April 17-29, 2017
September 11-23, 2017
Participants of all ages can experience a healing environment based on the Anthroposophical medical guidelines of Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
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 (see a full list of conditions that have been treated at the center). 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 nurses and therapists, under the medical direction of Drs. Molly and Quentin McMullen, create an unparalleled healing environment.
"Thank you for providing one of the best experiences of my life. It truly was everything one would only dream an ideal retreat might be – restful, renewing, healing, peaceful, intellectually exciting, fun – and all in a beautiful location."
-2008 Retreat participant
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Rudolf Steiner Health Center and where is it located?
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.
2. What is Anthroposophic Medicine?
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.
-"To experience the Health Center
is like stepping into another world of light and caring..."
--B.B., retreat participant in 2002
3. What therapies are used?
|Anthroposophic Nursing Treatments
Compresses, footbaths, applications of oils, and therapeutic baths (including oil dispersion and over-warming baths)
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
A specific form of massage, individually prescribed and performed by specially trained massage therapists
|Therapeutic Eurythmy or Spacial Dynamics
Movement therapy used to harmonize and strengthen body and soul
Promotes healing through use of drawing, watercolor painting, and clay modeling
| Color Light Therapy
A special color exposure and response therapy developed in Europe
Harmonizes the activities of inner organs through concentrated listening, singing, and playing of instruments
"The movement therapists' joy and humor and good perception were appreciated. The compresses were so soothing, the color sessions enlivening. The painting was joyous, the massage strengthening." -G.H. retreat participant 2011
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.
"The dedication and knowledge of the staff was excellent. I felt cared for and held throughout the retreat."
--T.H., cancer patient and retreat participant in 2010.
5. What geographical area do you service?
People come from all over North America, and even as far as Japan and Israel to attend retreats.
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6. Do you have to have prior experience or knowledge of Anthroposophy to come to the center?
No. Participants of all ages, interests and backgrounds can attend and experience the healing environment at the center.
7. Does the program have any religious affiliations?
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.
8. I really like my current physician and I take some conventional medicine that I am comfortable with. Do I have to give these up?
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.
9. What is a session like? Do I have to stay at the center?
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.
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.
"The staff is extremely caring and there is a lot of individual attention. This is true across the doctors, nurses, chefs and aides."
Sharmila Sherikar, 2011
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 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.
10. Will I have the same therapies everyday? Will I be prescribed all of the therapies?
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 staff was kind, attentive, very competent, and warm." -Debbie S., Lyme disease, 2010
11. When are the next sessions and what are the costs involved? What about insurance coverage?
The next session is:
April 17-29, 2017
2017 Retreat Sessions
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.
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).
What past therapy session participants are saying about their experience:
"This retreat gave me time to rest and concentrate on getting well."
-K.B, cancer patient and retreat participant in 2010
"Thank you for all that you did to provide a relaxing, informative, wonderful and fulfilling medical retreat."
-Harriet Parsons, retreat participant in 2010
"Everyone was friendly, courteous, personable, and treated us like royalty."
"Hello Dr Molly, Sara, and all the rest of you at the Rudolf Steiner Health Center, I don't know how to begin to say thank you. My time at your center last year was really helpful. I needed to have the retreat in order to come to grips with my Non Hodgkins large Diffuse B cell Aggressive cancer diagnosis. I am really glad I attended the retreat prior to my chemotherapy and radiation treatments. My retreat came in the month after my diagnosis. Dr Molly and the retreat gave me the strength and insight to get me through this last year and a half of treatment. My physical body was primed to the max. My emotional and spiritual bodies were also put on the mend. Here a year and a half later integrating and processing the experience. Can't thank the Rudolf Steiner Health Center, Sara, staff and Dr. Molly enough. Alive and thriving with a full head of hair, eyebrows, a sense of humour; scared sometimes but equipped to cope. Life journey. How can one say it well. Thanks for putting me on a path to optimal health and for saving my sanity and my life. I have just received a " you have responded well to treatment and there is no sign of your lymphoma" speech by my oncologist. He seems surprised that my tumour shrunk so quickly. I think it was my stay at the Center that made ALL the difference. Words really cannot express my gratitude. How do you say thank you for saving my life. Thank you seems inadequate but thank you. Keep up the great work. Would and do sing your praises and recommend your retreats to anyone who tells me how healthy I look. Thanks." -Retreat Patient
"It has been a total "joy" to be able to be here for two weeks. Everyone is so kind, pleasant, and nonjudgmental. You make us feel totally excepted no matter what we do or say. I have felt like I was in a cocoon of love. The whole program is wonderful. I enjoyed all the therapies, the wonderful meals, and the ability to speak with our doctors almost daily. It gives one the opportunity to really explore our problems to enable the physicians to get the best picture possible of what is going on. I liked everything! Everyone has been just wonderful, pleasant, patient, and with a warm smile. I came here very despondent about all my health issues and I am leaving with hope and a new lease on life." -Barbara Walker, 2010
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Rudolf Steiner health center. Well rounded curriculum of practices; flexibility; personal space honored; food was nutritious and healthy; Doctors and nursing care - i.e. compresses and special treatment for flare-up of radiation effects; friendliness and acceptance of all; warm and comforting environment. In particular I appreciated how movement, art, and music integrated harmony; massage therapy was very relaxing; compresses and rest. The food and menus were excellent as were the evening educational programs. Color therapy was awesome.All (staff) were friendly, caring, and informative consistently. Chefs were outstanding. Assistants and aides were thoughtful, friendly, and non-invasive. The nurse was outstanding with gentle and consistent care.Gratitude and heartfelt thanksgiving for this opportunity. Timing was perfect because of finishing the last week of radiation and the first week or recovering from 35 treatments and burn and fatigue side effects. Spiritual aspect encompassed healing for body, mind, spirit, and soul."
