Heal Yourself, Heal Others With Whole Health.

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Truly integrated mind-body-spirit-energetic medicine is increasingly attractive to patients, doctors, nurses, CAM providers, psychotherapists, healers, and spiritual leaders. Yet academic education still splits healing methods into separate departments in the university.

BODY: Doctors and other conventional health care providers learn to treat the body in the Medical School or the Nursing School, yet, through no fault of their own, they are often vastly under-educated in mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic healing methods.

MIND/EMOTIONS/TRAUMA: Psychologists, family therapists, and social workers learn to treat the emotions and the mind in the psychology or sociology department yet they often fail to realize that treating trauma, clearing emotions energetically, and helping people develop spiritually also impacts physical healing and can cure cancer or improve heart disease.

SPIRIT: Psychologists, family therapists, and social workers learn to treat the emotions and the mind in the psychology or sociology department yet they often fail to realize that treating trauma, clearing emotions energetically, and helping people develop spiritually also impacts physical healing and can cure cancer or improve heart disease.

BASIC SCIENCE: Bio-field sciences and quantum mechanics may be studied and taught in the biology or physics department, yet these areas of study are often divorced from psycho-spiritual aspects of healing and unrelated to the impact of the bio-field and quantum theory on conventional medical science. Integration of these sciences with medical science lies at the cutting edge of medicine.

TRADITIONAL HEALING: Shamanism and indigenous medicine might be taught in the anthropology department, yet ancient healing methods such as Energy Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Medicine, and Qigong Medicine may be homeless and disenfranchised in the university, leaving such healing methods on the fringes of the mainstream.


WHOLE HEALTH requires bringing all of the tools in the medicine boxes of all departments and cultures together, with respect, reverence, and regard for the sacred medicines of all physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic healing modalities.

WHOLE HEALTH asks us to end the fragmentation that divides healing into different academic silos, where “never the twain shall meet” and invites unification of all of the aspects of what makes us whole as human beings, not just mind, body, spirit, and energy, but also our relationships, our work, our creativity, our sexuality, our living environments, our financial lives, and all aspects of what makes us authentically expressed, integrated humans.


Many who are trained to treat one aspect of health, such as the body (doctors, nutrition coaches, fitness instructors, bodyworkers, herbalists, naturopaths, chiropractors), the mind (psychologists, psychiatrists, life coaches), or the spirit (priests, rabbis, gurus, spiritual teachers, chaplains) get insufficient education in other aspects of Whole Health. Body-oriented practitioners tend to focus on traditional healthy behaviors, such as conventional medical approaches, diet, exercise, physical adjustments, or herbs and supplements while neglecting psycho-spiritual and energetic root causes and treatments.

The Whole Health Medicine Institute seeks to fill in the gaps, specializing in educating body-oriented practitioners who have been insufficiently educated in mental, emotional, spiritual, and trauma healing modalities that may help cure otherwise “incurable,” “untreatable,” or “terminal” conditions.

Who Qualifies For The Whole Health Medicine Institute?

Anyone Who Wants To Heal Yourself & Help Others Heal

In the past, we have limited the Whole Health Medicine Institute to licensed health care providers and therapists. But desperate times require flexibility—and in many ways, these are desperate times with countless people in need of healing and not enough healers properly qualified to serve them. Because of our changing times, we are now opening this training to laypeople interested in either personal healing or a career in healing. Traditionally, this program was for doctors only, so we LOVE having doctors but are no longer limiting it to doctors. This program best serves people with prior education and experience as health care providers, CAM providers, therapists, and coaches, but it is now open to anyone who feels genuinely called to facilitate this kind of healing work.

Is Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Whole Health Medicine Institute Right For You?

Take this little pop quiz to find out:

  • You suspect that, with the right guidance, illness can be a vehicle for personal and spiritual awakening.
  • You know deep in your soul that you were put here on this earth to help people remember that each human is imbued with a spark of divinity that makes us all precious and unique.
  • You find yourself drawn to spirituality, animals, alternative forms of healing, art, music, craft-making, or other creative pursuits.
  • You had a wake-up call with a health issue of your own—or that of a loved one—that changed everything for you, and now you want to use what you’ve learned from that experience to help clients.
  • You or a loved one is struggling with illness, injury, or trauma, so you’re personally motivated to learn cutting edge healing modalities.
  • You long to find a community of like-minded visionary health care providers and healers who will remind you that you are never alone.
  • You were called to the field of health care and healing, but you feel pressured to conform to a model that feels way too constricting for someone with as expansive a vision as you have.
  • You feel called—the way a priest is called to the priesthood—to help others heal, transform, connect, love, create, succeed, and thrive, but you feel thwarted from expressing your true gifts inside the current health care system.
  • You sense that unhealed trauma lies behind many chronic illnesses that Western medicine fails to cure and that healing trauma and spiritual solutions may lead to cure for those conventional medicine feels helpless to treat.
  • You wonder whether you might have been a shaman if you had been born into an indigenous village.
  • You know you’re a healer at heart, and you’re meant to be part of the evolution of consciousness, but you’re not clear about how to best serve.
  • You would love to find a way to enjoy more meaning, fulfillment, and a sense of mission and purpose in your work.
  • You sense that something is out of alignment with how medicine is being practiced, and instead of feeling victimized by the system, you feel empowered to be part of the solution.
  • You’re excited to use your gifts as a healer to spend up to an hour with your clients while getting well paid for your time. Maybe you’d even love to write books or help others via public speaking, workshops, or online classes. But you have no clue where to start.
  • You’re ready to expand how you practice medicine, and you’re looking for the right mentors to help you take a leap of faith.
  • You have a tendency to over give at the expense of your own health, happiness, sanity, and relationships, believing that to have true value in the world, you have to give until you’re depleted—and you’re ready to break this pattern.
  • You feel a hard to explain pain in your heart when practicing managed care medicine because all those restrictions interfere with the sacredness of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • You’re ready to stop complaining about health care and start being proactive about opening doors to a lucrative, fulfilling, revolutionary way to use your gifts instead.
  • You feel in your gut that patients and clients would achieve better outcomes if they were more personally invested in their healing journey and accepted more responsibility for why they’re sick and how they might get better.
  • You yearn to serve your community by taking leadership as a pioneer of the new medicine while seeing patients in a way that left you feeling smack dab in the middle of your purpose?
  • You would relish a way to be well paid while spending more quality time with your patients.
  • You find yourself reading this invitation while feeling a strong, inexplicable pull to sign up for this program, but you have no idea why. (Seriously, MANY of our applicants report feeling this way!)


If you resonate with at least a few of these, you may be one of us—the team of visionary healers who will help transform health care from the inside out, starting with healing ourselves and restoring our co-creative power, so we can bring our grounded imagination, vitality, passion, creativity, and wholeness to those who are struggling with illness, injury, or trauma.

As natural healers and givers, we are so programmed to self-sacrifice that we hardly notice how much we’re suffering. Then something collapses—your health, your marriage, your job, your financial security, your family, your sanity, your will to live. Suddenly, you wake up. And then—with clear seeing—you can’t un-see what you’ve finally seen. You know something must change. Sometimes, it’s a matter of life and death. But always, it’s a bubbling up in your chest that says, “I know there’s something more . . . ” It comes as a longing born in the truth of your deep heart to experience more meaning, more passion, more vitality—and to reclaim your calling as a true healer, one who tends not just to bodies, but to souls.

This deep knowing beckons you into “the space between stories,” when one story has ended, and the next has not yet begun. You’re not sure what to do, how to be. You’re not sure if you’re supposed to leave medicine—or leave your marriage—or move across the world with only your backpack.

As Charles Eisenstein writes:

“The challenge in our culture is to allow yourself to be in that space, to trust that the next story will emerge when the time in between has ended, and that you will recognize it . . . So please, if you are in the sacred space between stories, allow yourself to be there. It is frightening to lose the old structures of security, but you will find that even as you might lose things that were unthinkable to lose, you will be OK. There is a kind of grace that protects us in the space between stories.”

Maybe you’re in that space between stories now. Maybe you feel inspired to be part of the solution, but you’re not quite sure how.

Maybe you’ve already left your job inside the medical system, but you have no idea what’s next.

Maybe you’re still slogging along in a managed care environment, fantasizing about how you can offer your gifts to a world in need of your love, but you have no idea how to get unstuck.

Maybe you’re a stay home mom with an empty nest, and you know that now is finally the time to give the gifts you were born to give.

Maybe you dream of offering patients a different kind of medicine—one that incorporates not just what Western medicine has to offer, but also the kind of mind, body, heart, and soul medicine indigenous healers, shamans, and energy healers have been practicing for millennia. But how does someone in modern culture even begin to learn what initiated healers spend decades learning from their lineage traditions?

Maybe you’ve thought about hanging up a shingle and starting an integrative medicine practice or getting certified in functional medicine, so you can offer a cash-based service that gives you a way out of the system. But perhaps something inside of you is feeling “off” about selling expensive supplements and ordering pricey specialty laboratory tests, much of which is untested and not evidence-based. Maybe you sense, deep down, that patients won’t really get better until you address the psycho-spiritual roots of illness and delve into the unhealed traumas that keep people sick.

Maybe you’ve fantasized about using your medical expertise to teach online programs, lead workshops, deliver keynotes, write books, or offer health coaching virtually.

Maybe you’ve considered getting further training in CAM modalities like energy medicine, acupuncture, or naturopathic medicine.

Maybe you’re a life coach or health coach or yoga instructor, and you just know that adding this education and experience to your already rich knowledge and practice could facilitate miracles for your clients.

Maybe you’ve been certified in every energy healing modality on the planet, but you sense that you’re still missing a piece, and you intuit that you’ll find it here.

Or perhaps you’ve dreamed of ditching it all and pursuing a creative career as a writer, an artist, a musician, or a vegan chef.



We all know medicine is in crisis, and so are those of us who serve the sick and injured. Many patients are also in crisis, and conventional medicine and psychotherapy have failed to cure them. Suffering abounds, yet we seem twisted in a Gordian knot of medical fundamentalism that is causing pain for everyone involved. At the Whole Health Medicine Institute, we are committed to healing—not just ourselves, not just our patients and clients, but the system itself and those who serve in it. Astronomical numbers of health care providers, especially physicians, suffer from abusive medical training, neglect of self-care, unmet physical and emotional needs, compassion fatigue, burnout, chronic illness, addiction, depression, anxiety, broken relationships, loneliness, and PTSD from the traumas we experience and treat without proper emotional and spiritual integration. Trying to practice stellar medicine inside a corrupt system leads to “moral injury,” which was first described as an injury to war veterans. Moral injury is described by researchers as “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” Harvard physicians Simon Talbot and Wendy Dean explain that “failing to consistently meet patients’ needs has a profound impact on physician wellbeing—this is the crux of consequent moral injury.”

It’s time to heal this moral injury in health care providers so we can heal our broken system. You don’t have to accept the status quo as normal. But we can’t expect someone else to fix it for us. We can’t blame the system because we ARE the system. Which means we are not helpless. We have the power to change it. WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR.

Lissa Rankin, MD & the rest of the Whole Health Medicine Institute Faculty have developed a unique, specialized training program just for you and the tribe you haven’t met yet.

This program was developed in response to the desperate plea among others like us to find support in healing themselves while learning alternative ways to offer their healing gifts to a world in need of their love, intuition, intelligence, and integrity.

This is your invitation to THRIVE again. To SERVE with your whole heart again. To BE the healer you know you truly are.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whole Health Medicine Institute Testimonials

I had practiced integrative family medicine, and I loved my profession of medicine overall, however, personally, I was at a crossroads as to how I wanted to practice as a physician . . .

Mary Louder, DO

When I embarked on a quest to learn more about Lissa’s revolutionary approach to wellbeing, it was because I knew the health system was broken and that I was broken within it . . .

Christine Gibson, MD

The Whole Health Medicine Institute came into my life at just the right moment. I felt the familiar pressures in my medical practice to see more patients, meet budget . . .

Kay Corpus, MD

Words simply cannot express what transformation I have undergone by being involved in the Whole Health Medicine Institute! I have found new meaning in my work . . .

Timea Belej-Rak, MD

When I heard about the Whole Health Medicine Institute, I thought: “Great! Here’s someone who ‘gets’ the problems in medicine today. Being exposed to such great thought . . .

