Vibrant Health Institute is a vision of a wellness program / detoxification center / education & learning Institute put together by Michael Bergonzi (*link to story
below) that includes idea's from several different healing modalities / techniques,
teachers, and other health centers throughout his 30+ year journey in the
alternative health / cleansing and detox world.
A few of our VHI guests in the growing room.
For the past 30+ years now, I have personally watched / witnessed people (thousands) go through a 'raw food / juicing' diet and literally heal their bodies in only three weeks (longer for some health issues). Just through a cleansing & detox type program, the body will begin to, and then totally heal itself from most every health challenge you are dealing with. BUT, you need to go through a program for 1-3 weeks in a row. This can not be done ONLINE, and here is why... 1. You need support, 100% support (no TV, no fridge to open, no phone, no working, no people that have negative comments or feedback around you) 2. The body and mind need rest as well as to break out of the programs / addictions that are in our everyday lives. You will not get the full benefit of a cleanse if you have to work everyday (unless you LOVE what you do, completely, and support of your household). 3. As much as I can tell you that living foods, sprouts, wheatgrass juice, structured water, colon cleansing, are all crucial to a detox... it's the other part that is needed just as much. The silent day each week, the conversation with a stranger (soon to be a best, life-long friend *truth*), the connection with humans again on a vibrational level. This part completes the cycle of a good cleanse.
If you have every been to a wellness program, you will understand this better. Yes, there are places out there you can go to, I've worked at most of them, and they are all a bit different. Some are much to expensive for 98% of the population and will charge you even more when you arrive with 'healing modalities' that you NEED to live. Some have too many people / guests that there is no individual attention. Some are not in the USA. Some attempt only short cleanses in a non-conducive environment. So, why VHI? First off, affordable for everyone (also offering work exchange, scholarships, VIP discounts, bring-a-friend discounts, donation reduction, program transfers, non-expiration dates on usable tuition, alumni discounts, and even camping options)! Next, shuttle service from the airport, lower guest count each week (30 max), green juice available anytime, daily and many FREE modalities to use throughout your stay. Lastly, at VHI we have moved beyond the food and offer amazing supportive lectures, group classes, emotional communication and understanding judgement, moving beyond fear to help you take this new lifestyle home with you. We have not forgotten food courses as well as understanding the addiction of eating, both emotional and social meals. You will understand it ALL and have a more complete, confident feeling when leaving VHI after our three week program.
Why is this amount of money needed in our GoFundMe? Vibrant Health Institute has most everything ready, however, we NEED a location to reopen. A place that would be conducive to healing, and allowing the body to rest. Away from the city, but close enough to an airport. Plenty of land for walking trails, gardens, greenhouses, guest camping, and exercise. The building would also need to be large with a commercial kitchen, office space, therapy rooms, a store, guest rooms (up to 15-30) and the land must have enough space for additional guest rooms and bathrooms for everyone. We also need capital to purchase those modalities we wish for everyone to use and not be charged extra for as well as promotions online, website and health events. We need some kitchen equipment, greenhouse racks & trays, store items to offer guests at an affordable cost, and enough capital to pay our employees while we are going through our beginning stages of reopening. We then hope to franchise this model in 5 different US states within the next 3 years, and more to come! We will offer classes to view online (similar to Netflix) for all members of VHI for support and a cleansing boost!
The VHI program course has successfully functioned for 18 months and all the 'kinks / bugs' have been worked through. We are now ready to reopen and give our guests the BEST of the BEST healing wellness retreat in the US!
Our program focuses on relaxation, rejuvenation, re-connection, and
detoxification, while providing a total cleanse. Learn practical information and
gain simple tools to create a wellness plan that will bring balance to your life,
awaken your inner knowledge, support your overall happiness & well-being, and
reboot your life. This simple, yet powerful, retreat yields amazing results! Get
started on a program that can easily be continued once returning home. Priced
very affordably, this program offers an incredible value for the results. We believe in putting Earth back into your life, strengthening your foundation and
Michael Bergonzi - promoting Vibrant Health Institute at Hippocrates Festival, West Palm Beach, FL.
We (Michael & the VHI team) are looking for the funding to remain open for 3 yrs at a location where people can come for 1-3 weeks, 10 day or even weekend
programs. Each guest to have complete, supported detox throughout their stay.
