Touched by the Radiance of Love

Did you ever experience a time when all movements you were taking seemed to be slowed down, and your awareness of something extremely special taking place permeated the very essence of your Being?

On a Wednesday in April, I had the task with another Friend of Turning Point and its President, Ruth Brown to pick-up trees and plants generously donated by Ronald and Beth Gregory. They were destined to be planted along the road leading to the future site of the community dedicated and non-profit retreat center called Turning Point near 5103 on Double Bridges Road, in Meherrin. These plantings were inspired by the Spirit of Earth Day and Arbor Day. As a former Park Ranger on both the city and Federal Levels, my life continues to be dedicated to the stewardship of this magnificent planet that we share.

He that plants trees loves others beside himself. — Thomas Fuller

The Farm House

We pulled up to the beautiful farmhouse belonging to Beth and Don in the early morning streaming with the vibrancy of Spring. The first thing I noticed were the colorful translucent flowers dancing in the bright but delicate rays of the sun. Each species, it appeared, was planted with much love and intention. The gardens that meandered around the house sent an invitation to come and explore! Beth awaited us with a warm welcome and hug, ushering us into the brilliant mix. We were introduced to each species as you would to a dear friend. As I witnessed this loving and intimate relationship, I felt such Gratitude. My friend was not only sharing her beloved plants, but also her life, her knowledge and her passion for gardening. Her connection to the environment.  All of this would be transplanted to Turning Point. What a gift!

Don soon followed into the garden, and we received another loving welcome as he also shared his years of experience, his knowledge and connection to the plants. Some of the trees and plants were already carefully dug up, and still others were swaddled with newspaper and rich soil as a most cherished infant would be lovingly dressed. We learned that some of these gifts were given by their friends when they acquired their property and homestead.  Beth alluded to the joy she experienced in sharing them with us and Turning Point. I had the sense that they both were extending out in love as they had received love. A beautiful living gesture that will permeate through the future generations of visitors. They too would feel the love, the radiance that saturated my Spirit that beautiful morning. 

Planting at Turning Point Healing Retreat Center

In the calm after the storm on Saturday afternoon, the numerous plants were gently and lovingly planted in their new home. The sunlight was as brilliant as that early morning visit with Beth and Don. I have committed to easing their transition with frequent watering and visits. I felt such a strong connection to them, their labor of love and care invested in each plant. A gentle wind caressed us. The wind was coming from the elevated spot that would one day be visited by many. 

I felt the sensation of love in my heart. A feeling of expansiveness, joy, hope, connectedness, Being part of something so much larger than self. I looked at Ruth, and with an embrace we celebrated in the rhapsody of Spring, this season of rejuvenation and renewal. You are invited to our future gatherings to catch the Spirit of love with us all!


Debbie Vigneri

DebbieAnne Vigneri

Naturalist, Yoga/Meditation/Ayurveda (maintaining health and well-being through the practice of yoga) Instructor, licensed Therapeutic Body Worker and Therapist, and humble Secretary for TPHRC (Turning Point Healing Retreat Center). You are welcome to call or email 518-248-7220 or


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 Hello everyone!

Wishing you all a happy spring season and looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming evenKylets!  We have some new classes happening. CHECK OUT THE DETAILS AND OUR CALENDAR HERE.

  • April 6th (Today!) Free! Create Your Character Drawing class.  We are hoping that our newest instructor, Kyle, will offer more of these classes. His motto is that “Everyone can Sketch!”.  A 13-year-old drawing prodigy, TPHRC is introducing his classes and work to the community.
  • Early Morning Saturday outdoor yoga:  Debbie is offering a new outdoor yoga class early on Saturday.  Come connect with nature and enjoy the spring!
  • Fit classes:  JoAnne & John are offering sit-fit and fun-fit classes Wednesdays and Fridays. Come have fun and get fit!
  • Mindful motion yoga for everyone: Monday and Friday classes for “every body”!
There are great monthly and family rates for our regular series classes!
  • April 20th Free! Earth Day Celebration:  Tree planting at the site of the future TPHRC headquarters.  Learn more about its efforts and dreams!
  • April 27th Free! Summer walks exploring Virginia: A fun afternoon walk in a railroad park for a glimpse into the history of the railroad and how it shaped our community.
  • May 4th We hope you will join us at the Heart of Virginia festival in Farmville!  TPHRC will have a booth there. We will be raffling off the hand made wool rug and some other goodies! 
  • May 11th Felting wit Kat: Create a felt Journal: Learn water and punch felting technique​s, as you create a handmade journal perfect for recording your memories or for giving as a treasured gift.Felt Journal
  • June 22nd Free Felt critter creations with Kat! Create a critter of your choice and imagination using colored felt (wool). Unique creations that take on a life of their own!
Sunset over Turning Point


What we did this year

  • Consolidating our forces and beginning the work
  • Development & execution  of the CAP pilot program
  • Built the road and cleared the land
  • New classes and workshops
  • Offering healing arts: Massage, Reiki, and more
  • Local community events
  • Adopted and cleaned our Virginia “highway”
  • Redesigned and streamlined the building
  • Created an “Americans in Motion” grant submission
  • Looking forward and asking for your help

Please Help Us Grow!