Starla Fitch, MD

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Praise For Lissa Rankin, MD, and Mind Over Medicine

“Dr.  Lissa Rankin’s role in reminding doctors of our ancient lineage as healers is heart-opening, life-changing, and what medicine is really all about. I applaud her and highly recommend her work. What a pleasure it is to see the next generation of physicians waking up to what I call real medicine—the kind that acknowledges our true power to heal and be well.”

Christiane Northrup, M.D.,

OB/GYN Physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Medical training needs to provide not just medical information about disease and drugs, but a true education about caring for people and what they are experiencing. It also needs to prepare doctors for what they will experience when truly caring for people and not just treating a disease. There is a big difference between detached concern and rational caring. Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Whole Health Medicine Institute training program helps to provide doctors with what is needed in order to give up the delusion that we are medical deities so we can remember who we are as doctors.”

Bernie Siegel, M.D.,

author of Love, Medicine & Miracles

“Lissa Rankin, MD clearly states what many health care providers (not to mention patients) already know: the way our society’s physicians are trained, pressured, and overworked is in many ways inimical to the process of healing. In her life, her work, and her words, Dr. Rankin demonstrates a new way to combine the brilliance of modern science with the wisdom of the heart. Anyone who will ever need a doctor, and certainly anyone who will ever be a doctor, will be enriched and enlightened by her ideas. Just reading MIND OVER MEDICINE is a genuinely healing experience.”

Martha Beck, Ph.D.,

author of Finding Your Way in A Wild New World

“Body and spirit are twins: God only knows which is which,’ Swinburne wisely said more than a century ago. But for most of the twentieth century, the body has hogged the show. Now consciousness, mind, and spirit are back in center stage in medicine. In Mind Over Medicine, Dr. Lissa Rankin shows why. This is a compelling, clear, and reader-friendly vision of where medicine and healing are headed, written by an expert medical insider who’s been there. Buy two copies—one for you and one for your doctor.”

Larry Dossey, M.D.,

author of Reinventing Medicine, Healing Words and The One Mind

Whole Health Medicine Institute Founder Dr. Lissa Rankin’s Story

When I took a leap of faith and left my stable, lucrative, and stressful job as a full-time physician in a busy managed care OB/GYN practice, I knew I was called to be a healer, but practicing medicine that way was sucking my soul dry. Seeing 40 clients a day—often double-booked in 15-minute slots—just wasn’t what I was called to do. I was told I wasn’t supposed to love my patients, but I loved my patients, and I knew they deserved more than seven minutes of my time. At the end of every day, I felt depleted, not just because I was exhausted from working 36-hour shifts every fourth night and 72-hour call shifts every few weekends, but because I knew I had so much more to offer and my heart longed to serve in a way that felt in alignment with my integrity.

On top of all that, by the time I was 33, I was twice-divorced, I was taking seven pharmaceuticals that weren’t working for a host of chronic health conditions that plagued me, and I couldn’t remember the last time I had really laughed or felt vital. I fantasized about how “normal” people lived and dreamed of one day being happy—maybe after I retired at 65.

Then my Perfect Storm hit. I gave birth to my daughter by C-section, my dog died, my brother wound up in the ICU in full-blown liver failure as a side effect from the Zithromax he was taking for a sinus infection, and my beloved father (also a physician) died from metastatic melanoma. Six months later, when I was just starting to breathe again, my then-husband, who was the stay home daddy for our newborn, cut two fingers off his hand with a table saw and couldn’t care for our daughter.

All hell broke loose. I wound up asking myself, “If I knew I had only three months left to live—the way my father did—would I be doing what I’m doing now?” My answer was a resounding, “Hell, no!” And this realization changed everything.

When I asked myself the first thing I would change, I was horrified to realize the first thing I would do if I found out I was dying was to quit my job. But I couldn’t do that! I had a newborn, an unemployed husband, two mortgages, and a boatload of debt. But when I searched my soul, I kept coming up with the same answer. I couldn’t keep selling out my happiness, health, relationships, and integrity in exchange for the security my job provided. So, I took a huge leap of faith and quit.

Leaving my conventional medical practice was a huge risk. My then-husband wasn’t bringing in a paycheck, we had a newborn, and I had no idea what I’d do to pay the bills. We had to sell the two houses, liquidate my retirement account, and move to the country in order to afford to pay the $120,000 medical malpractice tail I had to cough up in order to buy my freedom. But what choice did I have? I just wasn’t willing to keep slogging away for the next 30 years until one day, I could finally start living.

So, I leaped. I spent two years painting, writing, living off credit cards, and racking up $200,000 worth of debt during what I came to call my “waiting and becoming” years. It wasn’t easy. I was anxious most of the time, and the people who loved me thought I had officially lost my marbles. I had to protect myself with a mostly artificial bubble of supposed “fearlessness.” But deep down, I was plagued with self-doubt, and the fearful voices inside my busy mind chattered away incessantly.

Yet, somehow, deep down, I knew I could never go back. The roots of my future had started digging into the soil, and I could only move forward, in spite of all evidence that the path I was blazing was more of a cautionary tale than an inspiration.

I almost bailed and ran back to the hospital, tail between my legs, dozens of times during this “waiting and becoming” time. I was falling deeper and deeper into debt, and the recruiters were calling incessantly, tempting me to betray my intuition and offering me the big bucks if only I was willing to return to the conventional medical system.

But everything in my heart screamed, “No! There’s something else you’re supposed to do if only you can trust the unknown.” I had to tap into something deep and quiet within, something essentially true, a voice I ultimately came to call my “Inner Pilot Light.”

My Inner Pilot Light led me to start a cash-based practice in Marin County near San Francisco, where most of my patients were “health nuts” doing everything right—but they were some of the sickest people I’d ever met. I was baffled. I mean, these folks received the very best Western medicine has to offer at universities like Stanford and UCSF, they drank their daily green juice, ate a vegan diet, worked out with personal trainers, slept eight hours a night, took dozens of supplements, and saw their naturopath, their acupuncturist, and took yoga classes. But their symptoms were only getting worse.

Compare this to when I worked in a clinic where many of my patients were from the inner city of Chicago. I understood why they were sick. They ate poorly, rarely exercised, smoked, drank, didn’t listen to the doctor, and got sick. That made sense to me. But the patients in Marin didn’t. From everything I had learned in medical school, these people should have been in perfect health. But many of my patients had chronic pain; they suffered from recurrent infections; they felt chronically fatigued; they experienced headaches, skin disorders, food and upper respiratory allergies, gastrointestinal distress, and autoimmune dysfunction. Why were these people so sick when they were doing everything “right?”

So, I tried to help my patients by running batteries of tests—some of them common, some of them specialized. I tried offering them natural supplements and dietary modifications instead of drugs. And, yes, sometimes my patients would get better from those interventions. But mostly, I’d find nothing earth-shattering. The supplements wouldn’t help much, and I’d wind up shrugging my shoulders. It was clear that there was still a big, missing piece of the health care puzzle, but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

So, the first thing I decided to do was change my patient intake form. I started asking some of the questions we now teach in the Whole Health Medicine Institute, questions that pierced right to the heart of how patients were not living in alignment with their souls or how unhealed trauma was leaving its mark. Most of my patients wound up in tears, and then they’d open up to me and share with me the most intimate revelations and the most touching heartbreaks. They seemed to know deep in their own hearts what their bodies needed in order to heal, and yet they were scared to do what they knew they must. I was shocked at how intuitive my patients were when I asked the right questions, and how quickly they started having “spontaneous” remissions when those who were brave enough started following their own prescriptions and radically transforming the way they were living their lives. I knew I had stumbled across something that would radically change how we practice medicine. I had full-body goosebumps over and over, but I had no idea what to do with these insights.

As a physician, I knew it wasn’t enough to treat only the biochemical elements of a healthy lifestyle. Sure, diet, exercise, a good night’s sleep, and taking your vitamins are key to a healthy life. But if you’re in an abusive marriage, you hate your job, you feel spiritually disconnected, you feel creatively thwarted, you can’t stand where you live, and you haven’t found a feeling of belonging within a supportive community, no drug, surgery, supplement, or diet plan is going to cure you for long.

I came to believe that the body is a mirror of how we live our lives. By digging deep into the medical literature for proof of what I was coming to believe, I found evidence that our bodies sometimes have the power to enable radical remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases when we change our beliefs and how we think about our health while doing whatever it takes to bring our bodies into harmony with what is true in our relationships, our professional lives, our creative lives, our sex lives, our environment, our financial lives, and more. This realization felt profoundly transformational to me—and I wanted the world to know it.

What ensued was a burning desire to create a revolution in health care, to change how we think about health and healing, and to start a grassroots campaign to shift the paradigm of modern medicine. I started spreading the ideas that were pouring into me like a waterfall—first on my blog, then in my books Mind Over Medicine and The Fear Cure, as well as on two widely-viewed National Public Television specials about my work. I gave four TEDx talks that have had over four million views, and I’ve shared this message on stages and in retreat centers across the globe. I’ve lectured to doctors, nurses, insurance adjusters, pastors, psychologists, energy healers, and spiritual teachers who are all incorporating this work into how they practice.

But here’s the kicker. As I was spreading these ideas, I started getting hundreds of emails from patients across the globe asking where they can find doctors and other health care providers who embrace similar ideas about health. But I didn’t know where to refer these often desperate, sometimes even terminally ill patients. I know many wonderful functional medicine and integrative medicine doctors, but even still, these ways of practicing, while so much more holistic than managed care practice models, are still largely biochemically based allopathic models. Even functional and integrative medicine philosophies, such as those taught in Dr. Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine fellowship, often focus primarily on supplements, herbal treatments, natural medicine, and alternative medicine treatments such as acupuncture or homeopathy. I support any treatment modality a patient believes will help, so I’m a big fan of all these modalities. But I think even the most alternative treatments are insufficient if the health care provider isn’t addressing unhealed trauma, areas where a patient’s life is out of alignment with the soul’s true nature, and other mind-body-spirit factors.

I finally came to realize I needed to develop a training program to teach what I’ve learned so I could certify physicians and other qualified health care providers to practice Whole Health Medicine. We know it will take a village to heal health care and change how we all view health. We need your help to lead the troops in the mission to transform our system. You are the spiritual warriors who will bring the heart of medicine back to the center of our profession, and we are so grateful you are among us.

The Whole Health Medicine Institute is built upon WHMI’s 3 Pillars.


WHMI Pillar #1: Heal The Healer

We can help others heal and heal our health care system. But to be effective healers, we must heal ourselves first. What most people don’t realize is that many helping types were programmed in childhood to help others first, while neglecting their own precious needs, wants, and desires. The childhood traumas that conditioned us in this way cause us to self abandon. This self-abandonment leads to illness, depression, anxiety, addictions, suicide, and boundaryless relationships plagued with the destructive pairing of narcissism/codependence. Many healers do not know how to protect our psychic boundaries, and because we are around traumatizing situations all the time, we take it on and don’t know how to clear it, which can make us physically or mentally ill. While many health care providers and healers do not realize how much they are in need of healing, every single WHMI graduate agrees that the Heal The Healer facet of WHMI is one of the most radically transformational aspects of the program. Because the health care system can be so wounding for those who don’t know how to protect themselves, many health care providers, especially physicians, suffer from undiagnosed PTSD and burnout, as well as health problems, addictions, depression, and anxiety, largely as a result of the self-sacrificing martyr patterns that lead health care providers to tolerate abusive or self-abusive behavior. Participating in this program involves self-examination, personal inquiry, the willingness to face your shadow, trauma healing, and the intention to alchemize your limiting beliefs, heal your self-sabotaging behaviors, shore up your boundaries, and cleanse yourself so you can be a vessel of real transformation for a world in need of your love. You will be asked to dive into your own psycho-spiritual healing journey because we can’t effectively heal others if we are operating from our own wounds. Healer, heal thyself. (But don’t worry. We’ll help you and love you up while you’re doing this badass work.) Experts in transformational growth work will help you heal yourself through tools you can not only use for your own healing but share with your patients.