-Joan Davis, cancer patient, 2011
"I appreciate and honor that you have created a profound, holistic approach to healing and health in this country in one facility. I am grateful you have been able to offer and sustain health care that has European attributes and respect people who want conventional care and yet offers the specificity of anthroposophical knowledge. I liked being with interesting, more like-minded people who, despite having serious health challenges, had a vibrancy and enthusiasm about their health care and their life. I like the house - the building itself. It is strong, and solidly built, and I like being in here.
I really like singing. Sara is a lovely leader/teacher and I felt free to open my voice and find joy in singing. It felt uplifting to start the day with rhythms and sound. I also found each massage to be excellent. The massage therapist is very compassionate as a person and with her touch/treatment. She was an important part of my healing process. I liked movement and art therapy too. The therapists are very knowledgeable and supportive in their teaching. The color light therapist is very kind, and I especially liked the way she "ushered" and welcomed us into the space for color therapy. I found the evening lectures/discussions very helpful. Especially Dr. Quentin's overview of Anthroposophy and Dr. Molly's evening of recipes etc., the nurse's compress, injections, teas, oils talk etc.
I especially want to thank the nurse for her dedication to helping us so diligently, accurately and compassionately. She was good humored and patient in all kinds of situations and attended most effectively to everyone's needs.
I also want to thank Sara for her calm presence and accepting way of being. She made it possible for me to come because of her patience, encouragement and understanding of my situation and needs. She was patient and helpful during a number of challenging situations and I am very grateful. I want to thank the cook for her wonderfully delicious food, and the aides for their kind help too. And thanks to Dr. Molly and Dr. Quentin for their expertise and dedication to this integrative anthroposophical approach to health and healing. I am most grateful that they offer this kind of health care and cancer care in this country. Most influential in deciding to attend this session was the fact that I have a very challenging cancer scenario and I wanted the expertise of Dr. Molly and Dr. Quentin. I came here because I wanted to have the advice and experience of doctors who have worked with mistletoe treatments and other IV's. I wanted anthroposophical treatments and approaches supported or combined with a conventionally trained MD. I wanted to get clarification and opinions/recommendations on treatment choices etc. for chemo with BRCA II triple negative grade III. And I wanted the soul work, as well. I wanted a spiritual component and understanding of cancer and a soul's journey.
This is an impressive program and I've already told at least 5 potential patients about the center."
-S B L., Cancer patient, 2011
"My time at the RSHC was a wonderful respite from my maniacal daily life - walk dog, make breakfast, clean up cat vomit, scarf up breakfast while shoving food into my lunch cooler, hop into clothes, water garden, fight traffic… etc. and it's only 9am…
I particularly liked the rhythmical daily schedule; soothing and enlivening therapies - color, art, music, massage, baths etc.; tasty healthful food - prepared by someone other than myself; talks & presentations by staff; the afternoon nap and compress - oh sweet sleep!!; the time to take walks and attend cultural activities at UM etc.; the house itself. Opportunity for profound rest.
How to carry on with artistic therapies or obtain benefits after the session ends. I only wish that the session was longer, although that would have been difficult financially and in terms of finding a pet sitter…There was a good balance between informative presentations at RSHC and the opportunity to attend cultural activities in town.
THE STAFF IS GREAT!!! I felt honored as a complete fourfold human being here. Drs are wonderful - I appreciate the time that Dr. McMullen spent talking to me and his kindness & expertise. The nurse is superb - kind, generous, knowledgeable, caring -THE BEST. Sara is helpful and gracious, patient & talented; the massages were healing and relaxing; the color light therapist's calm manner is great, the cooks food and enthusiasm are a blessing; the movement therapist is fun & opened new doors re movement and posture.
What was most influential in deciding to attend our session? Strong recommendation by Dr. Sutton combined with what other patients of Dr. Sutton's said about their experience here. The 10% "early bird" discount was also a factor…
You are providing a much needed service to your patients - the opportunity to be seen as a complete, fourfold human - and to experience healing on every level. THANK YOU!"
-Christine Holmstrom, cancer patient, 2011
"I enjoyed the camaraderie formed between participants & staff, the rhythm of the day's activities and meals, the homeyness, and the dedication of staff to the mission. I particularly liked spatial dynamics. It was lovely, as a kinesthetic learner, to have this focus. I'd never worked with watercolors very much and the atmosphere created helped get the momentum. Thank you Sara! I loved the emphasis on cooking, especially the raw foods and mixing different grains and veggies. I enjoyed being in the infusion room with local folks and also appreciated Dr. Quentin's sensitivity to when that might be overwhelming, thank you for the options. (Most influential in deciding to attend this session was) the appearance of lung nodules from rectal cancer and the ongoing chronic aspect of having cancer. Thank you all very much!"
-Leslie van Barselaar, Cancer patient 2010
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