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I truly enjoyed the course, I was looking forward to each class. The course is very informative and it was presented by Darren on a very professional way, it took my knowledge and skills to a completely different level!!! The meals and snacks for each class were very delicious and I've learned a lot of information that I'm going to apply to extend my profession. I'd highly recommend the course to anybody who is either interested in improving their own health or for professional reasons. I'd repeat some of the modules, I really enjoyed them. Thank you

Anastasia Dudnik - Fitness Coach

It felt truly wonderful to feel the course come alive through Darren's inherent passion in the subject of lifestyle medicine and plant food. As well as enjoying the pleasure of discovering and diving into new topics, my current knowledge also felt like it was elevated. What also felt of benefit was feeling the shining example of authenticity role modelled, to which Darren seems to be immersed in, as well as holding himself and the course accountable to.

Kirstin Rose - Vegan Yoga Coach

As an amatsu therapist I found this course to be excellent. I received the information I needed to guide my clients in a healthier direction. I found Darren the instructor to be a wealth of knowledge but also listened to all his students. if you are willing to put the work in then this course is a must!

Jimmy Gillen - Amatsu Therapist

This Professional Certificate course provides great information on how to live a healthy raw vegan organic lifestyle from head to toe; inside and out. Darren’s knowledge and experience are deep and wide. His generosity is wonderful and he is a great communicator who has inspired me to live a healthier lifestyle and to share this newfound knowledge with others. The classroom sharing and the reading materials were a great combination. I highly recommend this course to anyone seeking a healthier and happier lifestyle. Thanks Darren and classmates!

Angel - Vegan Author & Coach

Thank you for plant based academy for setting up the comprehensive module for me to learn the complete package regarding plant based diet, raw veganism, plant based nutritional science , advanced fermentation & herbalism and vegan skincare and much more. This course is a life changing course and I recommend plant based academy to those who want to learn about health, nutrition and anything related to plant based.

Juni Supandi - Web Designer

I had the most wonderful time during my 12 week course with Darren, even though I have been on a few raw food courses nothing could compare with what knowledge was shared by Darren. Darren is a great teacher and I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their knowledge and learn new ways to living a raw lifestyle. Thank you Darren

Kym Eagle - Raw Vegan Chef

I loved doing this course. I did it out of personal curiosity without having a major grand plan but I was blown away by how much there is to learn and know and keep on learning in relation to food as medicine and medicine as food. It's an ever-expanding path and the possibilities are endless. I had Greg teaching initially - he was excellent, passionate and enthusiastic and walks the walk and then Darren joined us. Darren is a very unique individual who has so much of his own research and skills that he brings to this subject in such an all-encompassing way addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual through plants. This was such an eye-opener to me, to really start to grasp the synergy between us as a species on this planet and the plants the planet offers us to support us and keep us alive... if only we understood and embraced that. This course took me into a black hole and out into multi-verses in relation to medicinal plants and Darren taught me that anything goes... all flavours, all colours, all the tastes you want with no right or wrong. It's like being given all the colours of the rainbow and told you can paint whatever you want... you can be any kind of artist you want to be. This all played out in the presentation of menus that my class produced at the end of the course... each display represented each unique individual. No approach was the same or even similar! I can't recommend this course enough...even if you just want to know how to care for your own body and those you love... to have all these skills and Darren's approach in one course was an invaluable resource. Our family kitchen has changed as a result and has become more of a laboratory (in the best possible way) and less a kitchen-kitchen. More fun. More possibilities and everything goes. You can't go wrong when it comes to plants really. They have all the intelligence and they know how to work together, compound stacking on compound. Wonderful! P.S. I also happened to lose 18lbs of excess weight over the few months I was doing the course... inadvertently! What's not to like?!