WHMI Pillar #2: Core Curriculum

For seven years, the Whole Health Medicine Institute has been training health care providers to facilitate with patients the “6 Steps To Healing Yourself,” as outlined in Lissa Rankin, MD’s Mind Over Medicine philosophy, as shared in her New York Times bestselling book, featured on two National Public Television specials, and communicated in four TEDx talks. The “6 Step” program has evolved over the years in response to Lissa’s seven years of research with shamans, energy healers, Qigong masters, Balinese healers, trauma therapists, energy psychologists, and indigenous healers from across the globe. The 2020 core curriculum will include Lissa’s updated teachings of the revised 6 Steps To Healing Yourself, which will be published in the revised edition of Mind Over Medicine, which comes out with Hay House June 2020. This year’s curriculum also includes some of the unpublished findings Lissa will include in Sacred Medicine, which will be published by Sounds True Fall 2021. While Lissa’s 6 Steps are the “entrée” course of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, over 40 guest faculty also offer a smorgasbord of appetizers, exposing our students to everything we think well-trained mind-body-spirit practitioners should know about what conventional medicine and psychology tend to leave out of academic education. Every student learns to facilitate the 6 Steps, but some students take their education deeper, choosing to study in more depth or become certified to practice another healing modality with one of our faculty after WHMI graduation. We trust that our students will be exposed to the tools in the medical toolbox that might help patients and clients optimize their chances for radical remission and will either learn to master a new set of tools or learn when to refer out to someone else who has mastered these tools. Once we know all the potential tools in the world’s medical toolbox, we can become expert consultants to our patients and clients as merchants of hope to hopeless parts. We believe hope should never be allowed to die too far ahead of the patient, so we train our students to be merchants of grounded hope for those who have become hopeless because conventional medicine has failed to ease their suffering.

WHMI Pillar #3: Business Development

At WHMI, we are committed to making sure we are not one of those “aspirational” programs. You know the ones . . . the ones that charge you lots of money to learn a new skill, hooking you with the hope that you’ll be able to make a career out of your new skill, without making it clear that your new skill will never translate into a successful business unless you have excellent entrepreneurial business and marketing tools, a courageous, risk-taking, savvy, creative mindset, genuine feelings of worthiness that will allow you to charge what you’re worth and receive abundance, and an actionable model that will help you translate your new knowledge, awareness, tools, and wisdom into a practical, grounded, thriving business that actually pays the bills and allows you to bring your unique gifts into a world in need of your gifts. The Business Development pillar includes tools to help you craft a realistic dream practice, recruit and magnetize your ideal patients, build an online presence, fill workshops, publish your book, teach teleclasses, develop and sell your own high end programs (like this one), or monetize some of your creative passions. This pillar also includes classes with former WHMI graduates who share with you how they’ve taken this material and transformed it into a thriving business that leverages their unique gifts, interests, ethics, and passion.

What Does The Whole Health Medicine Institute Include?

For many years, health care providers and healers who wanted to participate in the Whole Health Medicine Institute but lived overseas or couldn’t take enough time away from their jobs or families have asked whether there’s a way to learn how to facilitate Whole Health Medicine without flying across the world twice in one year. In response to countless requests, we are finally offering three levels of participation this year—WHMI Level I, Level II, and Level III. [NOTE: WHMI Level III is only available to former Whole Health Medicine Institute graduates.]

WHMI Level I

  • The 6 Steps To Healing Yourself Video Seminar With Lissa, teaching the revised 6 Steps from the new Mind Over Medicine (out June 2020)—and how to facilitate these 6 steps with patients/clients.
  • The Whole Health Medicine Institute Student Guide
  • The “Best Of The Whole Health Medicine Institute” Core Curriculum 31 teleclasses taught by Lissa Rankin & WHMI faculty.
  • Access to Recordings of the 2020s 7 Brand New Live WHMI Faculty Calls
  • 1–60-minute LIVE Orientation Call with Lissa
  • 1–60-minute LIVE Wrap-Up Call with Lissa
  • 4–LIVE Q&A Calls with Lissa
  • Customize Your Whole Health Practice Business Development Package—6 additional 60-minute teleclasses about your Medical Business.
  • Visionary Ignition Switch—14 teleclasses for visionary entrepreneurs ($2000 value).
  • Ethics & Trauma Safety Course—Mandatory for anyone without a professional license in medicine or psychology, optional for board-certified, licensed practitioners.
  • Medicine For The Soul teleclass with Lissa Rankin & Rachel Naomi Remen ($197 value).
  • Private Whole Health Medicine Institute Facebook forum
  • Optional: 6 Steps To Healing Yourself Practice Partner program
  • WHMI Badge Of Completion

WHMI Level 1 is designed for the practitioner who wants to be educated about cutting edge mind-body-spirit and psycho-spiritual-energetic healing methods, as well as tools for creating an online entrepreneurial business as a healer, but isn’t resourced with the time and/or money to participate in the live Heal The Healer and Fulfill Your Calling transformational work that happens in person with Lissa in Mill Valley, California.

WHMI includes three pillars:

  • Core Curriculum
  • Business Development
  • Heal The Healer

WHMI Level 1 includes two of the three pillars of WHMI—Core Curriculum and Business Development. But because the deeply intimate and transformational Heal The Healer and Fulfill Your Calling work requires being with Lissa and the other WHMI students in person, this pillar is less emphasized in WHMI Level 1. Students of WHMI Level I will still benefit from Heal The Healer content included in the Core Curriculum, but with less of the “high touch” experience that happens during live retreats, peer to peer mentoring, and live community, this aspect of WHMI is less impacted than in WHMI Level II and III. WHMI Level I receives a Badge Of Completion that can be put on your website, but full Whole Health Medicine Institute Certification requires the supervision and deep inner work of WHMI Level II.

WHMI Level 1 Tuition $2,499

Note: Course begins on March 30 when we host the live Welcome Call and access to calls and course materials will be available beginning March 30, 2020.


  • WHMI Level 1 PLUS
  • 4-Day LiveIn-Person Heal The Healer Retreat, April 2–5, 2020
  • 4-Day LiveIn-Person Fulfill Your Calling Retreat, October 22–25, 2020
  • WHMI Mastermind program
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring with WHMI Level III students, who are former graduates of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, here to support you
  • 6 Steps To Healing Yourself Practice Partner program with fellow WHMI Level II peers
  • 4—60-minute 6 Step Case Study Supervision Calls With Lissa
  • Ethics & Trauma Safety Course—Required for unlicensed practitioners seeking Certification. Optional for board-certified, licensed practitioners.
  • Whole Health Medicine Institute Book Club
  • Optional WHMI Certification (for an additional fee of $149)



WHMI Level II is a massive upgrade from Level I. From what our former graduates reflect back to us, the live, in person, transformational healing work, community connections, and supervision are the best part of the Whole Health Medicine Institute. Graduating classes are still close friends, business associates, peer mentors, and life allies who have helped each other through the big wins of Whole Health success—radical remissions from life-threatening illnesses, TEDx talks, book launches, successful entrepreneurial business development, micro business Whole Health practices, physician coaching, keynote speaking gigs, launching online programs, new romances, repaired family ties, and most of all, creating meaningful work in service to what we hold dear to our hearts. Former graduates have also supported each other through cancer, infertility, childbirth, death of loved ones, divorce, business, and financial disappointments, and the death of one of our most beloved graduates. Her WHMI class held her through her transition in the most beautiful way. Our first graduating Class of 2013 still has an ongoing connection seven years later, and it’s been wonderful to see how these movers and shakers have applied what they learned and stayed good friends


WHMI Level II students will be assigned to a former Whole Health Medicine Institute graduate, who will serve as a more experienced mentor to new students. WHMI Level II students will also be assigned to mastermind groups and practice partners who will help learn, integrate, and process the material being taught. Supervision from former graduates and Lissa will deepen education and offer opportunities to work through case studies. Some of our previous WHMI classes are still masterminding after many years, so this is the gift that keeps on giving for those who are motivated.


One core difference between WHMI Level I and the higher levels is that Levels II and III get more direct supervision from peer mentoring and Lissa to help you implement what you learn and apply it to real patients and clients. It’s one thing to learn the material. It’s a whole other ball game to sit one-on-one or in a group with patients and clients and actually facilitate this sometimes triggering and sometimes miraculous transformational process.

WHMI CERTIFICATION: While WHMI Level I qualifies for a Badge Of Completion, signaling to clients that you have completed the curriculum, only WHMI Level II qualifies you for the full Whole Health Medicine Institute Certification. Some WHMI participants are involved purely for personal reasons and have no interest in WHMI Certification, which is completely fine. However, some are interested in using this material professionally and wish to be listed on the WHMI Certified practitioners list, which is why WHMI Certification is optional. Certification is available on August 10.

WHMI Level 2 Tuition $7,999

WHMI Level III (Former WHMI Grads Only)

  • CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION: Stay on the cutting edge and update your Whole Health education by participating in the full curriculum of WHMI Level I and Level II at a discounted price in exchange for peer-to-peer mentoring you will offer to new WHMI Level II students. Consider this a partial work-study scholarship to deepen your WHMI education!
  • RECONNECT: Attend the live workshops, be on all the calls, gain access to all the Best of WHMI calls you missed, and enjoy the intimacy of taking new students under your wing and giving back.
  • WHMI REUNION TIME! WHMI Level III students will spend the day before the first retreat (April 1) and the day after the last retreat (October 26) alone with each other (and Lissa) as a way to celebrate a reunion, while also preparing the group field for incoming students.
  • DEEPEN YOUR HEAL THE HEALER WORK: You will be paired up with another WHMI Level III student so you can practice peer-to-peer healing with one another and gain more experience as both healer and healee. We will all come together virtually once a month for 90 minutes of advanced practice and group healing/mentoring with Lissa—just for WHMI Level III students. Anchor your spiritual practices, continue your self-healing journey, clear your traumas and unravel your patterns, get support from your fellow WHMI Level III peers, and heal the ways in which we all have a tendency to separate from the Divine.
  • GET ACCESS TO LIFETIME CONTINUING EDUCATION: Participation in WHMI Level III gains you access to all future WHMI new guest faculty calls, including expert faculty and WHMI graduate faculty.

Tuition ($3,999)

Note: Course begins on March 30 when we host the live Welcome Call and access to calls and course materials will be available beginning March 30, 2020.

How Does Enrolling in WHMI Work?

WHMI Level I

Enrolling in WHMI Level I is simple. You tune into your inner wisdom, feel your body’s “Yes” or “No,” and align with your deepest knowing. If you’re still not clear, surrender this decision to your Inner Pilot Light or whatever higher power you trust, then ask for clarity. If you still don’t know and need help from us, call (415) 943-0094, and our team can give you any information you might have to clarify whether this is the right fit for you. If you get a whole-body YES, you simply secure your spot by registering here. If you enroll by February 15, you save $500. If you enroll beyond that date, the last call for enrollment in WHMI Level I is March 23, 2020.

Note: Refunds are not available. Please purchase wisely. If you have questions or want to inquire to determine if WHMI is for you or not, please reach out before purchasing at pearl@lissarankin.com.


Enrolling in WHMI Level II is By APPLICATION ONLY. To Be Considered As A WHMI Student:

FIRST . . . Complete your application here. While completing an application does not commit you to participate in this program, it does express your interest and allow us to better understand whether this is the right fit for you and us. Each application will be carefully reviewed and screened. Don’t worry! This is not a medical school application! You can’t do this wrong. Trust that the interview process just helps us select the Divinely-aligned perfect students for this year’s class, and if you’re not selected this time around, we may do it again one day. So please trust the process and be gentle with any nervous or perfectionist parts that might get triggered by the application or interview process.

SECOND . . . If it looks like a potential match, qualified applicants will be scheduled for a personal phone interview with LissaSo please have your application completed by March 17, 2020, so we have time to get you on Lissa’s interview schedule.

THIRD . . . If accepted into the program, Pearl will guide you through payment options and next steps.

FOURTH . . . The Whole Health Medicine Institute Class of 2020 officially begins March 30. After this date, we will put you on a waiting list for the Class of 2021.

NOTE: Program enrollment is first-come, first-serve, and in order to make sure our students get the attention they need, we have a limited number of WHMI student spots. Please don’t delay. We don’t want you to miss out if this program feels aligned for you.

All applications for WHMI Level II must be received by March 17, 2020, for consideration into the Whole Health Medicine Institute Class of 2020. If you are accepted into the program, payment is due by March 23 to guarantee your spot. After March 23, you will be placed on the waiting list for the Class of 2021.


WHMI graduates, we love you! We trust you. And we’d be thrilled to have you back. Applications and interviews are waived for WHMI Level III since you’ve already been prescreened, and we know you. All you have to do to secure your spot is enroll here, then we’ll give you instructions on what will be expected of you with new students. If you’re considering WHMI Level III but not sure whether you’re a full yes, just email Pearl@LissaRankin.com, and we’ll send you more specific details about what this program includes. (We don’t want to fill up the rest of this invitation with more details! If you’re on the fence about whether WHMI Level III is right for you, we’re happy to clarify any uncertainty you might have.)



