Kneipp Therapy Training for Holistic Practitioners

  2022 2 week immersive training courses in Bad Worishofen, Germany on the most effective, incredibly safe and affordable holistic therapy there is.  


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 25 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.

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 great for acute and chronic, people of all ages, and performance level athletes. It’s even great for animals!

When, where, and how much? 

2022 dates will be announced in Summer of 2021. This course takes place onsite In the German village of Bad Worishofen. Both weeks for just $4950! (all inclusive-room, board, training, morning treatments and tours)

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 Immersive 2 Week Kneipp Therapy Training in Germany:

I have had such a wonderful time introducing holistic practitioners of all levels to Kneipp training in Bad Worishofen!

From first year naturopathic medical students to those who have been in the field for nearly forty years, this trip is profound! I believe this is because of the immersive nature of the course.

We are basically living Kneipp philosophy throughout the course. It goes far beyond the intellectual experience to provide the opportunity for a “rooted” understanding of holism.

During our time in Bad Worishofen we will be staying at the newly renovated Sebastianeum, where Kneipp himself lived and worked. We will be treated to a tour of his birthplace and historical sites led by Kneipp experts.

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.

“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

 Week 1: Level 1 Training

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

You will learn the “whys and hows” for basic Kneipp baths, sprays and wraps at the internationally renowned Kneipp School from 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.


Week 2: Level 1 Training

In Week 2 we will delve deeper into the herbal and Mind-Body aspects of the therapies, as well as learn and practice more wraps, sprays and baths with Uwe Steinacher at the Kneipp School. 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.

When, where, and how much? 

2022 dates will be announced in Summer 2021. This class takes place in the German village of Bad Worishofen. Both weeks for just $4950! (all inclusive-room, board, training, morning treatments and tours)


Register today for the 2 week 2022 Kneipp Training today!

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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 25 years of experience in their respective practices, and all have taught in colleges and universities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the certificate of completion count towards fulfilling my continuing education requirements?

Maybe, it depends what professional license you hold, and what your specific state or national requirement is. WA state naturopathic physicians and massage therapists should be able to use the hours they completed for continuing ed.

What does the cost of the class pay for?

All of your lodging in the historic Sebastianeum and meals (one student in 2017 said “I expected the instruction to be wonderful, but had no idea the food would be sooo good!”), once you reach Bad Worishofen Germany, as well as all of the tours, morning treatments and instruction at the Kneipp School. The transportation between your home and the Sebastianeum in Bad Worishofen is not included.

What airport is best to fly into?

Munich is the closest international airport to Bad Worishofen. However, you may find cheaper transportation flying into other European hubs and taking the train or bus into Bad Worishofen.

What are the options in going from Munich to Bad Worishofen and back?

Bad Worishofen is about an hour to two hours from the Munich airport by train or taxi. The train station is at the airport and it will cost between 10-30 euro to travel one way. It is cheaper if you travel with friends as you can buy a group ticket. Information about the train can be found at the Deutsche Bahn website. Taxis will cost between 130-150 euro. It is best if they can be arranged ahead of time, so please let us know if you would like a taxi to meet you at the airport.

Is there time for sightseeing during the course?

We are scheduled from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. most days of the class. We will have one morning off each week for shopping or exploring. If you want to add on a few days to go sightseeing, it is suggested you arrange extra time before or after the course. If you’d like to stay additional days at the Sebastianeum, let us know and we can help arrange that.