The HSU Health Retreat Center is being featured in an architectural magazine. The following is Mrs. Hsu's letter appearing in the magazine outlining her heartfelt feelings towards the land and her desire to help achieve better health.
The first time I looked at this land, including the woods in the far back and the gently rolling cropland in the front, I knew this was what I had been looking for.
I had been searching for property, not too far from Columbus, Ohio, on which to build a small scale health retreat as my retirement project. I wanted to build a facility for the improvement of physical health as well as a place where people could unwind so completely that one could recapture the childhood feeling of happiness from playing in the sand box. This land had been up for sale for many years, but not much interest had been shown.
I started crying just looking at the land from the road. An embracing and healing gentleness surrounded me and welcomed me. I asked my Father in Heaven silently if this was the land He had reserved for me on which to do the work. He had commissioned me to do, that of healing His children. The search was over. I asked the realtor to make an offer that day.
One of my dear customers of several years, Mr. Bill Halley, introduced me to the architect Bob Giesken. Since I had never undertaken the task of building a home before, I really needed to help. When Bob Giesken and Mr. Halley, who is a builder in Columbus, and I came to the site and walked around the land, I knew I was in the company of two of the best advisers anybody could ever hope to have.
Bob's first comment was "We could build a beautiful home here." When he said that I knew he was the one to design it. We sat down and I gave him a list of desires that I had.
I described the purposed of the building and how many guest rooms were needed. I explained that I wanted a green house and a pond, and told him all my other ambitions and dreams. He listened patiently and I could tell he was formulating a plan in his mind.
The next step was to select a builder. I count my lucky stars for the day I found Roger McClain from Jerry McClain Co. One homeowner who had their home built by Roger McClain 9 years ago told me "If Roger builds your home, you are lucky."
It took about 14 months to complete the building from the time of purchasing the land to moving in. Those 14 months were a time of creativity and rejoicing. Each week I would be given a new set of choices to make, just enough to get involved but not get bogged down with. Many people told me that building a home is a hard task; it wasn't so with this project. Each week was a joyous venture with pleasant challenges. I was learning about a world that I had never needed to deal with before.
Now the house is finished and I have already lived here for 5 months. I have had neighbor luncheons and many dinners of appreciation and recognition for those who have worked with me during this experience. I am a very lucky person to retire from 23 years of working as a retailer in health foods and to be able to continue in this field, doing what I like to do the most in a place, which is "heaven on earth."
It is beautiful during the day and it is beautiful at night. I hear the wild turkeys gobble and pheasants sing, deer graze, my two puppies run and the 21 chickens cackle and crow.
I named my guest rooms "Parkview", "Woodsview", "Star gazer", "Friendship Room", and "Centerview". I sometimes think that I should be awake at night and sleep during the day so that I can enjoy the night view in this place. The stars are bright and when the lights are on in the house it looks like a magical and enchanted house from the outside.
The builder asked me if I am happy here. If I am not, it is nobody's fault but my own for I live in my dream house that has been build just right. I invited for dinner one evening the architect, builder, landscaper, concrete man, and a neighbor who cuts walk paths in the woods. I truly felt that I was amongst the masters of each of their fields. I am a lucky person to have this house to welcome retreat participants who have some serious health problems as well as those with less serious concerns. I find most participants to be my friends and I am also a participant myself. I eat right, exercise right and take herbs and other supplements detoxifying the nourishing my body and mind. Oh, yes I am busy but I am happy and at the same time peaceful within. I improve my health each and everyday just as my retreat participants do.
I wish all of you a most blessed holiday season and I invite you to spend some time with me to heal not only the body but mind and soul as well. I've had guest stay with me anywhere from 1 to 28 days! Whatever time fits you best, I can arrange a way to give my wholehearted attention to you so you may leave from here truly refreshed and in better health.