Mothers are our first teachers – giving us life, nourishing and nurturing
us, helping us navigate and thrive from our very first moment. Their love gave us roots and wings, and laid the foundation upon which
we could build lives of purpose, joy, and more love.
As we grow, our relationship with our mothers grows and transforms too.
The dynamic can gradually shift from parent-child to two friends who delight
in each other’s interests, passions, and goals. When the goal is
adopting and maintaining positive healthy behaviors for longer, more fulfilling
lives, mothers and their adult children – and fathers, too –
frequently discover the transformational benefits of a stay at the Optimum
Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego or Austin, Texas.
OHI Austin Program Director Cheryl Green has seen many family members share
the experience of going through the OHI healing lifestyle program since
she joined the team in 1999. She particularly enjoys the special bond
between mothers and their children as they encourage, inspire and celebrate
each other’s successes.
“We love when families come together at OHI,” Cheryl said.
“Sometimes it’s the mother bringing the child, or the child
bringing the mother…or the more adventurous duos go through their
first week together. Experiencing the program together enhances that precious
connection. We love witnessing the development of a new type of family
“Seeing a mother and son or daughter attend the program together
always seems to inspire the staff and other guests in the community to
new ways of thinking about their own relationships.”
Evie Edington, an OHI Austin facilitator, has also observed how the unique
bond between mother and child is enriched when the two share transformational
“This experience can only bring you closer,” Evie said. “That
heightened sense of love between mother and daughter is so sweet to witness.
It really deepens a relationship when people come to a place where they
feel safe being vulnerable and open.”
Amber Santa Cruz, OHI Austin Kitchen Manager, agrees that all who witness
it are enriched by seeing the special love families share on their mutual
journey to optimum health.
“We have been so fortunate to see so many mothers experience this
program with their adult children,” Amber said. “It has such
a beautiful ripple effect – benefitting the relationship of the
two attending, the other guests, and even beyond the campus…it
frequently leads me to call my own mom on the drive home.“
“It’s especially powerful to hold the space for a mother to
witness dramatic physical change in their own son or daughter. We have
had guests that wake up pain-free for the first time in years, and for
a mother to see that happen for their child, to see them feel good again…no
words can describe that feeling.”
Celebrate your mom, or your child, or a friend and share a life-changing
week or two or three at OHI healing missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas.
Experience the energy boost and detoxifying benefits of an all organic,
live, raw vegan lifestyle. Learn how to quiet the mind and rejuvenate
the spirit. During your stay, our caring team will support your journey
to optimum health and share the tools you need to continue the holistic
healing lifestyle program at home. To learn more about OHI, visit our
www.OptimumHealth.org. To make your reservation, call us at