Breda Walsh

I gained so much more from this course than I ever could have anticipated when I signed up. Darren is not only a clear expert in his field, but a wonderful, humble and entirely present teacher. No questions or opinions went unheard or unaddressed. Each module, fascinating in it's own right, was thoroughly explained and practised. I had a preconception about the modules I would like most and least after reading the course summary but this was challenged in real-life when I found the learning on nearly every topic truly engaging. My expectations were very much exceeded and I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering it.

Daniella Moyles - Tv Personality

I can’t begin to express how grateful and fortunate I am to have Darren teach us in Bali this January. I have been searching for a plant based culinary school for a while. And though I came across a few, I knew they weren’t the right ones. When I found PBA’s syllabus I just knew it was the one! And my instincts were right. It was a transformative and mind blowing 2 weeks experience where we got to learn so much more that’s beyond what a plant based diet entails. The foundations of Lifestyle Medicine is incredibly fascinating and inspiring. Darren is a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge who truly shares from the heart. I sure will miss the daily medicinal teas and fermented drinks we have in class together and tasting the delectable foods he prepares for us, all made with love. Thank you Darren for all that you do, the encouragement and support you provide us.

Stephanie Hoo -

Coming on to this course I was not entirely sure what to expect. However this has probably been one of the best & wisest decisions I have taken in the past few years. Darren's knowledge about raw foods, lifestyle medicine and general awareness about this entire subject is immense and extremely impressive. Even though he is a strong advocate for following the Raw Food Lifestyle, not once did he try to force his thoughts or compel us to implement these. Rather the way he taught and took us through the entire process allowed for a holistic learning. Our class was small and intimate which allowed for great interaction and education. There's tons of information throughout the course and definitely provides valuable lifestyle approaches that can be implemented in our daily lives.
Overall I was extremely pleased and definitely something I'd recommend for anyone willing to bring about changes to their lifestyle and wanting to better themselves.  Thank you Darren for the amazing 2 weeks in Bali!

Prachet Sancheti

Darren provides a course that is fun and enjoyable. That good nutritious food can taste amazing becomes abundantly clear as the weeks unfold. This course is life changing. That you can take control of your health and that of your family easily is a message that we cannot ignore amid modern challenges. As a nutritional therapist with considerable raw food knowledge I experienced new learning and deepened conviction toward this healthy way of living. Thanks Darren.

Margaret Loughran - Nutritional Therapist 

One of the best decision in my life was to invest into the Raw Vegan Mastery this summer. There are so many things I had no idea about veganism before the course - however I assumed I get along with online resources and recipes. No way! Darren has a tremendous knowledge about raw food. Lecture by lecture another world opened up while we listened at him. If someone is serious about switching to a plant based diet, this unique course is a must! Each class is crucial if you want to keep up the variety of your vegan diet. Now I have a completely different setup in the kitchen, new equipment, the way I prepare my food and where I supply my organic groceries. I could not be healthier and happier 🙂 Thank you Darren!

Nicolette Cs.

When I got pregnant for first time in 2013 I started taking diet more serious, I wanted to give my baby and myself the best nutrition possible to ensure we have a nice, healthy pregnancy and we I did. When my little girl started to eat her first bits of food I discovered that she loved lots of the things I have been eating during pregnancy so I start searching for more info on raw food for kids. She is 20 months now and I have seen her grow healthy, strong and smart. When she was 10 months I got pregnant again and it was around this time that saw the Raw Mastery Course. I decided to do it because I wanted to learn more about things that I haven't yet explored, such as raw chocolate, fermentation and dehydration but also because I wanted to get quicker at the raw kitchen and have more ideas, with two babys now I didn't have that extra time to search on the internet or books . I needed practical recipies and the whys of some of the things in the raw world.. The course was much more than I expected.... I loved it and it gave me the confidence to keep feeding my family knowing that I am giving them the best. I learned how to make yogurts, chocolates and lots of new things that my little girl loves. Thanks Darren to share all this wonderful information.