The 'Ann Wigmore Protocol' (raw food, juicing, vegan) movement following is
massive, by people that understand the concept of the program that is being offered at a place like 'Hippocrates' or Optimum Health Institute or The Raw Food
These programs are three weeks long / 21 day course, where everyone is going
through a life change, together. In may ways, a 'rehab center' for detox, weight
loss, over-eaters, depression, gut health, diabetes, cancers, stress relief, etc... The program is all inclusive. This kind of inclusive course can be done in a large B&B,
senior center, hotel, motel, or retreat center. We have a location in mind, with 20
bedrooms / bath's, on 29 acres, located in CO. However, we are open to viewing
something a bit smaller or larger. CLICK HERE TO VIEW CO LOCATION And another that has history as a wellness center, in NC, is smaller and more affordable to reopen sooner: CLICK HERE TO VIEW NC LOCATION
At Vibrant Health Institute, we would hold three group classes per day, silent and Juicing day every Wednesday, optional juice available everyday (all week), plated nutritious / vibrant meals twice a day, blended meal options, Yoga / light
stretching every morning, rebounding, walking trails, FRESH wheatgrass juice,
structured water, infrared sauna, on site store, taking it all home classes, food
prep, communication, stress, etc... A complete program, for everyone. If insurance were to cover some of the therapies offered at the location, massage,
chiropractic, colon hydrotherapy, etc... that would be even more of a draw.
The cost for the all-inclusive / weekly program (check in every Sunday - check out any Saturday) would be $1,500 - $3,000, pending on the room, private / shared
and the program additions the guest wanted to add on. Also, a scholarship and
an internship program option. Always helping low income guests to be able to
attend. Also, opening a FRESH Vibrant Cafe (Conscious Cafe) and store both
online and selling to the public on campus, sprouts, meals, juices, smoothies, etc...
VHI would be a great place for depression, food addicts and certain types of
rehab, for sure. Weight loss and stress would always be a given. I think it all works well, and depression is a big one. As we know, when you change your diet,
happiness finds a way back through all the muck of old stuffing down feelings and emotions. It's a fast ride to the top, but there is a lot to go through, and we would need a few counselors on staff, but I do really think it's the way to go. The sick,
unhealthy, cancer, etc... will find us as well.
We hope to reopen by 2021, starting in one location / one state, and
then begin the franchise effort of opening in 5 different states. Eventually Canada
and every country that is need of this type of program. Vibrant Health is not just a cleansing / detox location, it is an 'oil change' for our bodies. A place to go for a mental and emotional cleansing. An affordable 'health care' / wellness retreat for all walks of life.
This is a very light summary of what VHI is going to be about. Please continue reading through to know more details and get a complete understanding about this
Michael's history, since 1990: CLICK FOR FULL STORY
Also this two hour YouTube video lecture / intro to what VHI is all about:
(*Michael's vision started out as Vibrant Retreat Center back in CA 2011)
We originally opened in Jan. 2015 for 18 months at the former Creative Health
Institute / Hippocrates Mid-West location in MI.
More from our website: ABOUT VHI PROGRAM
The Vibrant Health Institute (VHI) program is for anyone and everyone! We are
nondenominational, please feel free to participate in all lectures, yoga,
rebounding, infrared sauna, silent day every Wednesday, release ceremony, etc…. or just relax around campus, make a puzzle, even venture outside on our walking
trails. It’s up to each guest to choose what they would like to attend or partake in. We hope to accommodate up to 30 guests each week! VHI is a great detox for
weight loss, fatigue, food addictions, stress relief and is one of the only programs
that works best for people dealing with candida issues, Lyme disease, and various types of cancer. Our green juice and wheatgrass are perfect for making the body more alkaline. (Many people believe that cancer cells cannot survive in an alkaline environment.) We also serve structured / alkaline water. This is the most
hydrating water for our cells. All of our foods that we serve are gluten and dairy
free, raw / living greens, sprouts and vegetables, or an optional blended meal.
Some nuts, seeds, or avocado may be served as well, which are always labeled.
(see below for more details.)
Lectures here at VHI focus on many subjects, some which include; conscious
communication, sharing circles, moving beyond fear, journaling, understanding
judgment, emotional & social eating, taking it all home with you, and what’s
simple is true. We then have the practical; one lecture each week on raw food
prep, wheatgrass / micro green growing at home, juicing / household equipment,
and sprouting the easy way.
The concept behind VHI is allowing the body to heal itself with nourishing living
foods, green juice, wheatgrass, trace minerals, and structured water (all included with your stay here.) Each of our guests are here to detox, unwind / unplug, and
rebuild their bodies. Privacy of all our guests is important to us. We do not focus on teaching how to prepare raw food everyday to become a chef, just once a
week. Our mission is to help our guests understand the addiction of food as well
as emotional and social eating habits, or adjusting from the S.A.D. After having 4
green drinks and 2 ounces of FRESH wheatgrass twice a day, you have eaten 6
times each day without ever eating lunch or dinner!
