We are so sorry to announce that due to unavoidable circumstances, this event has been postponed until further notice! 

We have been inspired by the enthusiasm for the event, and will keep you all updated on future plans!

a celebration of natural healing and sustainable living

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Come join a remarkable group of nutritionists, integrative doctors, chefs, farmers,

yogis and fitness trainers for a day of health, empowerment, and inspiration!

Take Back Your Health is a celebration of the body's and our planet's natural ability to heal

when we live sustainably, and with intention!

You'll hear from experts who are healing cancer with integrative approaches, reversing the symptoms

of autoimmune disease, healing digestive illness, and aging with a stronger body and sharper mind.

Spend your time at Take Back Your Health enjoying in-depth seminars, interactive exhibits,

hands-on workshops, yoga, local food & organic farm stands, author book signings,

and incredible prizes.  

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Polyface Farm

Joel Salatin, 61, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.

He co-owns, with his family, Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Featured in the New York Times bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning documentary Food Inc., the farm services more than 5,000 families, 50 restaurants, 10 retail outlets, and a farmers’ market with salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, and forestry products. When he’s not on the road speaking, he’s at home on the farm, keeping the callouses on his hands and dirt under his fingernails, mentoring young people, inspiring visitors, and promoting local, regenerative food and farming systems.

beth lambert

Founder, Epidemic Answers

The Documenting Hope Project

Martha Stockhausen

Certified Aroma Freedom

Technique Practitioner 

Martha Stockhausen, MEd., is the Co-Director for Take Back Your Health Charlottesville, Certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner, a Young Living Silver Leader and Wellness Educator. She has been using Young Living essential oils for over 18 years and teaching health and wellness classes for two. She has devoted her life to exploring healing modalities and lifestyle practices that support optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

Robin Shirley

Founder, Take Back Your Health

Robin Shirley, CHHC, AADP, is the Founder of Take Back Your Health Int'l. Robin was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Lyme Disease at age 11. After 19 years of experimentation, research and education, she has personally experienced the power of a therapeutic healthy lifestyle on reducing pain and inflammation. 

Robin is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a member of the American Board of Drugless Practitioners.

Robin leads Take Back Your Health Retreats, weekend festivals and share her story on: www.ChronicLymeNutrition.com and www.ClubTBYH.com.

Beth Lambert is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends. She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director. Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. Beth is also the mother of three young children.

Becoming certified in yoga at the age of 49 has allowed Johannah wonderful insight in teaching those students who are new to their yoga journey or who are looking for a gentle practice. In 2002, while pregnant with her second child, she was diagnosed with cancer that had progressed to the lymph nodes. Using mainstream and alternative practices, Johannah became a student of healing on all levels. Now cancer free and a mother of two girls, her focus on health has expanded to sharing her love of yoga, meditation, and the many benefits of slowing down in the busy world of today.

JOhannah dottori

Certified Yoga Instructor



Founder, Take Back Your Health

Leslie Bobb is a a fermentista, traditional foodie, and health educator. She co-founded the company, Cultural Revivalists, to teach people the art of cooking real food and, most importantly, fermentation. She is a Certified Integrative Wellness Coach and Nutritional Therapist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Health. She specializes in brain and gut health. Leslie has co-written a children's book called "Things Your Grandma Might Have Taught You" and teaches cooking and fermentation classes nationally.

Sarah and Mike Keenan

Founders of The Juice Laundry

Mike and Sarah are the owners of The Juice Laundry, a 100% organic and plant-based juice and smoothie bar with locations in Charlottesville VA and Washington DC. Their main passion as business owners is encouraging people to make healthier and more sustainable choices - for themselves and for our planet. Mike and Sarah are also registered yoga teachers, and live in Charlottesville with their two amazing little dogs, Aluna and Milo.

Heather Wetzel, Med, RH, MSAP weaves over a decade of experience as a clinical herbalist together with the cutting-edge bioenergetic technology of the Qest4 system. She offers clients safe, natural, and holistic health care for an integrated mind, body, and spirit! Her practice is located at The Elderberry Community Herbs and Healing where she is the apothecary manager. Herbal education continues to be a passion as well and she serves on the faculty of Sacred Plant Traditions School of Herbal Studies in Charlottesville, VA.

