Kneipp Therapy Training for Holistic Practitioners

June 24th-28th  2024  training courses at the Murietta Hot Springs Resort, learning the most effective, incredibly safe and affordable holistic therapy there is.  

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 If you are tired of giving expensive supplements and chasing ever-changing symptoms, this course will provide a simple way to strengthen the person from the inside out, so that your patient/client is left with the increased vitality to heal themselves.

In my 30+ years of practice, I have found nothing quite as effective in treating the root cause of disease than Kneipp hydrotherapy, especially in combination with Kneipp/naturopathic philosophy as a whole.

Kneipp therapy is enjoying a resurgence throughout the world, and there are few who are trained to provide it. At CSNT we are committed to igniting a fire of resurgence for Kneipp Therapy in North America! Spas are eager to bring it on board, they just need trained prescribers and therapists! In addition, it is easy to incorporate into your office tomorrow!

This therapy and philosophy integrates easily into what you already know and do. The skills you gain give you another effective drug free option for decreasing pain, inflammation, and increasing healing and mobility in your patients/clients. It is effective for acute and chronic issues, people of all ages, and performance level athletes. It’s even great for animals!

Upcoming Kneipp Trainings: 

We’ll be offering Level 1 Training at Murietta Hot Springs Resort in California, June 24-28th, 2024

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Late September 2024 Level 2 in the German village of Bad Worishofen.

Schedule and price pending. Note: Level 1 or attendance at a previous 1-2 week CSNT Germany Training required to register.

Who should take this training?

This training is best suited for massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and all holistic healthcare practitioners with a license allowing them to practice or prescribe hydrotherapy.

These courses are open to all practitioners, and may qualify for continuing education credits, depending on the professional requirements in your state, province or country.

There are very few people worldwide who remember how to provide this therapy, so if you’re looking for a way to differentiate yourself from all of the rest of the holistic practitioners, this is an unfilled niche.

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 together form the basis of all holistic health practices in most of the modern Western world. These five pillars are:

  1. Hydrotherapy: what Kneipp is best known for, hydrotherapy is the heart of our trainings. Generally, Kneipp hydrotherapy involves cold water or contrasting temperatures in the form of baths, sprays, and wraps in order to assist circulation in bringing oxygen and nutrients to tissues in need of healing and to move toxins out in the most natural way possible.
  2. Herbal Medicine: primarily using common, organic and local herbs as teas, food and topical applications.
  3. Whole, simple, local, nutritious foods: Kneipp advocated a simple diet of whole foods obtained in his local farming region. This concept has become trendy in modern times. Sebastian Kneipp was 100+ years ahead of his time!
  4. 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 was advocating Forest Bathing and barefoot walking to Westerners back in the 19th century!
  5. 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.

Kneipp therapy is tremendously effective, affordable, and empowering when each of these pillars are woven together. It is used for acute and chronic disease, as well as recovery and strengthening in athletes, the elderly, and disabled. It is also tremendously effective in treating addictions as part of a recovery program.

Our Level 1 Kneipp Therapy Training at the Murietta Hot Springs Resort:

 Over the last decade I have had such a wonderful time introducing holistic practitioners of all levels to Kneipp training in Bad Worishofen! However, it also limited who could access this training.

I am thrilled to have teamed up with Dr. Marcus Coplin, Medical Director at Murietta Hot Springs Resort, to bring the Kneipp Trainings to North America. Also, because of the relationships built, and the passion for Kneipp demonstrated over the last decade of traveling to Bad Worishofen, The Kneipp Physiotherapy School has also partnered with us, and only us, to bring their esteemed instructor Uwe Steinacher to the U.S!!

From first year naturopathic medical students to those who have been in the field for nearly forty years, this training is profound! It brings us deeply into the roots of our medicine, and helps us to remember the “why” of our practice.

It is wonderful for beginners as they are given that foundation early, and gives them a lens to understand healing.

It is wonderful for seasoned practitioners because it invigorates the excitement of the basic nature of healing that drew them into practice long ago.

Our goal is to train prescribers, therapists and future trainers of Kneipp therapy so that we can see it retake its place as an accessible treatment option for those in North America. 

