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Sura Detox Retreat Overview
Details & General Flow of the Week
What will my retreat be like?
Sura Detox Retreats are for first time faster's as well as those who have done it all before.
Before your retreat you will receive from us information on how you can prepare for your fast. By lightening your diet ahead of time and clarifying what you want to achieve you can maximise the effect of your detox and the time spent with us, and make the transistion into the fasting state an easy one.
The first impression for most people is how relaxed they feel as soon as they've arrived in these beautiful surroundings. Apprehensions dissipate when Dao explains how to use the colonic boards provided in each bathroom for the self-administered colonics. During the fast you continue to receive guidance and realistic answers to the many questions we all have on our personalised path towards positive health.
The Information Folder is waiting in each cottage to smooth your transition into this new environment. It details how best to treat yourself and your neighbours, as well as where things are and when they will take place. A general orientation guide.
A Welcome Pack will also await you, which is designed much more to be your personal guide, and journal throughout the week. A place to write your notes during the talks, your feelings in the Journal pages, and any therapies & councelling appointments you may accrue throughout the week. Moreover, it is to take home with you, and then functions as a guide to reintroducing foods (everyone's favourite subject!), and summarises the most practical aspects of the week's talks, as well as detailing some tricks to get your diet more 'alive' without losing its taste attractions. Techniques such as health-packed smoothies for breakfast, kombucha-growing and seed-sprouting are shown.
Allergy and Intolerance Testing is done on the first few days, along with a personal meeting with Kate; oresident Life-coach & Homoeopath. Later in the week you will have the opportunity to meet her again for a longer session involving more in depth, one-to-one personal process. Some find that this is unnecessary, while for others it is the life-saving turning point in their runaway lives. She is also a major port of call for those feeling the intensity of emotional release that can be a result of fasting. She is possibly our best resource.
Hunger is kept at bay by the Psyllium husks taken to enhance the colonics - This natural supplement is simply ground seed husks that absorb water once swallowed. Their increased size fills the stomach, denying any sensation of emptiness for several hours. As they are taken four times per day, few people have an issue with hunger. Those that do can simply elect to take more Psyllium.
Symptoms are inevitable, as you will be doing everything your body needs in order to detox. They come in waves, often lasting just a few hours, rarely more than a day, and always changing. We are with you throughout this process, reminding you that this is a great and wonderful thing, and that it WILL all pass. It is common to hear some fasters " complain" that they experienced no challenging symptoms whatsoever! Some are in bed all week, while others are off jogging!
Support and encouragement is our role, providing you with knowledge and healthy practices to enhance your fast and your lives. We believe self-kindness is the key to utilising our natural unlimited health potential. Therefore the fast is held in a professional, friendly and informal way. We encourage you to celebrate your fasting symptoms, laugh and connect to your own needs as they change throughout the days of the fast. Most find that our groups give a lot of scope for making new friends and enable easy and secure times to share your feelings and symptoms with each other.
The Retreat Program is designed to give you the most efficient bodily cleanse possible, which is best done with a relaxed and empowered mind. Therefore everything on the program is fully explained, time is taken to answer all questions and address everyone's concerns. More importantly, there is no pressure for you to adhere to any aspect of the program. This week is about following what your body requires (which is mostly rest), so the program is there as a list of supportive activities, not a schedule.
Health indicators are available to regularly check your body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and pH level during the fast, so as to chart your individual progress. All these elements can fluctuate during the week, as the tissues cleanse themselves of toxins, and it is often encouraging to watch the processes take place. By the end of the fast you will leave cleaner, lighter and with a head full of healthy experiences and tips, including some recipes and a few demonstrations.
The local village is just a 20 minute walk away, and some enjoy the revitalising effects of the walk, some everyday whilst others never make it past the pool! Each to their own.
A TV & Video are present in the main room of each cottage, and regular showings of popular or educational movies are frequent. The balance of respect and tolerance of the group space is requested in this regard, as TVs tend to dominate to setting.
The library contains a full span of nutritional references and other self-healing topics to expand your knowledge-base, as well as a sprinkling of novels and topical magazines to lighten the load. We also encourage people to bring a few favourite pastimes, and are not opposed to people nipping off to the Post Office for a newspaper or two.
Numerous products get mentioned during the talks, such as skin brushes, tongue cleaners, supplements, and other selected items. We pride ourselves on the quality of our ethically-selected lines, and try to keep things as natural and simple as possible. Many are available throughout the retreat, so bring some extra cash with you for last minute buys.
Your first meal will be with be with us, and you will leave us feeling light and full of energy. You will rediscover how wonderful and flavourful simple, fresh, organic vegetables taste, and with a stomach the size of a tennis ball, you will feast on much less than you'll have been dreaming about!
Leaving day... Having eaten the evening before, any detox symptoms you will have been experiencing will have ceased, and you will awake fresher than any daisy you can imagine. Most prefer to start out early in order to avoid traffic, and to keep your journey home as clear and temptation-free as possible. We send you off with a bagful of organic fruit for your breakfast which will be as exotic as the seasons allow.
The Carbon Footprint of our retreats, and your participation is a concern to us, so we have joined the World Land Trust. Instead of planting trees to sequester today's carbon emissions in 50 years time, the existing rainforest is doing it already, today, and that needs protecting.
Facilitating Sura Detox Retreats continues to be a passion for us. The warmth of our service and the freshness of our input is testament to how enjoyable, fulfilling and inspiring every retreat is for us. Meeting inquisitive, intelligent people and making our personal contribution to peace and health in the world by nurturing the peace and health in you makes it the best job ever!
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