Come and learn the Kneipp method of healing in the quaint German village of Bad Worishofen, the home of Kneipp therapy! This eight day experience will include 5 days of training at the internationally recognized Kneipp Schule, lodging, excellent meals and daily treatments at the Sebastianeum, the first treatment center built by Fr. Kneipp. It was here that Benedict Lust, the founder of naturopathic medicine, was cured by Kneipp’s methods and was instructed to “do honor to the Kneipp movement in America”. We will also tour the town and the nearby sites of Stephansreid (Kneipp’s birthplace), and the historic Ottobueren cathedral where he was baptized and said his first Mass. We will have some relaxing time to walk in the woods and herb gardens of Worishofen’s extensive KurPark, experiencing the benefits of the many lovely water treading facilities, the barefoot path, and the meditative gradierworks (sounds/vapors of gently falling salt water through small twigs situated in a sanctuary).
In the 5 day Kneipp course (26 hours), you will learn about Kneipp’s 5 Pillars of Health, which form the basis of naturopathic or holistic practice. You will also learn and practice many therapies adaptable to the small office or large spa facility, including wraps, compresses, gusses, ablutions, affusions, and baths, in a small group setting. Our amazing instructor, Uwe Steinacher, lead international instructor for the Kneipp Schule, will provide us with both didactic and practical knowledge, updated for the 21st century, so that we made provide these therapies to our patients and clients in the most informed manner possible.
Cathy Rogers ND, the 2016 recipient of the AANP’s Benedict Lust Award, will again be joining us during our time at Bad Worishofen. A leader in the development of the modern naturopathic profession, Dr. Cathy operated Chico Water Cure Spa on the shores of the Puget Sound for 14 years. For nearly 40 years she has practiced depth psychotherapy and trauma treatment in a body based approach, addressing root causes of health behaviors, and has lovingly integrated water therapy, psychotherapy and naturopathic medicine. She will be partcipating in the class as well as providing her valuable insight from those years of study and practice.
The trip coordinator, Nancy Welliver ND, has traveled to Germany and Switzerland frequently over the last 15 years, and has visited Bad Worishofen numerous times with students. She delights in bringing naturopaths and holistic practitioners there to experience their roots, seeing the best of their medicine lived out in a respectful culture, and learning these methods to bring back to their patients. She has used these methods every day in her practice since 2004, and can definitely say that the results in the last ten or more years of her practice far exceeded those of the first ten years.
A certificate of completion will be provided for CE (continuing education) documentation.
The “early bird”/NMSA price for this class is $2695, and covers room, meals, instruction, and tours. To secure your place, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is due upon registration. The class is limited to 13 participants.You pay in full, no later than March 1st, 2019. Register Now!
Again, the cost of the trip includes meals, lodging, and instruction at the Kneipp School as well as entrance to the Kneipp museum, and the Kneipp trails and Bad Worishofen tours. Airfare and cost to and from Bad Worishofen are not included.
The “early bird”/NMSA registration cost of this course is $2695 and covers lodging, meals and instruction. An $1000 nonrefundable deposit is due upon registration The registration must end Thursday Feb. 21st, 2019. There are only 13 spaces available. You must pay in full, no later than March 1st, 2019. Register Now!
We also offer a second week of training immediately following the first week. Kneipp Training Level 2 is only open to those who have completed Level 1. If you register for both levels for 2019 the price is $4995! Register Now!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Kneipp Therapy?
Kneipp therapy grew out of the philosophy and practice of Sebastian Kneipp, a priest and somewhat reluctant healthcare provider who lived from 1821-1897 in Bavaria, Germany. Kneipp therapy has five pillars for regaining and maintaining health, which form the basis of holistic practice in most of the modern Western world. These five pillars are:
Hydrotherapy– what Kneipp is most known for, generally including cold water or contrasting temperatures in the form of baths, sprays, and wraps.
Herbal Medicine-primarily simple and accessible herbs used as teas and applied topically.
Whole, simple, local, nutritious foods– Kneipp advocated a simple diet of whole foods obtained in his local farming region.
Movement-Kneipp advocated hard, purposeful physical work, as well as gentle walks in the woods and meadows (especially barefoot), and water treading in streams. He recognized the importance of maintaining good blood circulation to health and Wellness.
Life Balance-Kneipp was a pioneer in recognizing the impact of stress on health and Wellness, especially the stress of not attending to oneself, i.e. self-care. Taking the time for self-reflection, meditation/prayer, and connection with one’s life purpose was integral to Kneipp’s philosophy. He understood that one’s understanding of the deeper meaning of life allowed a healthier mental outlook, which impacted the physical body. This Mind-Body connection is the foundation of Kneipp philosophy and practice.