Heather Wetzel

Certified Clinical Herbalist

Robin Truxel is the Founder of tru PILATES and Certified PHI Pilates instructor with a background in Physical Therapy. Robin's journey with Pilates began as a way to rehabilitate a back and hip injury while training for road marathons. Robin has successfully completed 13 marathons and improved her scoliosis with help from Pilates and Stretch Therapy techniques.

She is passionate about helping pregnant women and new mamas as well as those with complicated injuries.

robin truxel

Certified PHI Pilates Instructor

Christopher Buonocore, B.S., BBEC, EMRS, is certified as a Building Biology Environmental Consultant with the advanced Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist designation. Chris’ passion is to uncover and reduce indoor exposures to create a “Healthy Home” or workspace. A particular interest is placed in creating safe living spaces for those suffering with Electro-Hypersensitivity (EHS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), Lyme Disease, Mold toxin exposures and injured veterans.

Christopher Buonocore

Indoor Environmental Consultant

Susan Blasko, NTP, is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Polyface Farms Commercial Rep for DC and Northern VA, Reiki II Practitioner, Farmer, and Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Co-leader. Susan studied nutritional therapy with the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is a three time survivor of cancer, and an expert in using nourishing, traditional diets for healing chronic disease.

Susan Blasko

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner

Hélène V. Ramos, MA, Dipl PW, CMS-CHt, FIBH, RMT, is a Practitioner of Processwork, Hypnotherapist and  Reiki Practitioner. Helene has been exploring on the wisdom path for most of her life. Her experiences and knowledge have come together to craft her present role as a guide and mentor to those

wishing to develop their own inner perceptions and power. She is one of the original co-founders of Shala, a healing and wisdom collective in downtown Charlottesville. And, as a researcher, Helene is currently studying the effects of group consciousness on quantum

field coherence.

Hélène Ramos

Processworker and Consciousness Facilitator

Erin Clabough,  PhD is a mother of four who holds a PhD in neuroscience. Her parenting style has been highly influenced by her background in brain development research. She teaches biology and neuroscience at Hampton-Sydney College and conducts research in developmental brain function and other areas. She writes for popular media such asPsychology Today, TODAY Parenting, and other publications. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control.

Dr. erin clabough

Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

​Dr. Rebecca Wilder is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. As a former student athlete, Dr. Wilder attributes her ability to participate at a competitive level to her continual chiropractic care, and feels this has developed a large part of her why she practices Chiropractic. She feels, "nobody at any age should be popping anti-inflammatories and pain killers the way I did in high school." 

Dr. Wilder also became a parent while obtaining her Doctorate of Chiropractic. The arrival of her twin sons fueled her passion for caring for pregnant women, babies and all kids. Dr. Wilder is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

Dr. Rebecca Wilder


William Vitalis has worked in clinic with Dr. Zach Bush since 2012, assisting in the development of the M Clinic”s unique model of Intrinsic Health, based on a dynamic open systems approach to wellness. He is the Director of Product Development at the Seraphic Group and was part of the original team which developed the concept and science around Restore for gut-brain health. He also oversees patient assessment through electrophotonic imaging of the human energy field using the Bio-Well device.  A practitioner of Qigong since 2001, William completed a 200 hour certification with Roger Jahnke and then a five year training with Master Zhongxian Wu in 2011. As a singer songwriter, he has performed at the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and the Abode of the Message.

William Vitalis

Product Development with Restore

Qi Gong Practitioner

Maureen, her husband of 30 years and their 9 unique and beautiful children live a very full life on a Virginia mountaintop where she enjoys learning, teaching, growing and creating new things every day. Daily life is filled with home schooling, preparing meals, and the running of a very busy (and messy!) household. Through her personal research and her work with the Weston A. Price Foundation, she was able to feed herself and her family a nutrient-dense and traditional foods diet that allowed her to carry, birth and raise 9 healthy, vibrant children!  She has produced 3 separate DVD's pertaining to traditional foods preparation, healing and weight loss with traditional foods. 

