Lebensreform group

Lebensreform

Lebensreform

Lebensreform (“life reform”) was a social movement in late 19th-century and early 20th-century Germany and Switzerland that propagated a back-to-nature lifestyle, emphasizing among others health food/raw food/organic foodnudismsexual liberationalternative medicine, and religious reform and at the same time abstention from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and vaccines.[1][2]

Important Lebensreform proponents were Sebastian KneippLouis KuhneRudolf SteinerKarl Wilhelm DiefenbachFidus (Hugo Höppener), Gustav Gräser, and Adolf Just. Some practitioners of Lebensreform such as Bill PesterBenedict Lust, and Arnold Ehret emigrated to California in the late 19th (Lust) or first half of the 20th century and directly influenced the later hippie movement.[1][2] One group, called the “Nature Boys”, settled in the California desert. eden ahbez, a member of this group, wrote a hit song called Nature Boy (recorded in 1947 by Nat King Cole), popularizing the homegrown back-to-nature movement to mainstream America. Eventually, a few of these Nature Boys, including Gypsy Boots, made their way to Northern California in 1967, just in time for the Summer of Love in San Francisco.[1]

Entrance of a modern German Reformhaus store
Entrance of a modern German Reformhaus store
One noticeable legacy of Lebensreform in Germany today are the Reformhaus (“reform house”) retail stores that sell naturopathic medicine and organic food.[3]
Lebensreform group
Lebensreform group