Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some of the health challenges your program participants experience?

A: Some participants are fit and healthy and come to learn more about health and how to prepare wholesome foods or for a beneficial holiday. Others are quite ill with such diseases as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, obesity, chronic fatigue, allergies, and many others.

Q: What is the average age of your guests?

A: We have had guests between the ages of 18 and 95, but the majority of our guests are between 45 and 70. Most of them feel younger when they go home!

Q: What happens on weekends?

A: Our weekends are a time to relax from the more structured weekday schedule. More free time is available, and outings are planned for both Saturday and Sunday afternoons to nearby national parks and historic sites.

Q: What does one do in the evenings?

A: Evening programs are not part of the lifestyle instruction, but are a time for social interaction and relaxation. Programs include live presentations by various staff and students from their overseas travels, musical programs, slide presentations, nature videos, and picnics when the weather permits.

Q: I am Jewish. Will I be accepted into your program?

A: Persons from all religious persuasions are welcome and have participated. Hartland’s program is presented from a Christian perspective, but unique religious beliefs are not taught as a part of the program. God is acknowledged as the Great Physician and Creator.

Q: Will I like cholesterol-free food?

A: This is an excellent question and one we love to answer, YES! Although our dietary regimen is a new experience for many people, it is one of the highlights of the program. Our guests find our vegan cuisine quite appealing and delicious, and they enjoy learning to prepare quick, tasty recipes in our “Practical Nutrition” class.

Q: My friend says supper is different at Hartland. Is that true?

A: We understand the importance of light suppers and carefully spaced meals. Therefore, the evening meal is light, usually consisting of fruit. Certain medical conditions may require a special diet, including avoiding the evening meal completely. Such dietary decisions are made jointly with the participant. Of course, no one is forced to do anything!

Q: How should I dress?

A: The program is informal, including meal times, so dress comfortably so that you can enjoy walking and exercising. You may wish to bring suitable attire for weekend activities. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes in winter!

Q: My cat and I are inseparable. What can I do?

A: Unfortunately, we have no provision for pets. Since, at times, persons with the most severe allergies participate, we must decline all pets. Several kennels are available in the area.

Q: My husband and I both work. What can we do about our children?

A: The nature of this program is not appropriate for children, so we recommend that you take this opportunity to get much-needed rest and make arrangements for the care of your children by others while you are here with us.

Q: What happens if I change my mind about coming through the program?

A: We expend significant effort in planning and preparing for your participation, so we require a $300.00 deposit with the application. Once we have received your application and deposit, we begin the scheduling process. Should you choose not to participate, we will hold your deposit for up to one year towards a future program.

Q: I get so homesick! Can my spouse come visit me sometime?

A: Of course! We would welcome your spouse. There is a small charge for meals and a $60.00 charge if spending the night. Weekend visits are best. The best plan is for your spouse to come with you to the entire program, so that, together, you can learn the joy of a healthful lifestyle.

Q: Someone said you don’t have a television. Is that true?

A: No, it is not true. We realize that watching TV does not promote health. Rather than watching TV shows, we encourage you to enjoy the beautiful campus and revitalize your health by walking and benefiting from the sunshine. Evening programs provide an opportunity for socializing. However, we do provide a television in our kitchen area where our guests can watch documentaries or nature videos as they choose.

Q: What is the difference between the 10-day and the 17-day program?

A: The 10-day program simply provides less of everything! This is an alternative for those who cannot attend for 18 days.

Q: What are hydrotherapy treatments like, and how do they help me?

A: Hydrotherapy incorporates water, steam, and sometimes ice in a very enjoyable, relaxing treatment, and is followed by massage. Your blood circulation and immune system will improve, and you’ll feel much better.