The 6 Steps To Healing Yourself, as first revealed in Lissa’s first TEDx talk and then Mind Over Medicine, are an evolutionary work in progress which have changed as Lissa has learned more and expanded her understanding of mysterious phenomena like the placebo effect and why some people want to heal consciously but want to stay sick at the subconscious level. The revised edition of Mind Over Medicine, which will be published by Hay House June 2020, includes the new, improved 6 Steps, but you’ll be learning the updated self-healing process direct from Lissa during all levels of WHMI Class of 2020. Each step will be taught via video. You’ll learn how to practice each step on yourself, and you’ll also learn how best to facilitate each step for a patient or client. This seminar includes video demonstrations of Lissa facilitating the 6 Steps with someone. This gives you the chance to review the steps as many times as you need to and learn this core content at your own pace. The 6 Steps are the “entrée course” of WHMI. You will work with this material over and over again, so anchoring it will be a priority, especially for anyone seeking certification in WHMI Level II or III. Q&A calls will offer an opportunity to deepen your understanding and practice of the 6 Steps, and guest faculty calls will flesh out various aspects of the 6 Steps.

6 Step Practicum: WHMI Level I will have the opportunity to pair up with a practice partner in order to facilitate the 6 Steps with another WHMI student. WHMI Level II will have practice partners, a WHMI Level III mentor, and case study supervision directly with Lissa.


Every year, Lissa meets new people working at the cutting edge of Whole Health Medicine. This year, she is wildly excited about the new guest faculty who are coming on board!

These teleclasses will be offered live with Lissa and the new faculty for WHMI Levels II and III, and WHMI Level I will get access to the recordings afterward.


Dr. Eric Pearl & Jillian Fleer—Eric and Jullian serve to connect humanity with the Intelligence of the Reconnective Healing® frequencies, to make infinite healing and evolution fully accessible, transparent and easily learned by everyone.

Cynthia Li, MD—has a private practice in integrative and functional medicine, and serves as faculty for the Healer’s Art program at the University of California San Francisco Medical School. Dr. Li became interested in evolutionary biology, ancestral health, functional medicine, and the art of intuition while on her own personal health journey. She has explored, both scientifically and experientially, a wide variety of complementary approaches including traditional Chinese medicine, mind-body medicine, cranial osteopathy, and whole foods-based nutrition.

Roger WalshFor over 30 years Roger has been researching how to enhance wellbeing—physical, psychological, social and spiritual. Roger’s books include Paths Beyond Ego (one of Common Boundary’s “Most Influential Books”), Meditation: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (“Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award”), Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices with a foreword by The Dalai Lama, and The World of Shamanism. He is currently editing The World’s Great Wisdom: What Sages Say about Living Wisely and Well.

Dr. Shamini Jain—is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI; www.CHI.is), a collaborative accelerator that connects scientists, health practitioners, innovators, and social entrepreneurs to forward the science and practice of healing. CHI was formed through Dr. Jain’s deep desire to bring key stakeholders together to create a coherent and effective movement to move us beyond models of “disease thinking” and the “decade of the brain”, into the study of systems-based healing processes, and personal and societal empowerment. Partners of CHI include the Miraglo Foundation, Institute of Noetic Sciences, San Diego Cancer Research Institute, UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine, Westreich Foundation, and Chopra Foundation. Dr. Jain is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and an active member of UC San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

Thomas Hübl—is a modern mystic, a spiritual teacher whose work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions with the discoveries of contemporary science, illuminating both with his profound understanding.

Thomas’s teachings offer a unique approach for living as a mystic in the “marketplace” of human activity. His work combines somatic awareness practices, advanced meditative practices, a sophisticated analysis of cultural architecture, and transformational processes that address trauma and shadow issues. His teachings aim to guide practitioners toward a deeper level of self-awareness—from an ego-centered worldview to a life of authentic expression, service, and alignment.

Starla Fitch, MD—Known as “The Connection Doctor,” Dr. Fitch is the author of the #1 international best-seller, Remedy for Burnout. Dr. Fitch is regularly featured on national and local media outlets, including CBS, NBC, FOX and NPR. Dr. Fitch is an internationally acclaimed medical doctor, wellness expert, life coach, inspirational keynote speaker, and best-selling author who has made it her life’s mission to help people see more clearly — literally and figuratively. In Dr. Fitch’s acclaimed TEDx talk, “Connect Or Die: The Surprising Power of Human Relationships,” she shares secrets to our distorted views of people and situations. Here, Dr. Fitch guides people in improving their connection — with their colleagues, their families, and themselves.

Shiloh Sophia—lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has dedicated her life to the belief that self-expression is a basic human right and shares her message with thousands around the world. Through her paintings, poetry, and teachings she leads a global movement of revolutionary education focused in Intentional Creativity® serving tens of thousands of women for over 25 years. Her work is offered in the Color of Woman Teacher Training, Motherboard Coaching and Red Thread Guide for those who are a part of the lineage. She co-founded MUSEA: Centers for Intentional Creativity® with locations around the world.

Lynne McTaggartis one of the central voices in the new consciousness movement. She is the award-winning author of seven books including worldwide bestsellers, “The Field,” “The Intention Experiment,” “The Bond” and her latest book “The Power of Eight.” Sher is also the architect of the Intention Experiment, a worldwide global laboratory testing the power of thought to change the world. And also serves as Editorial Director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You, one of the world’s most highly praised health publications.


Jeffrey D. Rediger, MD, MDiv—is medical director for the McLean SouthEast Adult Psychiatric Programs and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and publishes in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and spirituality.



The “CUSTOMIZE YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE” Business Development Package

Pamela Wible, MD—Your Ideal Medical Practice


James Maskell—The Evolution Of Medicine: Business Development Tools For Integrative/ Functional Medicine Doctors

Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD—Setting Up An Integrative Medicine Practice

Kay Corpus, MD—Bringing Your Spirituality Out Of The Closet In Your Medical Practice

Mary Louder, MD—Running a Microbusiness Medical Practice With Low Overhead

Christine Gibson, MD—Bringing The Whole Health Cairn To Public Health

This series of six prerecorded teleclasses features Lissa, as well as physicians Pamela Wible, Rachel Carlton Abrams, and former WHMI graduates Mary Louder, Kay Corpus, Christine Gibson, and Starla Fitch, who have either transitioned successfully out of the conventional medical system or are working to transform the system from the inside out. These physicians are thriving in unique, customized medical practices that feature the healthcare provider’s unique talents, interests, priorities, and strengths. They’re passionate about sharing what they’ve learned with those who are seeking customized practices that align with their values. Several of the guest faculty for this program are physicians who are former Whole Health Medicine Institute graduates. This package also includes an interview with James Maskell, who supports functional and integrative medicine doctors with business development tools meant to help them fill their practices and optimize their entrepreneurial skills.

 The Business Development Package is designed to help support those of you who are seeking to change the way you practice your healing arts. Whether you’re planning to stay in a conventional medical career, you’re looking to start your own Whole Health office or online practice, or you’re exploring other creative alternatives, this series of classes will help you find your own unique, authentic, path of integrity, purpose, and abundance. The classes are prerecorded, so you can listen at your own pace.

2, 60-minute ORIENTATION & WRAP UP CONFERENCE CALLS To welcome you and close the course

  • One 60-minute ORIENTATION CONFERENCE CALL to welcome you with Lissa Rankin, MD, March 30, 2020, 12:00 pm Pacific Time
  • One 60-minute WRAP-UP CONFERENCE CALL to close the course and help you orient your post-WHMI life and career October 28, 2020, 12:00 pm Pacific Time

“The Best Of WHMI Core Curriculum”

31—75-minute WHMI CURRICULUM TELECLASSES with Lissa Rankin, MD, and WHMI Faculty

We’ve selected the BEST teleclasses from the last six years of the Whole Health Medicine Institute to offer you the breadth of all the wisdom, knowledge, and love that has wafted through WHMI since its inception so you can benefit from how WHMI has been tracking the evolution of consciousness in medicine, while staying right at the cutting edge with new faculty, brought to you live just for this year’s class.

The 31 teleclasses in “The Best of WHMI” were all previously recorded live and are now available for you to listen at your own pace. We will be releasing this content in three modules based on the three pillars of WHMI—Heal The Healer, Core Curriculum, and Business Development. This way, you will be free to listen at your own pace and ask any questions that arise during our four live Q&A calls.

Although we have edited out anything intimate or personal to protect the confidentiality of former students, you will hear their voices in the Q&A sections of the recordings. If you have insights, epiphanies, questions, or triggers, you’ll have the chance to share your experience of listening to these calls with the others in your tribe on the private Facebook forum, as well as during the Q&A calls and live/virtual mastermind groups.


Module 1: How To Use The Whole Health Cairn, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Anne Davin, PhD The Whole Health Cairn, a wellness model that was introduced in Mind Over Medicine, serves as the foundation of the perspective you will be taught at the Institute. You will be given practical tools to teach you how to help clients access the Cairn as part of their healing journey. You will also be expected to work through your own Whole Health Cairn with your “practice partner”, and you will be leading your “practice partner” through the process as a way to practice the tools you will be taught.

Module 2: The Six Steps To Healing Yourself Part I: Steps 1-2, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Kelly Turner, PhD This module teaches Step 1 (Believe you can get well) and Step 2 (Find the right support) of the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself. You will be instructed on how to facilitate a patient’s process as the patient works through these first two steps. Kelly Turner, PhD author of Radical Remission believes that healing is possible at any time and that every situation is unique and everyone requires their own healing plan. She will discuss the results of her research and nine principles of radical remission.

Module 3: Placebo & Nocebo Effects, with Lissa Rankin This module focuses on how a combination of positive belief and nurturing care can heal not just the mind, but also the physiology of the body. You will be taught the science proving that the placebo effect and its evil twin, the nocebo effect, are not only real, but that their effects are reproducible even without sugar pills. You will also be taught the scientific mechanism by which a combination of positive belief and nurturing care improves health outcomes, while negative belief and poor bedside manner negatively affect health outcomes. As preparation for this module, you will be given an unpublished chapter that was cut from Mind Over Medicine, and a discussion will ensue about the ethics of using placebos in clinical medicine.

Module 4: The Six Steps to Healing Yourself Part II: Steps 3-4, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Anne Davin, PhD This module focuses on Step 3 (Listen to your intuition and trust your body’s wisdom) and Step 4 (Diagnose the root cause of your illness) of the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself. You will be given tools to help facilitate these steps with your clients.

Module 5, The Six Steps To Healing Yourself Part III: Steps 5-6, with Lissa and Guest Teacher Tosha Silver This module focuses on Step 5 (Write your own prescription) and Step 6 (Surrender attachment to outcomes) of the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself. Guest teacher Tosha Silver, author of Outrageous Openness, will teach how Step 6 should really be Step 1. Her teaching focuses on the “how to” of surrender, so we can help our patients do everything within their power to achieve optimal health outcomes, but ultimately, we are not in control, and neither are our patients. In addition to teaching our patients how to create a patient-centered action plan (The Prescription), it is also our responsibility as true healers to guide our patients spiritually and help them learn to let the Divine take the lead in their own lives.

Module 6: You Are Not A Victim of Your Genes, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Bruce Lipton, PhD This module focuses on dispelling myths about genetic determinism that you may have been taught during your medical education and proves to you that you and your clients are not victims of their genes. Bruce Lipton will be sharing the findings of his research, which were published in his bestselling book The Biology Of Belief. You will learn how to help your clients improve their health outcomes by shifting their conscious and subconscious beliefs from self-defeating, fatalistic “I am a victim of my genes” thinking to optimistic thoughts that can affect how our DNA expresses itself in vivo.

Module 7: The Body As A Compass, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Steve Sisgold This module blends “Core Curriculum” with “Heal The Healer,” as guest teacher Steve Sisgold, author of What’s Your Body Telling You? teaches you how to use your body as a compass, guiding your decision-making, both as a doctor and as a patient. Steve’s work also focuses on how our bodies store limiting, self-sabotaging beliefs, and how even if we change our minds, our bodies may betray us unless we release these beliefs from the body. Steve teaches practical tools you can use on yourself, which will also be helpful when you work with clients.

