This Journey presents ambassadors with a unique learning opportunity to think about their health and wellness. We will learn about integrative medicine, and how doctors and hospitals are using holistic methods to add to improved recovery. We will hear about medical methodology from around the world, visit clinics dealing with a variety of health-related topics, listen to speakers presenting on healthy living, and visit several areas of local interest, including museums and cultural landmarks.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Northeast Ohio and Dayton.

Live With a Local

FF Northeast Ohio:
  • Members welcome ambassadors for a seven-night homestay
  • Learn about the area's rich history of cultural and ethnic diversity and world-recognized medical facilities for care and research
  • Enjoy both themed program presentations and local touring to points of interest unique to the area
FF Dayton:
  • Members welcome ambassadors for seven days and eight nights of homestay, tours, speakers, and sessions
  • Hear about Dayton's rich history of innovation, including the invention of the practical airplane
  • See the global influence on the strongly-respected network of healthcare providers that has been complemented by many holistic services, with roots in other countries, providing us an opportunity to learn & explore

Sightseeing Highlights

FF Northeast Ohio:
  • Amish country – Ohio has the largest Amish population in the United States
  • University Circle – a cultural center of museums. Home of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic, and a favorite neighborhood nearby, Little Italy
  • Downtown Cleveland – a revitalizing city with a rich history, home to multiple professional sports teams, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
FF Dayton:
  • Sunwatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park, a National Historic Landmark
  • Museum of the United States Air Force, the largest aviation museum in the world
  • Workshops presented by Americans, some with ancestral ties to American Indians, India, Russia, and China
  • Optional fitness exploration will including qigong, pilates, drumming, and yoga
This will be a unique learning opportunity for ambassadors to think about their health and wellness. The variety of sessions will be packed with information and helpful hints about healthy aging. Integrative medicine is blossoming in the USA as many doctors and hospitals are partnering with holistic leaders to add complementary treatments that improve recovery. Ideas have been learned from places around the world and are evidence-based! Come have fun and learn! - Journey Coordinator Julie Vann

Health and Wellness: Integrating World Influences

16 Days / 15 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 11, 2019 – September 26, 2019
Coordinator: Julie Vann, FF Dayton
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sept. 11, 2019

Arrivals and meeting home hosts

Welcome dinner (included)

Sept. 12, 2019

Spend day in Amish country

We will visit the DDC Clinic, a center for special needs children with genetic disorders

Visit the Middlefield Care Center whose primary client base are Amish families and include a birthing center

Lunch (included) in an Amish home, learn about Amish culture and customs

Visit several local points of interest in Amish country

Sept. 13, 2019

In the morning, we will showcase the Cleveland Clinic with an educational session and tour (lunch included)

After, we will visit the Dittrick Museum of Medical History on the campus of Case Western Reserve University

Sept. 14, 2019

Lolly the Trolley will take us on a guided tour of Cleveland, followed by more exploring of the area with your host family; lunch cost is not included

In the evening, you and your host family will be hosted for dinner by one of our Friendship Force members

Sept. 15, 2019

Free day with host family

Ambassadors will take their home hosts to dinner

Sept. 16, 2019

Today we visit Hospice of the Western Reserve located on the shore of Lake Erie. HWR provides palliative and end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services throughout Northeast Ohio

The afternoon will be spent at Ohio Living/Breckenridge Village, a life-plan community, offering customized amenities and services to complement abilities and interests focusing on healthy living

Lunch included

Sept. 17, 2019

Visit the Lantern of Chagrin Valley Dementia Facility. This facility cares for Alzheimer and dementia residents in a setting that uses architecture and sensory stimulation as a means of improving the lives and stability of their residents  (lunch included)

Farewell dinner (included) in the evening

Sept. 18, 2019

Depart FF Northeast Ohio for FF Dayton

Arrive and meet home hosts in Dayton

There will be a welcome dinner event at the home of one of our members

Sept. 19, 2019

This day will be spent exploring Ayurveda medicine, a holistic medical approach and the oldest healing science. It has been practiced in India to balance mind, body, and spirit in support of wellness, vitality, and peace. It is a comprehensive system emphasizing nutrition, botanical medicine, physical activity and meditation. It is emerging in the USA clinics, oncology wards, as well as recovery centers for trauma patients. We will meet with a practicing doctor of Ayurveda medicine, watch the movie about how it was brought to the USA, explore nutrition, fitness, and spirit recommendations for a happy, healthy, peaceful long life

