Intensive Sessions

Designed for patients with chronic illnesses and cancer, our sessions rejuvenate and refresh.

Our next session is August 5th-17th!

Our Program

The two-week intensive therapeutic session is designed for ambulatory individuals with a variety of ailments, chronic illnesses, or anyone seeking a restorative regimen. Our patients have suffered chronic fatigue, recovery from chemotherapy, arthritis, stroke, MS, digestive issues and many other problems. Many of our patients receive Mistletoe, an anthroposophical homeopathic cancer treatment.  As a patient, you will receive individual medical care from founding physicians Quentin McMullen, MD and Molly McMullen-Laird, MD. Both physicians were trained in Internal Medicine in the United States and in Anthroposophical Medicine in Europe.

A unique feature of our therapeutic sessions is the availability of anthroposophical therapies: therapeutic eurythmy, speech formation, art therapy, color-light, music, rhythmical massage, therapeutic baths, and nursing therapies. A talented, dedicated team of therapists, under the medical direction of Drs. Molly and Quentin McMullen, create an unparalleled healing environment.

Treatments

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Massage

Rhythmical massage is a specific form of massage, individually prescribed and performed by specially trained massage therapists.

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Nursing

Compresses, foot-baths, applications of oils, and therapeutic baths (including oil dispersion and over-warming baths)

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IV Therapies

Depending on the diagnosis, a number of IV therapies may be given during your stay, including high dose Vitamin C, glutathione, Myer’s Cocktail and others

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Art

Promotes healing through use of drawing, watercolor painting, and clay modeling

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Movement

Spacial dynamics therapy is used to harmonize and strengthen body and soul

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Color Light

A special color exposure and response therapy developed in Europe.

Our Facility

Pricing

Since we’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit and our main mission is providing integrative and alternative options to patients with chronic illness we’re able to offer the retreats at about a half to a quarter the price of similar medical retreat programs. If you are concerned about your ability to afford a session please consider filling out our financial aid form.

Shared Room

$4,800

This is our most economical and most popular option. You’ll share a room with one other patient. If you come with a friend we’ll do our best to put you together. All of your therapies, doctor’s appointments, educational evening lectures, and most importantly our home cooked meals are included.

Single Room

$5,480

You’ll enjoy a single room for a little more privacy. All of your therapies, doctor’s appointments, educational evening lectures, and most importantly our home cooked meals are included.

Single Room

With Companion
$7,460

This option allows you to bring a spouse or a friend. Your companion will have room and board for the session but they won’t get medical treatment or therapies. All of your therapies, doctor’s appointments, educational evening lectures, and most importantly our home cooked meals are included.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rudolf Steiner Health Center is a center established to provide Anthroposophic Medical care in combination with traditional Western  medicine in one facility, which can house all the therapies that Anthroposophic medicine encompasses.

The RSHC is located at the historic Anna Botsford Bach House at 1422 W. Liberty Ann Arbor, MI. 48103.

Anthroposophic Medicine (Anthropos = human being : Sophia = wisdom) is a form of complementary medicine developed by Rudolf Steiner that views the entire human being (physical and life bodies, soul and spirit) in its relationship to the universe in treating illness.

It includes the use of European homeopathic and plant medicines, assessment by specially trained physicians, and several unique therapies and nursing treatments.

Medicines used are taken from the realms of plants, animals, and minerals.

The center was established and is run by Drs. Molly and Quentin McMullen. Both physicians are traditionally trained Internal Medicine physicians with additional training in Anthroposophic Medicine. At times, other Anthroposophic physicians or medical students come in to work and learn.

People come from all over North America, and even as far as Japan and Israel to attend retreats.

No. Participants of all ages, interests and backgrounds can attend and experience the healing environment at the center.

The retreat sessions do not have any religious components. If you would like to attend religious services during your stay, please let us know so that we can plan accordingly. A comprehensive guide to Ann Arbor area churches, synagogues and religious fellowships is listed in the City Guide section of Arborweb.com.

No, not at all. Both physicians are very happy to work with the program you are following and are quite willing to communicate with your current physician. Anthroposophic medicine complements your current regimen and may replace or reduce the need for some conventional drugs.  Our physicians work together with your conventional physician to make those determinations.

Participants stay at the center for ease of receiving treatments and for a sense of community. Usually, all participants arrive on the same day and settle into their rooms. The first evening will be an orientation time to get familiar with the center and each other.

Dinner will be served and orientation will follow.  All meals are vegetarian, prepared with organically or biodynamically locally grown foods. All the food is prepared fresh and is served family style.

The next day participants are gently awakened, greeted by their nurses, given any prescribed medicines before going to breakfast. After breakfast, participants join together to sing, and then return to their room to see a physician, or begin their first therapy of the day. There may be another therapy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, therapies continue until just before dinner. After dinner, participants are on their own or may choose to attend interesting lectures/discussions with the staff, or a musical or other social event.

Nursing Care

Anthroposophical nursing goes beyond traditional nursing by addressing the need of patients to be listened to and cared for in their surroundings. The quality of the air, light, heat, textures of bedclothes, fresh water and flowers, appropriate for the illness of the patient, are attended to. Footbaths, bodywork with oil rubbings, and encouragement in all the rhythms of the day are found in the relationship between nurse and patient.

Meals

Three meals per day are served in a beautiful community dining room in the historic Anna Botsford Bach Home. All food is organic or biodynamic, with preference given to local produce. The delicious, vegetarian meals are based on the therapeutic diet plan of the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, Switzerland.

Group Activities

Group Activities are an important aspect of the experience.  Group singing starts the day (after breakfast),  and evening cultural programs are spread throughout the session.  There are also weekend outing opportunities, as well as nearby parks available for walking, hiking and plant observation. Ambulatory patients are encouraged to participate in the varied aspects of maintaining gardens, and to walk in the open air. Evening and weekend social events such as  musical performances further enhance the sense of community that many patients have felt at similar clinics.

Your plan of care will be individually tailored to your needs. You may have some treatments or therapies daily, or every other day, but you may not need all therapies.

The charge for your stay, all meals, therapies*, nursing, and physician treatments, including medicines: $4800 for shared rooms and $5480 for single rooms [12 days of therapy]. We require the full amount if you are registering within two weeks of the session. If you register further in advance, we require $1000 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot and the remaining balance 2 weeks before the session begins. IV therapy is an additional charge at the discounted rate of $75/treatment  (usual IV treatments range from $90-$220/treatment).

Please check with your own insurance company to see what they will cover. We will furnish a paid receipt for submission to your carrier. Some of the treatments and doctor’s visits may be covered. If you are planning to fly here, check with your local Wings of Mercy chapter to see if you qualify for flight assistance.

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Companion rate is $1980 (includes meals, stay, and evening educational activities). Please note that the patient must be in a single room to have a companion.

Dates and prices are subject to change.

The Rudolf Steiner Health Center is not responsible for any lost travel or program costs. Please make sure all travel purchases are refundable. Deposits and payments are nonrefundable, so please purchase travel insurance to cover any lost travel and program costs if you are unable to attend.

Limited financial assistance is available for those in need (excludes partial stays). Application available online or by request.

Rooms assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; limited to 10 participants.

Partial stays are charged by a daily rate, minimum stay is 3 days. Inquire about possibility and fees.

Any medicines, remedies, or herbs you purchase for use at home after the session will be billed separately.

*In addition, IV therapy is charged at the discounted rates of: $75 per IV (usually $90-$220).

To request information or ask a question, please email us at [email protected]

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