June 2, 2021 - Breathe - In the midst of COVID we talked about the importance of Breath. Our breath is a unique shared experience which is unlike any of the other modules. Prana is life force and types of breathing are pranayama detailed in the Slack articles. How gifted we are to carry our own pharmacy called breath which induces chemical changes to enhance muscle relaxation.
May 12, 2021 - Move - We discussed the importance of movement today and the difficulty when we are limited in movement such as the past 15 months with the COVID restrictions. Our freedom is important with the ability to determine when and where and how we can move. In the USA, perhaps we have taken this privilege for granted. We also can emotionally make movement before we actually move...often the thought precedes the action. This is contemplative movement....self awareness.
April 21, 2021 - Think - Our topic for today on thinking took us all on a great thought exploration. Our lives are constantly in transition and really tomorrow never comes so it is what we think about the now and ourselves that counts. We create our reality in our thoughts.
March 31, 2021 - Eat - Today we discussed consumption or eating with all of the ramifications. Imagery of all of the steps from wondering what to eat to buying, to preparation and consumption is helpful in creating a successful outcome. The wonderful point is that we are ready and able to change with the correct input.
March 10, 2021 - Sleep - Today was the start of our 2020 Wholeness Wheel! Once again we have 2 groups, Atrium Health Care APP's and this year we have our Caregivers. Today our session on sleep was an excellent start to understanding the components of health that are modifiable by our behaviors and not require a prescription for change.
January 14 - 21, 2021 - 2nd Delta Wholeness Sail US Virgin Islands!
September 23, 2020 - Soul Self/Wrap Up
This final module is bitter sweet to write. We accepted that the more we explore and seek answers, the more questions emerge. We began the discussion of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman with 'Who is God' #2. Ancient people creating Stonehenge remain a mystery and we might be such a mystery to future civilizations as they dig up our mall in Washington D.C. and see all of the idol statues as well as the numerous monuments to past wars. It is remarkable that in 1350 B.C. the Pharaoh Aten created the first single deity out of his desire to be the only entity worshiped instead of the polytheists that existed prior to his reign. Is it possible that our religion as a means of manifesting our spiritual beliefs is in evolution and is subject to current power as well as political influences. Perhaps the division of church and state is just an illusion. Neurotheology is attempting to find the 'god within us' by means of PET scanning. Not so easy or clear. Thinking about the health of our soul, we might consider not judging, feeling more, using experience, appreciating the moments and growing love. This learning will take a lot of practicing before we will be Masters....maybe the next life.
September 2, 2020 – Priorities
Today we opened up the topic of priorities in our lives and the tremendous number of options that we have in this life. One of our greatest burdens is the number of choices that we have in this day and age and that in an of itself is a very stressful thing. Choices are acute and chronic and all have consequences. Making choices in this time of life is different than what we were faced with in our 20's and will still be different in our 80's. We can reflect on the Blues Zones as a model for options if we want longevity and yet there are sacrifices that we must make to live a long life. Trade offs. Consider your barriers or excuses in your life...reevaluate and have no regrets. This is the last life you will have. Enjoy even in COVID!
August 5, 2020 – Social
Social Summary in the year of COVID: We are struggling this year with the ambiguity posed in social relationships as we try to be with friends and family and still be separate and not contaminate each other. Masks, goggles, gowns and gloves. Can we be with someone mentally in all of this physical separation?
July 15, 2020 – Environment
Environment is a huge topic and can easily consume entire courses, but we have 45 minutes to highlight some issues. Our internal, external and world environment is changing based on political, cultural and personal ethics. Still we are responsible for the outcomes of poor water quality, plastics in our oceans and home air pollution from smoking.
June 24, 2020 – Body Care
Body care in the middle of the COVID was our topic today. We began with a request to slow down and appreciate our bodies as if it was our first car and was to be our only car like our bodies never get replaced. This is our human vehicle.
June 3, 2020 - Breath
In the midst of COVID we talked about the importance of Breath. Our breath is a unique shared experience which is unlike any of the other modules. Prana is life force and types of breathing are pranyama detailed in the Slack articles.
May 20, 2020 – Move
We discussed the importance of movement today and the difficulty when we are limited in movement such as the past 2 months with the COVID restrictions. Our freedom is important with the ability to determine when and where and how we can move.
