Elk Haven: a Lifelong Dream Comes True
Many people have asked how Elk Haven came to be. There are a few possible answers to that question, including Bruce's vision and amazing energy for refurbishing a sadly dilapidated space, the financial synergies of putting two family businesses under one roof with one of them already being well-established, and the close proximity of the Elks Lodge to our home so that it felt like an "old friend" that needed our attention. But the truest answer, at least to why the business that we put here is a wellness center, is that it fulfilled a dream for Belinda that had been quietly waiting for a time and a way to get from daydream to daylight.
As someone who recovered from late-stage cancer and an auto-immune disease with holistic therapies, Belinda has a passion for helping others find healing and transformation in the least invasive, most life-affirming ways possible. These hard-hitting diagnoses came when Belinda had one child-- a two-year old--and NO desire to leave him "motherless." So, highly motivated to find answers (in a pre-internet world!), Belinda began to search for any and all viable alternatives to a year of chemotherapy, some amount of radiation and lots of prednisone. Diet, supplements, herbs, self-care rituals, homeopathics--many things that had never been given a thought quickly became extremely interesting and important. And they are no less so today from Belinda's point of view.
When the right time came-- after 3 more children were -- Chinese medicine seemed like a powerful tool to add to a long list