The first few days on our detox program, you may experience headaches, light
nausea, fatigue and even some overall soreness. This is the body adjusting and
starting to now take care of its own health issues. Some people will feel ‘hungry’,
but this isn’t from lack of nourishment. The concept isn’t to be ‘full’ of food here. Most symptoms will lighten up or disappear by day 3 & 4 (depending on the
individual, as we are all very different.) If this is your first time going through a
cleanse, we suggest three weeks or 21 days, to allow the body to overcome
addictions and for food tastes to change. Sense of smell may also begin to
improve on your second week with us. It takes time for the body to rid itself of
toxins, both emotionally and physically. By your third week here, it’s now time for rebuilding and getting some structure back to your cells, heart, brain and muscles. If you have been through juicing and other detox programs, then coming here for an ‘oil change’ for just one week may be enough for you. Think of your body like
your vehicle. If you drive a lot, you need to fill up with gas. If your car is in the
driveway, you don’t need so much fuel. Use your body more, exercise of some sort each day, then add more fuel (food.) Sit on the couch, behind a computer all day,
less fuel (food) is needed.
Some other programs similar to VHI will focus on finding a supplement (pills) for
solving your physical condition. This could cost hundreds, even thousands of
dollars each year. We here at VHI, however, will try to help you find out what is
actually causing your physical health issue. Many Americans suffer from health issues that are directly related to their diet. We do understand that certain foods
will help our body with the healing process, while other foods actually prevent
this from happening. Other physical issues have to do with emotional stress
caused by many unseen, or unrealized surroundings such as your job or even a
person in your life. It may also be that your house is under or near power lines or
even the way your bed is positioned. Something very simple could make a huge
difference in the way you feel, both mentally and physically.
Everything is included with your tuition cost per week, either in a shared or
private room. If you choose some extra’s (see below), please call to reserve your massage or colonic in advance as these appointments are limited each week.
What’s included with your weekly stay:
Educational lectures twice daily
Hands on classes – sprouting, growing greens
Private or Shared room / bath accommodation
Fresh raw / living vibrant meals or blended option
All FRESH green juices and teas, 7 days per week
Daily wheatgrass juice, 2oz, twice per day
Exercise – basic yoga and everyday walks
Meditation room & Silent day once a week
One juice day per week, or as many as you want!
Trampoline / rebounding everyday
TDP Lamp Therapy – daily sessions
Infrared Sauna – personal & community
Personal wellness consultation, 15 minute
Weekend excursions for three week guests
Interactive learning environment
Use of our classic VHS lectures & many DVD lectures
To learn more about the various therapies offered at VHI, check them out on
YouTube by visiting our Vibrant Health Institute YouTube page!
VHI YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Far Infrared Sauna
Far Infrared Bio Dome
At VHI each guest may choose their own detox diet, however, every Wednesday
is green juice day with a blended meal for dinner.
Here are your options:
Green juice detox – This means you may have green juice, seven days a week
throughout your entire program. You may also drink 1-2 ounces of wheatgrass,
twice per day as well as hot teas, structured alkaline water, and your choice of
Dandy Blend (coffee alternative) & Calm (magnesium to help you rest). Trace
minerals are also available to add to any of your drinks!
Juice and blended lunch & dinner – This means everything in choice A, plus a
blended green meal to eat for lunch and dinner.
Raw Vibrant Meals – This means everything in choice A, plus a Vibrant Raw /
Vegan Food Meal for lunch and dinner! (or you may choose a blended meal to
replace the raw food for either lunch or dinner)
*Yes, you may ask for seconds!!! Just remember, hunger doesn’t always mean
you’re lacking nourishment and you are NOT going to starve while you are here
on our program!
To watch a demonstration for juicing wheatgrass or to learn more about our
structured water, click on the links below and check out our YouTube page!
Wheatgrass Juicing Demonstration
For DVD lectures on sprouting and growing wheatgrass, CLICK HERE !!!
Some of our lecture titles during your 3-week program at VHI:
What’s Simple is True
Back to Basics / Colon Health
Raw Food Prep One, VHI Chef
Conscious Communication, part 1
Sprouting “The Easy Way”
Conscious Communication, part 2
Raw Food Prep Two, VHI Chef
Growing Wheatgrass, Sunflower and Pea Greens
Lecture with Joe Bassett (*Amazing DVD*)
Using the Colema Board / VHI Store Product Details
Loving All That Arises
Trusting Your Intuition
Alternative Health & Beauty Care
Questions and Answers
Raw Food Prep Three, VHI Chef
Moving Beyond Fear
Grow Room Tour / Hands on Growing
Taking it all Home
Emotional Freedom Technique
Accepting The Light You Truly Are
Evening Classes and Meditations
Various Guided Meditations
DVD Movies & Talent Night!