Natalia Gonzalez - Vegan Mum

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to do this course, I found it very life enhancing and made me look at diet and nutrition in a whole different light. Everything about it was so professional and the food that was prepared was always of the highest quality and most nutrient packed.

Patricia Reddington

I really enjoyed the broad range of topics, from learning how to prepare fermented yoghurt and cheese, kefir and kambucha, herbal teas to delicious pies and desserts etc. I also enjoyed the non food elements of the course, eg. lifestyle etc. The class notes were superb and the contacts gained are invaluable as Darren was very generous with his information, time and follow up. A really great course to inject taste into food and life.

Pat Flanagan - Hippocrates Health Educator

This was a very comprehensive course covering so many aspects of a raw food lifestyle not just the food exclusively. The knowledge and research that Darren shares is very honest and it is delivered in a compassionate atmosphere that put me at ease.I have learned so much that I'm beginning to incorporate into my life . The food we tasted was a treat to look forward to every week. It was great to know that raw vegan food is not only healthy but delicious. Made lovely friends to with my fellow learners which was s bonus . Highly recommended all round.

Angela Healy

The Raw Mastery course I took part in last year was just amazing! I'm really grateful I had a possibility to take part in this, thanks to your support regarding fees. I would not be able to even dream about this if not your kindness! This course really changed my life, it was so different than any other thing I experienced in my life. I did not realized this straight away, but the change happened slowly, week by week, month by month, with small tiny changes in my diet, my lifestyle and my attitude. When I started the course it was really difficult moment in my life, with many things happening, lots of fear and decisions to make and terrible depression that I had difficulties to deal with. Every single day was a struggle for me and every single day was filled with thinking what's the point of being on this planet. There is still a lot to improve but thanks to you, I'm on a right path. Our Monday meetings was something I was looking forward to, I wasn't too open on the course, but deep inside I appreciated every single moment, every advice that Darren gave us, every meal he prepared and the energy that was present there. Darren is a great person, he had so much patience, compassion and love for us. For the first time I felt nobody is judging me or my choices. His knowledge and skills are amazing and I've learn a lot! I feel grateful that he shared all this with us. And all herbs, spices, fermented foods and other ingredients in his kitchen, breathtaking! It was a pleasure to be there, to taste, to talk, to listen, to laugh, to smell... The course content was just perfect, on every single level, with the resources that opened my eyes on new possibilities. As English is not my first language I'm not able to express my gratitude good enough and I don't have all the words to say how much I enjoyed the course but hopefully you'll understand what I wanted to say 🙂 I wish you the best and hope that one day I'll take part in other courses organised by the Institute. THANK YOU.


This course is a 'must do' if you care about yourself! The information covered is enlightening even if you don't plan to adopt a raw diet. Darren researches and lives everything he teaches & he knows the most effective ways to live a healthier life. If you do one course this year, do this because what could be more important than your health!

Dr. Celine Mullins

Plant based academy-culinary food course is genuinely the creme de la creme of plant based cooking courses that are out there The modules are so informative, varied, interactive, creative and fun The learning has opened my mind so much ! It was such an exciting experience The space where we learned was intimate and had everything necessary to smell, taste and experience first hand Darren has such a kind approach to those new or even just curious about the vegan lifestyle I’ve met some wonderful people- we really bonded, encouraged each other and swapped lots of other info. Related to holistic well being I have a full time job and travelled from kerry to attend the classes but I always left Dublin feeling inspired and motivated - totally worth the investment Darren keeps things simple but interesting and is always very encouraging I have a much better understanding of the food-mind-body connection and can’t wait to keep growing and learning from experimenting in the kitchen Many thanks to Darren and my class mates for Sharing such a beautiful experience together

Rosie McGrath

Best choice I could have made. I thought I had some knowledge yet it appeared that there is so much more.. Medicinal mushrooms, fermentation.. I was amazed every class. Always the highlight of the week and especially with the small cohort that soon became a family! Will miss the regular classes, atmosphere, interesting learnings and Darren as passionate, knowledgeable, compassionate teacher.