Sunset over Turning Point
Sunset over Turning Point

Year in Review

Consolidating Forces

Ruth & Deb House

This year our two out-of-state board members moved down to Virginia. Having bought the land beside Turning Point, Ruth & Debbie are currently building their house – a short walk away from where the center will be built. Ruth is working for TPHRC getting the programs organized and the grants submitted.  Debbie is offering numerous classes as well as providing healing services at TPHRC’s rented location in Kenbridge VA.  All five of our board members volunteered their time and service to the CAP program pilot. 

CAP Walkers

CAP Success!

There were six graduates of our “Combating Arthritis Pain” (CAP) program.  The amazing success and results of the program has prompted TPHRC to run similar classes during the day and open to ALL (not just arthritis sufferers).  Requests were overwhelming from people who heard about CAP and saw the results in their friends and neighbors.  We are now “Combating Americas Pain”!

For a story about the CAP odyssey, click here…

New Road
New Road

Built the road to the hill top where our building will be and cleared the building area.

Aromatherapy Class
Aromatherapy Class
New classes and workshops are being offered in and around our community.
Healing Massage
Healing Massage

Offering healing arts: Massage, Reiki, and more services are being offered at our temporary location.

Lavender Festival
Lavender Festival

Covering local community events, including KV 4th of July festival and Crew Family day.

Adopted Highway
Adopted and cleaned our Virginia “highway” –  2.1 miles of Double Bridges Road.
Headquarters floor plan

Redesigned and streamlined the Turning Point Healing Headquarters Building.

Planing next year:

Americans in Motion (AIM)

We have a grant submitted to Health and Human Services to encourage physical activity in everyday life.  We are very excited about the research project “by the people & for the people”. Stay tuned for more information as it happens!


Building the Headquarters

We hope and plan that 2019 will be the year we build our headquarters in Meherrin VA.  It will have a large and a smaller conference room, treatment rooms, and offices.  Our intention is to use local facilities and resources as our events and programs mature and grow.

Stay in Touch

Sunrise Over Turning Point
Sunrise Over Turning Point



Fun-Fit Classes!

Thanks to the wonderful CAP program, TPHRC has designed a “Fun-Fit” class.

Come move, walk play and enjoy an hour of healthy physical activity designed for Everyone!  Whatever your fitness level or limitations, you can come and begin right where you are.  Music, Movement and Fun!

Friday mornings: 10:30am to 11:30

No registration – Just Walk in!

Kenbridge Town Hall, Room 214, 511 East 5th Ave, Kenbridge Virginia

$10 per class


2018 Board

A Heart-felt Thanks

We, The Board of Turning Point Healing Retreat Center (TPHRC), extend our thanks to all who made it possible to receive a $500.00 grant from Walmart Corporation. These funds continue to support the beneficial programming that serves the community of Lunenburg County, in South Central Virginia.


We have also received a $5,000.00 donation from Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals in Holland, Michigan.  EV is a company committed to helping people heal and grow. Its corporate structure promotes leading with the heart instead of the head.  In recognition, we are naming the new road to Turning Point “Unmistakable Way”, in acknowledgement of the book “Become Unmistakable” written about the company’s own journey to healing and success.

Our current program called CAP (Combating Arthritis Pain), is designed to quantitatively support the results of much research (Center of Disease Control study) indicating that movement, a sense of purpose and belonging, and mindfulness can reduce pain without the use of prescription drugs. TPHRC is using the expertise of its Board of Directors to implement mobility and strength training, as well as, yoga, walking and mindful motion. Our medical doctor, and other Board staff are carefully recording the results of vital signs and capabilities to use in this 6-week pilot program.

 This generosity of these and many personal donors has given us the funding to offer this program free of charge to those in need. During this morning’s CAP class, participants had the opportunity to visit movement stations and do strength training and movements guided by their breath. I witnessed something incredible! I heard much laughter, and saw dear Spirits moving with joy and enjoyment. The courage to embrace a life that is inherent to all. How beautiful to watch! Our prayers, hopes and intentions continue in the effort to gain the financial support that will build our Retreat Center and continue to impact our community in ways never thought possible! Thanks for your continued support and helping our community and others everywhere!