Sometimes when embarking on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, we get sucked into something bigger and better than we could have ever imagined and we realize that health is our passion. Not only do we want to eat better, but we want to be better, learn more about our minds and bodies and embrace it all to the max. For those of you out there who adore health and are curious about learning more about a naturally healthy lifestyle, the following holistic health institutes and schools were made for you. They offer both lifestyle and educational programs, so no matter what you're willing to commit to, an option is ready. Even if you want to escape and unwind with the best of the best in holistic health resources at your fingertips, the following institutions fit the bill.
1. Institute for Integrative Nutrition
New York, NY
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is very popular among health nuts in NYC. It has been around for two decades and was founded by Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd. Its board of advisors includes well-known figures, such as Andrew Weil, David Wolfe, Barry Sears and Bernie Siegel. The program offers the Health Coach Training Program, which gives graduates the “Health Coach” titles so they can start their own wellness practices. Students also may be eligible for a certificate and Continuing Educatation United from its affiliate Purchase College of the state University of New York (SUNY). IIN is also highly integrated with other higher education institutions, so participants stay connected to the scene, even after graduating.
Duration: 1 year
2. Hippocrates Health Institute
West Palm Beach, Florida
Founded by nutrition pioneer Ann Wigmore in 1908, the Hippocrates Health Institute is a 50-acre plot that offers educational and personal transformation programs focused on holistic health. Programs are split into Lifestyle Education Classes and Health & Nutrition Counseling, giving participants a range of options to choose from based on their curiosity and health needs. The school focuses on promoting raw, living food, such as wheatgrass, sprouts and grains, organic vegetables, nuts, legumes, grains, sea vegetables and fermented foods. The site also offers a range of health therapies, from massage to colon hydrotherapy to hyperbaric oxygen therapy to aqua chi ionic footbaths. What you learn at the Hippocrates Health Institute is more for personal transformation than anything else. It is the top of its class and world-renowned in its field, approaching health from a cellular level and completely transforming participants’ relationship with food and their body.
Tuition: from $8,155-13,819
Duration: 3-9 weeks
3. Ann Wigmore Institute
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Aguada, Puerto Rico
If Ann Wigmore wasn’t a superstar already, she also founded another institute in Puerto Rico. The institute continues strong and has been visited by some of the best holistic health minds in the world. The no-frills-or-fancies institute serves several purposes – it is a health oasis and an education center. Its curriculum includes the Living Foods Lifestyle Two-Week Program and the One-Week Intensive: Living Foods Essentials. However, those attending can stay longer than two weeks and simply be on site, choosing to enjoy the resources rather than learn anything in particular.
Tuition: new students, $900 for one week, $1,650 for two weeks and $2,690 for 1 month. Each additional day costs $127. Accommodation ranges from $350 to $1,300 per week.
4. Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine
Seattle, WA and San Diego, CA
The Bastyr University School of Naturopathic Medicine is the first on its list with the most clout, offering a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree, alongside the optional dual degrees in acupuncture, Ayurvedic sciences, counseling psychology and midwifery.
Tuition: first year, $22,470-31,864
Duration: 4 years
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