Located about 10 minutes north of Dayton off of state Route 202, Harmony Farm was started in the late 1980s by Bill and Barbara Brewer. Barbara had a degree in nursing and decided to become a licensed massage therapist. She later expanded the healing arts services offered at the farm to a total of 20 therapists offering body work of all kinds, including Reiki, Reflexology, a holistic health coach and a life coach in addition to massage. The farm has grown even more over the years in terms of buildings and offerings. It now offers classes including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Qigong and Belly Dancing. A free hourlong meditation is offered the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. (One of the more interesting offerings, a lava shell massage, might be something I'm inclined to try in the future.)
The farm also has a steam room, hot tub, pool, labyrinth, pond, space for overnight guests and day retreats.
The farm is committed to the Earth and being "green." The farm has about 50 tillable acres and there are plans to plant medicinal herbs to be used in salves, tinctures, essences and seasonings. The farm is certified organic and is in the process of being certified as biodynamic. The plants to be grown include St. John's Wort, echinacea, mullein, dandelions, rose, bleeding heart, comfrey and others. They currently have a little more than 700 lavendar plants growing in the lower field.
The farm is offering visits to its labyrinth in the woods for free on Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and World Labyrinth Day on May 4 from 1-2 p.m.
Classes being offered at the center include a pain relief class featuring the Alexander Technique taught by Karen DeHart. The Alexander Technique aims to aleviate pain, anxiety and help one feel more comfortable in one's body.
To learn more about Harmony Farm and all it has to offer, visit the website at www.harmonyfarmonline.com
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**There's still time to sign up to volunteer for Earth Day Columbus 2013: Stand Together. Visit http://earthdaycolumbus.org/ to register. Be sure to mark your calendar for the follow-up celebration the next weekend on April 27 at Columbus Commons.