Reconnect • Rebuild • Rejuvenate
Welcome to the Source of the Living Foods Lifestyle®
The Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute is located in sunny Puerto Rico where the ocean is right at our door. We are the school founded by Dr. Ann Wigmore, renowned pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods. Our directors, personally trained by Dr. Wigmore, remain dedicated to teaching the purest form of the Living Foods Lifestyle® rooted in the enduring principles Ann Wigmore developed. We invite you to step into our Living Foods community and begin to take charge of your health and wellbeing. Study and relax in a loving and nurturing environment in a casual, tropical setting. We provide the perfect place to reconnect body, mind and spirit while you rebuild and rejuvenate.
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At the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute (AWNHI), we are dedicated to teaching the Living Food Lifestyle® as developed by our founder, Dr. Ann Wigmore. Choose from our Two-Week Certificate, or One-Week Relaxation and Renewal, educational courses. We offer a total immersion experience. Learn about the healing power, science and practice of the Living Foods Lifestyle® while you live the lifestyle with the support of your teachers, therapists and classmates. Our courses are the perfect way to begin your journey or deepen and enhance your knowledge. Study and enjoy the benefits of raw, organic, living, and cultured plant-based foods, proper food combining, mindful eating, internal cleansing, yoga, meditation, and relaxation. Courses are offered from November through August. >Read more.
Ann Wigmore, D.D, N.D., created and developed of the Living Foods Lifestyle® and was an inspired visionary and pioneer of the natural health movement. She was the founder-director of the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute in Puerto Rico and both the Ann Wigmore Foundation and the original Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA. Passionate researcher, teacher, and author, Ann Wigmore was devoted to her life’s “mission” – educating the world about the transformative benefits of her Living Foods Lifestyle®. Vegetarian Times Magazine stated, “Dr. Ann Wigmore is to sprouts what George Washington Carver is to peanuts. Both are food geniuses…. The next time you see sprouts at a salad bar or in a store, thank Dr. Ann.” >Read more.
The Living Foods Lifestyle® promotes the consumption of enzyme-rich, nutrient-dense foods. Organic, raw, fruits, green juices, sprouts and greens, plus sprouted nuts, seeds and grains are blended, cultured, and properly combined for the easiest digestion and the greatest benefits. Energy Soup, Wheatgrass and Rejuvelac™ are key elements. Hippocrates said, “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This Lifestyle supports your body’s innate ability to achieve homeostasis, and creates the internal environment necessary for a total rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. Experience the power of the Living Foods Lifestyle® rooted in nature, knowledge and love. >Read more.
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It is our pleasure to announce FREE WEBINAR SERIES. Let's focus on setting intentions for a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Register now, even if you can't attend LIVE. You will receive a recording of the webinar afterward.Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
The Living Foods Lifestyle®, as developed by Dr. Ann Wigmore, provides the complete nourishment your body needs to be in harmony with nature, heal itself, and maintain optimum, vibrant health. Move beyond health fads and supplements and experience the power of living foods. Living Foods are prepared in ways that make them easy for the body to assimilate and extract optimal nourishment. At AWNHI, we rely on the signature foods Dr. Ann pioneered – Wheatgrass Juice, Energy Soup, Rejuvelac™, and Seed Cheeses – together with other raw, blended, and organic greens and vegetables, sprouts, soaked nuts and seeds, and green juices. All of these “ingredients,” along with gentle exercise and self-exploration in a loving, supportive environment, will start you on the path to your own best health....Read more
Now We Have an Angel
Early in the morning on Jan 18, 2021, our beloved friend, and the co-director emeritus of AWI, Leola Brooks, left this earth plane and crossed the rainbow bridge to heaven. She was 90 years old.
Indeed, if as we believe, there is a heaven, then heaven is a better place for her presence.
And, in our imagination, and knowing Leola, after the all the hugs and kisses and exclamations of welcome, and tears of joy that she surely received upon arrival, from loved ones who have gone before, then our dear friend would surely turn an eye towards us and vow to watch over us with the same dedicated care she gave us in life, only now as a guardian angel. For Leola’s heart was as big as the sky, and her love for Dr. Ann and for our students and staff is only matched by our love for her. She frequently said: “Love is all there is.” We shall miss her always.
Leola was a bright light, a shining star, and everyone wanted to spend time with her. She had an inner strength that allowed so many to find understanding, emotional comfort, and words of wisdom to help them find their peace. To be in her presence was to feel totally accepted and loved just as you were. Leola was a lady of the first degree, with a natural elegance that was so gracious and welcoming. Never formal, she was so much fun, and how she loved to laugh.
She was highly intelligent, and a natural diplomat, and Dr. Ann Wigmore hand-picked her to come and play an important part in her newly created institute in Puerto Rico. Leola was living in San Francisco, and ran a raw foods support group there for many years. When Dr. Ann visited there in 1991 to lecture, and found out that Leola was about to retire from her job as a supervisor at the San Francisco Post Office, she could not rest until Leola promised to come, and come right away! The planned vacation had to be postponed about 30 years, for once she came- just as an experiment, or so she thought, Leola fell in love with it - and the rest is history.
How right Dr. Ann was in her choice. Leola became an essential pillar supporting the mission of Dr. Ann’s Living Food Lifestyle. On countless mornings Leola sat with Ann Wigmore learning directly from her and taking detailed notes -so that she could preserve the teachings just as Dr. Ann would teach them. Everything Leola did was done with love, attention, and dedication.
Leola’s deep interest in wellness stemmed from the early deaths of her mother. She died while still in their 30’s of heart and blood pressure related ailments. Leola was determined to break the family pattern, and how well she did! She credited the Living Food Lifestyle to her three times longer lifespan.
Dr. Ann let it be known that there was no one in the world she trusted more than Leola Brooks and Lalita Salas, both as her friends and to carry on her work. They inherited the care and guiding of the institute upon Dr. Ann’s death in 1994 and these two soul mates acted as co-directors for almost 25 years.
Our hearts go out to Lalita who has lost a sister. a partner, a friend, and her nephew Kevin, her loving partner of the last years, and to her Nephew (name?) who treated her like a mom. Leola’s daughter, Anita, pre-deceased her by three years and was surely waiting to be the first to embrace her on the other side.
Leola would have been proud and deeply touched to die on Martin Luther King Day. She was a passionate supporter of Dr. King and she herself, quietly and by her excellence, consistently broke racial barriers, becoming one of the first black women to become the director of a major healing institute.
Again, we will miss her always, may her spirit soar.