Sunday, October 18, 2009

Integrative Nutrition live classes to end next year

Recently, I learned the school that I graduated from, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, will cease to offer live classes starting next year. That means the upcoming school year (beginning January 2010) will be the last opportunity to sit in a live classroom.

Starting in 2011, the school will move entirely online with its Distance Learning Program. The effort according to its founder, Joshua Rosenthal, is to make the school more of a global one as opposed to a regional one.

While I think it's great that the school will be opening up itself to those unwilling to travel to New York City, I was upset to learn of this development. In my opinion, there is nothing that compares to the opportunity of attending live classes. I made so many great friends and loved being in the same room with so much like-minded energy.

My intention though is not to criticize the school, but rather to urge those of you who've been on the fence about enrolling to seriously consider taking the plunge. I know there are some of you out there! It's truly a life-changing experience - and you won't regret it.

The school's curriculum is unique, and so much more engaging than any other educational experience I've had. Integrative Nutrition does not have an espouse any sort of dietary ideology. You learn about it all - from raw foods to macrobiotics to Atkins. In the end we have to make our own decisions. I remember starting the school as a vegetarian. Now I'm a conscious carnivore. It happens.

The school is also fun. Joshua said his intention was to create a school that students would be excited to come to - more rock concert, less boring classroom. Which is why the school has chosen to host classes in vibrant spaces like Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

And if you're outside the New York area or have a full time job, don't let that stop you! Classes are on the weekends, so you can still earn that paycheck. The school also offers discounts for those traveling from outside of New York. I myself was living in San Francisco when I started the program.


wisdom goddess born said...

I was a 2006-2007 grad myself and I so loved the live opportunity. I travelled from Baltimore for class weekends all the while taking care of a family and a sick mom (albeit with the help of my family). You're right it was lifechanging and I think I'll never have another experience like that again. But it is forever etched in my memory as one of the best decisons I ever made. I too am sorry to see the Live classes go the way of so many great things. I really wish Joshua would reconsider, although in the end I'll support any decision he makes.

Ameet Maturu said...

Hi Wisdom - It's great to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your experience.

I thought you'd like to know - I got a message from one of the staff at Integrative Nutrition. She did say they are trying to incorporate some live component into the Distance Learning Program. Maybe a weekend conference or two? I don't know details, but that's good to hear.

BTW - My wife and got married in Baltimore. Good to hear there are IIN grads out there. The city needs you!

wisdom goddess born said...

I really love your blog. So many wonderful things to read, and learn and eat! I hope you enjoyed your stay in Baltimore. I really liked the things you shared about your wedding on the blog it seemed to be a very beutiful celebration. Best wishes to you both.

Anonymous said...

I am really interested in a career change and signing up, however operate better in a class situation where it is mandatory you show up what other schools can your recommend?

Ameet Maturu said...

Hi Anonymous - Since my post, I've actually heard a number of great things about the Distance Program. So I wouldn't totally rule it out. IIN is truly an amazing program, regardless of how you choose to experience it. But I can totally understand your desire for a live program.

It would help to learn more about what you are looking for. More info on nutrition for personal knowledge? Or do you want to become a certified health counselor? Cooking instruction?

Feel free to email/call. My information is on my Contact Page.

Take care,

Anonymous said...

Ameet thank you...
i am looking for a career change after 20 years in fashion advertising.

I have been on many diets myself and have an interest in helping others. I can remember alot and logically diagnose so I thought integrative nutrition is they way to go.

I am horrified after surgery a week ago the awful hospital food in a place that is supossed to make you strong and healthy.

I have tried at home study before and i don't trust myself to be as disciplines as when i go to a school.

I will take a peek at your site now too and communicate off the blog going fowrard

Ameet Maturu said...

Hey again,

I can understand your resistance to self study. The good thing about Distance is get your own health counselor who will check in with you to make sure you're on track your studies and work on your own personal health. There are also live study chapters where you can meet/connect with students in your area. It doesn't replace a live classroom, but it certainly helps.

And if you're looking for a career/life change, I can't think of a better program. Honestly, I don't think anyone else does it as well.

Anyway, please reach out to me offline if you'd like to discuss further. I'm happy to help.

Integrative Nutrition