Experiencing Hoosier Shangrila

Welcome to my platform: Hoosier Shangrila.

Here we will journey through my life as Rebecca Townsend (aka Coach Willie Mack, aka The Pitch Bitch), an investigative, multimedia journalist and ag specialist, soccer coach/player, massage therapist, mother, wife, friend and sports nut. (My teams include Indy AlleyCats Ultimate Frisbee, Indiana Fever/Pacers, Indy Eleven, the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana University — especially soccer and basketball, Earlham College and Mizzou.) I’m currently writing “Becca’s Balls: A Hoosier reporter goes rogue during Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.”

Hoosier Shangrila represents many levels of experience.

Hoosier Shangrila at the Hash Road Hideaway is a rustic retreat near the Monroe/Brown County line. Magnificent Indiana hardwoods line the hills encircling Lake Alison, a small spring-fed lake. A funky old cabin in which each wing represents a separate era of the property’s history sits at the lake’s edge. I grew up there. It’s not for the faint of heart. But to some, it is paradise.

People seeking solace from the everyday rat race have sought refuge at Hash Road for generations. Folks interested in camping, renting rooms (or the whole place) may email me at hoosierchild at gmail for details. The average rental fee is $100 per person per night.

Hoosier Shangrila also captures the vibe of my massage practice, focused on relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point work and stretching to help clients obtain their body work goals and improve their overall quality of life.

Hoosier Shangrila began as a riff on the “Shangrila” literally embedded by the previous owners in a plaque at the property gates of my Midtown Indianapolis estate.

Ultimately, Shangrila represents belief in an idea more wonderful than one can conceive of on one’s own — enlightenment, heaven on earth — a connection to something timeless and eternal. Something I’m looking to achieve here in my home state: Indiana.

Welcome to the journey.


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