We would then offer certified programs and additional learning during
- Micro-greens, sprouting, wheatgrass growing *1 week, $X + program tuition
- Iridology 101 *2 weeks, $X + program tuition
- Health / Life Coaching, for students *3 weeks, $X + program tuition
- Life Coach / Health Education, for teachers *3 weeks, $X + program tuition
- VHI Franchise Course *6 weeks, $X + program tuition
- 10 day colon cleanse *$X + program tuition
- Opening A Wellness Center *1 week, $X + program tuition
- Art Therapy / Meditation *1 week, $X + program tuition
- Raw / Vegan Chef Program *1 week, $X + program tuition
**If you would like to start a personal program today, CLICK HERE FOR PERSONAL CONSULTS !!
ABOUT VHI WHEATGRASS JUICE:
All of our wheatgrass is grown FRESH, all year long. Many people ask this
Q: How much wheatgrass may I drink while I am on a detox at VHI?
A: 1 – 2 ounces at any one time is all someone should drink. Never more than 2
ounces at one time. The body only needs two FRESH ounces of juice at one time as that is equal to up to 5 pounds of fresh vegetables. More is NOT better. One
ounce of FRESH wheatgrass is also equal to approx. 8 ounces of a green juice.
With FRESH wheatgrass juice, 1-2 ounces, once in the AM is plenty. If you are
detoxing, you can also drink 1-2 ounces in the PM, always on an empty stomach and then wait 15 minutes before eating or drinking anything else! FRESH
wheatgrass juice is a complete food for the body as well as a detoxifier. Every 2
ounces of FRESH wheatgrass juice is equal to a complete meal for the body.
ABOUT OUR VHI GREEN JUICE:
Here at the Vibrant Health Institute, our green juice is made fresh daily and
consists of 50% Cucumber (see below for the benefits of cucumber), 10% Celery, 25% Sunflower Greens and 15% Pea Greens. Both Sunflower and Pea Greens are grown on site, organically in our grow room, all year long! You will learn how to
grow them both as well as what juicers are best to use.
Our Green Juice is available 7 days a week from 8am-6pm. Each guests may drink up to 4 glasses (10 ounces) per day and up to 6 glasses on juicing days. Each green juice is a complete meal for the body / cells. Along with the FRESH wheatgrass
juice, every guest is actually eating up to 6 meals per day in JUICE!!! (Before even eating lunch or dinner!)
Michael packed up VHI in a storage unit in mid June, 2016 and started looking for a new finance investor / partner and location to reopen as soon as we could.
We hope to find 500,000 people to help us out at only $5.00 each or even
100,000 people at $25.00 each! Of course, one investor would be wonderful as
well. Every penny matters to us. We also want you to know to save your receipts! We / Vibrant Health Institute / Michael Bergonzi will credit any amount you
donate to us in tuition cost. If you donate $25.00, when you come to stay with us, we will give you a $25 credit towards your one week tuition rate stay with us!
*If you are that ONE person that would like to help us ALL THE WAY in this
project, please contact Michael direct. We are open to all possibilities /
partnerships or even angel investors.
Summary of expenses:
* The property / location - $800K - $1.5 mil (pending best options)
* Kitchen equipment, Guest Therapy equipment - $15K
* Monthly expenses: Salaries - $15K Food, seeds - $4K Promotions - $1K
Web / IT / Newsletter - $1K Phones - $300 Electric, Gas, Office, Misc.
Supplies, $2.5K Shuttle service / Vehicle - $500
Thank you ALL for your support throughout the years and for helping to make
this DREAM come TRUE!
Michael Bergonzi with Steve 'The Sproutman' Meyerowitz
Natural Product Expo West
Michael & Michelle visit friends in MI.
Michael with Singer / Songwriter, Jewel on Lake Tahoe.
Michael and Lisa Wilson (The Raw Food Institute) after a lecture in CT.
Michael with Brenda Cobb (Living Foods Institute in GA) at the New Life Expo in NY City.
Michael teaching a lecture at The Raw Food Institute in CT. Thanks Lisa Wilson!
An excellent read!
We are all on different paths. Be kind.
Michael with Ellen Tart-Jensen.
Michael with Anca (Wheatgrass And Sprouts in Troy, MI).
Our VHI guests enjoying a raw food / vegan pot luck Saturday!
Thanks for everything, Mom & Dad! I love you both very much! Your son, Michael.
Michael teaching at Hippocrates in FL - 10 years as greenhouse director.
Michael with Lalita Claudia Salas Aguilar (Ann Wigmore Institute in PR) at the New Life Expo in NY City.
Some of our VHI guests in MI.
NY City Health Expo. Free lecture on Sunday!
Vibrant Health Institute - Thanks you, with love!
- Jennifer Pendergraph
- Liliana Vallejo
- Mikaela Pattison
- David Barnes