7-day water fast: spring retreat 2019

10 day – 9 night retreat centred around a 7-day water fast:

Hungary’s Lake Balaton

DATE: 26 April – 5 May 2019 (Friday afternoon – Sunday lunch).
LOCATION: Vászoly, Lake Balaton (Hungary), less than 2 hours from Budapest. (Transportation can be arranged from Budapest, see below)
PRICE: 650 USD / 500GBP (see below for details)
Maximum number of participants: 12.

Enquiries and registration: see application form below

— If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below.

About this retreat:

Our setting for the retreat

Situated on the edge of a forest in the hills above Hungary’s Lake Balaton (pictured above), our accommodation offers the perfect setting for an extended water fast: a converted mill house on the edge of a forest, with a large garden, several acres of surrounding fields and a stream running through the property. There are also several natural springs in the vicinity, from which shall drink throughout the duration of the fast.

Day 1 (Friday), pre-fast:

After arriving, participants will share a “last supper” before the water fast itself begins. This will be an opportunity to bid a conscious farewell to food for a week, as well as to examine how everyone feels about this.

Days 2 – 8 (Saturday – Friday), 7-day fast:

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Part of the forest surrounding our location

Each day consists of a combination of loosely structured and free time. All programs are optional except for the daily group sharings, when we sit in a circle and check in with each other about how things are going. This is an opportunity to share how you feel, whether physically or emotionally. There’s no need to talk if you don’t feel like it, but you do need to be present so that we can all look out for each other.

This is one of the huge strengths of a fasting retreat: you’re not alone. You’re in the same boat as your fasting brothers and sisters.

We all help each other along, and by the end of the retreat deep friendships have often begun to evolve.

Beyond the daily sharings, optional programs are offered through each day, including:

— Gentle yoga/stretching (twice per day)
— Group discussion: sharing experiences (twice per day)
— Daily walks in nature
— Lectures on fasting and detox
— Meditation
— Support for anyone who is having a hard time 🙂

For anyone interested, there will also be opportunities to practise:

— Sweat lodge
— Shanka prakshalana (yogic intestinal wash)
— Dry fasting

Days 9 – 10 (Saturday – Sunday), post-fast:

DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the hardest parts of any fast is the refeeding period following the fast itself. It’s so easy to get it wrong, either by eating the wrong foods or by by uncontrollable binge eating! After breaking the 7-day water fast on Saturday morning, we will have well over a day together to get it right! During this time, we shall discuss strategies about how to continue the path back to normal eating after the retreat ends. And all the while we’ll be gently stimulating the digestive system back to life through the most appropriate smoothies and solid foods. By the end of the retreat, you should be perfectly capable of returning home without any digestive problems.


gunyhó 6If you are interested in exploring your limits, your fears and addictions, if you want to come to a deeper understanding about who you are, and if you have some prior experience in fasting, then you can learn a lot from this retreat.  I myself have extensive experience with up to 21-day water fasts, as well as 5-day dry fasts (no food, no drink), and would like to pass my own knowledge on to you.

To see pictures from previous retreats, please click here.

About 7-day water fasts in general:

gunyhó 7Experience with 7-day water fasts is essential for anyone interested in attaining a deep level of cleansing. For most people, an annual 7-day water fast should be enough to maintain health into old age (in combination with a healthy lifestyle). For those with deeper health issues, water fasting can be used as an effective healing modality, and 7-day fasts provide powerful momentum in this direction. (More information here.)

If a 7-day water fast feels too long, you may want to consider our retreat based around a 3-day water fast. (More information here.)

Prerequisites for and further information about this retreat:

— Prerequisite: prior experience with 36-hour (one-day) water fasts.
— Please note that this retreat is not medically supervised. There will not be a doctor on-site. Anyone with a medical condition who is considering this retreat should discuss this first with their healthcare professional.


Following application by email (see below), participation is secured through credit card payment, PayPal or bank transfer. Once received, payment is final and non-refundable.
Price includes accommodation (double room with en suite bathroom), participation in all activities during the retreat, organic food to break the fast, VAT and IFA.
If necessary, free transportation (car share) can be provided to Vászoly, which is approximately a two-hour drive from Budapest.

To sign up or ask questions: