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Rural Getaway

Harmonizing Health is a
‘healthful haven’ for clients

Mastersons hope to organize
a spring art festival each year

By Roberta Sell
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. (December 2011) – Deep within the Trimble County, Ky., countryside, sits a  rural getaway unlike any other in the county. This unique retreat offers a range of services from massage therapy to stress management coaching.
Patrice Joy Masterson, 68, and her husband, Frank Masterson, 84, own the land and home where the retreat is located. The Mastersons purchased the rural property with the intent to create an environment that would be conducive to Patrice’s dream of creating the ideal setting for a nature-inspired, healthful haven. Texas natives, the Mastersons fell in love with Louisville and the surrounding areas after attending a workshop she attended to further her education and skills.

Frank and Patrice Masterson

Photo ny Roberta Sell

Frank and Patrice Masterson
purchased land in Trimble County,
where they have created a
holistic health retreat.

The Harmonizing Health Retreat boasts a cozy cottage that is ready for rental by retreat attendees. There is a meeting space in the basement inside the Mastersons’ personal residence, as well as outside on a patio overlooking the trees. Several acres of woods are outfitted with hiking trails, mediation, and meeting areas. A Labyrinth, constructed by the Mastersons and nurses from the Holistic Nurses Association, is also open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to walk the 2 1/2-mile-long path that winds through the 26 acres of forest. Hunting is forbidden there. The place is “intended as an education center,” Masterson says. 
Many diverse groups and organizations have already used the facility, and Masterson looks forward to future events. She has scheduled a Spring Arts and Crafts Festival for May 19, 2012. Masterson hopes this will become an annual event.
Masterson holds a master’s degree in holistic health and wellness, a degree obtained from Antioch McGregor University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is also a certified stress management instructor. Masterson defines her practice as “integrative health” that “utilizes personal responsibility” that “provides more options” in addition to “conventional medicine.”
Those visiting Harmonizing Health Retreat have the option of employing Masterson’s guidance in the design of a personalized health and stress management plan. Masterson also specializes in a non-contact type of therapy called reike, a Japanese healing practice intended to “acquaint women and men with the benefits of physical, mental and emotional relief,” according to Masterson’s website. In addition, the facility offers affordable services similar to what can be found in most spas, such as makeovers, facials, and massages (conducted by a licensed masseuse.) Masterson holds a reverend’s license as well, and can officiate wedding ceremonies. She offers a “Wedding in the Woods” service for those seeking a pastoral setting for their nuptials, with options for catering.   
Masterson has taught a class in downtown Madison, Ind.’s Cultivate store, and teaches a variety of classes every Thursday at LaVenture Station on Main Street in La Grange, Ky. Among these Thursday meetings is the Women’s Circle of Light, a group that is made up of members of a non-profit organization by the name of SOS, or Seekers of Serenity.
As Masterson’s pamphlet explains, the group was formed “with the vision to aid individuals discover self-awareness and personal empowerment to provide avenues for life empowerment and community enhancement.”
The objective of the Women’s Circle of Light Monthly Meditations held in La Grange is “to strengthen communication, build trust and loving relationships,” according to Masterson’s brochure. 
A recipient of the Woman of the Year award, as awarded by the National Professional Women’s Organization, Masterson has a history of dedication to philanthropic organizations. In the past, she has worked to assist women in abusive relationships, providing them with the resources needed to break free from their dangerous situations. Her organizations have partnered with other non-profits such as the Salvation Army.
Masterson says that she is “very excited about partnering with different organizations in the area.” With the Harmonizing Health Retreat and the classes she teaches, Masterson aspires “to give people hope and help other people reach their dreams and access their talents and resource skills.”

• The Harmonizing Health Retreat can be found approximately three miles north of Bedford on Hwy. 2870 (New Hope Road). For more information, call (502) 255-0622 or visit: www.harmonizinghealthretreat.com.

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