Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges

Join us for the transformative course, Health and Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges, co-led by Bears Barry Neil Kaufman and his wife, Samahria Lyte Kaufman (co-founders of the Option Institute). This course is born from Bears’ personal journey with terminal Stage 4 metastatic cancer, where given only 5 days to live, he chose an unconventional path devoid of traditional medical interventions. Utilizing the principles of the Option Institute, they designed their own healing program which has not only led to Bears’ full recovery from cancer, but enhanced Bears’ life. Its been 24 months since Bears’ diagnosis and he is still robustly alive today.

This program is meticulously crafted to help individuals grappling with serious health challenges and those seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle so they can live with purpose and intention. Health & Healing offers a community of support and practical tools to manage these profound life changes. This program offers the opportunity to learn over a period of 4 days with Bears and Samahria Kaufman as they share their innovative strategies and profound insights from their journey of recovery. Join us and be a part of a supportive community where you will learn practical tools and receive meaningful guidance, so YOU can be in the driver’s seat of your health.

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In this training course, you will learn:

  • A collaborative teaching style that will engage you and heighten your ability to learn key concepts. Group connectivity with participants is the core element of these unique classes.
  • Ways to embrace your health challenges with authenticity – even when they seem difficult or possibly fatal.
  • Understanding how to press the pause button… so that you can create informed decisions about your path going forward.
  • Tools to live with clarity and purposefulness, to impact your own health.
  • Design a customized, holistic plan involving exercise/movement, nutrition, and spirituality to accelerate your wellbeing.
  • Steps to enlist a trusted support team to assist you and create sustainability in your health plan.
  • Take scared and sad out of serious health challenges.

Four LIVE Sessions via ZOOM

June 3rd, 2024 | 12 – 4:15pm ET
June 4th – 6th, 2024 | 12 – 3pm ET
Tuition: $1400

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Program Reviews

I have loved Health & Healing (formerly ‘5 Days to Live’). I loved hearing from both Bears and Samahria about their experiences during Bears amazing journey of near death and back to life and continuing. Knowing the clear choice points where they paused and chose a different trajectory, learning how to do this AND now having their step-by-step plan to continue creating specificity in my own health journey is priceless. Health & Healing is a powerful combo of storytelling, technique teaching, and presentation of a clear scaffold to keep utilizing for myself.

Angela B.

Farmer, Australia

‘Health & Healing’ gave me the glorious courage to live as if my life depends on it. As soon as I heard about Bears’ journey back into the heart of life from the threshold of death, I knew I wanted to know the whole story of how he created this great transformation. By hearing their story and being re-exposed to the Option Institute teachings, I was able to heal my own life. I realized that all that my own life really needs is all of me, just as I am. My own insights and inner knowing will guide me to a life worth truly living.

Cathy Lewis F.

USA

I am inspired by how far reaching the purpose to feel love, gratitude and happiness can be. ‘Health & Healing’ takes it in depth, in seeing how in every aspect of your life you can make choices guided by this purpose and what the consequences are. It takes self-love and self-care to the next level. These teachings changed my life. I am forever grateful for Bears and Samahria sharing their insights and believing in us participants to be able to create that for ourselves too.

Marijke van P.

Son-Rise Mom, The Netherlands

After taking ‘Health & Healing’, I changed from a fear of the loss of my mobility to accepting and loving – a most amazing change in attitude. I have really been struggling on two crutches since spring, feeling mad, throwing, and dropping my crutches down and about, feeling bad and tearful. Within the first two days into the course, I have turned my attitude around to a place of ease about this present lack of mobility and pain. I now believe I am going to be the most elegant example of a lady managing her crutches with ease and grace! I am no longer scared or feeling awful, I shall just be having another era of my life with opportunities and it will not be as horrible as I imagined it would be. Deep felt thank you and thank me! Such beauty, such love – I am so blessed beyond words.

Helen C.

Retired, United Kingdom

Bears and Samahria’s aliveness and lovingly expressed stories of how they turned Bears’ cancer prognosis into an opportunity to further create and commit to doing happiness and life “off the grid”, was perfect for me at this time of change in my life. ‘Health & Healing’ was four days of blissful exploration and helped further my commitment to doing my life more resilient than ever, judgment free, and happy! By giving myself the privilege of learning about their beautiful journey with an amazing group of engaged fellow participants was my way to tap into my ability to be my own force of nature – knowing I have it within me to design and create everything I want and go after it in joy. Here’s to Bears and Samahria! Yes, endless gratitude!

Roe B.

Executive and Life Coach, USA

My 2022 year was challenging. My special son Steffan died. My daughter had brain surgery. I had been managing my physical ailments (Ankylosing Spondylitis and Atrial Fibrillation) fairly well up to this point. It surprised me how I reacted to my son’s transition. The grief of missing him was more, so much more, than I had expected. I had started my recovery when I learned of ‘Health & Healing’. Of course, I was excited and signed up as soon as I could. What I have experienced is exactly what I needed at this time. The energy that Bears has accessed, the love, the universal vibrations, I am using it to let it all go. The grief, the feelings of emptiness are now filled with potential. I understand now that the universe is benevolent and has my back. I am eternally grateful to Bears, Samahria and the entire Option staff. Thank you.

Patrick Oliver L.

Retired, USA

Letter From Barry ‘Bears’ Kaufman

“I was told I had 5 days to 5 weeks to live.

Stage 4 metastatic cancer throughout my body, kidney failure, heart irregularities and possible strokes. I didn’t want to die in the hospital, so I came home to end my days in hospice care. Samahria and I decided to embrace my imminent death by making friends with every aspect of my dying.

But what if? Instead of preparing to die,
I prepared to LIVE – DESPITE MY PROGNOSIS?

We began creating a new vision to live, instead of dying. I sought to regain strength, despite intense pain throughout my body. I was told chemotherapy and other medical interventions were essential to keeping me alive. However, Samahria and I reimagined and recreated our own treatment plan on multiple levels and declined all the traditional treatments. Instead of being sick and dying, in a matter of weeks, I began regaining my health, slowly but surely.

24 months later, I am robustly alive!

We have learned so much and feel deeply grateful for all the opportunities and challenges in our journeys, and so want to share this with others facing similar health situations. It has been over a 1.5 years, and I am living a wondrous life! (And even if I die tomorrow, I have had the best time.)

I am teaching programs and working with individuals and families again. Scans show the cancer cells and lesions disappearing continually and the metastases in my liver have completely healed. Doctors have no explanations for what has happened, and I have been called ‘the strangest case they have ever seen’ by my primary care physician at Mass General Hospital*. One key physician called me the hospital’s ‘The Miracle Man’. I am not the miracle man… just a person daring to go his own way with comfort, clarity and confidence.”

“I am not my prognosis…
YOU ARE NOT YOUR PROGNOSIS.
We are all so much more!!!

Sincerely, bears (Barry Neil Kaufman),
Co-founder of the Option Institute and
Autism Treatment Center of America

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*The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly ‘5 Days to Live’), focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose. We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love.
Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration

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  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid

 

Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,

Jackline

 

Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar