Introducing our company
The Kientalerhof AG has a long history with various twists and chapters. The following illustration and the timeline below provide a good overview of the wide range of products and the history of our company.
This page is dedicated to Kientalerhof AG as a whole. More information about the Campus (School for Body Therapy) you can find here
Our activities and locations at a glance
Kiental / BE
Campus for body therapy; training and further education, seminars; also room rental to external parties
Wetzikon (near Zurich)
Offshoot of the campus,
including Tronc Commun, Cranio and osteopathy; also room rental to outsiders
Permaculture farm; seminar room and dormitory
Ayurveda and fasting cures, meditation courses, yoga, holidays; also room rental to external parties
History of our Company
Construction of the Kientalerhof by the Thönen family. Hotel operation, only open during warm season (April-October). Many tuberculosis patients, because the altitude of about 1000 m above sea level is considered ideal for curing.
A secret international peace conference is held in the village of Kiental, where activists and Politicians (including Lenin) are looking for ways to end the madness of the First World War.
The Kientalerhof is mainly used by companies as a holiday farm for their own staff (among others Mercedes Stuttgart).
Closure of the Kientalerhof due to illness of the owner (3. Generation member of the founding family
Thönen); the house goes to rack and ruin.
Purchase of the Kientalerhof by Mario Binetti and five partners. Operation as an international Seminar centre with focus on macro-biotics training. Since 1986 first Shiatsu trainings in Switzerland (ISS Kiental). Co-foundation of the Shiatsu Society Switzerland. The guests or students come from up to 15 countries, including overseas.
Kientalerhof runs a branch of the seminar offer in Breslau, Poland.
Expansion of the body therapy offerings, slow reduction of the macro-biotics offerings. Founding of the International School for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (ISBC Kiental).
Further expansion of the offering through the addition of a new majority shareholder, Urs Osann. Stabilisation of the company after financially difficult times (among other things due to the ever stronger franc and
increasing competition from abroad). Further expansion of the product range.
Death of Urs Osann. The Kientalerhof continues to be run by new management; exit Mario Binetti.
Return of Mario Binetti, takeover of the whole company. Rebuilding and expansion of the offerings.
Opening of the “Kientalerhof Wetzikon”, an urban course room in Wetzikon near Zurich with focus on Craniosacral therapy and Tronc Commun.
Yearly renewal of Eduqua certification, a quality label for educational institutions. This had already been the case from 2000 on for several years.
Opening of the Holz100 new building ChieneHuus and establishment of the spa in the uppermost floor (Ayurveda and fasting cures).
Takeover of the Naturhof at the other end of the village Kiental and revival of permaculture.
Separate positioning of ChieneHuus as a retreat house with holiday, spa and mindfulness cures on one hand and the Kientalerhof as a campus for complementary therapy and associated offers on the other hand.
The Kientalerhof Team
Many of our employees are former students or guests. Our team consists of around 30 competent employees from a wide range of professions and cultures, who have internalised the values of our company and thus create an atmosphere of relaxation and concentrated learning for you every day with a lot of joy and commitment.
General management, Finances
Program Manager ChieneHuus
Program Manager Campus
Maya von Klass
Guest Segment & Workstudy
Head of Marketing & Communication
Head of Gastronomy