Maureen diaz

Outreach Coordinator

Weston A. Price Foundation

Don Wetsel, M.A., L.Ac., BCTMB, has been teaching Brain Gym® classes since 1989, and has taught advanced and graduate classes around the world. Brain Gym supports learning, optimal function and transformational growth in virtually every area. Don is a classically trained Acupuncturist and Board Certified Bodywork Practitioner. He is a Master Clinician in Nutrition Response Testing™, teaching whole foods nutrition to achieve health through food-based nutrition and teaching clients to make healthy food/lifestyle choices. 

don wetsel

Brain Gym® Teacher

After graduating from Dartmouth Medical School, Eduardo Castro, M.D., for the first twelve years began his professional life as a conventional physician. Serendipitously, he discovered that there is a world of medical interventions never mentioned in medical school. Since then, for the past twenty-five years, he has been successfully treating chronic illnesses with treatments that address the causes of illness and that promote healthy processes. He is forever grateful for that discovery. 

dr. ed castro

Charlottesville Hyperbarics Medical Director

"You are truly an inspiration to us all. Congratulations on carving out a mission of passion, truth, and sacredness.Thank you for having me and I hope my contribution was beneficial for the overall shindig."

Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

"I had so much fun at the last TBYH - it was truly an outstanding event."

Vani Hari, The Food Babe


A Place To Breathe: A Place To Breathe was specifically created to help people feel comfortable, safe, and supported when learning stress reduction techniques such as meditation and yoga. We know it takes courage to try something new and we honor that journey. We also know there are many paths – we hope each student can find a practice that connects them to their best self. www.aplacetobreathe.com

Aquafloat: Charlottesville's locally-owned Flotation and Wellness Center also offering Massage and Infrared Sauna in a luxurious environment devoted to peace, relaxation, and renewal. Within walking distance to the downtown mall, we are conveniently located with free & ample parking.

Atelier Farm: Biologically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for a small-scale, year-round, free-choice CSA. Sign-up while there's still room, as we have space for just 25 families! After the CSA runs through on Wednesday, all the remaining produce, and some of the non-perishables will be out for our farmstand on Thursday. Come on by! And, come to the farm any Wednesday in Summer, 3-7pm, for a trial run, and Eat Like a Farmer! Just let us know in advance. www.atelier.farm

BEMER The heart pumps blood through the main arteries, but it relies on the additional power of the autonomous pumping motion of the microvessels. It is these very small vessels that reach the most remote parts of our body. Bemer Physical Vascular Therapy improves microcirculation and promotes the blood flow in the smallest blood vessels, thus benefiting the body’s cardiac system, regenerative abilities and even mental acuity. www.drmarlice.bemergroup.com

Crunchi: A revolutionary collection of cosmetics crafted with a combination of safe, certified organic and EcoCert ingredients. We are dedicated to educating our consumers the potentially harmful effects of cosmetic toxins, and in the process, providing the best, highest performing alternatives. We are giving beauty a new meaning. 

The Documenting Hope Project is a multi-year research and media initiative to scientifically demonstrate that children can get better from chronic conditions including autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease and many more conditions currently believed to be lifelong. The research team is led by Dr. Martha Herbert with contributions from a diverse board of medical and scientific advisors.

LifeSource Environmental Solutions: LifeSource Environmental Solutions provides on-site indoor testing and analysis for chemicals, biological concerns (mold/bacteria) and electromagnetic exposures (EMF). We are certified by the International Institute of Building Biology & Ecology® (IBE), a holistic international methodology that considers how indoor environments affect your health. This movement pre-dates the green movement and addresses many functional and modern aspects of indoor ecology. www.thelifesourcesolution.com

One Forest is a forest farm and woodland activity space where people from all walks of life can gather to play, experience, and learn from nature. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County, Virginia. The One Forest team host a wide variety of programs that aim to educate and connect others with permaculture, forest farming, nature awareness and nature therapy. http://www.one-forest.com/

RESTORE is a new generation, soil-derived supplement that promotes an optimal gut environment. It is not a probiotic. It is not a prebiotic. Rather, it is a carbon-rich, alkaline liquid, comprised of Terrahydrite™, a proprietary formulation of Aqueous Humic Substances and trace mineral amino acid complexes. RESTORE has been shown in lab testing to increase and strengthen the tight junction proteins in the gut lining, our frontline of defense against environmental factors in our food, water, and even air, thereby impacting the immune system, as much of the body’s immune system is in the gut lining. www.restore4life.com