April 22, 2020 – Think
Our topic for today on thinking took us all on a great thought exploration. Our lives are constantly in transition and really tomorrow never comes so it is what we think about the now and ourselves that counts.
April 1, 2020 – Eat
Today we discussed the old saying that 'you are what you eat'. Looking at our habits and questioning what we typically take for granted will help us to make better choices in our feeding behavior.
March 11, 2020 - Sleep - Today was the start of our 2020 Wholeness Wheel! This year we have 2 groups, Atrium APP's and FFC Caregivers. Today our session on sleep was an excellent start to understanding the components of health that are modifiable by our behaviors and not require a prescription for change.
February 21, 2020
Our founder, Jill Hendra did a live interview with Coastal Daybreak on The Talk Station of Carteret County talking about wellness at all ages
December 10 - 17, 2019 - Our first Delta Wholeness Sail! Exumas, Bahamas
October 4 - 12, 2019 - WOW what a week! In partnership with Fishin for a Cure, Emerald Isle, $156,000.00 was raised during the week. We participated in various fundraising events during the week long fund raiser. What a great group! We announced our Wholeness Sail at the event, looking forward to see who our 6 people will be.
September 4, 2019 - We discussed SOCIAL. We looked at the variety of ways society feeds us and becomes us. Socius is Latin for friend. Our social selves have so very many components starting with our relationship with ourselves, our families of origin, our families of preference, our communities/neighborhoods, work families, spiritual families and on to the virtual word community. As we contemplate each of these, we consider their interaction and self re-enforcing qualities. Do we gain validation or devaluation from our social connections? We believe that our social connections are the best predictor of our quantity of life and perhaps the quality as well.
July 10, 2019 - We discussed the importance and integration of both BODY CARE and ENVIRONMENT in order to make health and sustain health. We all have self-care rituals and our heightened consciousness in selection of products that we use as well as how lovingly we care for ourselves will have outcomes. Many toxins in health products have just the opposite effect on our health. Our skin is our largest organ and can indicate disease as well as poor nutrition. The lines on our face tell the past of our emotions. Be aware of exposure to poor air quality, unfiltered water, high noise levels, intense light, smells that are toxic but we are conditioned to like smoke, and honor yourself if you just do not like something-you are right.
June 25 - 26, 2019 - 5 people with the Spiritual Care Team -Mercy, Atrium Health had an overnight retreat. Loree provided lunches and dinner for the 2 day retreat. They also experienced a restorative yoga class. This is what they said about the retreat -
Our experience at Delta was wonderful!
Stimulating for creative planning
Hospitable – great food
Very attentive to every need, while also respecting our space and need for privacy
Homey, a place to breathe again
June 19, 2019 - We focused on the importance of BREATH and that it is a vital force that is within our control and effects all other vital forces, ei heart rate, pH balance, muscle tension, etc. Panic attacks mostly move 'dead space' air and are ineffective respiration whereas asthma is exacerbated by mood disorder and improves with proper treatment. Breath like heart rate are contagious and when a group is together there is modulation toward a norm. We learned/practiced alternating nostril breathing which is purported to help with reduction of anxiety and brain balancing. The cycle of pain, fear, muscle contraction, rapid breath was discussed the breath being an important focus to break this cycle especially for muscle tension headache and low back pain.-
May 29, 2019 - we talked about MOVE the purpose is to come to a greater realization that when there is no movement there is no life. We discussed the importance of moving. We started by understanding that even when someone dies, they are still moving on an anatomical level. ? Confusing. We move differently at each decade of life and the issues of balance being most important as children and aging. Society determines the types of movements that are culturally sanctioned with considerations of movement therapies or sports events or transportation like biking. These issues create a culture of reinforcement to movement or not. Visualizing yourself exercising will give a 10% benefit even if you do not move. ?Really...how can that be? Placebo effect for movement? We began to talk about the importance of the Blue Zones of the world where people live 10% longer and probably happier than the rest of the world. The integration of movement into the lifestyle seems to be the most important factor in its benefit. The goal is not the outcome of the exercise, but the process is the ultimate benefit.
