Upcoming Events at NMI

The Vital Gathering I

May 19-21, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

14 hrs Gen CE (OBNM approved, AANP pending, CONO Gen Cat approved)

Are you ready for a powerful, enlightening and uplifting gathering of Naturopathic Doctors dedicated to the practice of Vitalistic Naturopathic Medicine? We are and we invite you to join us for a weekend of vibrant lectures, professional interaction, case and panel discussions and celebration of the powerful healing potential of the human.

Over these three days we will renew our understanding of the philosophical and practical application of our medicine. This gathering is a journey of showing how the philosophical constructs of naturopathic medicine guide every decision we make as doctors. Build upon your clinical expertise in treating people who suffer from complex chronic and sometimes debilitating illness with a solid foundation in vitalism.

Leading the weekend will be the founding Fellows of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute: Dr. Jim Sensenig, Dr. Aviva Wertkin, Dr. Jared Zeff, Dr. Letitia Dick-Kronenberg and Dr. Thomas Kruzel. Our Fellows collectively have over 150 years of clinical experience using vitalistic naturopathic approaches which honor the tradition of naturopathic medicine.


This is the first of two conferences required for those on the Vitalist Fast-track pursuing the VNMI (Vitalist of the Naturopathic Medicine Institute) certification. The VNMI identifies you to your colleagues and the general public as a Naturopathic Doctor grounded in and practicing core, vitalistic Naturopathic Medicine. The second conference will be held in Phoenix in October 13-15.

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A special thanks to our sponsors!

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Conference Agenda

14 hrs Gen CE (OBNM approved, AANP pending, CONO Gen Cat approved)

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Friday Night May 19, 2017

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Registration and light refreshments

6:00 – 8:30 pm (2.5 CE): Paradigms and World Views

  • The Interconnected world of the Vitalist
  • The idea of paradigms and their creation

Saturday May 20, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 am: Check-in, Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am (1.5 CE): The Healing Power of Nature: An Introduction to the Vis Medicatrix Naturae 

  • The universe as orderly, intelligent, and benign
  • Physical matter as an expression of energy/pattern
  • Dysfunctional as transitional state

10:00 – 11:00 am – Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm (1.5 CE): The  Unity of Disease, The Catechism of Nature Cure

  • Health as balance, disease as imbalance/adaptation
  • Adaptative changes necessary to maintain life
  • All such changes unique and individual
  • Acute disease as corrective/responsive
  • Chronic disease as inadequate response
  • Healing crisis/Disease crisis as state changes in dynamic equilibrium

12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch with the Fellows

2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 CE): The Language of the Vital Force Part 1: Law of Similars.  Laws of Cure.

  • Healing as an orderly predictable process in a rational world
  • Process is centrifugal and can be assisted
  • Symptoms change in known patterns

4:00 – 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 – 6:00 pm (1.5 CE): Panel Discussion

  • The Fellows speak philosophy
  • Case: How to Think Like an ND

6:00 – 11:00 pm: Saturday evening dinner and social event 🙂

Sunday May 21, 2017

8:00 am: Check in and Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am (1.5 CE): The Language of the Vital Force Part 2: Minimum Dose. Dual Effect.

  • Elegance is in minimal intervention
  • Primary and secondary effects in biological systems predict outcomes
  • Therapies inimical result in greater chaos and dysfunction
  • Ultimate effect on system is determined by therapeutic rationale

10:00 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm (1.5 CE): Therapeutic Rationale. Treatments in Conformity with the constructive principle in Nature.

  • Therapies to address effect of disease
  • Trophology: The science of feeding
  • Emunctorology: The science of elimination
  • Vitalogy: The Science of the Life Force
  • Physical medicine in conjunction with healing
  • Intention as a modality

12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch with the Fellows

1:30 – 3:00 pm (1.5 CE): The Science and Art in Medicine

  • What make science scientific?  
  • Science vs. The Church: Is it a matter of Belief?
  • Is conventional medicine scientific?
  • Is naturopathic medicine scientific?
  • Are there limits to science in medicine?
  • The philosophical limits of scientific inquiry
  • Summation of the foundational value of an articulated world view in medicine
  • The role of experience

3:00 – 4:00 pm (1 CE): Case Discussion and Conference Conclusion


There are several different types of registrations. If you are a registered Associate with the Naturopathic Medicine Institute, you receive a discount. Simply choose the appropriate Associate category below.

We have a limited number of seats available and once those are sold out we will update the site. There is also one optional extra charge for a meal ticket on Saturday evening. You will be able to choose that option once you click on a registration link below. There is no early bird deadline, these are the prices for as long as the seats last.

In order to use any of the Associate Registration links below, you must first join as an Associate of the NMI. If you have not joined as an Associate, visit our Becoming an Associate page to learn more and to join. If you signed up at one level but planned to change it at the conference, choose the Associate level that you will be changing to.

If you want to attend but do not want to join as an Associate, use the “NOT an Associate” link to register.

Live Attendance
14 hrs Gen CE (OBNM approved, AANP pending, CONO Gen Cat approved)

Vitalist-Fellow Track Associate ($337.50)

Professional Associate ($382.50)

General Associate ($405)

Student Associate ($125)

NOT an Associate ($450)

Recordings Only
Price lock expires May 12, 2017. After that date, recordings will be full-price of $450.
14 hrs Gen CE (OBNM approved, AANP pending, CONO Gen Cat approved)

Recording Only – VF Associate ($307.50)

Recording Only – Professional Associate ($352.50)

Recording Only – General Associate ($375)

Recording Only – Student Associate ($95)

Recording Only – Not an Associate ($420)

We have secured scholarships from our generous sponsors: Priority One, NDNR, Fullscript and Medicine Talk Pro. We have 3 student and 2 Doctor scholarships as of right now and expect there to be an additional 2 students and 2 Doctors available shortly as sponsors confirm participation. Only apply for 1 scholarship. You must be a registered Associate of the NMI to apply for these scholarships. If you have not registered as an Associate, please do so before completing your scholarship application.

Here are the scholarship links:

Conference Location

Maggiano’s Little Italy
Scottsdale Promenade
16405 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 333-4100

A special note: We are NDs too and we know what most of you eat. We are creating what we hope will be an enjoyable and dietary delight for you all. Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, etc, there will be something for everyone. If you have particular concerns about the food, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Holly Castle via our contact form.

Hotel Information

We have reserved a small number of rooms at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Scottsdale and negotiated rates to $99 per night. They will hold these until April 20th. If we sell all the rooms, they are willing to renegotiate another block but they can not guarantee that rate.

Click here to book your room.

Number: 480-348-9280
Mention the Naturopathic Medicine Institute Room Block