Module 8: The Healing Power Of Healthy Communication, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Neha Sangwan, MD This module teaches what does it mean to be support to someone going through a healing journey, what does it mean to support ourselves, and what does it mean to support others. Communication is a large part of this support. Everyone’s healing journey is unique and may require reprogramming in our communication techniques.

Module 9: Rewriting Your Life Story Can Heal You, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Joan Borysenko, PhD This module teaches how your story affects your health and nervous system. Life is a mystery and the power to remove limiting beliefs, and be present to what is, and create meaning in this life comes out of opening up to the reality of love. The stories we tell ourselves can change our brain circuitry, our relationships, and our path through the world. They can elevate life to heaven on earth, or drop us unceremoniously into the fire. This powerful module by the legendary Dr. Joan Borysenko will help you create your personal Tree of Life, explore your life myths, both sacred and profane, harvest the wisdom of deep discontent, use the written word to transform darkness into light, and ultimately change your brain and your life by changing your story.

Module 10: Love, Medicine & Miracles, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Bernie Siegel, MD This module focuses on how to help clients be “exceptional clients.” Bernie Siegel, author of the classic Love, Medicine & Miracles, will share what he has learned after decades of working with cancer clients about how to help clients achieve the best outcome possible.

Module 11: A Survey Of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, with Guest Speaker Aviva Romm Depending on whose statistics you trust, somewhere between 38-76% of patients are using complementary and alternative medicine, yet most doctors are not trained to participate as respectful partners with CAM providers. While this module doesn’t teach you to practice any particular CAM modality, it offers you an introduction so you have a sense of who you might refer to in an integrative practice, as well as giving you an opportunity to get a feel for any CAM practice you might wish to become trained to practice as an integrative doctor.

Module 12: Body Wise, Guest Teacher Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD  This module teaches us that we each have a deep intelligence to make choices to be our biggest best, selves in the world. What does it look like when we take our best/fullest selves, our healing presence, and be that interaction with the patient or client.

Module 13: Cleansing Foods & One Spirit Medicine, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Alberto Villoldo, PhD  This module teaches how illness is treating symptoms/sickness instead of people. Create the condition for health and health becomes the side effect. By changing the brain chemistry you can experience extraordinary states of bliss.

Module 14: What is the Fundamental Nature of Reality, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Deepak Chopra This module teaches that the universe is a single unified process. Always evolving. Healing is a memory of this wholeness. The physical body is a map of consciousness. Healing is the return of wholeness of consciousness.

Module 15: The Healing Medicine Of Spiritual Surrender, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Christiane Northrup, MD  This module teaches us to turn yourself over to your spirit and soul. Trust the Divine. Dr. Northrup takes us through the process of healing with divine love. Setting the intention with divine love according to the creator’s will.

Module 16: Embody Inner Wisdom, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Dr. Sue Morter This module teaches a new approach to living in creative genius and personal freedom through capturing and enhancing high-frequency energy patterns in the body. Dr. Sue discusses the relationship of the conscious and subconscious mind and how they relate and connect to our depths.

Module 17: Finding Meaning in Medicine, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Rachel Naomi Remen, MD This module focuses on how to let medicine doctor YOU by reclaiming the lineage of the true healer and changing the eyes through which you view your relationship with medicine and with your patients. Rachel Naomi Remen, author of the bestselling Kitchen Table Wisdom, will be leading you through an exercise designed to help you get back in touch with your calling and to recommit to the medical life in a way that is authentic, in alignment with your true ethics, and in agreement with your soul.

Module 18: The Medicine Of Unleashing Your Creativity, with Lissa and Guest Speaker SARK This module teaches how to nourish ourselves so we can nourish others. SARK takes us through her 3 I’s system to tune into your “Inner” voices. How to build foundations of self-loving ways to be in the world. Learn how to repair and recover and bounce back.

Module 19: Integrative & Functional Medicine, Guest Speaker Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD  Patients frustrated with overworked, insurance–based doctors are increasingly seeking cash-based physicians skilled in practicing “integrative,” “functional,” or “holistic” medicine. Yet what does that really mean? This module focuses on clarifying what physicians might offer beyond what patients have come to expect of their insurance-based health care providers. A survey of what physicians who label themselves as “integrative” or “functional” might offer will be taught so doctors interested in these modalities might get a sense of where they desire to seek further education.

Module 20: A Mind-Body-Spirit Approach to Chronic Pain, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Brandy Gillmore, PhD We’ve been taught that chronic pain is the result of injury and inflammation, requiring treatments such as pain medication, anti-inflammatories, surgery, and physical therapy. But what if chronic pain could be relieved instantly by simply shifting the energy of thoughts that block you? This is what energy healer Brandy Gillmore discovered in her own healing journey through an injury and the resultant chronic pain which she self-healed by shifting her thoughts, beliefs and feelings. Brandy will demonstrate and instruct us in the tools she uses with clients to cure pain quickly and without risk.

Module 21: The HeartMath System, with Lissa and Guest Teacher Bruce Cryer HeartMath is a scientifically validated system of stress reduction and resilience techniques that bridge areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Its award-winning biofeedback technologies are in use by hundreds of thousands of health providers and patients worldwide, and in dozens of healthcare systems such as Mayo Clinic, Kaiser, Stanford, Duke, and the VA. This session will be led by former HeartMath CEO, Bruce Cryer, one of the developers of the system.

Module 22: Introduction To Bio-Identical Hormones, with Guest Teacher Sara Gotfried Sara shares a perspective on how to offer bio-identical hormones balancing to your patients and clients. Sara shares her Gotfried Protocol—3 step process to address hormone imbalances. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book The Hormone Cure.

Module 23: The Fear Cure, with Lissa Rankin Once you’ve worked through the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself with a client, you’re likely to run into one big stumbling block—fear. Module 23 shares content from Lissa’s latest book The Fear Cure to help you and your clients overcome unnecessary fear, as well as learn how to differentiate healthy fear from unhealthy fear. You’ll learn practical tools intended to help you and your clients make decisions from the soul’s wisdom rather than the small self’s fears in order to cultivate the kind of courage you’ll need in order to live a soul-driven life.

Module 24: Donna Eden, The Fundamentals of Energy Healing, Donna’s textbook Energy Medicine is one of the original bibles of energy healing. She has trained over 50,000 healers how to reproduce her techniques and is one of the most sought out energy healers alive on the planet right now.

Module 25: Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, Spiritual Bypassing, Especially in spiritual circles, certain emotions deemed to be “unspiritual” often get repressed in ways that can prevent healing. Anger, frustration, resentment, jealousy, grief, and disappointment, for example, may get “spiritually bypassed” with premature forgiveness, neurotic tolerance, blind compassion, and other spiritual bypassing and intimacy bypassing techniques. This talk aims to inspire us to lean into the full range of human emotions in healthy ways, not just as a way to deepen intimacy with each other and with the Divine, but as a way to foster mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

Module 26: Gabor Mate, MD, When The Body Says No, Physician Gabor Mate, author of The Body Says No, focuses on the effects of emotional repression on the body and how different personality types predispose people to certain types of illness. He views healthy emotional expression as absolutely necessary to the treatment (and prevention) of illness.

Module 27: Dawson Church, PhD, Treating Trauma With Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “Tapping”) As Medical Treatment, The energy psychology technique EFT has been scientifically validated as an evidence-based treatment for PTSD and many physical ailments as well. This talk focuses on how treating trauma with tools that actually clear the trauma energetically needs to be part of any Whole Health medical treatment for mental or physical health conditions conventional medicine fails to cure.

Module 28: William Bengston, PhD, The Energy Cure, Bill, who Lissa just finished teaching with in Paris, wrote a book, The Energy Cure, but mostly Bill is a devoted, hardcore, diligent researcher. For many years now, Bill has been curing cancer in mice by training skeptical grad students with no energy healing experience to do hands-on healing work on the mice’s cages. These methods are curing cancer in people too, including difficult to treat cancers like pancreatic cancer. Bill calls his technique “hocus pocus” and laughs about how silly it all sounds, but it’s working. And now he’s researching how to store healing energy in pieces of cotton or bottles of water so this kind of healing energy could be mass distributed—at very lost cost. He dreams of making conventional cancer treatment irrelevant and defunct. The rabbit hole Lissa found herself diving into continues to baffle her and leave her in awe . . .

Module 29: Asha Clinton, PhD, Energy Psychology Tools As Potential Cancer Treatment, Asha is a psychologist, former Princeton professor, mystic healer, and longtime Sufi practitioner who founded Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), a form of energy psychology treatment for trauma. AIT is working remarkably well for a variety of psychological diagnoses, but what drew Lissa in was how she’s using AIT as primary or secondary treatment for cancer! Asha has trained thousands of therapists in this reproducible technique, and therapists are getting amazing results. Wow.

Module 30: Richard Schwartz, PhD, The Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model As A Physical Healing Tool, Lissa is digging what Richard “Dick” Schwartz, PhD is up to with his IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy work. Dick holds the point of view that physical symptoms or even “accidental” injury can be “protector parts” that are keeping our “exiled parts” safe. Similarly to how she teaches in Mind Over Medicine, Dick has discovered that if you communicate with the symptom or area of pain, it will often reveal to you the root cause of why it’s there and what it needs in order to heal. He’s even doing research to validate his findings, and the early findings with rheumatoid arthritis are really promising and demonstrating that this approach is an evidence-based technique!

Module 31: Change the World of Healthcare, with Lissa and Guest Speaker Larry Dossey, MD This module focuses on what we as a collective need to do in order to heal our broken health care system. What needs to change externally in the system? What needs to change internally within doctors and clients? What leadership role will you play in being part of the change? Larry Dossey, author of the bestselling Healing Words, proposes what he calls “Era 3 medicine,” and will teach us how we might adopt this evolved perspective in order to become better doctors, transform health care, and step into our roles as leaders of this revolution.


At your first live retreat, you’ll meet the people you will spend the next seven months masterminding with. Many of our former WHMI students are still masterminding several years out, so this is one of the most valuable parts of participating in WHMI!


These Live Q&A calls are designed to provide personalized coaching in a group format to deepen and expand your learning of all the material in the Whole Health Medicine Institute Curriculum, as well as anything that might be coming up for you personally or professionally. You will be responsible for the cost of calling into the US-based conference call line. For international callers, we invite you to try Skype to minimize costs.

All classes will take place at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.

  • Group Coaching Call 1: May 20, 2020
  • Group Coaching Call 2: June 30, 2020
  • Group Coaching Call 3: August 25, 2020
  • Group Coaching Call 4: October 14, 2020

*Dates and time subject to change.


For WHMI Level II, you will have four supervision calls that will allow you to process with Lissa any challenges you might be facing while practicing working the six steps for your certification process. Bring your case studies. Bring your questions. Bring your fear, your resistance, your uncertainty. Bring your excitement, your progress, and your miracle stories!

You will be responsible for the cost of calling into the US-based conference call line. For international callers, we invite you to try Skype to minimize costs.

All classes will take place at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.

  • Case Study Call 1: May 13, 2020
  • Case Study Call 2: June 17, 2020
  • Case Study Call 3: August 19, 2020
  • Case Study Call 4: September 30, 2020

VISIONARY IGNITION SWITCH (VIS): Fire Up Your Message, Money & Meaning in the World with Lissa Rankin & Amy Ahlers ($1497 value)


As a WHMI INTENSIVE student, part of the Business Development pillar of the program grants you access to Lissa Rankin and Amy Ahler’s comprehensive business development program Visionary Ignition Switch, which will help guide you into the world of bringing your vision and message online, writing and publishing your book, scaling your one-on-one practice beyond the limitations of the conventional “dollars for hours” model, growing a blog and social media platform that can help you attract cash-based clients, filling workshops and teleclasses, and acquiring the mindset that is necessary for successful entrepreneurs.

This 8-week webinar program is co-taught by Lissa Rankin and Amy Ahlers (along with expert interviews with Firestarters Danielle LaPorte & Linda Sivertsen, President of Hay House Reid Tracy, Tribal Author Jonathan Fields, Crazy Sexy Kris Carr, Author & Speaker Arielle Ford, Expert Speaker Lisa Nichols, EFT Guru Nick Ortner, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Ryan Lee, Facebook Expert Rosh Khan, Master Coach Alexis Neely, and Financial Whiz Barbara Stanny).