April 17, 2019 - We dove into the issues of how and even why we THINK. We detailed the huge issue of placebo effect and the ultimate power that our mind holds when we adhere to our beliefs. We understand very little in our world and everything is interrelated. The documentary "Heal" is posted to nudge more depth of thought. The concept of 'who suffers' when we are judgmental was contemplated. We suffer.
March 27, 2019 - We worked the second module that is named EAT, but it really is about consumption. We are impacted by all that we think about food and the environment in which we consume it. We must fuel ourselves to renew and therefore a starving person will not benefit from medication alone. Being mindful in our shopping as well as the preparation and eating will give us better health. Our patients are effected the same and may benefit from changing their habits instead of jumping to a medication to treat indigestion. Our world is here to change or be changed by it. Let us meditate on healthy consumption for the next 3 weeks and share the impact on our behavior with being more mindful. Please stay well.
March 6, 2019 - This is the start of our training with the residents of Atrium HealthCare. We will meet every 3 weeks, ending on September 11, 2019. Today we had a bit of conversation about the Wholeness Wheel. We also reviewed the outline for expectations as well as the didatic goals and objectivies created for the residents. We reviewed the importance of the rituals pre-and post-sleep and reflected on her preconceptions past experiences about sleep. The importance of SLEEP with was emphasized.
Hopefully 10 minutes of meditation will be utilized in the morning with the possible journaling after to emphasize the new thought process and reinforced neurocognitive change.
**October 12, 2018 - We welcomed into our apartment a family that lost their home due to hurricane Michael. We agreed to let them stay until December. During this time, we will not have any onsite Delta events. **They have asked if we will do a short term lease for them from December - May 2019. We will not have any onsite Delta Events during this time.
July 24, 2018 - 15 CMC – Northeast Spiritual Care & Education interns retreated at the ranch. Light breakfast and organic lunch was provided by Loree Long.
March 1, 2018 - We were pleased to be asked to present at The Sixth Annual Tony A Biles Clergy Convocation Sponsored by the CHS-NorthEast Spiritual Care Department, Faith Community Health Ministry and NorthEast Foundation. Our Founder, Jill Hendra D.O., presented to 125 local clergy and medical providers. She used our Delta Wellness Wheel as a model for her presentation.
January 10, 2018 - Delta provided a "Care for the Caregivers" luncheon for the CPE Chaplain group of CMC-North East in Concord. Our Director of Development, Loree Long prepared a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl lunch. Followed by a 20 minute yoga nidra metatation. Our founder, Jill Hendra presented the "Delta Wellness Wheel" and gave the staff the book "Beyond The Relaxation Response" by Herb Benson.
December 28, 29, 2017 - Delta provided retreat housing for a fellow Chaplain from California
October 7, 2017 - Private retreat for personal reflection.
September 22, 23, 2017 - 10 Women retreated at the ranch for a womens spiritual and empowerment retreat. Loree provided dinner Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.
September 14, 2017 - CMC Northeast Spiritual Care & Education interns retreated at the ranch. Light breakfast and organic lunch was provided by Loree Long.
May 2, 2017 - CMC – Northeast Spiritual Care & Education interns retreated at the ranch. Light breakfast and organic lunch was provided by Loree Long.
September 16 – 17, 2016 – eleven people from the NCNG Integrated Behavioral Health System retreated at the ranch for their second team building/training event. They enjoyed organic meals, massages by Theresa Kinney & an afternoon/evening by the pool/hot tub. *Comments
*I wanted to thank you so much for letting us come out to your ranch. It was so nice and peaceful and I really enjoyed that peace and quiet. You really went out of your way to make us comfortable and I wanted to let you know that it was appreciated. I hope you are doing well.
*Delta Ranch was exceptional in the high quality of attentiveness and care that was put forth by Loree Long, while providing space to rest, relax and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. While at Delta Ranch our team was able to enjoy the upstairs accommodations for team building, the nearby lake to fish, chatting and sunbathing at the pool, a screened in patio to eat delicious fajitas and drink adult beverages after a chair massage, and then the day was capped off with soaking in the hot tub under a starry sky. Blissful!