NOTE: There will be an opportunity to sign up for a special Ayruveda assessment session for an additional fee, or to improve circulation using the Bemer. There will be a related fitness/exercise activity for the day

Sept. 20, 2019

Brain Fitness is just as important at physical fitness. Friday will be spent in downtown Dayton at the Dayton Public Library with a nationally known dynamic speaker and trainer. She specializes in communications skills, community building, learning styles, stress management, and cooperative learning. The presentation will be about Brain Fitness and what we each need to be doing to live a long life with a healthy, engaged brain. The day will be split into two sessions with a break for lunch and time to look at a broad selection of books about health and wellness topics

That evening we will enjoy small group dinners at the homes of members

Sept. 21, 2019

September 21 is United National World Peace Day. We will be celebrating that date with a variety of activities that day

We will talk about what it takes to have peace in the world, within a country, within a community and within ourselves

Heartfulness Institute: Meditation will be a key speaker for the morning. By tuning in to our heart, we learn to be entered in our highest self. Meditation has been documented to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, enhance emotional well-being, and increasing joy

Sept. 22, 2019

Sunday is a free day to be planned with the home host

Ambassadors may choose to visit the National Museum of the US Air Force, the largest aviation museum in the world. There are many other festivals and sites that might also be chosen

Tonight is a good night for ambassadors to take their home host family out to dinner, if they have not done so already

Sept. 23, 2019

PANEL 1: The body keeps score throughout our life. A panel of doctors will each give a short presentation about growing older and an interesting physical or mental concern as a result. Then the audience will be invited to ask questions

PANEL 2: Healthcare is managed differently around the world. It has been a controversial issue in the USA for the last decade, as we decide how to best meet the needs of Americans. What are our expectations? What is the future of Medicare and Medicaid? The expansion of insurance has also increase behavioral health treatment and recovery; what is the projected future? Integrated health includes insurance payment for many of the holistic treatments we have discussed this week: what is the projected future? What key initiatives will address the disparities, such as the risk of being uninsured, lacking access, and discrimination?

The fitness option for Monday is club pilates. This is optional, but you can have an introductory session using a reformer. Joseph Pilates was a German physical trainer. He believed the modern lifestyle, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He developed the reformer to improve strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. It will be a 50-minute session

Sept. 24, 2019

Explore acupuncture from China. A therapist will talk about the use of acupuncture, the history, training, and most common applications. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response. It can help resolve pain, improve sleep, and improve a sense of well-being

The roots of massage can be traced back to China, Egypt, Thailand, and Sweden. We will explore the various types of massage and the benefits of each

Sept. 25, 2019

Today we will talk about herbal treatments and essential oils. We will start at the Sunwatch Indian Village. Many native Indians used herbs. We will learn that history, but also hear from a 21st century herbalist. The 10 best herbs and spices with powerful health benefits will be discussed

Then, for lunch, we will taste herbal teas and tea sandwiches, and our hostess will talk about the health benefits of tea, coffee, wine, and chocolates. Yummy!

Tonight there will be a farewell dinner with good food, singing and dancing. Fun times!

Sept. 26, 2019

Ambassadors depart


$940 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, programs with host clubs; FF Northeast Ohio - breakfasts, lunches, welcome/farewell dinners, dinner hosting and for one night. FF Dayton - breakfasts, lunches and three dinners.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15418
  • There will be an opportunity In Dayton to partake in personal treatments, i.e. massage, Reiki, or Ayurveda Assessment, Reflexology, Chinese foot massage at an additional cost.
FF Northeast Ohio:
  • Weather in September will generally have warm days and cool nights.
  • Layered clothing and a rain jacket are suggested, along with comfortable shoes.
FF Dayton:
  • Dayton can have hot days in September but bring a light jacket for evenings.
  • There will be many health & wellness lectures and panels for informed learning. We will provide a folder and pen for your note-keeping.
  • Bring comfortable exercise clothing, grip socks, and walking shoes for the fitness options.
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