Full-Spectrum Wellness – A Conversation with John Travis MD, PhD [Free Podcast]


Jack Travis MD ImageJohn W. Travis, MD, MPH, completed his medical degree in Boston and a residency in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He subsequently founded the first wellness center in the US (Wellness Resource Center, Mill Valley, CA, 1975) and is founder and co-director of Wellness Associates, a not-for-profit educational foundation, as well as the author of the Wellness Inventory Online (wellpeople.com), and the Wellness Workbook (thewellspring.com).

Realizing in 1991 that how we raise children has far more influence on their later wellness than other any factors in our lives, he expanded the focus of his work to include infant wellness. Along with Meryn and eleven world experts in birth and child development he co-founded The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children (aTLC.org), which fosters individual and planetary wellness through changing the norms of how babies are born and treated in their early years.

During the last decade, he has focused on bringing together all aspects of wellness within the concept of Full-Spectrum Wellness, where the focus is on interconnectedness, both throughout all the stages of the human development, from conception to death, and within all levels of the environment around us—from inside our skin to the whole planet.  He summarizes 36 years in the wellness field with the expression: “The currency of wellness is connection.”

He lives with Meryn and their daughter, Siena (16) in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia.


  1. May 8, 2010 at 11:50 am
    Excellent interview with John Travis and the discussion on the quick fix agenda and the shadow are required topics if we are to educate the field on deepening the relationships that take place in the field of healing. The trap regarding the shadow in Dr Miller’s words in the wellness alternative arena regarding treatment and wellness paradigm is worthy of in-depth exploration and needs to have new kinds of qualifiers to help patients/clients navigate the complexity of illness and disease. I suggest having Ginette Paris and her work with Depth psychology around fear and anxiety be part of future programs. See her work Wisdom of the psyche. This summer a new site touching on guided Imagery and the systems surrounding it from off the shelf to new models touching on cellular biology to depth psychology will be looking at these exact issues.
    http://www.guidedimagerycollective .org or email me at saidosio@gmail.com.

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