This program teaches you ALL the details you’ll need to:

  • Grow your “platform” so you can fill workshops, find the people who need your online programs, and sell your book
  • Network in a genuine and integrity-filled way with other visionaries
  • Make the right decision for you about self-publishing your book or selling it to a conventional publisher
  • Launch your book in a way that helps you reach the people in need of what you have to offer (without activating stress in your life)
  • Position yourself as a paid public speaker
  • Expand the breadth of who you can serve with scalable online programs that generate passive revenue
  • Transform your one-on-one business into platinum offerings that will fulfill you on a deep level, while also bringing in some serious income
  • Change your mindset so you can be open to receiving Divine abundance, without sabotaging or blocking your ability to charge what you’re worth

Armed with this business school for visionaries program, you’ll have everything you need to get started in your visionary physician business.

VIS Module 1: How to Build Your Platform: Build Your List, Rock Social Media, & Attract The Tribe That Will Help You Amplify Your Message

VIS Module 2: Become a Networking God or Goddess: How to Become BFF’s & Business Partners With Your Heroes & Sheroes PLUS the Skinny on Rocking Affiliates, Masterminds, and Joint Venture Partnerships

VIS Module 3: Vision Your Book, Score the Book Deal & Bring Your Book to Life: How To Choose What To Write, Get The Right Agent, Score A Killer Book Deal, & Decide How To Publish

VIS Module 4: Launch Your Book to the Stratosphere: How To Optimize Your Chances of a Bestseller, Make Money During Your Launch & Help Your Message Reach the Most Readers

VIS Module 5: Rock The Mic: Tips For Clarifying What You Want To Say, Overcoming Stage Fright, Attracting Paid Speaking Gigs, Selling From The Stage, Hosting LIVE events & Getting on Television

VIS Module 6: Build Your Online Empire: Market & Fill Your Teleclasses & Leave People Begging to Pay You For Your Next Offering

VIS Module 7: The Truth About Monetizing Your Following: Generate Revenue with Your Platform, Leverage Your One-on-One Time & Create Platinum Programs

VIS Module 8: Think Platinum & Make It Happen: Get Out of Your Own Way, Send Your Inner Mean Girl/Bully to Time Out, Eliminate Self-Sabotaging Beliefs & Finally Bring Your Vision to Life


Inclusion in this program will grant you access to a private Facebook forum where you can engage with other participants in the program. Going through a program like this transforms your work, your relationships, and many other facets of your life. When you’re going through a transformational experience, you’ll want to share it with others who get it, voice challenges that arise, seek support when you feel unsteady, and cheer each other on with your big wins. On this forum, you’ll have a chance to share your thoughts, brainstorm ideas, share vulnerabilities, offer feedback, network with like-minded health care providers, find ways to collaborate, and chat about the teleclasses as they’re happening in real-time.

MEDICINE FOR THE SOUL with Rachel Naomi Remen & Lissa Rankin ($197 value)

Western medicine has much to offer our clients. We’ve increased the life expectancy of Americans by thirty years in the past century because of the technological advancements of Western medicine. But we’ve lost something in the process, something vital to the healing process. The Medicine For The Soul teleclass series picks up where Western medicine leaves off, offering you the kind of soul medicine shamans practice. Designed to diagnose and treat what the shamans call “soul loss,” this program is meant to heal you by helping your soul take over as the guiding force of your life. Medicine For The Soul offers you tools and practices that you can apply to yourself, which can then be shared with your clients. Healing The Healer is a core pillar in the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and our intention is that this program will be an essential part of your own personal and spiritual healing so you can facilitate the same sort of transformation in the lives of your clients. When this program launches as a home study program, you will be gifted with the recordings of this teleclass series.


Part 1 of this  guide is given at the beginning of the program (March 31) and will contain the exercises, forms, and other essential materials from the 7-month training. Reproducible handouts can be printed out to help you facilitate the 6 Steps with your clients in easy, step by step fashion. You may also use handouts and materials from this student guide if you are facilitating 6 Step groups.

Note: Course begins on March 30 when we host the live Welcome Call and access to calls and course materials will be available beginning March 30, 2020.




APRIL 2, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. – APRIL 5, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.The Whole Health Medicine Institute will kick off with a 4-day, hands-on, jump-right-in transformational workshop aimed at interrupting limiting beliefs and patterns of self-sabotage, shifting your mindset, healing trauma, and activating the powerful, soulful connection to your “Inner Pilot Light” that will guide you, not just through this program, but into the fulfillment of your truest calling and a richer, deeper, more meaningful life.

WHMI has invited teacher Shiloh Sophia to join us to bring an experiential approach including:

  • Explore metacognitive drawing as a diagnostic tool for self and client/patient.
  • Establish the often missed link between the field and the body and how they collaborate for healing.
  • Learn the 5 domains where trauma and imagination communicate.
  • Experience the right brain left brain and heart coherency and how to use it every time.

Shiloh teaches Exploring Trauma Healing and Illness through the Practice of Intentional Creativity®, which she has taught at the United Nations and which you may wish to add to your medicine bag as a tool you could use with patients and clients, as well as a way to deepen your own Heal The Healer work. This workshop is mandatory for those seeking certification.

In this live, in-person workshop, you can expect to:

  • Experience feeling comforted, nurtured, welcomed, listened to, and understood by others who long to reclaim their role as a true healer, just like you.
  • Free you from the limiting beliefs and constricting masks that keep you from expressing yourself and showing up for your clients with your most authentic, genuine presence.
  • Begin to heal—from the depths of your soul—from physical and mental illnesses or past traumas that may be limiting your passion, potential, and purpose.
  • Meet and bond with your peer-to-peer mentor, your practice partner, your mastermind group, and your WHMI community. Since science shows that the more resonant bonding exists between you and those who are navigating this program with you, the more one person’s healing can impact everyone else’s. This workshop is intended to make sure maximum bonding results in maximum healing for everyone involved so you can bring your flowing life force to those you serve.
  • Practice movement, meditation, self-inquiry, writing, art, trust and intimacy exercises, and other modalities intended to put you in touch with the true essence of your deepest nature.
  • Open your heart, which may have shut down as a result of compassion fatigue, burn out, moral injury, and the bureaucratic, intellectual, and emotional challenges of navigating the health care system.
  • Engage in experiential Sacred Medicine practices intended to expose you to these modalities while also bonding us as a group, opening us to the healing field, and working with coherent energies for the purposes of physical and emotional healing. You will get a sampler of Internal Family Systems (IFS), Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), shamanic work, and group energy healing, as well as working deeply throughout the whole program with the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself.
  • Illuminate and heal from the helplessness that plagues many practitioners so you can step fully into your power as a leader in your field.
  • Learn and practice Intentional Creativity with Shiloh Sophia as a tool for healing trauma (and the body) using art and quantum healing.
  • Spend one evening chanting and singing with musician/healer Karen Drucker.
  • Start the WHMI transformation that will grant you new eyes, open you back up to joy, fundamentally change how you practice and give you and those you serve new life.
  • Tap into the spiritual realm in non-religious ways, amplifying your power as a healer and allowing you to receive healing as you offer it to others, rather than depleting yourself.
  • Develop relationships with other healers who’ve actually experienced what you’ve experienced.
  • Learn to trust the wisdom of your intuition and your body, which will guide your life and your practice.
  • Set clear intentions about what you hope to garner from the program, so you can take steps towards manifesting your visionary dreams.
  • Sing. Snuggle.
  • Laugh—a lot!

FULFILL YOUR CALLING: A 4 Day Retreat Intensive Retreat With LISSA RANKIN

October 22, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. – October 25, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

WHMI Level II will wrap up with a 4-day purpose-oriented, “all hands on deck,” practical integration of everything you’ve learned during the program. We will support you with strategies and tools to help you figure out what’s next with your career, how to come out of the closet with your passion, how to consider all the nuts and bolts of applying what you’ve learned in a way that helps you bring your gifts to the world while still making sure the bills get paid, and how to get straight to work bringing your healing gifts to the world in a way that works with your goals, your lifestyle, your bandwidth, your relationship commitments, your talents, and your relationship to Divine love—in your own unique expression of whatever that means to you at the soul level. This workshop will also grant you the tools to be able to host your own live Whole Health Circle in your neck of the woods as a way to deepen your skills, expand your practice, and give back to your community, bringing Whole Health and Sacred Medicine to your community in an affordable, scalable way that will also help position you as an expert in your ‘hood. You will be given a step-by-step manual guiding you through exactly how to lead, market, fill, and deliver a Whole Health Circle that leverages your own gifts perfectly. Armed with a toolbox of Whole Health Medicine tools, you will do your part to pay it forward in a world in great need of your love and healing gifts. This workshop is mandatory for those seeking certification.

In this live, in-person workshop, you can expect to:

  • Establish and get confident in your mastery of the healing modalities you’ve learned from the virtual part of your training.
  • Focus on getting clear with your values and priorities so you can restore meaning to your work, without selling your soul for a paycheck or giving up.
  • Hear from other doctors who have left the conventional system and are thriving with alternative ways to use their medical and healing gifts.
  • Participate in a group mentoring session with Lissa, based on the tools she uses with her one-on-one Visionary Mentoring Program, to help you get clear on the inspired actions that might arise from clarity around your calling.
  • Reorient your inner compass, so you have all the tools you need to make aligned decisions moving forward.
  • Crystallize your relationships with your WHMI colleagues, so collaborations are possible, ongoing support is established, and you know you won’t be alone venturing out into the new world you are co-creating.
  • Participate in a live mastermind with your mastermind group, so you can get personal support and prepare to keep masterminding after WHMI is over (should you choose to do so).
  • Write your own Prescription for the kind of healing practice that thrills, delights, and relaxes you, the one that only you can create, which is customized to your unique gifts, passions, desires, and soul-led calling (this applies whether you’re staying inside the conventional system or creating your own).
  • Celebrate how brave you’ve been and how far you’ve come with your fellow WHMI graduates!

The Heal The Healer Retreat and the Fulfill Your Calling Retreat will both take place at the stunning Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley, California. The venue is just minutes from San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and numerous attractions in case you wish to extend your stay in the Bay Area.

You will be responsible for:

  • Air and ground transportation (For $22, the Marin Airporter will transport you from SFO to within a 5-minute Lyft/Uber/Cab ride from the Acqua.)
  • Lodging at the Acqua Hotel (Discounts will be available, or you are free to stay elsewhere if you prefer.)
  • You will be on your own for meals. Your confirmed Acqua Hotel reservation includes an American Breakfast buffet each morning and an evening wine reception. Several excellent restaurants are within walking distance of the Acqua Hotel.


LISSA RANKIN’S New York Times Bestselling book MIND OVER MEDICINE—This book will be your primary textbook and will serve as the focal point for much of what you will be trained to do in the core curriculum.

LISSA RANKIN’S THE FEAR CURE—The content in this book will be a key part of the Heal The Healer work you will do on yourself. It will also offer you tools and practices you can use to help patients come into right relationships with their own fears so they can do what they must based on the often scary Prescriptions they write for themselves in Step 5 of the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself.

LISSA RANKIN’S THE ANATOMY OF A CALLING—This book ties into all three pillars of WHMI—Heal The Healer, Core Curriculum, and Business Development. This book about finding and fulfilling your calling is intended to support you in navigating your own hero’s/ heroine’s journey as we individually and collectively Heal Health Care Now.


Some of you will want to experience the Whole Health Medicine Institute as a personal and professional growth experience designed to increase job satisfaction, improve patient outcomes, and optimize your personal health and happiness. But some of you will be going through this program as a way to prepare you for an entrepreneurial Whole Health Medicine business.

If you are applying for this program primarily as a personal growth experience, going through the certification process may not be necessary for you. But if you’re also applying for this program as a professional growth experience, you may be interested in earning WHMI Certification. This WHMI Certification grants you the opportunity to be listed as a Lissa Rankin-endorsed referral on the Whole Health Medicine Institute website, which will be linked to from LissaRankin.com and MindOverMedicineBook.com.

If you are applying for this program primarily as a personal growth experience, going through the certification process may not be necessary for you. But if you’re also applying for this program as a professional growth experience, you may be interested in earning a Badge Of Certification. This Badge grants you the opportunity to be listed as a Lissa Rankin-endorsed referral on the Whole Health Medicine Institute website, which will be linked to from LissaRankin.com and MindOverMedicineBook.com.

If you’re interested in earning the Badge Of Certification, this process includes:

  • The Whole Health Medicine Institute Certification to place on marketing materials and your website.
  • A Whole Health Medicine Institute Health Care Provider listing on Lissa Rankin’s website.
  • 10% discount on Lissa Rankin’s future online programs.
  • And more . . . (We’re always noodling new cool things to offer those we certify.)

