“The way in which the Torah sees a human being is as an innately healthy, vital person,” says Rabbi Michel Twerski, Rov of the Milwaukee community and founder of Twerski Wellness Institute. “Yet my experience is that today people are not acting [that way].”
After 50 years of referrals to and disappointment in conventional therapy, Rabbi Twerski became “desperate to find something that would be more effective.” Having heard of the impact of an approach to wellbeing called Innate Health, he did his own research.
“[Innate Health was] simple, effective, and had enduring results,” says Rabbi Twerski. “It appealed to common sense. It worked fairly rapidly. And it was accessible in many ways that conventional therapy was not.”
Twerski created the Twerski Wellness Institute (TWI) in 2011 with the aim of sharing the principles of Innate Health with the religious Jewish community. Together with the Jewish Center for Wellbeing, TWI is organizing the 2nd Annual Innate Health Conference this Sunday, February 15, at the Ft. Lee Double Tree Hotel, featuring over a dozen leading practitioners from around the world (full program info and FAQ at www.jewishcenterforwellbeing.com).
Last year’s conference, the first of its kind in the NY area, saw over 150 participants join. This year’s event features an expanded venue and list of topics including marriage, parenting, compulsive behaviors, personal wellbeing, business success, and counseling.
“Innate Health helps people step back from the very human habit of living in insecure thinking,” explains Rabbi Henry Harris, director of the Jewish Center for Wellbeing. “It’s amazing how much wisdom we are capable of when we ease off the gas pedal of our own thought.”
Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt, founder and director of the Tikun Innate Health Center in London and a keynote speaker at the conference, is equally passionate.
“In 25 years of work in the Jewish community I have not found a more accessible resource to help people find lasting wellbeing,” he says.
Rosenblatt’s center features four to five events per week addressing subjects such as marital harmony, parenting, food and weight issues, plus general wellbeing workshops from teens on up. The Tikun center has launched a 10-month professional institute to train members of the London orthodox community in becoming practitioners.