I am working to create a Holistic Healing Retreat Center.  This center will be in a beautiful and pristine location.  Patients will stay there for programs lasting between 7 to 28 days, receiving state-of-the-art care including detoxification, individualized organic diets, bodywork, counseling, personalized fitness training and energetic modalities such as acupuncture, while learning relaxation techniques, Chi Gong, and diet and lifestyle modification.  This center will also be a model environmental community, a center for teaching and research, and a prototype for similar healing centers. .

The location of this center is still to be determined, but will be in a beautiful rural area with pristine air and water and moderate climate, within 2 hours of a major airport.  Potential sites include Central and Northern California (possibly the Big Sur coast) and the island of Maui. All patients will undergo an individualized detoxification program consisting of a hypoallergenic organic diet, intestinal cleansing, nutritional and herbal supplements, lymphatic massage, saunas, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and Chi Kong.  Patients will be closely supervised by physicians.  Patients will undergo individual and group counseling.  They will learn relaxation techniques with the help of brainwave biofeedback.  Other available modalities will include homeopathy; personalized fitness training, including yoga and pilates; bodywork including massage, chiropractic and craniosacral work; Ayurvedic therapies; aromatherapy; intravenous nutrients (including  Vitamin C drips, minerals, glutathione and phospholipids); hyperbaric oxygen; and energetic modalities including light, sound and electromagnetic therapies (including infrared lasers and pulsed LED lights) . We will incorporate healing traditions indigenous to the location of the center.  A center in Maui would utilize local healing plants like noni, lomilomi massage and other Huna techniques.  A center in the American West would utilize native plants, sweat lodge ceremonies and other Native American approaches. We will also offer traditional spa-type therapies like mud baths, clay applications and facials.

There will be an evening lecture series on health topics.  Visiting health professionals-in-residence will offer innovative instruction and services. There will be ample opportunity for rest and relaxation, as well as immersion in nature including hiking. The target clientele will include anyone seeking to generally improve their health through an intensive spa-like experience, but also patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Obesity, Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Dependence, and Cardiovascular Disease. Virtually all health conditions can benefit from detoxification, diet, and lifestyle modification, but it is extremely difficult and challenging to implement such extensive changes without extensive support and within the context of one's normal environment and daily life.  A beautiful, peaceful nontoxic setting, healthful diet, professional services and instruction, and opportunities for rest, reflection and growth will provide the optimal means to facilitate a lasting transformation of mind, body and spirit.

Our staff will include medical doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists/fitness trainers, nutritionists, counselors, biofeedback practitioners, sound therapists, and Chi Gong instructors, as well as support staff including administrative staff, chefs/kitchen staff, gardeners, janitorial and maintenance staff. Some of the professional staff may consist of practitioners that rotate through the center, typically spending a month at a time. Physical facilities will include a kitchen and dining area, large meeting rooms, individual treatment rooms, fitness center, swimming pool, bath house (with individual hot and cold soaking tubs), saunas, an art studio for creative expression, daycare center/school for clients who wish to bring their young children, business office and housing for patients and staff.  All of the facilities will be constructed of environmentally sound non-toxic and natural materials. Solar energy will be utilized as much as possible. There will be a large organic permaculture garden supplying a significant portion of the food consumed at the center as well as medicinal herbs.

Research will be done to document outcomes, measuring the health status of patients before and after their stays,and even long-term follow-up of health changes.  Teaching will occur via having students of the healing arts observing/doing internships, and the center would be a superb location for periodic conferences and seminars for health practitioners.  Having health practitioners come to the center as patients would also serve as a valuable learning experience for them.

This center will be expensive to create, maintain and operate.  It will be operated as a not-for-profit center.  While patient fees will supply most of the operating expenses, many of the people who might benefit most from a stay there will be unable to afford it.  Hopefully, full and partial scholarships will be made available to financially-challenged patients through fees paid by those able to afford it and through donations to the center.

I am a holistic family physician practicing in Soquel, California (near Santa  Cruz).  Through the years I have encountered many patients who would tremendously benefit from a center like this, and many fellow practitioners with similar visions.  As I do not have the financial resources to create this center, I am looking for donors to help actualize this vision.

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