The Badge fee is $149 and will be offered August on 10, 2020.

Why Get WHMI Certification?

  • You want to grow a cash-pay business. In Mind Over Medicine, Lissa’s public television special, Lissa’s TEDx talks, and other public speeches, and many blog posts, clients are strongly encouraged to find a health care provider trained to facilitate the self-healing process.
  • You want to ensure that you’ve fully integrated what you’ve learned. By undergoing the Badge Of Certification process, you will receive validation that you have mastered the skills necessary to successfully facilitate the self-healing process while integrating it with your health care background.
  • You want the cache of being affiliated with Lissa Rankin and the Whole Health Medicine Institute. With hundreds of thousands of blog and book readers, TEDx talk viewers, PBS viewers, and social media followers, Lissa’s reach and reputation lend value to your business.
  • You’re interested in being considered as a Whole Health Medicine Institute trainer. As a graduate of this program who has earned the Badge Of Certification, you will qualify to be considered as a trainer for health care providers in the future. If you’re ready to step fully into your leadership role and generate revenue while spreading what you’ve learned and being a force for healing health care, the Badge Of Certification will give you this option if the Institute is hiring trainers in the future.

Why Is the Badge Of Certification Not Included In This Program?

When we surveyed health care providers, we discovered that people are motivated to get trained at the Whole Health Medicine Institute for a variety of reasons. Some are motivated to undergo this training for personal reasons only, as part of their healing journey or desire for community. Others simply want to learn new tools they will incorporate into an existing successful medical practice within the conventional medical system. Still, others are looking for ways to escape the conventional medical system. We figured there’s no point asking those who are doing this for personal growth reasons or those who are not seeking referrals to undergo the process of WHMI Certification. So we’ve made WHMI Certification optional.

Whole Health Medicine Institute Faculty

Bernie Siegel, MD is a retired general/pediatric surgeon who is now involved in humanizing medical care and medical education. In 1978, he originated Exceptional Cancer  . . .


Steve Sisgold is an author, Speaker, Trainer and Executive Coach and has spent the past 25 years studying and teaching the relationship between . . .


Neha Sangwan, MD, CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is an internal medicine physician, international speaker and corporate communication expert . . .


Sara Gottfried, MD, is a New York Times best-selling author of three books: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger.
. . .

Sara Gottfried

Donna Eden, The Fundamentals of Energy Healing, Donna’s textbook Energy Medicine is one of the original bibles of energy healing. She has trained more than . . .

Donna Eden

Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning author whose best-selling book The Genie in Your Genes has been hailed by reviewers as a breakthrough . . .

Dawson Church, PHD

William Bengston, PhD, author of The Energy Cure, is a Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph’s College in New York. . . .


Asha Clinton, MSW, PhD, is the developer of Advanced Integrative Therapy, a new depth therapy that integrates the energetic removal . . .

Asha Clinton, PHD

Richard Schwartz, PhD, earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the . . .

Richard Schwartz, PHD

Gabor Mate, MD, Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights . . .

Gabor Mate, MD

SARK, Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, known internationally as SARK, is a highly acclaimed author, artist, speaker and teacher with millions of books in print, along with . . .


Larry Dossey, MD, This distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health . . .

Larry Dossey, MD

Christiane Northrup, MD, is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. . . .

Christiane Northrup, MD

Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS, ABIHM graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, received her Medical Degree at the University of California San Francisco . . .

Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, having devoted 25 years of study to the healing practices of the Amazon and Andean shamans, is teaching people how to actually grow new bodies . . .

Alberto Villoldo, PHD

Kelly Turner, PhD, is the New York Times bestselling author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, now in 20 languages, which summarizes. . . .

Kelly Turner, PHD

Lissa Rankin, MD, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, The Anatomy of a Calling and The Daily Flame is a speaker . . .

Lissa Rankin, MD

Joan Borysenko, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international healthcare  . . .

Joan Borysenko, PHD

Dr. Sue Morter is an International speaker, Master of Bio-Energetic Medicine and Quantum Field visionary, Dr. Sue Morter utilizes the embodiment . . .

Dr. Sue Morter

Tosha Silver is the author of Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead, and the new Make Me Your Own: Poems to the Divine Beloved.  . . .

Tosha Silver

Robert Augustus Masters, PhD is an integral psychotherapist, relationship expert, and trainer of healing professionals. His work blends the psychological and emotional  . . .

Robert Augustus Masters, PHD

Pamela Wible, MD is a family physician born into a family of physicians who warned her not to pursue medicine. She soon discovered why: to heal her patients . . .

Pamela Wible, MD

James Maskell is the creator of Functional Forum, the world’s largest integrative medicine conference. He lectures and hosts internationally, and has been featured . . .

James Maskell

Brandy Gillmore, PhD, is a motivational speaker, author, and Mind/Body &Energy Expert. Her expertise in self-healing originated from a devastating injury, . . .

Brandy Gillmore, PHD

Mary Louder, MD graduated with a B.S. in Education and Athletic Training from the University of Montana and then worked towards a graduate degree at Michigan State University. . . .

Mary Louder, MD

Kay Corpus, MD, PSC, is a family physician specializing in Integrative and Functional Medicine as well as is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. . . .

Kay Corpus, MD, PSC

Bruce Cryer has been called a renaissance man because of a four-decade career as a Singer, Actor, Dancer, Publisher, Author, Marketing Executive, CEO . . .

Bruce Cryer

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD is a Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and Founder and Director . . .


Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief . . .


Christine Gibson, MD, is a Family Medicine specialist physician, with an interest in Health Equity and in Medical Education. She works at a Community Health Centre . . .

Christine Gibson, MD

Cynthia Li, MD graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and has practiced in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente . . .

Cynthia Li, MD

Starla Fitch, MD, known as “The Connection Doctor,” Dr. Fitch is the author of the #1 international best-seller, Remedy For Burnout. Dr. Fitch is regularly featured . . .


Dr. Eric Pearl & Jillian Fleer serve to connect humanity with the Intelligence of the Reconnective Healing® frequencies, to make infinite healing and evolution . . .


Dr. Shamini Jain is a psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Director of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative . . .


Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL—For over 30 years Roger has been researching how to enhance wellbeing—physical, psychological, social and spiritual.  . . .

Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL

Thomas Hübl is a modern mystic, a spiritual teacher whose work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions with the discoveries . . .

Thomas Hübl

Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure narrated by the creative fire of her Muse! She has dedicated her life to the belief that self-expression . . .


Lynne McTaggart is one of the central voices in the new consciousness movement. She is the award-winning author of seven . . .


Warning: This Could Change Your Life

We do not want to scare away anybody who is ready for the Whole Health Medicine Institute, but we do want to prepare you that this could fundamentally change your life. Transformation can be messy and beautiful, chaotic, and evolutionary. To experience the full benefits of this program, you may need to carve out some time in order to properly digest and integrate what you will learn and experience. Most experience this transformation very gently, comfortably, and even ecstatically. But some are uncomfortable, so we want you to know the “side effects” of transformation that some prior students have experienced.

Some students of this program have:

  • Quit secure jobs because they felt unable to continue to participate in what they felt was a corrupt system driven by the financial bottom line about love and integrity.
  • Left toxic relationships or set rigid boundaries to ensure emotional safety after realizing how a relationship was retraumatizing.
  • Entered into intensive therapy to heal hardcore past traumas.
  • Experienced financial insecurity.
  • Cured chronic illnesses only to realize that cure can be destabilizing if you’re anchored into a “normal” of being sick.
  • Felt destabilized by traumatic memories that surfaced as part of their healing process.
  • Felt physically uncomfortable as they became more embodied in their spirituality and physicality.
  • Quit numbing behaviors like addictions only to discover that real life without numbing can be painful.
  • Experienced disorienting and ecstatic mystical experiences that threatened their world view.
  • Opened up their channels to receive guidance from their Inner Pilot Lights in a way that surprised them.
  • Developed their intuition when they didn’t really believe in intuition and felt frightened by their sixth sense.
  • Experienced a feeling of dissolving as their heavily anchored identity becomes “bug soup” in the process of transforming from the caterpillar to the butterfly.
  • Experienced “kundalini awakening,” which led to hypersensitivity to sensory input.

 The good news about this is that, as a result of this kind of change, WHMI students also have:

  • Cured of “incurable” illnesses.
  • Gotten pregnant when they were infertile.
  • Experienced profound spiritual awakening, opening up of non-dual awareness and deep connection with the Divine.
  • Created careers that bring them joy and fulfillment beyond their wildest imaginings.
  • Developed a new relationship with the “muse” and discovered untapped creative talents.
  • Healed relationships they previously believed were irreparable, including falling back in love when they were on the brink of divorce.
  • Cleared traumas that years of conventional psychotherapy had failed to clear.
  • Experienced unexpected financial abundance in ways that did not require depleting themselves.
  • Discovered their authentic sexual selves and experienced a sexual awakening.
  • Became pillars of their community as the touchstone for cutting edge healing.
  • Made lifelong friends.
  • Relocated to a place they’ve always longed to live.
  • Followed a long, lost dream that put them at risk of both success or failure.

 We encourage students to go slowly, trust your intuition, and take in this material at your own pace and get any one-on-one professional support you might need. Everything in need of healing may come to the surface. To our knowledge, this transformational process has never led to  “spiritual emergency,” suicide, overdose, or other adverse outcomes, but we know this is always a risk and have resources at our disposal to refer WHMI students to transpersonal psychologists and other expert trauma therapists, should this be needed. If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder, or if you have been suicidally depressed, WHMI Level II may be contraindicated. If in doubt, choose WHMI Level I, which grants you education without delving as deeply into your psyche and consciousness. If you’re not sure and you think you might be at risk, please consult your mental health expert and share with them this disclaimer to ensure your safety.

Whole Health Medicine Institute Tuition and Payment Options

WHMI Level I

The investment for this life-altering program is just $2,499


Note: Refunds are not available. Please purchase wisely. If you have questions or want to inquire to determine if WHMI is for you or not, please reach out before purchasing at pearl@lissarankin.com.


The investment for this life-altering program is just $7,999

Payment Plan 1: $7,999 is due immediately upon acceptance.

Payment Plan 2 (Installment Plan): $1,839 non-refundable deposit immediately upon acceptance, then four additional monthly payments of $1,840. Total tuition = $9,200.

Optional Badge Of Certification: This separate fee of $149 is paid at the time of purchase if you so choose to complete the Badge requirements.

All applications must be received by March 17 for consideration into the Whole Health Medicine Institute Class of 2020. If you are accepted into the program, payment is due by March 23 to guarantee your spot. After March 23, you will be placed on the waiting list for the Class of 2021. 

The Whole Health Medicine Institute Class of 2020 officially begins March 31!


Yes. We know you may have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars becoming a health care provider already. We also remember how scary it was to invest in a dream you can’t guarantee will come to fruition. Most of your teachers at the Whole Health Medicine Institute took huge personal, professional, and financial risks to get where we are professionally. Most of us also invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, building our visionary businesses.

We also know that sometimes The Universe tests us to see whether we’re really, truly, 100% IN. If your Inner Pilot Light just knows this is the next step for you, taking a leap of faith like this can be your way of telling The Universe you’ll do whatever it takes to realize your vision, even if it feels like a huge stretch.

Keep in mind that because of the nature of what you will learn in this program, you can expect a return on your investment that has the possibility not only to lead to revenue generation for your business but also to teach you tools to continue generating revenue beyond when this program ends so that your visionary health care business becomes a sustainable source of revenue generation.

The Whole Health Medicine Institute program is a 7-month commitment. If for any reason, you choose not to continue—or you stop participating—you will continue to be liable for the fees of this program.

This kind of program is a powerful transformational process, and at times, you may feel “up against a wall,” as if your visionary dreams are not happening or something isn’t working. This is often a perfect sign that you are releasing obstacles and overcoming limiting beliefs. Our request is that any and all concerns with regard to these kinds of feelings be addressed with your teachers so we can do our best to meet your needs. When brought to light, we can use these feelings as an opportunity to deal with any blocks that are coming to light so we can go deeper. Working together, we will make sure your needs are met.


At the Whole Health Medicine Institute, we are passionate about YOU, the well-being of YOUR CLIENTS, your RADICAL, VITAL, VISIONARY LIFE, and YOUR professional success—no matter what!