Yvette Pelgrom

Took interested in the course after talking to someone who had done it last year. Was a bit doubtfull and the fact I would have to travel from Galway made it even more complicated but all these doubts disappeared after my first class! I am vegan and really love healthy but the course had elevated the food thinking and lifestyle to a new dimension! Worth every minute.Darren is brilliant and his love and passion for healthy life will encourage anybody!

Sandi Zavidić - Vegan Mum & Vegan Cheese Purveyor 

I gained a great understanding of raw food through attending Darren's classes. He is a wealth of information and practices what he preaches.

Holly White - Tv Personality, Blogger and Author of Veganish 

Enrolling for this course was one of the best decisions I ever made. The classes were very in dept and thorough. Darren the course tutor is very accommodating and more than helpful and patient. I met some amazing people on the course also. Completing the course has giving me the confidence to go on and open my own business in the industry.
I can't recommend the course enough.

Declan Darcy - Founder of The Hemp Kitchen 

This 12 week course was a fantastic way to really understand a plant based diet and to start introducing into your life . I would highly recommend it .

Sonia Micallef - Restauranteur 

I attended the Raw Food Mastery Workshop with Darren from Jan to Apr 2018. It was a life-changing experience and I met wonderful people in the class. Darren has an incredible Soul and is very knowledgeable. I really liked the fact that he has taken a true holistic approach to plant-based food. Very passionate about the subject, he has done a lot of research and knows how to share the information with his students. I am taking home so much in terms of tips and enlightenment. Darren was also always available to his students when we had questions. I can only highly recommend the course - you will not be disappointed. Namaste!

Helene Ljubanic - Long Term Vegan

I miss spending my Saturdays learning with Darren, I loved the course!!!

Géssica Paiva - Vegan

Fantastic course! Teacher took time to consider questions from students and it never felt rushed. Covers in detail plant based food and health in scientific detail whilst teaching natural cosmetics, food preparation, fermentation, herbalism and presentation skills. A thorough and intensive immersion in raw food and holistic nutrition. Thank you Plant based Academy for opening up a new world of health to me.

Ethna Mc Dermott - Long Term Vegan & Founder of Vegan Cafe 

This course was one of the most interesting I have ever done. Before starting, I knew very little about the raw-vegan deit but learned so much so fast and in such detail. Each day on the course was so unique and interesting and full of incredibley detailed information. Darren has so much knowlege on the topic and couldn't possibly have been a better teacher. It was also very cool to meet people with similar interests and learn and grow together!

Mairead Boland

I would highly recommend this course. I got way more out of doing this course than I could ever have imagined when I started it. It is eye opening and life changing information that you will feel compelled to share and live by yourself. A great addition for me as a chef and future nutrition and lifestyle coach.

Amanda Rosse

I cannot recommend this course enough!!! It's amazing!! I learnt sooo much. Darren is a great teacher. Each class is so interesting and you learn so so much. I have to praise him for his patience.  I knew absolutely nothing as far as cooking goes, but Darren was always so kind and patient and really supportive to me throughout this course or should I say, raw journey. I loved every minute of it so much I'm actually considering doing it again!!

Elaine Fay

I felt fantastic colorful energy, connecting people of different backgrounds, often changes in the daily schedule of treatments for example, were handled without panic,which made things work smooth. Art, dance and detox seems to go well together. As a volunteering therapist I had a feeling of good preparation. Amazed with the power of the organic food, even though juicing made my body feel quite cold for some time. Sauna was a great add to the whole. super facilities. From the volunteer point of view I can only point these qualities: understanding communication, open heartedness, experience of the therapists and workshop leaders.