*Thank you so much for providing a peaceful, serene, beautiful and relaxing getaway place! The ranch is absolutely gorgeous, your hospitality was warm and welcoming and the meal you prepared was outstanding!
*Our retreat this year at Delta Ranch was exceptional!
*Upon arrival to the Delta Ranch, we were warmly invited in to an abundant space. The property was beautiful and serene, allowing for an opportunity to be away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Our hostess was exceptional providing prompt attention to our needs and serving an amazing meal (or three!). Thank you Delta Ranch for a wonderful time. Can't wait to return! Thanks again Loree for hosting our team!
*WOW. What a wonderful time EVERYONE had. Thank you!!! The team is still talking about how wonderful it was. Steph even said that we should do it annually! That speaks volumes!
August 10, 2016 - CMC – Northeast Spiritual Care & Education Department retreated at the ranch. Light breakfast and organic lunch was provided by Loree Long.
July 29, 2016 -
CMC Behavior Health Team had a team building lunch at the ranch. Loree provided an organic lunch for the group.
May 22, 2016 -
In continuing with our "care for the caregivers" Delta provided an “encouragement”, mid afternoon snack for 20 staff members during a computer outage at CHS Behavioral Health Hospital. Our thanks and appreciation for all that healthcare workers do!
May 18, 2016 -
The leadership committee of Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church had a team building day here at the ranch. They provided their own facilitator. Loree Long provided a light breakfast and organic lunch for the group.
May 5, 2016
- we provided a "Care for the Caregivers" luncheon for the 'Lavender Friday' group of CMC-North East in Concord. Our Director of Development, Loree Long prepared a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl lunch.and a big thanks to the Theresa Kinney who provided chair massage. Our founder, Jill Hendra talked about relaxation techniques and gave the staff the book "The Relaxation Response" by Herb Benson. We started the group out with a 10 Metta Meditation.
'Thank you so much for the incredible gift of the self-care retreat for our team. I heard very positive feedback and I personally benefitted so much.'
Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan, EdD, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
December 10, 2015
- We are once again honored the CPE student Chaplains from CMC Northeast held their year end retreat at the ranch. Loree provided lunch for the group, spi
nach & arugula salad with toasted pecans, feta, cranberries and a maple vinaigrette dressing and sweet potato hash with back beans and corn.
Here's what they thought about the day!
"The food is delicious. The quietness of the place invites to be still & experience the holiness of God.".....
"This is a beautiful, private retreat area. It is very handicapped accessible. The host is very welcoming and makes delightful, healthy food."....
"This is a peaceful pastoral environment. Delicious & healthy food adds to the enjoyment & appreciation of the experience of the place."....
"This is a wonderful space. The food is great & the environment is peaceful. I truly enjoyed the experience. Thank you so much!"
Thanks to you all for you very kind words.
November 14, 2015 -
Wing Women Spa Day! What a great day we had! Chef Gillian brought homemade crock pot, pumpkin spiced lattes to get the day going. Col Jill then spoke about the benefits of meditation and then the group practiced yoga nidra before lunch. Next it was on to meal prep! Chef Gillian expertly lead the cooking class for the day. She set up cooking stations and put the women to work!. The women feasted on Chicken Picatta, rice pilaf a wonderful arugula salad with fresh made dressing and apple turnover dumplings for dessert. What a great meal! Chef also provided take away menus for easy holiday meals. Thanks so much Chef! It was a great weather day so we dined outside by the pool. Once again Theresa Kinney provided great massages for the group! Thanks so much Theresa!
October 17, 2015 -
Wing Women Camp Out
(canceled due to weather)
September 19, 2015 -
White Water Rafting
September 14, 2015 -
Carolina's Health Care CPE Pastoral students retreat at the ranch.
September 13, 2015 - Jill Hendra presented the Delta Wheel to the ANG Joint Forces Headquarters. Loree Long coordinated with Whole Foods and brought in a healthy, organic lunch for the group. This consisted of Salmon, chicken, herb roasted butternut squash, black bean and corn quinoa, super food kale salad and fruit. Here are comments from the group. "Ma'am, I just wanted to thank you and let you know how much the staff appreciated what you provided yesterday, the fact that everybody was busily taking notes is visual evidence they were interested and got something out of it. Also, I have been receiving emails and comments this morning about how beneficial your information was.