 What does the wisdom of your intuition tell you? Is this Whole Health Medicine Institute right for you, your body, your mind, your heart, your soul, your spirit, and your business? Is this year the year you get a full-body YES?

 With love and faith in your journey,

 Lissa Rankin, MD

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: I’m a licensed health care provider looking to expand my education and potentially start a practice outside the insurance-based system. I can’t decide whether to sign up to get certified with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), learn a CAM modality like acupuncture, or join WHMI. Can you explain how they’re different and why I would do one over another?

Answer: Our physician students wrestle with this question—for good reason. Many doctors who are looking for alternative careers find it beneficial to get additional education that positions them as “integrative” or “functional” medicine doctors, or they choose to develop another CAM skill that allows them to work outside the insurance system. This can be a wise business decision since the general population values integrative, functional, and CAM approaches to treating illness and, at least in the United States, patients have come to expect that this will require them to pay out of pocket since few of these kinds of practitioners accept insurance. Because what we teach in WHMI is so cutting edge, patients may not even know to seek it out as a valid option when conventional medicine has failed to elicit cure. This leads a lot of doctors who consider themselves integrative or functional medicine to be attracted to this program since it educates students in radical remission-inducing touchstones that functional or integrative medicine programs may not cover. Anecdotally, our graduates have found that adding this glaring missing piece to a Whole Health treatment changes everything for patients and can lead to drastic improvement in symptoms or unexpected cure.

Certification with IFM or certification with a CAM modality is very different than what is offered in WHMI. While we touch on nutrition, hormone replacement therapy, and functional medicine, WHMI does not teach you what supplement to use for what chronic illness, how to get up to date on the latest laboratory tests to assess and optimize the microbiome, or detailed use of bio-identical hormones. What you learn in WHMI will not make you a master acupuncturist, trauma therapist, energy healer, shaman, or guru. If you want to become a master, you may need to get additional training with one of our guest faculty or seek out additional certification. This training very specifically focuses on root cause work and is very holistic rather than allopathic, although it is included in the Whole Health approach allopathic treatments that patients add to their intuitively-guided Prescription as part of the Six Steps To Healing Yourself.

In WHMI, you will learn how to facilitate patients through illness as a psychological and spiritual healing and transformation, identifying and treating why the body’s self-healing mechanisms broke down, to begin with. While patients may also benefit from adding to their Prescription conventional medicine or functional/integrative medicine approaches, those approaches don’t tend to examine issues like how childhood trauma affects adult-onset disease—and how to clear it in a way that may lead to resolution of symptoms and radical remission. Most allopathic methods treat the symptoms, if not with drugs and surgery, then with herbs, supplements, and IV’s.

Your education in WHMI is guaranteed to expand awareness and practice of the tools in your holistic medicine bag in a way that can help you treat the patients who conventional medicine—and even functional or integrative medicine—have failed to treat. Nobody in WHMI is suggesting that conventional medicine or functional/integrative medicine doesn’t have its place. Many of our graduates have also sought certification with the gold standard of functional medicine certification via the Institute of Functional Medicine, which is a $12,000-15,000 process. We know time and money may require you to choose one or the other, but please know that we fully support those who want to combine these educational opportunities! When it comes right down to it, as always, we encourage you to tune in and trust your intuition.

What distinguishes WHMI from these other programs the most is the Heal The Healer aspect of this work. You will not just be learning cognitive knowledge. To expertly facilitate Whole Health in others, you will need to become wholly healthy yourself. Therefore, you will be undergoing your own transformation as part of your education. The degree of your transformation will depend on which level of commitment you choose—Level I or Level II.

If you are allergic to the painful emotions of your patients (or the emotions their emotions elicit in you), then you’re probably better off seeking training in integrative or functional medicine over WHMI. If, however, you welcome the intimacy of helping your patients feel, express, and clear the painful, suppressed emotions that may lead to illness, and if you’re open to seeing illness as an opportunity for emotional healing and spiritual awakening, WHMI may be a good fit.

QUESTION: I’m not sure whether WHMI Level I or WHMI Level II is best for me. Can you help me make my choice?

Answer: WHMI Level II is the whole shebang. It’s what the Whole Health Medicine Institute has always been in its seven years of existence, and from what our graduates have told us, it’s a truly transformational experience. WHMI Level II is far more than an education. It’s like graduate school, trauma healing therapy, transformational inner work, and a spiritual community of dedicated practitioners committed to transformation—all wrapped up in one. WHMI Level I is the cognitive and intellectual content, but without the deeply personal, relational, and transformational work that can only happen by coming together in person in intimate community.

Obviously, some people will choose WHMI Level I over Level II for financial reasons. It’s much less of a financial commitment. Some will choose Level I because they can’t take enough time off work to travel to California twice in one year or because they live overseas, and it’s just not feasible to come to the US. Some will choose Level I because they’re very excited about learning the cutting edge tools we teach and applying them with clients, but they’re not yet ready for the potentially catalytic, life-altering, sometimes triggering transformational aspects of Level II. If you read the “Warning: This Could Change Your Life” section, and you don’t feel ready for that yet, Level I would be a better choice.

QUESTION: How much of a time commitment will this be? Will this interfere with my full-time job, the attention I give my children and my partner, or my self-care?

Answer: We know that many of the people who sign up for WHMI are doctors, full-time employed health care providers, busy professionals, or juggling family responsibilities. That’s why this program is designed so you should be able to show up at your work full time, attend to your families, and still find bandwidth for the core basics of WHMI. However, many of our WHMI students are working part-time, or they’ve left medicine because of burnout, depression, illness, or broken relationships, and they’re desperate for as much content as we can possibly throw their way! We’ve tried to create WHMI so it’s streamlined enough to meet the needs of busy professionals, while also offering a lot of optional content to satisfy the intellectual and spiritual hunger for additional content that people with more time might desire. Some students use this as a container for extensive continuing education, almost like they’re in graduate school, while others just take in what they can on weekends and commutes.

Heal The Healer Track

For those who are on a healing journey of their own, and are motivated to enroll in WHMI because of a personal need rather than a professional need, it’s possible to limit the number of hours needed by skipping one of the three pillars of WHMI—the business development pillar. This doesn’t mean you wouldn’t be free to pursue additional learning in business development in the future, but if your primary focus is personal healing, this may not be a priority right now—and that’s totally okay. You can still get the gist of the work—and practice being a patient with your practice partner—and enjoy all the physical and metaphysical benefits of the program—without distracting yourself with concerns about customizing your medical practice or getting certified to facilitate the 6 steps.

Estimated # of hours invested: 65 hours (2.5 hours per week)

The Certification Track

This track is for people who intend to use the tools learned in WHMI to become a certified Whole Health Medicine Institute practitioner, someone who helps patients/clients work with the Whole Health Cairn and facilitates the 6 Steps To Healing Yourself, either in an individual one-on-one setting or in groups. This track is a potentially career-boosting track that gives you tools to differentiate yourself from a practitioner who accepts managed care insurance, someone who has done additional training to offer skills that can help support people for whom conventional medicine has failed to meet their needs. You may intend to use these certification skills inside or outside the conventional health care system. We will let you know exactly what is mandatory to qualify for certification, so you can choose which events/calls to prioritize if time is restricted.

Estimated # of hours invested: 105 hours (3.75 hours per week)

Fast Track To Paycheck Track

Some of you have left your paying job, you don’t have other means of support, and you’re desperate to pay the bills. Paying the tuition for WHMI may have been a stretch already, so now the pressure is on to find a fast track to the “return on your investment.” You’ll likely want to get certified, plus you’ll want to dive right into the content that will help you figure out what’s next in your business life. This may or may not include pursuing certification, but it’s definitely going to behoove you to take advantage of all that WHMI offers regarding running a “fee for service” practice, building a platform so you can attract paying clients, get a book deal, fill workshops, or get paid for public speaking.

Estimated # of hours invested: 145 hours (5.25 hours per week)

QUESTION: I’m sure I want to participate, and I really want to do WHMI Level II this year because the timing is perfect, but I have a conflict with one of the retreats. Can I still enroll?

Answer: The juiciest part of WHMI is the live events, so if you miss one of the retreats, you’ll miss a lot. We highly recommend that you consider applying next year instead of this year if you know you’ll miss a retreat. If, however, you are dead set on being with us this year because you’re getting the WHOLE BODY YES from your intuition, and you either can’t make one of the retreats, or there’s uncertainty around whether you’ll be available, write to Pearl@LissaRankin.com and explain your situation. We make decisions about retreat attendance on a case by case basis and try to be as flexible as possible. (For example, last year we had a woman whose baby was due around the second retreat, so she participated until it was Baby Mama time—with our blessing. Another year, one student had to miss a retreat because a parent got sick. Life happens. We understand.)

QUESTION: Can I make up a retreat if I miss one?

Answer: No. We’re sorry, but that doesn’t work. Each year, we select a class to journey together, and it’s disruptive to bring someone who isn’t participating in the whole journey into the intimacy of retreat time.

QUESTION: Why did you decide to accept laypeople this year? If I’m a doctor or licensed health care professional, will this dilute my WHMI experience?

Answer: We have been asking ourselves this question since WHMI’s inception. Our first year, we offered WHMI only for doctors with MD’s and DO’s, and everyone with letters after their name got triggered. So the next year, we opened it up to anyone with letters after their names—chiropractors, naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, midwives, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, etc. Opening the program to other kinds of professionals definitely changed it, but we feel it changed it for the better, breaking down the hierarchy that usually places doctors at the top of the power pedestal and other health care professionals beneath them. Over the years, we’ve fielded countless requests from professionals in other industries—like law, education, the churches and temples, corporate life—ask if they can participate so they can become ambassadors of Whole Health inside their institutions. We’ve also had many coaches and laypeople with passion and experience in health care beg to be allowed to bring Whole Health to their private practices and communities.

Our hesitation to open WHMI to laypeople has been two-fold. 1) We don’t want to water down the experience for the people we originally set out to help—doctors. 2) We care about quality control, and we’re fully committed to protecting the patients our graduates touch with this penetrating and transformational healing work. With so much corruption and loose boundaries that Lissa has witnessed in the field of Sacred Medicine, we want to ensure that our graduates have both mastery in their field and airtight ethics. This is why we have taken great care this year to add the mandatory Ethics & Trauma Safety course to our curriculum for those who are not board-certified, and it’s why certification is only available for WHMI Level II and III—because we want to ensure that we can maintain quality control as we expand to allow laypeople to join us.

We acknowledge that this is an experiment, and this might be the only year we make WHMI available to laypeople. If our experiment dilutes the program or in any way harms the integrity of the frequencies we hold, we will reset the boundary next year. So if you’re a layperson and you’re on the fence, consider participating this year, since we may not do it again.

We will be soliciting feedback from all graduates next year to assess how this big change affects the experience of our students, so please trust that we will do everything we can to bring a Whole Health perspective to the widest audience while doing our best to ensure that our growth doesn’t diminish the experience of our students.

QUESTION: What inspires people to sign up for this program?

Answer: People enroll in WHMI for different reasons.

  • Some are driven by their integrity. They know there’s more to healing, and they want to stay on the cutting edge of how best to help patients and clients heal in a Whole Health-informed way.
  • Some are starving for like-minded community of practice, purpose, and belonging. After feeling on the fringe or marginalized by their beliefs about health and healing, many students find that the community of others who are passionate about Whole Health is the best part.
  • Some attend because they are personally sick, on disability, and seeking healing from a chronic illness or a health crisis, and they want to use the tools in this program personally.
  • Some attend because they’ve left a conventional medical job, and they’re broke, scared, and desperate for a career change that will allow them to pay the bills while still using their gifts and serving their calling.
  • Some attend because they are passionate about healing health care, and they hope to do so from inside the system.
  • We imagine that because this is the first year WHMI is open to laypeople, some might be passionate about Whole Health and seeking new career opportunities as a Whole Health coach. Others who are not health care providers might see that a Whole Health education would bolster their career in other ways.
  • Some have no idea why they’re signing up, other than their intuition said: “This is the medicine I need now!” (Seriously, we hear this all the time.)


If you or someone you love has been considering enrolling in the Whole Health Medicine Institute, but you’re not quite sure whether this is the right fit for your particular needs—or whether this is the right year to enroll—listen to our free calls.

One with Lissa answering your questions about WHMI and one with 3 past graduates sharing their stories.