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Creative Health Institute, part 1 of 5

Robyn Openshaw - Sep 06, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I’m home from Hodunk, Michigan!

Robyn near a sign

I’ve just returned from a phenomenal experience at Creative Health Institute, in Hodunk, Michigan. It’s my first stop in a tour over the next year studying non-toxic ways people treat themselves.

In this blog series, I have people’s astonishing real stories, some fabulous recipes, and a bunch of videos including me wearing a wheat-grass face mask.

CHI is one of the oldest “homes” of the late Ann Wigmore, who was a genius far ahead of her time. Her work was one of the first things I studied in my 20’s as I began my nutritional quest for health. Check out my video today about the basics of her work.

CHI has a rich history. It was founded by Don Houghey, who healed himself using Wigmore’s therapies. He died in a lumber-mill fire just across the street from CHI, nine months ago. He’d sold the facility to Lonnie Avra, who also regained his health at CHI but sadly, died in a plane crash very recently, and now his sons are the owners. Bobby Morgan is the current director, and he’s a survivor of throat, tongue and thyroid cancer, and he now stays uber-well on a raw, plant-based diet.

street signs

The program I went to was a 10-day Detox and Rebuild. On my itinerary in the coming year, I am visiting places and interviewing experts, scientists, and docs from Hodunk to West Palm Beach to Malaga, Spain. But I cannot imagine that I am going to encounter a better value for your money than you get at CHI–whether you are struggling with a major illness or you are healthy and just wanting a great detox and rebuild experience.

Do this rather than a “spa” week, because the rejuvenation you’ll get starts on the inside, with organs of elimination, where it matters most. And what shows on the outside is a reflection of what happens inside–you’ll look better as a result of a true detox than any facial scrub, massage, and steam room will achieve. (A nice benefit, for most people, is that folks lose an average of a pound a day at CHI!)

Our main teacher at CHI (in Director Bobby Morgan’s absence), Madeleine, was 67 and is fit, healthy, and energetic because she’s taken impressively good care of her temple. She’s the perfect example of someone who walks the talk.

Remember, prevention is so much easier than treatment! Everyone should detox once a year. For about $2300 at CHI for 10 days, you get lodging in a beautiful setting. (CHI told me they have an affiliate program where I’d get $200 for each person I refer, but you can have it, if you go. Say you’re a GSG reader and they’ll give you that $200 off your price!)

The accommodations are 2 star, but it’s comfortable and clean, and the group areas are really very nice, the private rooms adequate. (Don’t save $300 by sharing a bathroom–you will want your own, trust me! Get a room in the basement if possible in the summer, if you like to sleep in a cold room. Take earplugs to sleep because the walls are thin. If you’re newlyweds, get the room in the far back that will give you the best privacy. And don’t plan on hotel services–no maid making your bed or cleaning the bathroom! That said, at least you don’t have to take your own sheets or sleep in log cabins. It’s all perfectly comfortable.)

That’s a spectacular price for what you get. At $210/day with your GSG discount, that’s less than you spend on most vacations where there is little benefit to your health besides the R&R.

Posted in: Detox

17 thoughts on “Creative Health Institute, part 1 of 5”

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  1. I think it sounds great! I would love for you to write about any detox symptoms you experienced (if they aren’t to personal) and how you feel now.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what an amazing experience. I really am considering this. Thank you so much for sharing all of your information. 🙂 It truly is life saving.

  3. Oh my goodness…you were just a few miles from my parents house. I live about an hour north of there now but you were in my parents backyard, practically! Glad you enjoyed it and please come back to Michigan sometime soon!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing, I would love to learn more and attend one of your detox class.

    I live in Ocala, FL. are there any venues in this area?

    Please advise,

    Thank you,

    God bless.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Thelma, you have Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach! I will be there in late January myself (and will be speaking with Dr. Brian Clement of Hippocrates, in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well done, Robyn. A great launch to an important initiative.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Green Smoothie Girl,

    Thank you for all you’re doing! I cannot eat quinoa as I’m sensitive to it. Can I still make Rejuvelac with another grain??

  7. Anonymous says:

    Green Smoothie Girl,

    I cannot eat quinoa as I’m highly sensitive to it. Can I still make Rejuvelac with another grain?

    Thank you for all you’re doing!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Diane, the original Ann Wigmore recipe is with soft white wheat. That’s what I’ve been using this week, though at CHI they were using quinoa. Easy way to get probiotics and enzymes in the diet!

    2. Roselene says:

      @Anonymous September 11, 2011 Did you use wheat rejuvelac yet? When Dr Ann and i made rejuvelac together via wheat sprout liquid, celiac and gluten sensitive people did great on it. I’m here tiday looking for a rice rejuvelac recipe however lol

  8. Anonymous says:

    I live in Michigan, not too far away from this place but had never heard of it before now. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, and if you are ever back in Michigan, I’d love to meet you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Green Smoothie Girl…Robyn You are awesome!!! Thank you so much for posting this. I have recently been Dx with Lupus SLE and trying to do many changes without the use of drugs and did not know this place is almost in my back yard. I just made a reservation for October 25 and can’t wait!!! I feel there is hope for me…FINALLY!!! Thank you so so much!!!

  10. Anonymous says:


    I am/have been seriously considering attending one of these facilities. Can you tell me why you chose the one in MI vs the one in FL, TX, CA, etc??? Any that follow Ann Wigmore’s plan?

    I also have trouble with the wheatgrass that I grow (husband loves it) but I can drink the frozen that comes from Canada. A neighbor brought some over…but I can’t afford to order it :-). I hold my nose and drink fresh coconut water with it. I still want to gag and I’m ‘feeling’ it for a while.


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Lisa, I am going to all of those. If you have cancer and want to come with me to one, let me know.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, Thank you for the reply. I’m not sick (not diagnosed sickness anyway). I’ve recently started eating raw with lots of juicing/smoothies in my diet – I’m overweight and need to loose like 70 lbs according to your chart . I know I need to go and ‘detox’. I’m in Fort Worth, so the Austin on is closer to me and would save on travel cost. I’m going to try and check on their schedule for the 1/2 of 2012. I have to work it out with my husbands work schedule. I will see you in Dallas.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ho dunk is fun to say!

  13. Roselene says:

    @Robyn Openshaw, MSW
    Dr Anne also said and used half rye whenever she wanted, when I was with her.

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