Archive for August, 2010

August 26, 2010

Student Testimonial

I was on a break from work and had been thinking a lot about my “next step” in life when I saw a flyer for the Wholistic Nutrition program at the Wellspring School for Healing Arts. It started in two days. I went in that day and enrolled in the program. I knew that this was my future.

The certification I received as a result of the program has created an opportunity for me to share my passion for nutrition.  Through my business, Blissful Nutrition, I am helping people with menu planning, nutritional consulting, grocery shopping tours, pantry makeovers and cooking classes. All of my class offerings are beneficial, however, the cooking classes are the most meaningful, because I come to your home so you can cook comfortably in your own kitchen. I give you the tools and conviction to create and then re-create satisfying healthy dishes.

I have created a blog, to highlight some of the dishes that I make. I plan to incorporate more nutritional information along with the recipes over time.

I was fortunate enough to be raised by a mother who cared deeply about our family’s nutrition and wellbeing, so I had the opportunity and benefit of being exposed to this lifestyle early. I believe that nutrition is the foundation for our way of life and affects our health, wellbeing and lifestyle.

The Wellspring School Wholistic Nutrition Program gave me the confidence to turn my passion into a career!

Ava-Honey Whitlock

Blissfull Nutrition


August 14, 2010

Wholistic Nutrition: Industry and Program Frequently Asked Questions

We thought we’d provide a snapshot of some of the most common questions and answers we get about the wholistic nutrition industry and our program specifically. We hope you find it helpful!

Q: What exactly is a Wholistic Nutritionist?

A: One who understands and educates others on foods as a whole, foods sources, one’s relationship to food, what foods best serve individual needs, etc. It is an approach to nutrition that values whole foods over supplementation.

Q: Is a Wholistic Nutritionist the same as a Dietician?

A: No. A Traditional (Western) Dietician applies principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, food physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain human health through the provision of medical nutrition services and the development of therapeutic nutrition care plans to assist in the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disorders of body functions, systems or organs. (Source: Idaho Dietetic Licensing Board)

Q: Are the job opportunities the same for both?

A: No. For the Clinical Registered Dietician (CRD), most jobs are in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and offices of physicians or other health practitioners. For the Certified (W)holistic Nutritionist opportunities are within other holistic healthcare practices, as a standalone practice or other private community based areas.

Q: What are the licensing requirements for a Wholistic Nutritionist?

A: State laws vary on the use of nutritionist in titles as well as licensing, so you’d need to check with your individual state. At present in Idaho and Oregon no specific license is required to practice as a (W)holistic Nutritionist and the title Certified (W)holistic Nutritionist is accepted.

Q: If no licensing is required then why do I need to complete a specialized Wholistic Nutrition Program?

A: While state licensing requirements vary, establishing credibility as a practitioner is a constant. Having credentials that identify you as having completed education and training specifically for your field are beneficial to your business and your clients. Clients tend to seek out the practitioner with recognized experience. Also, some states (e.g. Washington) required you complete a certification program in order to call yourself a certified nutritionist.

Q: What benefit is there for an existing practitioner to become certified as a (W)holistic Nutritionist?

A: Exiting practitioners can offer clients the added benefit of whole nutrition as a complement to various practice modalities, e.g. Acupuncture, Amma Therapy, Massage Therapy, Personal Training, etc. to give clients a more holistic view of all options in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.  


Q: What are the professional opportunities for a Wholistic Nutritionist as a standalone practice?

A; You can work solo or with a group of other holistic healthcare practitioners. Teaching individuals or groups cooking, shopping, pantry stocking or meal and menu planning all fall under the purview of a Wholistic nutritionist. You might also choose to work with individual clients to tailor menus or eating plans specifically based on their own constitution or needs, whether it’s to lose weight, address an illness or just learn to eat better. At the very least you’ll be able to make more educated and healthy choices for you and your family!

Q: Is there a national board, certification or designation for Wholistic Nutrition?

A: The National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP: is a driving force bringing consistency and quality to holistic nutrition at the national level. The American Association of Nutritional Consultants is another organization working to bring legitimacy to the field  (AANC: Both organizations offer nationally recognized board level exams through extensions in their respective organizations. Eligibility is determined by membership, experience and having completed an approved program.

Q: What is special about the program at The Wellspring School?

A: The Wellspring Wholistic Nutrition Program offers a very unique approach that combines traditional Western nutritional studies with Wholistic Nutrition and Eastern (Chinese) energetics to give practitioners tools they need to effectively determine the individual nutritional needs of their clients.  The Wellspring believes that all whole food has deeply nourishing energetic properties and that there are no “bad” foods or “best” diets. Instead, recommendations are matched to the individuals needs rather then concepts of “good” and “bad” foods and diets.

Q: Does certification from The Wellspring School Wholistic Nutrition Program allow me to sit for the national board exams offered by the NANP or AANC?

A: The Wellspring School for Healing Arts Wholistic Nutrition Program is one of the few programs approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, (NANP). Graduates of The Wellspring program are eligible to sit for the national board exam sponsored by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB), a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Upon successful passage of the Exam, you will be given a certificate officially recognizing you as, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®”. Similarly, The American Associate of Nutritional Consultants recognizes The Wellspring School program and graduates are eligible to sit for their examination as well.

Q: Do I have to take all classes if I am certified/licensed in other areas?

A: Some practitioners (RN’s, LAc’s, Amma Therapists, etc.) may be able to pass out of a few of the program classes, e.g. Western A&P, Introduction to TCM, Chinese Diagnosis. These or similar classes must have been taken within the past five years to qualify for consideration. Contact the school office for more details.