 Level 1 Training

Practical and didactic, this first week provides you with the philosophy of the five pillars, and the physiologic basis for, and ample practice of the most fundamental of Kneipp hydrotherapy techniques.

You will learn the “whys and hows” for basic Kneipp hand and foot baths, strengthening exercises, ablutions, and the amazing Kneipp 3 layer wraps taught by Kneipp Schule lead international instructor Uwe Steinacher.

Although at the end of one week you will not be able to call yourself “Badmeister”, you will be able to provide the most useful and accessible Kneipp therapies to your patients/clients.

In addition, Drs. Nancy Welliver and Marcus Coplin will introduce the therapies with clinical applications and historic relevance.

Upcoming Level 1 Trainings: 

Our next available training takes place June 24th-28th, 2024 at Murietta Hot Springs, CA. 

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“There’s something magical about getting to [study] Kneipp hydrotherapy in its birthplace. It allows for a truly immersive experience: learning the history of Kneipp by visiting his hometown, not only learning the physiology and clinical practice of hydrotherapy but getting to practice and receive treatments, walking through the streets of Bad Worishofen… and seeing the communal arm baths and stork walking stations, and staying at the Sebastianeum…enjoying healthy food, morning treatments, medicinal teas, and all the spa amenities. A truly memorable experience!”

– Kelley Garrison ND

Level 2 Training

In Level 2 we will have the luxury of being in the immersive land of Kneipp, Bad Worishofen Germany. Training in Bad Worishofen brings it all to a whole new level as you see the influence of Kneipp everywhere you go! Their celebration of the Kneipp Pillars, the foundation of naturopathic medicine infuses into your very being! 

In the class, we will review Level 1 briefly and learn and practice more wraps and baths with Uwe Steinacher at the Kneipp School. We will also learn and practice the “gusses” or sprays of Kneipp therapy. This second week  allows the practitioner to become more highly proficient in the skills from Week 1, and to fully integrate all five pillars of Kneipp Therapy into a holistic practice.

Upcoming Level 2 Trainings: 

Late September 2024.

Dates and pricing will be announced

This class takes place in the German village of Bad Worishofen. 


Hear What Past Participants Have Said About this Training:

“I attended the…training in 2016, with a blend of experienced naturopaths and students. The experience of being in the town of Bad Worishofen and staying at the Sebastianeum…was simply amazing…for both the history and the modern use of hydrotherapy in the German health culture. The training at the Kneipp Schule was also a great experience given the deep knowledge of Uwe, the instructor, and the comprehensive facilities, with extensive equipment, the course literature (thankfully in English!) and opportunity to practice treatments on fellow students. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to really upgrade their knowledge of naturopathic hydrotherapy and its German roots!”

— Kate Broderick ND

Dr. Nancy Welliver’s offering of Kneipp hydrotherapy in Father Kneipp’s birthplace — Bad Worishofen, Germany — offers an unusual and potent training opportunity…Father Kneipp’s deep and embodied trust in the power of water to heal emerged from this powerful personal experience and fostered in the 160 years since Bad Worishofen’s whole culture of simple healing techniques – water, diet, herbs, movement and life balance, the fertile ground from which naturopathic medicine was born…Beyond immersion in excellent hydrotherapy teaching and practice, by taking part in this training – and attuning to the beauty of the Kur Park — you can bathe in the potent living waters of a medicine based on trust in Nature.

— Cathy Rogers ND

“I have taken both courses that Dr. Welliver offers and the certification in Advanced Hydrotherapy techniques has benefited me in my career as a Healer and when seeking employment.

Dr. Welliver’s expertise in Nature Cure and Kneipp’s Five Pillars of Health is invaluable coupled with hands-on experience at the Kneipp Schule.

A course like this is offered no where else. As a Nature Cure Practitioner I highly recommend you take this course to improve your skills, learn how to implement hydrotherapy more effectively and have some healing for yourself in Bavaria through Nature Cure.”

— Dr. Heather Branstetter

Our Instructors

Our instructors include the international trainers at the Kneipp School in Bad Worishofen, which is affiliated with the Worldwide Kneipp Organization (Kneipp Bund). Our naturopathic doctors, herbal instructors and mind-body trainers all have no less than 15 years of experience in their respective practices, and all have taught in colleges and universities.