Marcin Szala

The Life Change Program at The Life Change Health Institute is one of the best retreats that I've ever been to. I've been to many over the years and this latest trip was definitely one of my favourites, if not my favourite! That was my second time to work at the retreat. I loved the role of Juice Master which was very different from my previous mixed roles between the chaotic kitchen and the blissful reiki treatments upstairs experience I had the previous year. I really enjoyed spending time with the participants this year. It as a pleasure working with Glen and Audrey too. Answering questions, doing talks and demos and helping out from a nutritional perspective was very rewarding. I also got to spend time with other volunteers and being able to schedule the work around the optional program events was fantastic as I got to avail of so much healing work myself, which I'm a huge fan of. There was so much on offer and I was so thankful of the group therapy session for staff as this had not been available the previous year as far as I could recall (despite my sore throat aftewards!! ;-)). Retreat life is just amazing

Olive MacDonagh

A truly wonderful retreat that nourishes mind body and spirit. Darren is so totally committed to helping people be everything they can be in a wonderfully supportive and approachable way. This is certainly a life change event that you can feel secure in knowing will serve you to the utmost.

Lynn Paterson

I first completed my 7 day life change programme back in August 2011. When I first arrived at Townley Hall. I didn’t really know what to expect. I felt a little scared and cautious at first but meeting Darren,Stephanie and Nigel changed all that. I warmed to them straight away. I adapted extremely well to the raw food and loved the daily programme which included dance, yoga, massage, seaweed baths and process group work. I was overwhelmed by the experience after 3 days. I could feel myself growing and becoming more comfortable in my body after each day. I have since being taking part in the after care group work every Thursday for the last 2.5 years and have just completed my fourth life change programme. I decided to juice for the week for this one. It was so nice starting the day with the beautiful , kind hearted and colourful Danka for meditation and yoga. Then moving onto the dance meditation with the compassionate Darren's nice mix of music. The lovely juice lady’s Olive or Treasa would then provide us with are first juice of the day and friendly chats. The process group would then take place with Darren and Kimyia who both work so well together. Kimyia is so strong in herself and an exceptional therapist who still carry s her childish smile which is so comforting. Then the daily massages by the great selection of different massage therapist's and a bath which is so rewarding after the emotional process group work. It was also lovely chatting to the volunteers and participants every night in the sauna. I have been working with Hippocrates Europe for over 2.5 years now and I could only have dreamed a few years ago how well I feel today. I am starting to unlock the true me and breaking free of all the barriers in me that are preventing me from a great life. Keith

Keith Dunne

It was an amazing week!!! A few hidden surprises for me but Life Changing!!! I-m still on a high?? Have met all my goals and gave set new ones!! I feel very up-beat, positive, energised and want to go back?? Definitely interested in becoming a volunteer cooking in the kitchen would be my preferable option. I'm checking out venue to host a 6-8 week course based on Darren's Raw Organic Mastery class cooking which I completed before Christmas. Thankyou Darren, Audrey & Glenn, not forgetting all your merry team! Fantastic. Would recommend this to everyone! Well worth the money. Keep me posted on next available date please??

Joan Gormley 

My experience on the 7 Day Life Change Program was overwhelmingly positive and was in ways I still have not fully processed, Life Changing. I felt a more well rounded individual at the end of the week. The community environment was one of peace, love and safety.

Jerome O'Loughlin

Great team of people to work with. Loved every minute and fell energised on the raw food diet. A perfect start to the New Year.

Miriam o'shea

The 7 days were magical Organic food and an organic awakening for many ~ myself included. I experienced a real family feeling that still nourishes me. Loved the team Darren Audrey and Glenn ~ it was a pleasure to work with them. Loved Venus and her poetry ! I also appreciated the setting at BogHill. Felt home straight away and got close to the other volunteers and the participants ~ Will be back for more