The food provided was absolutely wonderful and the staff enjoyed it (everyone one had a plate) and, you introduced all of us to some new foods!
Thank you very much Ma'am, we appreciate having you on the staff and all of your contributions."
January 6, 2011 - Pastoral Staff of CMC North East Welcome to a R3 Retreat! Rest •Reflect •Recover
8:30 - 9:00 - Welcome with beverages, fruit and yogurt
9:00 - 10:30 - Jill Hendra, DO will speak on Integrative Modalities with Q & A
10:30 - 12:00 - Group Yoga with Dacia Cress, Chair Massage with Theresa Kinney & Auricular Acupuncture with Loree Long
12:00 - 1:00 - Healthy Organic Lunch prepared by Loree Long with Meaningful Conversation
Rejuvenate your body...Relax your mind...Renew your spirit
Loree & Jill: I have had very positive feedback from the chaplain residents on the retreat. Several mentioned the benefit of getting introduced to new things such as the yoga and ear acupuncture. All of them commented on the benefit of getting away and practicing holistic self-care. We were so appreciative of your hospitality and hope we can do more together in the future.
Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan, M.Div, BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Assistant Director, Clinical Pastoral Education, Carolinas Medical Center, NorthEast
August 28 & 29, 2010 - The women of the 145th Charlotte Air National Guard retreated at the Delta Ranch. The retreat was facilitated by Stephanie W. Nissen, NCC, LMHC, LPC, State Behavioral Health Programs Director, NC National Guard. Two days of leadership training ended with chair massage and Auricular Acupuncture. Another retreat will be held in the spring of 2011. Thanks to Stephanie and the all the women of the Air National Guard for all the work you do!
November 14, 2009 - The 145th Medical Group, Executive Medical Council of the Charlotte Air National Guard, retreated at the Delta Ranch. The outcome was building group cohesion, learning about individual strengths and creating an action plan for 2010. Please enjoy pictures from the Delta Experience and know that the group received Auricular Acupuncture, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), an organic brunch prepard by Loree Long and other healthy snacks in a healing atmosphere.
Thanks Dr. Hendra for donating several hours of your time to be a Medical Escort for a friends' Mother!
September 17, 2009 5:00 - 7:00 - "Caring for the Caregiver" Dr. Jill Hendra and Loree Long will be guest speakers at the Coltrane LIFE Center's Care * Meeting. Come learn about managing stress. An activity & refreshments will be provided in a separtate dining area for LIFE Center participants durning this meeting. *CARE Stand for Concerned Adults Responsible for the Elderly.
April 24, 2009 Our Founder, Jill Hendra was the opening speaker for the Mecklenburg County Public Health Forum. Her talk: "It is All in your Mind"
April 18, 2009 - "Delta Experience" 125 people gathered at the ranch for healthy cooking demos, acupuncture, massage, ball room dancing lessons, live music, health and wellness lectures,
March 10, 2009 6:00 - 8:00 - "You Don't Know What You Don't Know!
Bethpage United Methodist Church 109 Fellowship Ave. Kannapolis (Off West C Street)
Learn how to manage your stress in a variety of ways while enjoying a healthy meal. Q & A with an Osteopathic Physician/Psychiatrist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, RN/Massage Therapist and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist. Chef John of Mimosa Restaurant will be preparing the evening's meal. Your improvement will help your loved ones!
Wow! We had a great time and great food! (Thanks John and Tammy!) Thank you to all who came and made our first Delta Dinner a success! A big thanks to our speakers, Jill, MK, Dacia and Ken. Also, thank you Margaret for our Auricular Acupuncture experience! Thank you Jeff for allowing Bethpage United Methodist Church to host this wonderful experience.
December 13 - 20 2008 - Delta Healing Sails for Mind - Body - Spiritual Recovery Click here for pictures of our sail
Click here to read what everyone had to say about the sail (No monetary sponsor by DHF)
2007 - 2008 TRANSITION YEAR
The Delta Walk scheduled for September 11, 2007 was aborted to care for Dorothy Hendra (Jill's Mother). This opportunity led us to refocus on "Care for the Caregiver" in mind - body - spiritual wellness.
Click here to read Jill's blog about her walk with her mom
December 25, 1920 - May 30, 2008
July 2007 will be our last New Moon Meditation and Full Moon Drumming.Thanks to all who have participated over the last 2 years. We have had many powerful drummings!
January 27, 2007 Our FIRST DELTA DAY to help you market your specialty. Be the first DELTA 5 STAR provider in your profession! DELTA DAY will help you - NETWORK - GROW YOUR BUSINESS - CREATE A LEADING EDGE - MEET OTHER ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY PROVIDERS -- IS AT NO COST -- Come help create the performance tool that your customers will use in 2007 to evaluate you. We want YOUR input on this DELTA 5 STAR TOOL! Come to 1001 E. Morehead Street at The Charlotte Women’s Club between 3pm – 7pm. Food and Beverages will be served
January 30, 2006 - Delta Health Experience. We are adding a New Moon Meditation and continuing each new moon from 7pm - 9pm. An individual experience in a group setting for personal growth through meditation. We will heal together. Come try and Be Well! We still have our Full Moon Drummings each month!
June 25, 2005 - Workshop with Co-sponsors Charlotte AHEC and Delta Health Foundation present The Delta Experience
10:00 - 3:00 (healthy lunch provided). Featuring Naturopathic Medicine with Michael Stadtmauer, ND. Summer Meals That Heal with Arlecia Phillips RD, LDN. The Power of Touch with Brian Federal LMT.
May 21, 2005 - Workshop with Co-sponsors Charlotte AHEC and Delta Health Foundation present The Delta Experience
10:00 - 3:00 (healthy lunch provided) Featuring Chiropractic with Stephen Brenan, DC. Summer Meals that Heal with Arlecia Phillips, RD, LDN. Reiki Energy with Horace Bush, MSW, CHT-Reiki.
April 23, 2005 - Workshop with Co-sponsors Charlotte AHEC and Delta Health Foundation present The Delta Experience
10:00 - 3:00 (healthy lunch provided) Featuring Acupuncture Detoxification: Demonstration Discussion & Literature Review with Ken Carter MD, MPH, Diplomat of Acupuncture. Summer Meals That Heal with Arlecia Phillips RD, LDN, Yoga with Mary Lou Buck BS, Kripalu Yoga Instructor.
March 25, 2005 - Delta Drumming Experience 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Our first Full Moon Drumming will be lead by Chuck Cogliandro of Kumandi Drums & Healing in Atlanta, GA. This is an invitation for anyone attending to bring an intention for something in their life they want to heal or transform or something new they want to bring into their life. Drums or percussion instruments welcome.
This is the start of our Delta Full Moon Drummings. They will be held each month on the full moon from 7:00 - 9:00. We will not have the drumming if it is raining or the weather is below 60 degrees.
April 24, 2004 Delta Health Foundation is sponsoring a educational experience. We are selecting a group (6-8) of novice carvers to create a totem pole during this spring/summer.The first meeting will be from 10:00 – noon. Come to learn about the process; your growth opportunity and the retreat weekends planned.
2002 - 2003 - Our Founder, Dr. Hendra is in the Air National Guard and was sent to Montgomery AL. for the year to attend Strategic Studies College. The board took a Sabbatical
December 2, 2001 - Delta Health Foundation Invites You To Our 2nd Annual Holiday Open House 6:00-9:00 at the home of Bridget Wells. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Casual Festive Attire.
October 20, 2001- ASPECTS OF AGING - A morning at Carolina House, 9120 Willow Ridge Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210
9:30 am Life Transitions - Teri Layzell, MSW, LCSW, Life Coach, Clinical Social Worker
10:15 am Common Medical Problems of Aging - Sue Merrill, PA
11:15 am Changes in Mood and Memory - Jill Hendra, D.O. Adult Psychiatrist
Written material distributed as part of this seminar is intended to provide general education to the attendees. The information contained therein is distributed as referenced material to be considered in conjunction with each individual’s personal plan for mental and physical wellness plans developed under the direct supervision of their health care professionals. These materials should not be considered or utilized as a substitute for the guidance of health care professionals. Presented as a community educational service of Delta Health Foundation, Inc. based on a grant from the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance.