--A local travel paper has written the following highlighting our Lyme Education center which is one of the many things we do here at Sugar Creek Retreat!
by Sabrina Dorow
Travel Story J342
Sugar Creek Retreat, located less than an hour west of Indianapolis in Waveland, Indiana, is surrounded by six thousand acres of wilderness; you can walk off the driveway and be immersed in some of the most beautiful State parks Indiana has to offer. It is quiet, secluded and the lack of Internet connection in the woods makes it easy to disconnect from the distractions of everyday life, which is exactly the atmosphere one needs to begin healing.
Gabe Fauquher, 40, is the co-owner of the center and a full-time pilot. He was also diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2011. Since then, he’s been on a self-educational journey towards health. Him and his wife, Liza, opened up the resort a year and a half ago.
“We were doing nightly rentals for people who wanted to stay the night and do camping, but our big goal was always to do this as a treatment center,” says Gabe.
Sugar Creek is easily accessible as a weekend destination or the 10-day wellness program they offer. The property holds a rustic log cabin and farmhouse, which sit on a 15-acre plot of land. The couple are in the final stages of building a yoga pavilion and hope to have it ready by May, where they’ll host an open house for yoga teachers, couples planning their weddings and anyone else who’s interested in checking out the space.
“You could spend a weekend here and never see another person,” says Liza. “There’s a canopy of trees right near the house, and the way the light comes in during the spring, summer and fall… you really feel like you’re in the trees.”
Both Liza and Gabe have a passion for teaching, and bring different perspectives to the retreat experience. Liza is a licensed full-time psychotherapist and part-time yoga instructor and Gabe completed his doctorate in Naturopathy, focusing on food and nutrition, last October.
The cost of nightly rentals for the cabin is $249 and sleeps 10 people, while the cottage is $149 nightly and sleeps 9. The cost of the 10-day retreat package, which includes all meals, lodging, support and materials for the programs is $5,000. Spouses can attend for just the cost of meals at $100 a day or an additional $1,000. Since part of getting healthy involves major lifestyle changes and is a process that varies from person to person, the center customizes programs by need with options varying from healthy food workshops about nutrition to wild plant hunting, yoga classes or life-coaching.
The center is located in the outskirts of Shades Park, where you can hike, canoe or gaze over beautiful sandstone cliffs. Turkey Run State Park is within minutes as well, which has trails that vary from easy to rugged. For those who want to get out into the water, Clements, a canoe livery, is nearby and canoeing, kayaking and tubing options are available.
“I think really just forcing people to unplug and disconnect can really be helpful,” says Liza. “Gabe and I both believe nature and being outside is healing in and of itself.”