Shikha Meier

'Recommend' is too tame a word for the advice I would give to anyone considering the retreat organized by the Hippocrates Europe team. After a decade of violent stress and upheaval which had left my confidence in tatters and my energy levels on the floor, I hoped the week would provide a period of respite, a fresh perspective, some renewed inspiration and the opportunity to kick-start some healthier habits. The program fulfilled these expectations, but – above all – reminded me of all that is good in the world, and went a long way to restoring my faith in humanity! The facilitators – Darren and Kimaya - are exceptionally skilled, experienced and compassionate, while the team of volunteers looking after us were like ministering angels! The elegant venue of Townley Hall itself is a delight; the pure lines of the architecture, the airy light-filled spaces, a series of exquisite paintings depicting a spiritual journey, and the miles of surrounding parkland, provide a serene and uplifting atmosphere in which to absorb the benefits of the program. It was my first visit to Ireland, and I felt incredibly welcomed from the moment I arrived. One of many touches which I appreciated were the quotations – from psychologists, sages and poets - placed every day at each setting on the dining-table. These included such gems as “You lose your grip, and then you slip into the masterpiece” and “We don't heal in isolation, but in community.” The raw food and juices, and accompanying workshops, were an education for mind, body and taste-buds! Without the accustomed comforts of coffee, dairy, sugar and even fruit, you will lose weight (I lost a stone in a week) and also be 'stripped down' for the therapeutic processes. As a complete novice, the group therapy (three hours daily) was a steep learning curve for me. If you are new to this, be prepared to draw on your reserves of courage, to face your demons and those of the other participants! The process actually continued beyond the group sessions themselves, with fellow participants continuing to share their experiences and support each other in chance meetings in hallways and bathrooms. In an atmosphere of unconditional love, people reconnect with their true nature, and their innate tendency to support and 'hold' each other, literally and metaphorically…. Expect to step well out of your comfort zone, but also to be nurtured with daily massage or energy therapy sessions, mineral salts baths, and to be able to express yourself in freestyle dancing and running barefoot in the dew before breakfast! There were cosy log-fires after dark; one evening, memorably, the sound of piano music filled the sitting-room – almost hidden in the shadows, one of the participants was playing the beautiful Steinway. Healing is a work-in-progress, but the week inspired me so much, and provided a new network of kindred spirits and wonderful connections.

A huge thank you to everyone involved!

Rebecca ( UK )

My motivation for doing the 7 Day life Change Program was simple: desperation! Life-long emotional problems had caused me to have huge amounts of debt; no idea of how I could pay them; chronic physical problems & frequent thoughts of death.  I wanted some solutions!  On the retreat I started to allow deeply-buried emotional issues to surface as well as learning about nutritional methods that would allow physical healing.  Within less than 3 months of completing the retreat the old issues that had tormented me for 40 years are no longer an issue; I'm finding my life's purpose & will deal with the financial challenge.  I've also been happily single for the first time in my life for the last few months.   I'm getting a juicer tomorrow & am committing to focusing on those foods that will allow me to have radiant physical health.  Thanks to you all for creating such a loving, healing & nurturing environment.  A brilliant experience & truly life-changing.  Andrew, Ireland.  If you're not sure whether to do the retreat or not, do it!

Andrew, Ireland

I have had a wonderful experience on my second 7 Day life Change Program with you and your amazing team. I have been on Retreats in well known places around the world, but yours beats them all - hands down!

What is different about your Life Change Program is that it is done with soul - a very rare commodity indeed. From the wheatgrass in the early morning to the chats around the blazing log fire in the evening sipping Happy Dream tea, every detail was taken care of by your amazing team of what I called Angels.

Before going on the 7 Day life Change Program I was overworking and overeating. I just couldn't stop either! As soon as I arrived in the wonderful Townley Hall I began to relax. I just LOVED the amazing seaweed baths the wonderful massages. I also enjoyed the yoga and meditation. This time I went to the group therapy group sessions and really benefited from them. When I had the live blood cell analysis done on the last day I was thrilled to learn that my adrenal stress level had significantly reduced from the time of the first Retreat. I also lost a few pounds of weight, and am continuing to eat more healthily since coming home.

I want to say an enormous thanks to you Darren, to Nigel, to Stephanie, and to Damian, Declan, Anji, Des, Peter, Ruby, Steven, Ciara, and the others whose names I do not recall. You are an amazing group of Good Guys! Thank You All!

Rita H

Hi My name is Audrey Habington and I went on the 7 Day life Change Program in May 2010. Before going on the retreat I didn't really know what to expect however my aim was to connect with my spirituality again. I really went into the  Life Change program with an open mind and it exceeded my expectations. I had such a wonderful weekend and met so many wonderful people. I really felt educated when I returned home. I had lovely treatments done on me and I felt rejuvenated when I came home. I must admit I did struggle with the food for the first day, however I didn't give everything a try and I really felt the benefit of this afterwards. I would recommend this retreat to anyone; it was an amazing experience that I will always hold with me.

Audrey Habington

I had initially decided to join the 7 Day life Change Program for a week of solitude seeking to refocus my intentions in life. I ended up fulfilling this wish while also willingly immersing myself in the company of the most beautiful and compassionate people I have ever met which included the coordinator's, a team of volunteers and fellow retreater's. The week helped nourish and heal my inner being on so many levels while also inspiring me to discover my true essence. The support and love that emanated throughout the week is indescribable and on a level I had believed lost in humanity. I can't help but feel it has changed my whole life and the direction it continues to flow in. There was a real sense of solidarity and the idea that one is not alone truly opens a new found trust and belief in the choices you make for your life and health. If there is one thing that I learnt and that I will carry with me; that is, love is all..

Aine Ni Dhomhnaill

I decided to do the 7 Day life Change Program in October 2010 so that I could learn more about the benefits of raw food for healthy nutrition.  Also, through the combination of healthy eating and massage therapy, I wanted to help improve a tendon problem I had in some of my fingers.  I found the 7 days to be nurturing and uplifting.  One of the elements of the retreat was Group Work.  While I found the Group Work to be very challenging at times, I found that the facilitator team of Darren, Nigel and Stephanie worked together extremely well to help me and everyone else in the group to work through whatever challenges they encountered.  I certainly felt much the better for doing this work and I saw significant shifts in other participants as they worked through their own challenges.  Between the raw food diet and the Group Work, full engagement in this retreat is not for the faint hearted.  That said, I would strongly recommend this retreat for anyone who is serious about taking a fresh look at nutrition and at challenges that they may be facing in their lives.

Peter Mohan, Director, Phoenix Change Consulting

My god I can not express in a paragraph the impact that these seven days has had on my life. I have been told by many people in lots of places that I need to love myself, that’s all well and good to say however sadly like many I need to be shown and my experience of the 7 Day life Change Program was that. I found this Program to be one of love, nurture and care I was awestruck by the compassion and wept the first night as I was so moved by the compassion of the team.  Apart from enjoying daily massage, and seaweed baths and many other treatments,  I have stopped smoking , I have converted to a raw vegan diet, I have lost weight and gained energy, physically I have never felt or looked so clean and healthy. The 7 Day life Change Program is just that A Life Changing experienced; The Team hold a safe and beautiful space along with the other generous facilitators. It was like a 7 day comfort blanket that I never want to take off and have found a great aftercare support so that I may bring this gift into my day to day life, don't think about it, just do it, I wish my experience and all I have gained upon everyone, we deserve it!! Despite what we may think we all deserve love understanding compassion and unity.

Tara Nixon O' Neil

I had been suffering from a particularly severe Crohn’s disease flare up for over 6 months and was at wits end with it when I got a mail regarding the 7 Day life Change Program from Darren.  I immediately signed up having had some experience in the area & knowing that I needed this to focus all my time and energy into getting healthy & well again.  I cannot recommend this course or these people highly enough.  Each day brought renewed health and energy due to regular yoga, meditation & delicious nutritious raw food.  The people running and volunteering on this retreat do it for all the right reasons & everything is done with care & love but also with a sense of fun which made the whole experience enjoyable beyond what I could ever have hoped for.  I have continued on the path to good health since, the start of this process I owe entirely to these people, I could not have done it on my own.

