In 2012, a group of students from the National University of Natural Medicine wanted to explore modalities and approaches from traditional Nature Cure. Nature cure was a movement from 19th century Europe that included hydrotherapy, dietary changes, and herbal medicine to restore the healing processes of the body. Nature cure was brought to America and eventually was refined and transformed into the basis for naturopathic medicine.
The students wanted to experience hands-on and experiential learning and dreamed up The ReVitalization Retreat, a weekend sanctuary for naturopathic students and doctors held on the herb fields of Eclectic Institute. During the retreat, naturopathic Elders share their knowledge of hands on traditional treatments such as hydrotherapy, mudbaths, clay packs and wet wraps.
The retreat is held every September at the Eclectic herb farm and is open to naturopathic students and doctors. The farm is located in a very secluded rural location in Sandy, Oregon and is bordered by the Sandy river and surrounded by native forests. For a deeper connection with the Earth, attendees sleep in tents and tipis with wood-fired hot tubs for bathing and relaxing. Vegetarian cuisine is served, and the days are started with yoga and morning dew walks.
Elders teach about the origins of the naturopathic principles with fireside discussions and CE accredited talks are given in tipi classrooms or in the fresh outdoors.
The Revitalization Retreat is all about relaxing, rejuvenating and revitalizing, while rediscovering almost lost traditional skills from the past.