Q: What do I receive when I complete The Wellspring Wholistic Nutrition Program?

A: You receive certification from the school and (depending on your state) you can practice under the title Certified (W)holistic Nutritionist (C.H.N.).

Q: What is the deal with the “W” in Wholistic Nutrition?

A: The Wellspring School for Healing Arts maintains the philosophy that a healthy lifestyle and nutrition is about the “whole” not the piece parts. So, we decided to keep the “w” as part of our nomenclature. Industry-wise, Wholistic Nutrition and Holistic Nutrition are the same thing.

Q: How long does the program take to complete?

A: One weekend a month for 18-22 months.

Q: Where are classes held?

A: In Boise, the majority of classes are held at The Wellspring School building located in the North End area of the city. In Portland, our classes are offered at various locations in the community in SE, NE and NW Portland.

Q: When do the next programs start?

A: Boise, Idaho: September 25, 2010 (third program) and Portland, Oregon: January 22, 2011 (first program)

Q: Where can I see a class schedule?

A: Check out our website to download a copy of the student handbook and upcoming class schedules.

August 6, 2010

Get nutty with your parsley, basil or cilantro!

Are you looking for something to do with all those fresh herbs growing in your garden this summer?

Consider plucking a handful of basil, parsley or cilantro and tossing it in a blender (or food processor) with your favorite nut. That’s right! Make a healthy and flavorful garnish for pasta, breads, grains, meats, etc.

This is something you can freeze and use for a little summer flavor in the middle of winter. Freeze mixture in an ice tray, store individual cubes an airtight container in your freezer. Use as many or as few as you need for  a winter meal pick me up.


Basic Garnish Recipe

Adapted from The Wellspring School Cooking Class

Prep time: 8 minutes. Makes ¾ cup.

  • ¼ cup toasted seeds or nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup parsley, basil, or cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-4  TBS olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarse mixture. Great with brown rice, fish, chicken, etc.

Some great herb/nut combos:

  • Pepita & Parsley
  • Basil & Walnut
  • Cilantro & Almond

What’s your favorite

August 2, 2010

Wholistic Nutrition Program

National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Approved!

This 280+ hour program incorporates Eastern and Western principles of nutrition to give you a truly unique education. This is an excellent opportunity for acupuncturists, Asian bodyworkers, those practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine, physical therapists, personal trainers, healthcare practitioners, those seeking to establish a stand-alone practice and the layperson who just wants to learn about healthier nutritional choices for themselves and their families.


BOISE: September 25th & 26th, 2010

August 1, 2010

Food in the Treatment of Disharmony

Rylen Feeney Dipl. CH & ABT (NCCAOM)
Saturday, October 3rd & Sunday, October 4th, 2010, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

This class reviews the principles of a preventive diet and then explores what it takes to create a remedial diet to treat according to Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony. We will cover the four phases of life, the four seasons, the five elements, temperature, taste, channel/organ route, direction, therapeutic action, specific symptomatic actions, common clinical use, and contraindications of foods. This class is open to Acupuncturists, students and alumni of the Amma and Wholistic Nutrition Program. Eligible for 15 NCCAOM PDA’s Cost $275 LOC

August 1, 2010

1,000 Hands Buddha Qigong

POLLY MALIONGAS, LAc, MAcOM, DiplOM, Qigong Master Teacher

6 classes, Fridays, (September 10th & 24th, October 1st, 8th & 29th, and November 5th) 3:00-4:00PM, Cost: $85.00

1,000 Hands Buddha is a powerful healing form of qigong and is excellent at helping integrate mind, body and spirit. Practice of this form can help you rediscover your innate noble heart, and find deep relaxation and true happiness. We are pleased to offer the class in both locations. Space is somewhat limited. Advance registration required

August 1, 2010

1,000 Hands Buddha Qigong


One-day Workshop, Sunday, October 10th, 2010 (Boise) 10:00AM-4:00PM Cost: $75.00

August 1, 2010

Chen Style T’ai Chi Chuan


Starts Saturday, July 17, 2010 (Boise) 8:30AM-9:30AM

This class is devoted to learning the 19-movement form of Chen T’ai Chi. This is a simplified form developed by Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang to serve as a powerful introduction to the ancient Chen style T’ai Chi Chuan. Chen style is characterized by spiral movements and combines soft, energetic flow with sharp, explosive power. Classes are ongoing, Saturday mornings 8:30AM-9:30AM beginning July 17th going through October. Class Cost: $12 drop-in or class cards available.

August 1, 2010

Allergy Remedies



Thursday, September 9, 2010 (Boise) 5:30PM-7:30PM

Allergies are a common problem and can be caused by various environmental and dietary factors as well as underlying constitutional considerations. For many they may be predictable yearly or seasonally. Learn how to prevent or reduce your susceptibility to allergies outside of over the counter allergy medications. This class briefly covers the causes and symptoms of allergies from a wholistic health perspective. The class focuses on what you can do at home to prevent or treat your allergies with simple remedies. These include: Foods to include or avoid, nasal cleansing, beneficial teas and simple herbal formulas, Qigong and self-massage techniques and what to do in “non-allergy” season. Handouts are provided. Cost of class: $40.00

August 1, 2010

Ethical Considerations


Starts Friday, July 9, 2010 (Boise) 12:30PM-3:00PM

An excellent opportunity for all bodyworkers to ensure an ethical practice, appropriate patient/therapist boundaries; and to recognize, handle, and avert problem situations. This class is part of the ongoing Amma Program and will be offered eight consecutive Fridays starting July 9th, ending August 27, 2010. NCCAOM, NCBTMB PDA/CEU approved. $262

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