Thank you x

Allan  Coffey

This is definately a life-changing opportunity. it's what i had been looking for for many years. I had done courses in Australia, America, Canada...everywhere! I had found myself in pretty bad health, and doctors were no longer helping me.I could not accept that there was nothing to be done . I had a hunch that there were some blocks within my body that may be contributing to my state of health. My nutrition was pretty poor, my energy very low, and lots of withheld emotions. Through Hippocrates Europe 7 Day life Change Program i have found a path back to health, a place of self worth and value, and many mighty companions to journey with. The facilitators are without doubt the most gifted i have come across in my 22 years of searching for help. I encourage anyone who feels drawn to do their best to get here, You are worth it!

Mim Greene

Its one of the most soul nuturing plaices i have ever visited.As i arrived their Darren one of the faciliator/co ordinater carried my luggage to my room and made me feel like a princess also their was Nigel who was also very loving and caring and this created a beautiful atmosphere for healing right from the very start of my journey there. The fresh sea-weed bath's and massage's daily from unique skilled therapists were great for re-conditioning the body .The dancing at 7.30 in morning was great craic and exercise and what an awsome view out those windows dancing pure bliss !!!The raw organic food was so healty tasted nice and looked like a work of art.The building was stunning and had a lovely cosy atmosphere especialy with the big open fire in the sitting room where everyone sat around chatting and relaxing in the evening drinking the famous real herbal teas.The process of the life change programme was soulfully amazing expierience for me personaly it was a little tough at times to to release ols hurts but truely life changing and soul mending .I having being to other retreats but personaly believe i will not find another to be equal to the honesty integrity and most of all the amazing compassion as i have recieved at the retreat with Life Change Health Institute. My children and myself are so gratefull and feel blessed for how this positive expierence has helped us .

Audrey Byrne

Hi i am Anne Marie, i went on my first retreat in Aug 2010, and i have done six retreats since then, as the feelings of love, acceptance, compassion and non judgement keep drawing me back, and my personal development and increased awareness are growing constantly.I have been bringing my teenage daughter along since my first retreat and she loves them.
When i arrived on my first retreat i felt very apprehensive about doing this for a week, I was very stressed, uptight, and drained of energy,,but i soon melted when I was greeted with a hug and a very warm welcome from Darren , Nigel and Stephanie. and the rest of the team .
I was given a shot of wheat grass and green juice this was my first introduction to raw food, it was a pleasant surprise. I soon started to thaw out as i felt very welcomed and comfortable around them. i hadn't realized the extent of stress that i was feeling , and how it was a part of my everyday life, until the of the week, i felt like a different person and i never looked back .
I left looking and feeling great, my eyes looked fantastic from all the organic alkaline based food , and i felt great and so relaxed, i had gone down a dress size, plus i had healed a lot of deep wounds as i released suppressed emotions , i felt so much lighter and happier in myself. It was a life changing experience to be among such compassionate gifted expert healers .Feeling so cared for, gave me the drive to look at my life and continue on my path of personal development with a aim to find inner peace and feel happier and have more joy in my life.

AnneMarie lynam

I have a serious illness and have been going an alternative route for many years now. I have done several 7 day retreats with 7 Day life Change Program. I keep coming back for more, because the benefits they have made to my life, are enormous. The support and quality of care I have received from WPH was always exceptional. Their approach is WHOLE, which means they cover and address all the aspects of our beings, - which is essential to achieve true and comprehensive healing. Moroever, the care and love, is delivered sincerely and heartfeltedly. It would be a dream for someone like me, with a very serious illness, to be able stay in a place like this for an extended period. I think it is a great shame that this mode of care and addressing addiction / illness is not available in the conventional system.

Violet Flame