Take Back Your Health CBD Relief: A line of full spectrum CBD oil products, made from organically grown U.S. hemp and designed to provide relief from chronic symptoms of stress, pain and anxiety. www.TakeBackYourHealth.shop

The Fig Leaf: Valerie is a certified hypnotherapist, Akashic Records reader, transformative healer, certified Aroma Freedom Technique practitioner and intuitive artist who has been in her own practice for more than 12 years. “My mission is to help others help themselves by encouraging and fostering a deeper sense of self. My deepest desire is to help others reconnect with the innate goodness within. I offer present moment guidance for the life experiences you desire.”

The Frequency of Fragrance: Young Living essential oils with concierge service. Offering consultations and education for supporting emotional and physical health using Young Living essential oils, as well as in home education regarding toxin elimination and bioaccumulation reduction. www.myyl.com/thefrequencyoffragrance

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to continuing Dr. Weston A. Price’s research of traditional foods and to returning nutrient-dense foods to our diet. We foster these goals through a worldwide network of local chapters, a quarterly journal, educational brochures, a yearly shopping guide, an annual conference, and activism on the state and federal levels. www.westonaprice.org

tru PILATES: Build core strength, improve posture, and feel good with truPilates. Highly qualified instructors customize strength training and stretch therapy to effectively meet your needs in individual or small group sessions. www.trupilates.com

Venture Chiropractic: Representing the best of the old and new in chiropractic through the world renowned Gonstead Technique, Venture Chiropractic is dedicated to providing specific and scientific that is suited to match our patients' needs. Through gentle adjustments, nerve interference is removed and cell metabolism, organ function, and the immune system adaptability are restored. When your nervous system is healthy, your entire body can venture into higher levels of health so that YOU can live life to the fullest. www.venturechirocville.com

Womenkind: It makes no sense to most healthy, holistic-minded people that achieving good health and keeping it is not a first priority to most physicians... We have created a center that allows you to get the tests you want- to ensure your healthy habits and lifestyle. Shouldn't YOU be the first to know your results ... THEN share with your Doctor?!? Game-changer! Ultrasound and Thermography, Pelvic and Breast exams, Saliva, Urine, Breath and Fecal testing, Live Blood Cell analysis, Naturopathic Services & Dietary Consulting. www.womenkindva.com

New exhibitors added daily, check back soon!

The Juice Laundry is Charlottesville's original cold-pressed juice company. Check us out on Preston Avenue, The Corner, or at The Yards in D.C. The supreme nutritional power of raw, organic fruits and vegetables - nature's greatest gift to our bodies - has never been more accessible! www.thejuicelaundry.com

Kardinal Hall Brewery is a modern take on an Alpine-inspired beer hall & garden. Located in the historic art-deco Coca-Cola building built in 1939, the repurposed warehouse & bottling plant is situated in the Midtown area of Charlottesville, Virginia. We create our seasonal menu using local farmers, cheese makers, fishermen. Made in-house & from scratch, the menu reflects the best of Charlottesville’s locally-sourced tastes & modern twists on Alpine-influenced plates & classic bar fare. http://kardinalhall.com

The Pie Guy: Who said pie couldn’t be versatile? Certainly not The Pie Guy, who will be parked at Take Back Your Health Charlottesville! Opened in April 2013, this food cart offers customers Australian-style handheld pies for all hours of the day. Whether you’re craving a savory meat and vegetable pie or have more of sweet tooth, the Pie Guy has got you covered! http://www.thepieguy.org/

food vendors

meet the team

Robin Shirley

Founder, Take Back Your Health

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Expert in Chronic Lyme and Autoimmune Recovery, Reiki Master Practitioner, Founder of Take Back Your Health Int'l.

Martha Stockhausen

Certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner 

Martha Stockhausen, MEd., is the co-Director for Take Back Your Health Charlottesville, a Young Living Silver Leader, and Wellness Educator.