Spring Wellness Celebration

Spring 2019 | Hillsboro, WV 

 A celebration of health and wellness!

The Experience

Wellness is a vital part of Gesundheit Institute and our mission worldwide. We want to offer a weekend to focus on what it means to be well and learn simple and effective ways to incorporate it into our everyday lives. We will learn about wellness of the mind, body, spirit, family and community and how each of these elements affects us in varying ways.

Attendees will participate in two workshops a day. Workshops will be taught by local experts in each topic. These local experts will expand your knowledge of health and wellness as well as community and rural living.

Spend ample time connecting to nature through guided hikes, medicine walks and outdoor meditation. Mother Earth has an abundance of gifts: local vegetation offers a variety of health benefits, culinary uses, and nutritionally rich food. The outdoors offers a peaceful landscape to find your inner desires and listen to your body. Hiking in the wilderness of Pocahontas County is sure to leave you with a sense of awe and desire for more nature. Mother Nature has all you need for a healthy body, mind and soul.

Share delicious, home-cooked, healthy meals together. Comradery is important to human beings. Sharing a kitchen with a new found friend or old family member is an enjoyable experience for many reasons. The trust involved with food preparation, the pleasure of providing nourishment and the age old act of putting fire to food builds relationships and fosters confidence.

Musical entertainment provided each night with option for attendees to participate. Appalachian string music is ancient. The deep roots in which this music is steeped is felt in its rhythmic captivity—dance, sing and play along!

Build a network of vibrant folks who are passionate about doing their part to make a healthier world. Communal support is vital to a healthy community. Communities range in size, however, no matter where you come from you must be surrounded by folks who share the desire to be happy and present.



Workshops at the celebration include:  

  • The basics of whole foods cookingHolly Bradley, Aspen Prather and Marlyn McClendon
  • Herbal medicine and plant identificationErica Marks
  • Wild foods: foraging and preparingAdam Craten
  • Reiki energy healing, basics of acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and xi gongGus Saldana
  • Yoga and meditationMarlyn McClendon, Diana Hunt, Denise Barton, Faye Bowman
  • Drumming and percussionBen Hunt
  • Community and environmental healthBritt Huerta and Brandon Richardson
  • Ancient food traditionsMarlyn McClendon


Who is invited?

You are! No prior background is required, just concern for the welfare of others and willingness to try things out.


General Information

Cost | $300 tuition. $250 early bird tuition rate available until April 1, 2018. Tuition includes three days of meals and lodging as well as shuttle to and from the local airport or train station. Participants will arrive in the afternoon on Friday and leave on Monday morning. If you would like to participate but can’t commit to three full days please contact us for reduced rates.

Where? | The program takes place on the Gesundheit Institute’s 320 acres in the rolling hills of Pocahontas County, West Virginia with mountain trails, waterfalls, extensive gardens, and a pond.

Facilities | Gesundheit lays on a pristine tract of farm and mountain land in rural West Virginia. The dacha, with its onion domes and Russian architecture, serves as a residence and meeting place, and has won awards for its unique design.

Meeting Spaces | Gesundheit Institute offers many unique meeting spaces and classrooms. There are quiet spaces for meditation or study and large rooms to house workshops and classes.

Accommodations | You will be staying in one of the many beautiful structures here at Gesundheit. Accommodations are in dormitory-style group settings. Folks will be arranged in rooms in a first come, first serve basis. If you require special accommodations please contact us. There is also the option to camp for a reduced tuition price ($50 discount). All amenities included.

There are laundry machines at Gesundheit that you can use. We offer very slow WIFI (cannot download, cannot use skype, sorry!). However, just down the road at the Hillsboro Library is speedy internet if you need it.

Clean sheets and towels are provided.

Travel | We encourage traveling by car and car pooling unless if you have to come by train or plane. Please plan on meeting us in West Virginia on the afternoon of May 18, 2018. You can plan to leave on May 21, 2018. The only meal we will be providing that day will be breakfast.

⇒ Gesundheit staff will only shuttle people to and from the train station in White Sulphur Springs, WV and the airport in Lewisburg, WV on Friday, May 18th and Monday May 21st only.


How Do I Apply?

Registration is currently closed. Check back soon!

  1. Registration form: Please take a moment to fill out the registration form and make your payment by Credit Card or Bank Transfer. We are only accepting 20 participants and we suggest you submit your application as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. Be Prepared to pay your $300 registration fee to confirm your participation.
  2. Please Send your Final Payment by April 30th to confirm your participation to the course in May.

Questions ?

Please Contact: Holly at ontheland@patchadams.org

Patch Adams MD & Gesundheit Institute, P.O. Box 307, Urbana, IL 61803

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