Food As Medicine

A ther­a­peu­tic re­treat for peo­ple with MS and other auto­im­mune con­di­tions who want to in­vest in their health and qual­ity of life through spe­cialised nu­tri­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Retreat Experience

Going away can be a big has­sle for any­one, let alone for peo­ple who strug­gle with health con­di­tions. We’ve de­signed our en­tire re­treat ex­pe­ri­ence with the needs of our guests as the guid­ing force. From the reg­is­tra­tion process all the way through to the mo­ment you leave, we’ve sought af­ter every tiny de­tail to help make your stay as com­fort­able and en­joy­able as pos­si­ble. We en­cour­age all of our res­i­dents to keep a daily jour­nal of their re­treat ex­pe­ri­ence.

the Food as Medicine retreat experience at ellison homestead

Organic Food

High-nutrient or­ganic food is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects of the func­tional med­i­cine pro­to­col for peo­ple with auto-im­mune dis­or­ders. That’s why we grow as much as we can our­selves. We buy or­ganic heir­loom va­ri­ety seeds from spe­cialty pro­duc­ers; we sow the seeds and cul­ti­vate the soil our­selves. You would­n’t be­lieve what a dif­fer­ence it makes in the taste too.

Organic Food at Ellison Homestead Retreat: Food as Medicine

Physical Therapy

Physical ther­apy is the other main com­po­nent of the auto-im­mune pro­to­col. Specialised ther­a­pists meet with you to as­sess the best rou­tine dur­ing your stay, and then help you through your daily ex­er­cises. Activities range from sim­ple swim strokes all the way to elec­tri­cal mus­cle stim­u­la­tion, de­pend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion. You can learn more about our ap­proach and our prac­ti­tion­ers here.

Physical therapy at the Food as Medicine retreat at Ellison Homestead

Workshops & Education

We want to help you make the lifestyle changes nec­es­sary to con­tinue ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ben­e­fits of the re­treat long af­ter your stay, so we hold small and in­ti­mate work­shops for those who are able to at­tend—of­ten around a kitchen table or other com­fort­able set­ting. Our aim is to em­power our guests to take their health into their own hands. You’ll leave with meal plans, gro­cery shop­ping lists, phys­i­cal ther­apy ex­er­cises and a strong un­der­stand­ing of how each com­po­nent fits into your heal­ing and re­cov­ery.

the Food as Medicine workshops and education at Ellison Homestead


After ex­per­i­ment­ing with sev­eral auto-im­mune pro­to­cols as a fam­ily, we’ve ar­rived at a wealth of dif­fer­ent nu­tri­tional ap­proaches. We work with cer­ti­fied func­tional doc­tors to de­velop a spe­cialised nu­tri­tional plan specif­i­cally for you and cre­ate a meal plan while you stay and af­ter you leave. Questions are wel­comed and en­cour­aged be­cause we want all of our guests to un­der­stand why and how nu­tri­tion plays such a key role in treat­ing auto-im­mu­nity.

the Food as Medicine retreat experience at ellison homestead


We’ve de­signed and built in­de­pen­dent chalets specif­i­cally for our Food as Medicine guests. Each struc­ture is fully ac­ces­si­ble, suit­able for one per­son or a cou­ple and is free of the toxic chem­i­cals of­ten found in mod­ern build­ings which can trig­ger the im­mune sys­tem. Each chalet has been con­structed to max­i­mize its con­nec­tion to na­ture. So whether you’re wak­ing up to the soft morn­ing light and sound of the birds, or hav­ing an evening drink be­neath the warm sun­set—you’ll feel the rest and re­lax­ation you de­serve to ex­pe­ri­ence on a re­treat.

the accommodation ellison homestead food as medicine retreat

Ongoing Support

We know how hard it can be to mak­ing last­ing lifestyle changes for the bet­ter­ment of your health. Adopting an auto-im­mune pro­to­col and a daily phys­i­cal ther­apy rou­tine can be tricky and some­times frus­trat­ing. Since we’ve been through it our­selves we de­cided to pro­vide op­tional on­go­ing sup­port in the form of re­mote video con­fer­ences with cer­ti­fied func­tional doc­tors and nu­tri­tion­ists. You can in­quire about a sup­port plan ahead of time, or af­ter your stay. It’s en­tirely up to you. We just want to be here for you if you need us.

Express Your Interest

At this stage in our jour­ney we are gath­er­ing in­ter­est in the Food as Medicine Retreat. If this is some­thing you or a loved one would be keen to at­tend, we would love to hear from you. We are hop­ing to learn a few things from our po­ten­tial guests, so if you don’t mind an­swer­ing a few ques­tions that would help us tai­lor to your needs.

Please use the pro­vided form or email us at john@john-el­li­
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