steel 5-Piece cooking utensils
Anonymous – set of LuminArc working glasses, Farmhouse style drinking glasses in 2 sizes
Hilary Shugart – BPA-free lids for LuminArc glassware, so that our drinking glasses can do double duty as food storage containers (yay, no plastic!)
Anonymous – Squatty Potty, bamboo. We’re excited to give our guests this unexpected but healthier bathroom squatting option, as everyone we’ve taught about this says they’ll never go back to the old way.
Anonymous – Norpro 3-Piece Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk Set
Cash donations (up to $1-100): Christine Bailey
Cash donations ($101-$250):
Cash donations ($251-$500): Fonda & Brandon Rutland
Cash donations ($500-$1000): Brad Barraclough
Savvy Furniture (Carol & Ron) – discounts on quality second-hand furnishings and decor (e.g., furniture built in a former era—before MDF, toxic glues and harmful off-gassing)
Logan ReStore & Habitat for Humanity – deals on building supplies, doors, cabinets, light fixtures and mirrors
Custom Countertops – granite for the kitchen island with non-toxic installation
Hooker Appliance in Hyde Park – discount on kitchen appliances
Green Building Supply – guidance on green & non-toxic renovations, American Clay Plasters, AFM Safecoat sealers
Rainforest Earth Paint – non-toxic wood stain and paints
Big Green Carpet Clean – discounted non-toxic carpet cleaning
Wayfair – discounted GreenGuard certified non-toxic flooring, CARB-compliant furniture. Thank you for offering an expanding line of eco and sustainable choices.
Everyone who completed the early marketing survey to help guide us in creating a retreat center that best meets their needs.